Yeah, I have to agree with those defending Nigel. I think he often gets out of line with his comments and gestures but I think its coming from a genuine place. He SERIOUSLY loves dance and is just so excited that sometimes he doesn't think before speaking and reacting and I can sympathize with that. Does he manipulate the show to get the results he wants? HECK YEAH. But thats done during deliberations and not during his spontaneous responses to what he sees.
The same way Mary can't help the screaming and cackling when somebody moves her....he can't help his reactions and its what I love about these judges. They love what they are doing so much that they make the biggest gaffes and as long as I keep feeling that its not faked or staged? I'm going to keep just shaking my head at them like I would any slightly off friend that I'm rather fond of.