The Judges Reshuffle and More – Hollywood Life

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The show of the summer is finally back! So you think you can dance Season 17 premieres May 18 on FOX. The dance competition series last aired in 2019, and there have been a few updates as the show heads into a new season.

On the one hand, the jury will be a little different this year. SYTYCD Icons Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy won’t be back as judges. From the reshuffling of the judges to the way of watching, HollywoodLife has rounded up all the key things to know about season 17.

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JoJo Siwa is a new ‘SYTYCD’ judge. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ New Judges

So you think you can dance will feature an all-new jury that includes Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Matthew Morrisonand JoJo Siwa. tWitch was previously a season 15 judge and a season 4 runner-up. He returned as a star and choreographer ahead of season 17.

“Not only will I approach my reviews with passion and empathy, but also with a real perspective on what it will take to do week by week,” tWitch said in a preview video.

Matthew is best known for playing Will Schuester on Joy. He is also an experienced Broadway performer and has starred in productions such as Finding Neverland, hair sprayand The light in the square.

JoJo shot to fame on the hit series dance moms. Since then, she has become a global superstar through her music, films and YouTube. She was recently a finalist in Dancing with the stars season 30. JoJo has admitted that all the “dance knowledge” she’s learned is “etched” into her brain, and she’s excited to let it all out.

Is Cat Deeley coming back?

Yes, Deeley cat will be back as host of So you think you can dance. Cat has been the series’ longtime host since Season 2. The host noted in a pre-Season 17 video that her favorite part about SYTYCD is “to witness America’s phenomenal talent”. She’s thrilled to experience all of the fun moments on the show, which have been some of her favorite memories over the years.

What Happened to Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy?

So you think you can dance has always had a variety of judges over the years, but co-creator/judge Nigel Lythgoe and judge Mary Murphy have been a staple of the series since its debut. Nigel had been a SYTYCD judge for 16 seasons.

In March 2022, Nigel revealed that he would not be returning for Season 17. “I am so thrilled that budding young American dance talent can work with some of our greatest creative choreographers. On a personally sad note, I wasn’t asked to be on the judging panel this season. I don’t know who will say ‘Cue Music’ but I wish them luck,” Nigel tweeted.

He replied to a fan saying that FOX had to “refresh” the show with new judges. Days after his release announcement, Nigel took to Twitter to encourage fans to keep watching the show.

“I am grateful for the support you have given me regarding #SYTYCD,” his tweet began. “However, I want to say that it is not about us judges. The program was created to give a platform to incredibly talented young dancers, whether they have received formal training or not. Don’t miss this talent this year on May 18 #CueMusic.

Mary admitted she was “very saddened” not to be returning as a judge for season 17. “Of course I am very saddened not to be returning to So you think you can dancebut I’m so excited for the show to return to create even more magic,” she said. EO.

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Cat Deeley is back but not Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. (David Fisher/Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

She added: “I loved every second of the show, from a dancer’s first step to the incredible journey to the last dancer standing. I love being part of such a magical, award-winning team including choreographers, hair and makeup artists, lighting designers, directors, all my assistants who have been so kind to me over the years.

How to watch “So You Think You Can Dance”

Season 17 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. After their linear telecasts, all episodes of So you think you can dance will be available on FOX’s free streaming platform, Tubi, as well as Fox Now, Hulu and On Demand. On-demand episodes are available for customers of Cox Contour TV, DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream, DISH, Hulu + Live, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, XFINITY, YouTube TV, and more. At present, the past seasons of So you think you can dance are not available online.

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