Long-running reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance is still going strong and has been renewed by FOX for its 13th season.
And, like they have done time and time again over the years it has been on the air, the format is once again changing.
Aptly re-named So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, this year, the show will be featuring a much younger crop of contestants than in previous seasons. The dancers will be fielded from the 8-13 year old age group in contrast to the 18-30 year old limit that the show had for its first 12 seasons.
FOX Chairman Dana Walden did give a hint last month that the show would again alter its format. “We would see some changes — how significant you perceive them to be is up to you,” Walden said then.
Executive producer, creator, and judge Nigel Lythgoe is thrilled with the change. “By evolving the So You Think You Can Dance format this season, we can showcase the very best junior dancers out there and open up the world of dance to a whole new generation,” Lythgoe said.
Auditions will begin later this month, hitting Los Angeles on February 27, continuing to Chicago on March 11, and ending New York City on March 18.
Each contestant will still be taking on various dance styles, such as contemporary, hip-hop, and ballroom, and will be paired up with All-Star dancers. It'll be interesting to see how the choreographers will formulate routines with the younger contestants and their much older All-Stars -- after all, height difference in dance is an important factor when considering proper choreography, as is age appropriateness.
Season 13 is set to premiere on FOX on Monday, May 30 at 8pm. Last year's panel of judges, composed of Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo, will return together with Cat Deeley, who will remain as host.