JoJo Siwa returning to ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ after Nigel Lithgow’s exit

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Whereas so you Think You Can Dance It may have lost one of its original judges ahead of Season 18, now a familiar face is set to take his place.

Fox announced Friday that JoJo Siwa will also return to the judges’ table SYTYCD All-Star Alison Holker and dancing with the Stars Supporter Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Longtime host Cat Deeley is also set to return in the March 4 premiere.

Siwa’s return coincided with the news of an updated format for the dance competition, which originally debuted in July 2005. In addition to “new, intense dance challenges”, season 17 will also include “a documentary-style inside look at the contestants”. The dynamic follows them throughout the competition as they go through their personal and competitive journeys, including daily struggles, new relationships, personality clashes and more.”

dance Moms Starr’s casting was confirmed three weeks after co-creator Nigel Lithgow exited the series following a sexual assault and harassment lawsuit from former judge Paula Abdul.

“I have informed the producers so you Think You Can Dance “Regarding my decision to withdraw from participating in this year’s series,” Lithgow previously said in a statement. AP, “I did so with a heavy heart but completely willingly because this great program has always been about dance and the dancers, and that’s where its focus needs to remain. In the meantime, I look forward to clearing my name and restoring my reputation.” “I am dedicating myself to doing this.”

Siva had previously judged season 17, while Holkar had participated in seven seasons following her initial season 2 debut as a contestant. Additionally, Holker’s late husband Stephen “Twitch” Boss also served as a judge for the last two seasons.

so you Think You Can Dance Season 18 premieres Monday, March 4 at 9pm EST on Fox.