Maddie Ziegler Joins ‘So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation’ As Judge

Maddie Ziegler
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The Next Generation theme of the upcoming 13th season of So You Think You Can Dance is extending to the judging panel. Thirteen-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler is set as a judge on Fox’s SYTYCD: The Next Generation, joining Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo. The new installment of SYTYCD, which debuts May 30, will feature dancers between the ages of 8-13 who will be paired with All-Stars.

The gig keeps Ziegler in reality TV. She was a breakout star and Abby Lee Miller’s top dancer on Lifetime’s Dance Moms, which she is leaving after the current sixth season. She also starred in Sia’s music video trilogy (you can watch Chandelier below) and has performed on Saturday Night Live, the 2015 Grammy Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing with the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Ziegler also is as an aspiring actress with roles on such TV shows as Pretty Little Liars, Austin & Ally and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. She will be making her feature debut in The Book of Henry. 

SYTYCD: The Next Generation is currently casting. The series is executive-produced by creators Fuller and Lythgoe as well as Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, EVP of dick clark productions; Beverly Frank of 19 Entertainment; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.

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