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Report: Simon Cowell working on 'So You Think You Can Dance' rival

By Christopher Rocchio, 09/23/2009 

Simon Cowell reportedly wants to compete against So You Think You Can Dance.

The American Idol judge is interested in creating a dance-themed reality series with friend Ian Burton, a source told Us Weekly in a Wednesday report.

"It's his own So You Think You Can Dance show," the source told Us.  "He is always trying to do his own thing to compete with the Idol team. Now he is trying to steal the So You Think You Can Dance thunder."

Cowell is in "secret talks" with Burton to develop the series, the source told Us, adding Burton "used to run a record label with [Cowell] and has managed dancers."

So You Think You Can Dance was co-created by American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe -- who served as an Idol executive producer for the first seven seasons of the Fox mega-hit before announcing last summer that he was stepping down to instead focus on So You Think You Can Dance.

So You Think You Can Dance's sixth season premiered earlier this month, and it is the first edition of the reality series to air outside of Fox's summer broadcast schedule.

Last week, Lythgoe told reporters during a conference call that it was not his decision to air So You Think You Can Dance in the fall -- instead claiming it was Fox's idea.

"It wasn't our decision," Lythgoe told reporters.

"We were asked by Fox if we would swap.  I guess their reasoning is they wanted to lead into Glee and they felt both programs were complimentary to each other.  I would have thought they would also want to free-up their summer for other experimental shows.  We've got a solid core audience -- or believe we have -- and transferring that into the fall would be good enough."

Cowell is apparently all about competition these days.  This past summer, it was reported that Cowell was in talks with U.S. networks about launching his The X Factor U.K. reality competition series as a "friendly rival" to American Idol.

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