After an uninspired season that saw the show’s worst ratings to date, “So You Think You Can Dance” is going back to what it knows best and returning to the format that was so popular with fans.
In an effort to spice things up last year, the popular Fox show added 8 to 13 year-olds, compared to their usual requirement if 18 to 30. Viewers didn’t seem to enjoy the show’s routines as much since the age gap between the kids and their all-star partners had an effect on the choreography and dance routines.
Host Cat Deeley said during a ‘Build Series’ interview with HuffPost that everyone in the “SYTYCD” team, including herself and judge Nigel Lythgoe, are excited about getting back to the show’s roots.
“We’ve gone old school again, which is really nice,” Deeley said. “We all really enjoyed doing the kids season because it was so different and it was completely new, but it’s nice to have the adults back again, too.”
When the Emmy-nominated host previewed a new season of the show, she promised that the addition of new host Vanessa Hudgens and the return of choreographer Mary Murphy will be a real treat for fans of the show.
“Mary Murphy’s back, which is great. The Hot Tamale Train is rolling back into town. Woo, woo!” Deeley said. “And we’ve also got Vanessa Hudgens on the panel too, which I think is brilliant because she is an all-round artist ― singer, dancer, performer, Broadway star. I think she’ll be a brilliant addition, and she’s already been on the road with us and she’s been doing auditions and she gets up onstage with people and dances. She’s in it. It’s great.”
After 14 seasons on the air, Deeley admits that she still “adores’ her job. The only thing that concerns her sometimes is whether someone new will ever be able to top some of the previous performers, including Witney Carson and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
“Every season, before I start, I go in with a little bit of trepidation because you just don’t know if they’re going to be as amazing as the season before,” Deeley admitted. “But we got some great people this time.”1 of 1