Mary Murphy returning to 'SYTYCD'

Mary-MurphyImage Credit: Kelsey McNeal/FoxAfter a season on the bench, Mary Murphy is returning to Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance as a resident judge.

The opinionated dancer and choreographer is returning to the show after the series suffered a rather dramatic ratings dip last summer.

“I am delighted to have Mary back on the show,” says producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe, who will sit alongside Murphy during critiques. “Her expertise in dance, coupled with her warmth, compassion and humor, make her an excellent judge and fun to work with.”


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  • 3 left feet

    Hot d a m n! Let’s get on board that hot tamale train.

  • Jen

    Does this mean no more Mia? Because I won’t get too excited until that’s confirmed. She was so painful to listen to.

    • Catherine

      I believe it was confirmed in the Fall that Mia Michaels was not coming back. So you can get excited!

    • joblo

      Yes! No more Mia; let her return to choreography. I welcome Mary back and look forward to the show’s return.

      • Lucy

        I agree with you. glad Mary’s coming back and leave Mia to choreography!

    • Yippee

      I am all about no more Mia as a judge. Painful is a compliment. Just go back to choreography… That is where she shines (and shuts up!)

  • BeBe

    NOOOOO!!!! She is sooo annoying!

    • Megan

      Let’s polish our mute buttons together.

      • Katja

        It was so nice last season when I didn’t have to keep the remote in hand during the judging, ready to crank down the volume before the screeching brought my husband into the room to complain. I’m going to have to charge up some new batteries for the remote before the new season starts.

    • D A Woods

      I’m with you. So I won’t be watching again atleast not without my PVR. CAN NOT STAND Mary!!! Shut up lady! You’re screaming is atrociously unprofessional! Go go away! And please do not come back to the Canadian show either. You add NOTHING. arghhh

      • Dawn

        I was so happy when Mary was NOT on last year. Her screaming drove me crazy! I’m disappointed. I guess I’ll have to turn the volume off when it’s her turn to critique!

  • S.

    I really missed her ballroom expertise last summer, so I am glad.

  • whatevs

    Haven’t we known she was coming back for months now?

    • Jenn

      I didn’t know…so I’m glad to read the news. However, once she starts screaming again I’m sure I’ll change my mind.

  • Em

    I was happy to see Mia go, but there was sure something off while she was gone. Maybe having her back will bring back that chemistry…

    • Em

      Sorry – meant MARY. I was happy to see MARY go. Sad to see Mia go, as infuriating as she could be.

  • Brit

    Well, I for sure won’t be watching now. Only reason I watched last season is b/c she wasn’t involved.

  • renee

    no mary was one of the reasons i enjoyed the show last season. her and nygel are so biased and try really hard to sway the public vote.

  • Christina

    Yay! So glad Mary’s back. I missed her last summer and thought the show suffered without her. Did not like Mia as a judge AT ALL. Hope Mia’s back as a choreogragher, though.

  • pai

    I don’t know if that brings my green or blue side up. I just don’t feel Mia’s using the whole stage……

  • Rob Grizzly

    Crap. I hate the ‘hot tamale train’ and all the hooting and hollering she does! She was good early on, but these last few seasons its like she turned into a cartoon or a pull-the-string doll; where you could predict any one from a stock set of comments she was gonna give. I was thrilled when she sat out last year, and I was one of the few who really liked Mia on the panel, and found myself agreeing more with her opinions on the dances than Nigel’s overpraise and Adam’s long-winded speeches. Sure I miss Mia’s choreo, and yes, she can be inarticulate at times, but man, was she refreshingly honest on a show that has developed a habit of gushing over and babying its contestants.

    • Katja

      I agree with everything you’ve said, Rob. I hate the hot tamale train and the screeching (it’s like she turned into a caricature of herself), and I actually liked Mia’s commentary. Well, mostly. It drove me nuts when she carried on that weird one-sided feud with AdeChike for no reason whatsoever, but otherwise I liked what she had to say, even when it didn’t quite make sense. I somehow still got what she was trying to communicate and usually agreed.

    • Sabrina

      Yes! What Rob said. Word for word.

  • bruno

    sweeee!!! now if only they’ll get rid of shankman and stop casting only for the tween demo all will be forgiven!

  • JJ

    Botox, spray-tan, and clunky gold jewelry; here we come!

  • Here & There

    Well, that means I need to turn down the volume, way down when the dancers are critiqued. However, much prefer Mary over rambling, unintelligible Mia.

  • Katie

    Soooo glad to hear that Mia is gone and Mary is back. I do hope to see Mia choreographing this year, though. Can’t wait for the season to start!! Woo hoo.

    • Katja

      Though I’m not happy about Mary’s return, I do have to agree that I hope Mia will be choreographing this season.

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