‘SYTYCD’: Will Mary Murphy, Cat Deeley Return In 2015?

Both names were missing from a Fox press release on Monday


SYTYCD - Season 11 cast

So You Think You an DanceThey’re not done dancing yet!

Fox announced today that  it has renewed the long-running competition SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 12th season.

But there were several names conspicuously missing from the network’s press release this afternoon.

No mention was made if host Cat Deeley or longtime judge Mary Murphy would return.

We can probably expect to see Nigel Lythgoe back on duty as he is also one of the show’s creators and executive producers.

Mary, 56, was one of the show’s original judges in 2005.

She sat out the show’s seventh season while receiving treatment for thyroid cancer before returning in season eight.

Mary did not immediately address the show’s renewal — or if she wold return on Twitter Monday, but in a July 2014 interview with Parade, she insisted, “I could do it forever. It’s the dream of all dream jobs for a retired dancer—watching amazing dancers do what they do. I never get tired of it.”

Emails seeking comment from Fox and Dick Clark Productions were not returned.

The network did confirm at least one major format changes for 2015.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking.

As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team’s All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remain.

During he live shows, the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers.

One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the season finale.

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is a rare jewel,” network reality chief Simon Andreae said in a statement obtained by TheTVPage.com.

“It combines high art with mass entertainment in a seamless, sophisticated and hugely satisfying way.  It’s produced and consumed with tremendous passion and it’s developed one of the most deservedly loyal followings in all of unscripted television.  We are immensely proud to be returning it to the schedule with a thrilling new twist that will bring it up to date and introduce a whole new set of rooting opportunities.”

Lythgoe also promised that the upcoming cycle will me “more exciting” for viewers and “even more demanding” for the dancers.

“Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other and we’ve found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country,” he said.

Audition cities and the season 12 premiere date have not yet been announced.

UPDATE (5:30 PM PT):  A Fox spokesperson has responded to our query and says:  “This release just focuses on the pickup and new twist.  We always do talent and choreographer announcements later.”

Stay tuned…

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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