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While Michaels has occasionally taken a seat on the judge's panel during past seasons, Murphy owned the permanent seat next to SYTYCD's Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe and famed director and choreographer Adam Shankman. However, Fox announced yesterday that the switch was taking place for the new season, and Murphy (and her "Hot Tamale Train") will only be a guest judge and choreographer on the show's seventh season.
It's a surprising switcheroo for fans of the dance competition, especially because Michaels announced she was leaving the series last October. So, should we be concerned about Murphy (our ear-piercing screamer), and her future with the show? Not according to Lythgoe:
"I'm not worried about it. Mary Murphy is a fabulous judge. She knows what she's talking about and she speaks from the heart."
The judges' switch isn't the only the tweak in store for the new season, as Fox announced last month that past favorites -- SYTYCD "All-Stars" -- will also be returning to the big stage.
The new season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance premieres on May 27.
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