JoJo Siwa joins ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ as judge”

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 / Source: TODAY
By Ariana Brockington

After a nearly three-year break between seasons, “So You Think You Can Dance” will return this spring with an entirely new judging panel. On Monday, the show’s official Twitter account revealed that season 17 will premiere on May 18 and JoJo Siwa, “SYTYCD” alum Stephen “tWitch” Boss and “Glee” star Matthew Morrison will join the judges’ table.  After recently appearing on season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2021, Siwa will make a big leap from contestant to judge.

On the ABC series, she was declared the runner-up and made history as one-half of the first same-sex pair to compete on the show.  Boss was named the runner-up on “SYTYCD” way back in 2008. Since then, he has been featured as a co-host on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

He repeatedly returned to the “SYTYCD” stage as a mentor, all-star and choreographer. He also previously served as a judge in season 15.  Morrison might seem like a wild-card pick, but he has a Broadway background and was a captain on the British dance series “The Greatest Dancer” in 2019.Before Fox cancelled the 17th season of the dance competition series back in June 2020.  A Fox rep said in a statement at the time, “Production on Season 17 of SYTYCD will not be moving forward due to health and governmental restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to TVLine.Co- creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Laurieann Gibson were previously tapped to be the panelists.