Paula Abdul And Jason Derulo Join ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges’ Panel
So You Think You Can Dance has tapped erstwhile American Idol judge Paula Abdul and R&B singer Jason Derulo to join the show’s judges’ table for its 12th season.
Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo on ‘SYTYCD’
Executive producer and fellow So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe announced the news in a statement, which reads, “With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges. I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on So You Think You Can Dance. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”
Both Abdul and Derulo released statements about their hiring as well:
“I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world,” said Abdul. “So You Think You Can Dance has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It’s going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I’m looking forward to an exciting new season!”
“I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of So You Think You Can Dance,” added Derulo. “It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success.”
It was announced earlier this month that after 11 seasons as a So You Think You Can Dance Judge, Mary Murphy had been let out of her contract with the Fox dancing show. It was also revealed that the show’s 12th season will feature a new twist with stage dancers competing against street dancers.
Lythgoe will continue on as a judge, and Cat Deeley will resume her hosting duties.
Auditions for the 12th season of So You Think You Can Dance will be held across the country from now through mid-March.
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