So You Think You Can Dance has added Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo to the season 12 panel of judges Fox announced.
They will be judging together with Nigel Lythgoe and Cast Deeley will also return to host the upcoming season which is with a new twist: Stage dancers versus street dancers.
Announcement of the new judges on the show came few days after news broke that Mary Murphy was leaving the show but those who have followed the show from the beginning will know she has been a great part of it since day one and seeing her leave is a bit worrying.
Of Murphy’s departure, Fox, Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment said in a statement, “Mary has been a huge part of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ from mentoring the dancers as a choreographer to inspiring fans as a judge. She will always be part of our ‘Dance’ family and we wish her continued success.”
Paula however is not a wrong choice for this year’s season as she has a strong dance background and was also a judge on American idol for about 8 seasons as well a judge on the X-factor.
She has also been a guest judge on the show together with Jason. With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said Lythgoe. “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.”