“So You Think You Can Dance” has recruited two new judges for its 12th season: Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table in the FOX summer reality staple.
Former “American Idol” judge Abdul says in a statement, “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. ‘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!”
Says executive producer and judge Lythgoe in the statement, “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.”
The competition will pit “stage vs. street” this season, with formally trained dancers on one side and hip-hop and other “street” styles on the other.
The first round of Season 12 auditions will begin on Saturday (Jan. 24) in New York City, at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom and Hammerstein Ballroom, with the judges’ callbacks on Sunday and Monday (Jan. 25-26).