Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo Join 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Table For 12th Season
January 22, 2015 at 11:56 AM (PT)
"American Idol" and "The X Factor" veteran PAULA ABDUL and rising star JASON DERULO will join holdover NIGEL LYTHGOE and returning host CAT DEELEY at the judges' table for the 12th season of "So You Think You Can Dance," which returns this summer on FOX. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers. LYTHGOE and ballroom specialist MARY MURPHY had been the two permanent judges for the past four seasons of the show.
“With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge LYTHGOE. “I’m delighted that PAULA ABDUL and JASON DERULO will be joining me this season. PAULA 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.”
“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. “This show 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,” 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.”
Auditions for the new season start in NEW YORK (SATURDAY, JANUARY 24th), DALLAS (SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th), DETROIT (SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd), MEMPHIS (SUNDAY, MARCH 8th) and LOS ANGELES (SUNDAY, MARCH 15th).