Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo Join ‘So You Think You Can Dance’


Paula Abdul will join So You Think You Can Dance

It’s official!

Paula Abdul and singer-dancer Jason Derulo will be joining Nigel Lythgoe at the judges table for the upcoming season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Last week, we told you exclusively that Fox had been negotiating with the former AMERICAN IDOL judge to replace Mary Murphy in season 12.

(The network is also hoping to bring back Simon Cowell for an undisclosed project.)

Cat Deeley is also confirmed to return as host.

Auditions kick off this weekend in New York City.

 

[via press release]

 

TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER

AND MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST PAULA ABDUL AND

PLATINUM-SELLING RECORDING ARTIST JASON DERULO 

JOIN NIGEL LYTHGOE AT THE

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” JUDGES’ TABLE

 

Cat Deeley Returns as Host for the 12th Season;

Season Features New “Stage vs. Street” Format

 

Auditions Begin in New York, Saturday, Jan. 24; Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 14;

Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 22; Memphis, Sunday, March 8; and

Los Angeles, Sunday, March 15

World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar,singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers. 

“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 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.” 

“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.”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns this summer on FOX. Auditions for the new season start in New York, NY (Saturday, Jan. 24); Dallas, TX (Saturday, Feb. 14); Detroit, MI; (Sunday, Feb. 22); Memphis, TN (Sunday, March 8); and Los Angeles, CA (Sunday, March 15).

Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition (three days for Memphis) in the event of a callback.

Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal Employment Authorization Cards enabling them to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns Summer 2015 on Fox.

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