Paula Abdul joins “reinvention” of SYTYCD in Australia

Paula Abdul will become the head judge on So You Think You Can Dance–though the Australian version, not the in-need-of-a-makeover Fox version, when it returns in 2014.

The Australian version was cancelled after three seasons in 2010, but Network Ten
has picked up a version now produced by Shine Australia. The Telegraph calls this “a youthful reinvention” of the show that will also feature “Aussie ballroom king Jason Gilkison, hot choreographer Shannon Holtzapffel and Tap Dogs star Aaron Cash” as judges. The show’s new host will be Carrie Bickmore from The Project.

In a statement, Paula said, “I am thrilled to be a part of this great show and to experience first-hand the skill, passion and athleticism of these dancers. Aussie dancers are without doubt some of the best in the world and it is an honour for me to be a part of finding Australia’s best dancer.”

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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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.