SYTYCD Turns 15!

Fox has renewed So You Think You Can Dance for yet another season, making the award-winning show fifteen this year! So what’s changing, what’s staying the same, and who will be America’s favorite dancer?

Well to be honest, it doesn’t look like anything is changing. Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Vanessa Hudgens will be returning for season 15. The trio will take to the panel once again to give their input and advice, and of course the host will remain Cat Deeley (who seems to have made a deal with the devil to never age a single day…not fair!). However, maybe there should be some adjustments to the judging line up…

A question we need to ask ourselves, “is it time to throw some new judges into the mix?” As sweet and talented as she is, I’m not completely convinced that ‘High School Musical’ gives Vanessa the qualifications necessary to critique some of the strongest dancers in the nation. And though she used to give some good advice, Mary has been overly enthusiastic to most of the contestants - it seems that everyone is welcome to climb aboard the Hot Tamale Train nowadays! In fact, all three of the “judges” didn’t really judge anything last season. There was a lot of high praise, and the occasional “keep on working on that technique” comment, but there really wasn’t real criticism. Perhaps it’s time to revamp the panel? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.  

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Keira Whitaker is a dedicated teacher, performer, and choreographer, who has been dancing for the past 21 years. She recently graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Dance performance and a minor in English.