Fox has renewed So You Think You Can Dance for a 15th season, once again escaping cancellation after being on the bubble.
While the show will bring back the same judging panel as last season (Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Vanessa Hudgens) and host Cat Deeley, the all-stars don’t appear to be returning, at least not as a central part of the competition.
Last year’s renewal announcement mentioned that the top 10 would “be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition.”
There’s no such mention this year. Instead, the press release describes the competition like this:
“During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at The Academy callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of The Academy callback rounds, the judges will choose this season’s top dancers to move on in the competition. Those who are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete LIVE each week for America’s votes in a variety of styles. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.”
Auditions start in March, and are open to dancers ages 18 to 30.
Fox reality TV executive Rob Wade said in a press release, “I am always blown away by the sheer level of raw talent on this show. These are real people—unknown stars in their own right. And each week, they tell compelling, emotional stories through their craft.”
Season 14 was a successful return to basics for the show, which had meandered away from its core with various gimmicks. Also working in the show’s favor: Fox basically doesn’t have much else.