Paula Abdul has joined Jason Derulo as the new judges of the upcoming ‘Stage vs. Street’ season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.
The former ‘American Idol’ judge and the ‘Watcha Say’ singer will join original judge Nigel Lythgoe as judge this year when it returns this summer. The two takes over a vacant seat left by Mary Murphy and another usually given to guest judges in the past.
Nigel Lythgoe, who also executive produces the show, said: ” 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. 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.”
Paula Abdul, who left FOX’s American Idol six years ago, added: ” 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.”
Derulo joined in by saying: “I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of So You Think You Can Dance. 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.”
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