Maddie Ziegler Joins Judging Panel for Season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance”

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Maddie Ziegler attends Teen Vogue's 13th Annual Young Hollywood Issue Launch Party on October 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Maddie Ziegler is heading to So You Think You Can Dance!

The 13-year-old award-winning dancer will join resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo on the panel.  Ziegler will lend her expertise as a young dancer to critique and praise the contestants as they battle it out during the studio shows this summer.

In its thirteenth season, So You Think You Can Dance will feature a younger generation of dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking. The dancers will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.

Auditions for So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation have begun and head to Chicago next week (Friday, March 11), followed by New York (Friday, March 18). Please visit for more information about Season 13.

So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation premieres Monday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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