Report: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ to Lose a Longtime Judge

Dec 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A change is in the works at the judges’ table on the Fox competition series “So You Think You Can Dance,” according to a report by Nellie Andreeva on Deadline.com.

The show was recently picked up for its 12th season, which is set to run during summer 2015.

“I hear that Mary Murphy, who has been a staple on the show from the very beginning, may be leaving, and Fox is looking for a new judge addition to join co-creator/executive producer Nigel Lythgoe,” Andreeva writes. “I hear the network and series producers 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Prods. are eyeing Paula Abdul, though sources caution that no formal discussions have been held.”

Abdul has held similar positions at Fox in the past, working as a judge on both “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” Andreeva notes. Abdul was also a guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” during the 2013 season.

The article notes that Murphy was a guest judge during the first two seasons of “Dance,” becoming a permanent judge in season three and remaining in place ever since — other than a timeout during season seven.

Fox wasn’t commenting on the situation, the report notes.

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Mary Murphy


  1. Hope its not true!! Love her and her enthusiasm!!

  2. Hope this isn’t true. Mary Murphy has vast experience in the dance industry and is one of the best for giving advice and critiques to the young dancers. I’d miss her terribly. Please—– not Paula Abdul!

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