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JoJo Siwa, Twitch & Matthew Morrison To Judge New Season of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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By Favour Adegoke on April 7, 2022 at 8:00 AM EDT
Updated on December 15, 2022 at 12:51 PM EST

"So You Think You Can Dance" is all set for its 17th season and is bringing new judges along. The dancing competition was created by the "American Idol" producers back in July 2005. It was immediately a huge success with over ten million viewers.

Some permanent faces on the show include British show host Cat Deeley who started hosting from the second season till recently and Nigel Lythgoe. Lythgoe is part of the creators and executive producers of the show. He was also a permanent face on the panel of judges until recently.

"SYTYCD" just released the names of their new judges. Stephen "Twitch" Boss, JoJo Siwa, and Matthew Morrison were all announced as part of the new panel. These new faces will replace the former judges in the dancing competition's season seven.

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'SYTYCD' New Panel Of Judges

Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" is returning to screens for a new season and will have a new panel of judges. While host Cat Deeley was the only previously announced cast set for a comeback, Fox recently released the names of the new judges.

On Monday, it was announced that Twitch, Siwa, and "Glee" Star Morrison will be among the cast of judges of this season's "SYTYCD." Season 17 will premiere on May 18 at 9 p.m. ET, right after the season finale of the singing competition, "The Masked Singer."

The new judges will replace Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Laurieann Gibson. The former judges were initially supposed to return this season but plans changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production was halted, and the show was officially put on hold in June 2020.

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'SYTYCD' Cast Comments On Social Media

The new judges are obviously psyched for their roles and can't wait for the show to hit the road. On Monday, longtime host Deeley wrote, "We're back! So excited to be returning to #SYTYCD for a brand-new season! Don't miss the premiere of @DANCEonFOX May 18!"

Boss added to the excitement, writing, "Let's get itttttt!!! The summer is already looking brighter. So excited and honored to be on the panel for an all-new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance!!' @catdeeley @itsjojosiwa @matthewmorrison YALL READY?!?! Let’s goooooooooooo #sytycd #dance.”

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Siwa's celebratory post read, "FINALLY!.... 'So You Think You Can Dance is coming to FOX this summer, and I am so grateful that I am going to be a judge! It's such an honor to be a part of this shows come back!!! Don't miss the season premiere of @DANCEonFOX May 18, the day before my bday; best bday present ever!"

Not to be left out of the fun, Morrison also posted about the show adding that he would be "heading back to [his] roots." He continued, "Join me, @sir_twitch_alot, and @itsjojosiwa for the fresh new season of @DANCEonFOX May 18! Follow our adventure on @realityclubfox too, and stay tuned for more."

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Twitch Was A Contestant On 'SYTYCD'

Twitch was a previous contestant on "SYTYCD." He competed in the fourth season of the dance show and ended as the runner-up, while Joshua Allen took home the win. After that, he went on to serve as the DJ on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and hosted "The Real Dirty Dancing" on Fox and "Clash of the Cover Bands" on E!

Siwa, on her part, was on "Dance Moms" and season 30 of "Dancing with the Stars." The entertainer got the runner-up title in the latter competition alongside her partner, Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy. The two are the first same-sex dance partners on the show. Siwa also handles her own reality competition series titled "Siwa's Dance Pop Revolution" and previously released three albums.

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Morrison is the only judge without an extended history with dancing competitions. The Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated actor is most famous for his performance in the series "Glee" and "American Horror Story."

Lythgoe Announced That He Wouldn't Return To 'SYTYCD'

Nigel Lythgoe at the Ballet Gala at The Broad Stage.

Longtime judge Lythgoe posted that he wouldn't join the panel of judges this year. Besides his previous job as a host, the 72-year-old co-created the dancing competition with Simon Fuller. He was also an executive producer and stayed as a judge for all its 16 seasons.

Via a Twitter post, Lythgoe wrote that he had "not been asked to be on the judging panel this season." He continued, "I don't know who will be saying 'Cue Music,' but I wish them well. Besides him, other "SYTYCD" judges over time include Adam Shankman, Jason Derulo, Maddie Ziegler, Vanessa Hudgens, and Paula Abdul.

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The series premiered over 16 years ago and, from that time till date, has received 71 Emmy nominations. Out of those, they won 17 for Outstanding choreography

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