As you know, in judgin’, one day you’re in…and the next day, you’re relegated to “just a choreographer.” Fox announced today that Mia Michaels will join Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman as resident judges on season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance. This means no more Maaaaaaaaary Murphy in the middle, a sight and especially sound to which we’ve grown accustomed for years and years. Feels like eons, really. Mia better step it up and invent new and better reasons to cry after every dance; otherwise; SYTYCD‘s chances of being featured on The Soup every week just went way down. (Yeah, right. Mia is nuts!) Mary’s not gone for good — a Fox spokesperson confirmed to EW that she was a guest judge during auditions and will choreograph for season 7.
I’m disappointed that Mia won’t be choreographing for the week-to-week performances (hopefully she’ll do a group number here or there), but I’m thrilled to see her replace Mary. I love Mia — she has no shame and just gets so unapologetically into it all the time. You know how she’s always going on and on about how that dance made her FEEL something or that a contestant’s lines were so beautiful she just wanted to CUT her? I love that. One of my ultimate fantasies is to perform a dance that would make Mia Michaels cry or kill me.
How do you feel about the judging shakeup? Do you find Mia’s emotional spasms intriguing or tiresome? And will you miss Mary’s screams?
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