After a two-season absence, Mary Murphy is returning to So You Think You Can Dance to judge alongside Nigel Lythgoe for its upcoming 14th season.
This season will be yet another reboot—though one that takes the show closer to its roots. Dancers 18 to 30 will compete and the top 10 will be paired with all-star partners. In other words, no more kids, and no more Paula Abdul.
Mary was fired two years ago, the second time she left the show, saying then that she was “saddened” but “very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show.” In 2010, she was demoted to a pool of guest judges and choreographers and, after a long absence, eventually returned.
Fox’s bio for Mary says:
“…Mary Murphy has appeared in such films as Dance with Me, with Vanessa Williams; and the thriller “Killer Movie,” starring Kaley Cuoco. The long list of celebrities Murphy has coached includes Dennis Quaid, Mary Steenburgen and Donnie Wahlberg. Murphy also has worked with Julia Roberts in Something to Talk About and worked as her body double for a dance sequence in the film. Murphy made her Broadway debut to rave reviews in Burn the Floor, and beyond her career in Hollywood, serves as a judge at major ballroom competitions across the U.S., including the recent U.S. National Amateur and Professional Dancesport Championship. Murphy also offers world-class dance instruction at her San Diego-based studio, Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy (www.championballroom.com), which opened in 1990 and is one of the top studios today. A survivor of thyroid cancer, Murphy is a dedicated supporter of the American Cancer Society. She also founded a program for injured veterans, Soldiers Who Salsa: Healing Soldiers One Step at a Time.”
But she may be better known for all of this, which endeared her to many fans and horrified others: