FOX announces that So You Think You Can Dance will premiere Wednesday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the season finale of The Masked Singer (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
The beloved series returns to television after a two season hiatus with an all-new judges panel. Former contestant Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Glee and Broadway star Matthew Morrison and dancer, singer and Dancing with the Stars alum JoJo Siwa will sit on the judges panel. Presenter and author Cat Deeley will return to her role as host of the dance competition series.
The new season will feature highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30, showcasing their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. Those who are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, with brand-new twists and turns introduced into the competition.
While creator Nigel Lythgoe will not return as a judge, he retains an executive producer credit. Rose Seitchik will serve as showrunner. 19 Entertainment is still producing. Former contestant and All-star dancer, Robert Roldan is onboard as an associate producer.
Season 17 will air over 12 weeks
Executive producer Jeff Thacker told Inside Dance that the season will be longer than the past few. “There are eight studio shows and we’re going to see four audition shows, so this is a summer season of 12 weeks of So You Think You Can Dance.” Thacker also promises to bring in new choreographers. Currently the show is conducting producers auditions in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
Over the course of its 16 seasons, So You Think You Can Dance has received 71 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 17 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costumes, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design.