Former Lakers cheerleader and pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul (Opposites Attract) has already been a judge on Fox’s talent competition shows American Idol and The X Factor. Now she’s taking over the chair of judge Mary Murphy on Fox’s third talent show, So You Think You Can Dance. This is the end of the road for Paula at Fox–the network doesn’t have anymore talent shows for her to judge! Fox has also added hip hop star Jason Derulo (Talk Dirty) as a judge. Season 12 will premiere in the summer.
In addition to the new judges, there will be new categories to consider. Dancers who advance during the auditions will be placed into either the stage dancer team or the street dancer team. When it gets down to the Top 20 – the judges will have 10 street dancers and 10 stage dancers to choose from.