Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo Join So You Think You Can Dance

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So You Think You Can Dance is about to get a whole lot nuttier.

And a whole lot more handsome.

Hot on the heels of Mary Murphy being let go from this Fox reality competition, the network has announced that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will join the judges table on Season 12.

A Kiss from Paula Abdul
Jason Derulo in Concert

The upcoming season will also feature a new format: street dancers versus stage dancers.

"With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on So You Think You Can Dance.

"Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before."

Abdul, best known of late for her stint on American Idol, said via statement:

“I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world,” said Abdul.  

“So You Think You Can Dance has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It’s going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I’m looking forward to an exciting new season!”

Derulo added that he’s “truly excited” to be part of one of the “most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television.”

Auditions for Season 12 kick off in New York, Saturday, Jan. 24; Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 14; Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 22; Memphis, Sunday, March 8; and Los Angeles, Sunday, March 15.

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