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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Mary Murphy Will Return as a Resident Judge

January 11, 2011 by  

Mary “hot tamale train” Murphy will return as a regular judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE this coming season.

Murphy, who was replaced on the panel last season by choreographer Mia Michaels, will sit alongside executive producer and fellow judge Nigel Lythgoe this summer, as she did in seasons 2 through 6.

Lythgoe, who returns to AMERICAN IDOL as an executive producer this season as well, made an appearance at Fox’s IDOL session this morning and I was able to get a few moments with him afterward.

“I am delighted to have Mary back,” he said.

Regarding Mia Michaels, he said he very much hopes that she will come back as a full time choreographer: “For me, last year, she was lacking [not being able to choreograph] in the competition.”

As far as all the other changes Lythgoe made to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE last season, this year, he’s hoping to find a happy medium between the new and the old: “I’d love to find a way to incorporate both a Top 20 and the All-Stars. I’m not sure how we would do that yet, but that’s what I’d like to do.”

Any thoughts, SYTYCD fans?

Happy to hear that Mary will be back permanently? That Mia Michaels will possibly be choreographing a lot more this summer?

Speak up below…

P.S. In preparation for the new season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE producers are traveling across the country in search of dancers who represent the best of America. The series continues its search for America’s Favorite Dancer in Salt Lake City, UT, on Wednesday, Feb. 2; in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, Feb. 25; and in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, March 1. Audition information is as follows:

Salt Lake City, UT Wednesday, Feb. 2 The Jeanne Wagner Theatre

138 W. Broadway

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Los Angeles, CA Friday, Feb. 25 Orpheum Theatre

842 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Charlotte, NC Tuesday, March 1 McGlohon Theatre

301 North Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

Those who shine during auditions are given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.

*Venue information may change. For the latest information, auditioners should log on to

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at each venue. Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition in the event of a callback.

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6 Responses to “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Mary Murphy Will Return as a Resident Judge”

  1. Kathy on January 11th, 2011 5:05 pm

    I loved the All Star format last season, and if they combined that with some Mia Michaels’ routines, this season could be outstanding! Keeping the All Star format really reveals the weaker dancers a lot quicker, and the good dancers don’t have to “play down” to a weaker dancer they are paired up with. I don’t think any chemistry between dancers was lost at all with this format, and I’m sure that’s the concern with keeping that format.

  2. Randi on January 11th, 2011 5:05 pm

    Pair the top 20 with each other. Knock 2 dancers out each week. Once you get to the top 10, have the dancers start switching partners and also pairing with All Stars for a total of 2 dances per week. Save time and eliminate 2 dancers per week until the top 6, if need be. Also, if they need to find extra time to do this, cut down the auditions. Also, keep the exhibition show where performers get highlighted performing their own dance style and maybe mix in All Stars there. Maybe also have a couple of group dances in the earlier top 20 rounds with all stars mixed in. All Stars could also act as “mentors” to the new couples and could help encourage them.

    I think that will give us the combination of both dancers getting a chance to form that amazing chemistry like Ivan and Allison, Travis and Heidi, Twitch and Kensington, Katee and Joshua, etc. but will still give us a chance to SEE Katee and New guy/girl or Twitch and new girl/guy dance together.

  3. Canakatydid on January 12th, 2011 11:27 pm

    Great news!! I love Mary Murphy…whhooooohooooooo!

  4. Norma Dee on March 17th, 2011 6:18 pm

    Really, really glad to see Mary Murphy return. Hope her recovery is complete. Mia Michaels is a great choreographer, but I sensed a strong prejudice in her against black male dancers. (Remember the near cat fight she had with Debbie Allen because of their disagreement about a black male dancer?) I always felt Mary to be very astute and fair.

    PS I am not black

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  6. Suzanne Whelan on July 2nd, 2011 8:13 am

    I am uncertain where the most effective place to post my comment would be. I love the judges of this show and I think the dancing is great. I was, however, discussing with a group of people last night, how we feel we will have to stop watching the show with our kids. I hate it that the show has so many “sexy” and inappropriate for kids issues being shown in the choreography. The dance with the couple waking up in bed has caused me to finally search for a place to write my comment. There are many beautiful dances that are entirely appropriate. Also, I would feel I was in the minority and would not speak up, EXCEPT look who America chose on American Idol! The public want more wholesome things to watch on tv and that is why we chose Scotty McGreery. Please consider my opinion as I wish the kids were able to watch this show. Thank you.