Paula Abdul is heading back to tv…along with dancer/singer/overall hottie Jason Derulo!
The duo have been confirmed as permanent judges for season 12 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, the network announced this week. Abdul and Derulo are replacing longtime judge Mary Murphy and joining veteran panelist Nigel Lythgoe starting Jan. 24 for the NYC auditions.
“I’m honored to be joining the judges’ panel this season,” the former SYTYCD guest judge, 52, tweeted after news broke Jan. 22. Her SYTYCD gig marks the award-winning choreographer’s return to reality TV and to the FOX network, which she called home from 2002 to 2009 on American Idol, and The X Factor in 2011.
Derulo, 25, who has also served as a guest judge, performed on the series in the past and lent his music to many a SYTYCD routine, is just as excited to sit on the panel. “[SYTYCD] is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success,” the “Wiggle” singer told Us Weekly in a statement.