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See the So You Think You Can Dance Judges Talk About Season 12's Major Twist

Originally posted 05/19/2015 05:30PM

Get ready for the most intense season of So You Think You Can Dance yet.

In an exclusive first look at season 12 of the dance competition, the judges explain the reality show's new twist, in which the dancers are separated into two categories.

"We're looking for the top 10 stage dancers, which includes tap, ballroom, ballet, contemporary, and the top 10 street dancers – salsa, street, tango and, of course, all the hip-hop," says show creator Nigel Lythgoe. "Then we join them together and all hell's gonna break loose."

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So You Think You Can Dance: Who's Joining Nigel Lythgoe at the Judges' Table? | Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul

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UpdatePosted 01/22/2015 02:45PM

Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul Joining the Judges' Table of So You Think You Can Dance

Originally posted 01/22/2015 02:35PM

The upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance just might be the biggest one yet, with new additions to the judges' table and a new twist in the competition.

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SYTYCD Alums Stephen Boss & Allison Holker Are Married: See the Photos!

Stephen Boss Marries Allison Holker

Originally posted 12/11/2013 12:20PM

It'll be a lifelong duet on the dance floor for Stephen "Twitch" Boss and Allison Holker, who were married Tuesday in Paso Robles, Calif.

Fittingly, the So You Think You Can Dance costars tied the knot at a winery owned by the show's producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe, who joined the happy couple to Tweet photos of their "rustic chic" big day.

Added Holker: "It's official. I'm Mrs. Boss. We got married," she Tweeted.

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Idol Producer: Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj 'Collide ... in a Good Way' | Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Nigel Lythgoe

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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj 'Collide in a Good Way,' Says American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe

Originally posted 09/19/2012 12:00PM

Laughing off rumors of an on-set feud, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj "have collided, but only collided in a good way, a creative way."

"Nicki is very deferential to Mariah," Lythgoe told reporters at the So You Think You Can Dance finale on Tuesday. "[Nicki] says, 'You do realize you're auditioning in front of this incredible singer here, why would you want to choose her song to sing?' "

Veteran judge Randy Jackson, who is sitting alongside Carey, Minaj and country star Keith Urban for Idol's 12th season, which premieres in January, may feel a little unappreciated, according to Lythgoe.

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How the So You Think You Can Dance Winners Plan to Indulge

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So You Think You Can Dance: How the Winners Plan to Indulge

Originally posted 09/19/2012 08:05AM

For the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history, America has crowned two winners.

"I don't know why we've never done it before," judge Nigel Lythgoe told PEOPLE after Tuesday's ninth-season finale of the FOX dance competition – where both a male and female were declared "America's favorite dancers."

"It's really great that they win in their own sexes," said Lythgoe.

And so, with the entire top 20 on hand, the season's final four – Cyrus Spencer, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Eliana Girard and Tiffany Maher – waited to learn who would take home the titles.

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POLL: Who Deserves to Win SYTYCD?

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So You Think You Can Dance: Final Four Give Final Performances

Originally posted 09/12/2012 11:00AM

After weeks of rehearsals, performances and eliminations on So You Think You Can Dance, it has come down to the top two men and top two women, in a final push to claim America's vote for the winning spots.

As the competition winds down, each dancer performed five routines Tuesday. While Tiffany Maher delivered solid performances throughout the night, it was Eliana Girard who wowed the judges and the audience with both her technique and her stage presence.

After Girard's performance of a contemporary piece to "Without You" by Harry Nilsson, accompanied by season 7 alum Alex Wong, judge Nigel Lythgoe proclaimed that she was his "favorite dancer of all time in this series."

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So You Think You Can Dance Reveals Top Four

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So You Think You Can Dance Reveals Top Four

Originally posted 09/06/2012 09:00AM

For the first time this season, the judges of So You Think You Can Dance had no control over who was sent home.

"You can breathe a sigh of relief and sit back and enjoy," host Cat Deeley told the panel on Wednesday's episode, which would determine, based on America's vote from the previous week, the final four of season 9.

But there was no sighing for the panel of Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Christina Applegate.

"It's nice to save someone. It's nice to have that feeling and be able to do that but it was America's choice tonight," Applegate told PEOPLE after Wednesday's show.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Judging SYTYCD Is 'Like Sophie's Choice' | Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mary McDonagh Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe

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So You Think You Can Dance: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Helps Pick Top Six

Originally posted 08/30/2012 10:00AM

Tears were streaming during So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday – even before two more dancers were sent home.

The night turned emotional early on, when, with his Swiss parents in the audience for the first time, ballet dancer Cheyon Wespi-Tschopp took to the stage for his solo. "You have to remember these dancers are kids who have dreamed of doing this their whole life," guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson told PEOPLE after Wednesday’s show. "They grew up far away from L.A. and then are transplanted here. I think it is overwhelming for them."

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Inside the SYTYCD Judges' Deliberations on Who to Send Home

Inside the SYTYCD Judges' Deliberations on Who to Send Home

Originally posted 08/23/2012 03:15PM

All-stars raised the So You Think You Can Dance finalists to a new level Wednesday, but two contestants still went home after a night of stellar performances.

"The all-stars could have taken all of the thunder and stolen all the light, but that wasn't the case," judge Mary Murphy told PEOPLE after the show. "We had a lot to celebrate tonight in the fact that [the contestants] held their own.”

But the celebrating came to an end when host Cat Deely announced the bottom two boys and bottom two girls: Witney Carson, 18, Audrey Case, 18, George Lawrence II, 19, and Cheyon Wespi-Tschopp, 23.

"It was a really tough call," Murphy said about having to choose which boy and girl to send home. And for the first time in season 9 the decision was not unanimous between the judges.

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SYTYCD Celebrates Mia Michaels – and Sends Four Dancers Home

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So You Think You Can Dance Pays Tribute to Mia Michaels

Originally posted 08/16/2012 09:15AM

After a two-week hiatus during the London Olympics, the top 14 contestants on So You Think You Can Dance returned Wednesday – and four were sent home.

The episode featured some of the best routines choreographed by three-time Emmy winner Mia Michaels. "I was very honored. It was cool as an artist to be celebrated like that," Michaels told PEOPLE after the show. "It's the most amazing feeling ever. It is actually better than any gold Emmy statue."

But while some dancers soared with their recreations of past numbers, others couldn't recreate the magic of the original performances from seasons past.

"It was a slaughterhouse to be honest with you," Michaels said about the judges' critiques and comparisons. "Tonight just wasn't it and I was disappointed. But the dancers did the best they could."

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