Paula Abdul guest judging SYTYCD tonight: Will she increase the show’s ratings?

Former American Idol and The X Factor judge Paula Abdul will be appearing as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance tonight, alongside Erin Andrews. Paula has previously guest judged Dancing With the Stars.

Nigel Lythgoe said he’s “waited ten seasons for” her to guest judge, and Paula said, “I am thrilled to be joining #SYTYCD and I am not kidding!”

Lisa De Moraes suggests this is “the reality-TV equivalent of a Hail Mary pass” because “Dance’s overall audience is down about 27% this summer, compared to last.”

But while Paula has dance credentials, I’m not sure she’s that much of a television draw any more; she was pretty boring on The X Factor and was fired from that show, after all. If she was a ratings draw, wouldn’t she still be on it?

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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