Fox announced today that perennial fan favorite So You Think You Can Dance will return on May 30th for Season 13 on Fox. The twisted new format titled “The Next Generation” will feature contestants aged 8-13 being permanently paired with All-Stars. The judging panel of Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will return as well as Emmy nominated host Cat Deeley.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out given that the most successful routines in the history of the show have dealt with subjects ranging from death, breast cancer and sexual situations. So You Think You Can Dance has struggled with ratings but has had great success garnering Emmy nominations for choreography, lighting, make-up, costumes and for host Deeley. This could be a grab at an entirely different demographic and if that is what they are aiming for, they are likely to get it. Unfortunately, it may be at the expense of losing the demographic that they have now. Initial responses are mixed once fans learn of the twist with the age of the contestants. Does anyone remember American Juniors? Exactly!