Mia Michaels quits SYTYCD but gets Bravo reality show; Mary Murphy returns

Choreographer Mia Michaels is leaving So You Think You Can Dance after spending a season as a permanent judge. Mia admits that she knows what was pretty obvious: She’s an awful judge, although she says that’s because she’s “an artist” and “a visionary” who no longer wants to be connected to the Fox dance competition series.

“Last year when I was sitting on the [judges] panel, I knew it wasn’t the right fit because I felt too glossy sitting on the panel People were so focused on what I wore and my hair. I wanted to get dirty and back to the work. I am an artist and I’m a visionary. I need to paint my world now and not be constantly linked to So You think You Can Dance,” Mia told E! News’ Marc Malkin.

At least she’s not full of herself like she seemed on the show, and later in the interview she called it “a wonderful platform. I’m staring at [my] two Emmys right now.” E! reports that while she will be “starring in an upcoming Bravo reality show, writing a memoir and developing a Broadway show.”

Mia agrees that the show just wasn’t the same without Mary Murphy: “I heard they’re bringing Mary Murphy back and I’m really happy for her. I’ve sat in that chair, but I feel like that was Mary’s chair.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.