So You Think You Can Dance is set for a return — but there’s a twist.
Fox announced Monday that the dance-based reality show will join its summer lineup for a 13th season, featuring younger dancers than ever before. So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation will focus on dancers between the ages of 8-13 who are skilled in dance styles like contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, or breaking. Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo are set to return, as is host Cat Deeley.
The young dancers will perform for their chance at a place in “The Academy,” where only the best will move on to the next round. Each member of the top 10 will then be partnered permanently with a SYTYCD All-Star to learn routines across all styles of dance, with one contestant going home each week.
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“We are so happy to bring back the award-winning So You Think You Can Dance for a 13th season this summer with a brand-new format,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “The series has captivated its loyal fan base for over a decade, inspiring young dancers across the country and transforming the face of dance in every medium — and we’re so excited to feature a young and talented new group of performers on the series.”
“Through the Dizzy Feet Foundation, I’ve had the great privilege of working with incredible young talent who will eventually shape the future of dance in this country,” said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “By evolving the So You Think You Can Dance format this season, we can showcase the very best junior dancers out there and open up the world of dance to a whole new generation.”
So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation premieres May 30 on Fox.