Fox this morning officially confirmed that So You Think You Can Dance will return for a 13th season with an installment featuring young dancers. The long-rumored “SYTYCD Junior” will be officially titled SYTYCD: The Next Generation. It will showcase dancers between the ages of 8-13 in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking, who will be paired up with All-Stars. Season 13 is set to premiere Monday, May 3. Cat Deeley is returning as host as are Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as judges.
Fox chairman Dana Walden hinted at TCA last month that SYTYCD was expected to return with “some changes,” fueling the speculation that Fox was taking a page from its MasterChef playbook and looking to replicate the success of spinoff MasterChef Junior with a kids installment of SYTYCD that also could capitalize on the success of reality series featuring young dancers, such as Lifetime’s Dance Moms.
Auditions begin next month in three cities, including Los Angeles (Saturday, Feb. 27), Chicago (Friday, March 11) and New York (Friday, March 18). The kids who go through will move to The Academy round where the Top 10 dancers will be selected and partnered permanently with a SYTYCD All-Star. The competition twill move on to the SYTYCD studio, where the top youngsters will compete each week in a variety of styles, working with choreographers and performing alongside their All-Star partners. One young contestant will go home each week until a winner is named on the season finale.
“We are so happy to bring back the award-winning So You Think You Can Dance for a 13th season this summer with a brand-new format,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “The series has captivated its loyal fan base for over a decade, inspiring young dancers across the country and transforming the face of dance in every medium – and we’re so excited to feature a young and talented new group of performers on the series.”