Fox has announced that JoJo Siwa will be returning to the judging panel of the Emmy Award-winning dance competition series “So You Think You Can Dance” alongside Allison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Season 18 will infuse the long-running hit with a new format reflecting the authentic experience of building a successful career in dance, as so many “So You Think You Can Dance” alums have. Each week, contestants will compete in new, intense dance challenges that will give them a real taste of the career, from performing in a music video or a football halftime show to going toe-to-toe on stage with a Broadway performer. In the end, it will be up to the judges to decide their fate. Eliminations will take place weekly, with the Top 3 finalists competing in the season’s spectacular finale, but only one will win the $100,000 grand prize and be crowned the winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 18.

JoJo will be replacing Nigel Lythgoe, who left the show earlier this month following a new lawsuit by Paula Abdul, who has claimed that Lythgoe sexually assaulted her during their time working together on “American Idol”

This season will also debut new storytelling elements to further capture the authentic ups and downs experienced by professional dancers. For the first time ever, in addition to the big spectacle dance numbers that “So You Think You Can Dance” has long been famous for, viewers will get a documentary-style inside look at the contestants’ dynamics, following them throughout the competition as they go through their personal and competitive journeys, including the daily struggles, new relationships, personality clashes and more. 

Over the course of its 17 seasons, “So You Think You Can Dance” has received 72 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 17 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Costumes, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design.

“So You Think You Can Dance” is from 19 Entertainment (a part of Sony Pictures Television) and Dick Clark Productions. The series is executive produced by Daniel Martin, who also serves as showrunner, and Barry Adelman, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Cat Deeley also serves as producer.


The series, which will continue to be hosted by Cat Deeley, will return on Monday, 4th March 2024, at  9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX, and episodes will be available the next day on Hulu and Hulu On Disney+.

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