So You Think You Can Dance has added some new celebrity judges to the table. Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul will join returning judge, Nigel Lythgoe, on the competitive dance show. So You Think You Can Dance is in its twelfth season, and so the producers decided to make a few changes to the format in order to make the dancing more competitive. One of the changes will include making the “stage dancers” compete against the “street dancers.” Serving as a judge and executive producer, Lythgoe spoke about having Derulo and Abdul on the show, “With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges.” Lythgoe continued, “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season.” The judge also mentioned that Abdul is an incredible artist who brings heart and expertise to the panel. He added Derulo’s insight, humor, and creativity will add a new perspective to the team as well.
Jason Derulo has made a name for himself as a pretty savvy dancer and performer. In 2012, the pop singer was nominated for Best World Stage Performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Derulo’s music video for “Talk Dirty” was nominated last year for Best Choreography at the MTV Music Awards. The artist spoke about being a part of the new cast of judges, “I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to being a part the cast.” Derulo continued, “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.”
Paula Abdul is arguably one of the best choreographers in the industry. In the past, the choreographer worked on the competitive show as a guest judge a number of times. Rumors of Abdul securing a permanent position started circulating after Mary Murphy left So You Think You Can Dance. Abdul released a statement in regards to her new gig, “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.” Abdul has choreographed dance routines and music videos for Janet Jackson, George Michael, ZZ Top, and Duran Duran. In 1989 and 1990, she earned two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for The Tracey Ullman Show, and for the 17th Annual American Music Awards.