There could be some swinging from the chandelier at the So You Think You Can Dance judges’ table this season.
Dance Moms star — and Sia’s video alter ego — Maddie Ziegler is joining the panel of the Fox reality competition for Season 13, TVLine has learned. She’ll sit alongside returning judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo.
The 13-year-old Ziegler’s addition comes as the summer staple reboots itself with a new name (So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation) and a new focus on contestants in the 8-13 age group who excel across a variety of styles including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation and breaking.
Season 13 auditions are currently underway — hitting Chicago and New York City this Friday and next — with the goal of advancing to “The Academy,” where the judges will narrow the field to the Top 10. Those young’uns will be paired up permanently with SYTYCD All-Stars from prior seasons to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.
SYTYCD: The Next Generation kicks off on Monday, May 30 at 8/7c.
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