A little over two years till the last season aired, Fox officially renewed the popular dance competition for a seventeenth instalment back on February 20, 2020. Although the show was renewed way earlier they couldn’t go ahead with the production due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the show was put on hold on June 18, 2020.
A source from Fox told at the time, “While we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we’ve set for viewers and contestants in light of the show’s unique format, intricate production schedule, and limited time.”
Finally, in February 2022, it was confirmed that the much anticipated seventeenth season had kicked off production.
To those fans who are looking forward to the new season, we have more surprises! Read till the end to know the release date, new judges, and more.
So You Think You Can Dance Season 17 Release Date: When is it?
On April 5, 2022, it was declared that the seventeenth season will air on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Sadly, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson will not be back as judges in the upcoming season. We’re also entirely sure that original judge Nigel Lythgoe who is also the co-creator is not returning as well.
Lythgoe, who has fulfilled as a judge for the past 16 seasons, declared previously that the network didn’t request him to return to the panel.
On March 4, 2022, Lythgoe tweeted: “I am so thrilled that America’s young aspiring dance talent will get to work with some of our greatest creative choreographers. On a personally sad note, I have not been asked to be on the judging panel this season. I don’t know who will be saying ‘Cue Music’ but I wish them well.”
While the original judges may not be returning to the panel in the seventeenth season, three new panel of judges have been confirmed. The new judges are Stephen Boss popularly known as tWitch, Matthew Morrison, and Jojo Siwa.
Host Cat Deely is also confirmed to be returning in the next season.
Season 17 will feature talented dancers showcasing their skills in multiple dance styles, including breakdance, hip-hop, tap, ballet, animation, and more. Participants who are chosen to proceed to the SYTYCD studio will have a chance to work with famous choreographers and battle each week in different other dance styles and the best among them are selected in the finals.
The names of the cast has not been revealed yet but it will likely feature a whole new batch of contestants vying for the ultimate title.
What to Expect in Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance?
Apart from various kinds of dancing, we expect to see plenty of new twists and turns making it more difficult for the contestants.
Where can I watch So You Think You Can Dance Season 17?
The brand new season of the dance competition series SYTYCD is scheduled to premiere on May 18, 2022 (9:00-10:PM ET/PT).