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JoJo Siwa to Judge ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Revival Premiering May 18

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So You Think You Can Dance returns to FOX this summer with a brand new judging panel. This series is finally coming off of a hiatus after its production halted in 2020. The beloved series is coming back to television with a few notable changes.


So You Think You Can Dance announced the celebrities sitting at the panel for season 17. So You Think You Can Dance alum Stephen “tWitch” Boss will sit at the judges table alongside Tony nominated artist Matthew Morrison, and Dancing With the Stars celebrity JoJo Siwa. The only original cast member returning to the series is host Cat Deeley. Siwa shared her excitement for the series on Instagram.

“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 So You Think You Can Dance on May 18th,” she wrote.

This young celebrity rose to fame on season two of Dance Moms then went on to lead a successful career on Nickelodeon. Ahead of this series, Siwa returned to her dance roots as the second place winner on Dancing With the Stars season 30.


It was clear to fans of the long running series that season 17 would play out differently than others. On March 4, longtime judge Nigel Lythgoe announced his departure from the judging table. It’s evident now that former judges Mary Murphy and Laurieann Gibson are also not returning.

This season of So You Think You Can Dance promises a revamp to the old formatting, considering itself to be brand-new. The network specifies that the brand-new season will feature skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30. These dancers will perform in several dance styles including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and more. Dancers selected will move on to the studio and work with world-renowned choreographers. They will compete in weekly with new challenges and twists introduced throughout the season.

So You Think You Can Dance Returns to TV on May 18

In February, it was announced that So You Think You Can Dance was casting their upcoming season. This came as a surprise to many since the series had been pulled off the network in 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. Auditions for the upcoming season began on March 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since auditions began, contemporary dancer Robert Roldan has shared a video in each audition location.


The highly anticipated season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance premieres on May 18 on FOX. Their season will begin following the season finale of The Masked Singer from 8 to 9 p.m. After airing on the network, So You Think You Can Dance will be available on Tubi, Fox Now, Hulu and On Demand with services like DIRECTV, DISH, Spectrum, and more.

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