'She did it!': SYTYCD judge Nigel Lythgoe's pride as niece Charlotte Dujardin wins gold in dressage
13:35 GMT, 10 August 2012
Charlotte Dujardin is a star of the equestrian world after winning gold in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle yesterday.
And one big name leading her cheerleaders during the Olympics has been her uncle, So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe.
The former Pop Idol star, 63, admitted he wept with joy when Charlotte, 27, claimed an incredible Gold at Greenwich Park yesterday.
Family pride: Nigel Lythgoe is thrilled after his niece Charlotte Dujardin (left) won the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle gold yesterday
Although divorced from Charlotte's aunt Bonnie – sister of Charlotte's mother Jane – Nigel has been watching all of Charlotte's competitions in the games.
After divorcing Bonnie in 2007 after 33 years of marriage, Nigel isn't technically Charlotte's uncle any more, he is still supporting her.
He told TMZ.com yesterday that he even sponsored her in dressage the year before his divorce.
Pride of Britain: Charlotte now has two golds to her name after winning team dressage on Tuesday
Family ties: Lythgoe divorced Charlotte's blood aunt Bonnie in 2007
He admitted he hadn't spoken to her in 9 years, but was very proud of her success.
Watching Charlotte on TV in the U.S. yesterday, he tweeted: '#msnbc is showing individual Olympic
dressage NOW . I should see my niece, Charlotte in a minute. Keep your
fingers crossed for her please.
'What these horses are doing is incredible. #So You Think Your Horse Can Dance.
'She did it she did it she did it #GOLD.'
Charlotte's win with her horse Valegro came just two days after she won gold in the Team Dressage with her coach Carl Hester and teammate Laura Bechtolsheimer.
Nigel was also watching Charlotte clinchng gold with her team on Tuesday.
He wrote on Twitter: 'My Niece did it! Check this out.
'Naturally congratulations are not only due to Charlotte but to Valegro too. #GoldenOlympians.'
Supportive: Nigel has been tweeting about Charlotte