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Derulo excited for judging role

Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul have been announced as the new judges on So You Think You Can Dance.

The Wiggle singer was announced on Thursday as one of the new judges on the hit dance talent show, alongside fellow musician and choreographer Paula Abdul. Both stars were quick to share their delight at being part of the programme.

“[I’m] truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of So You Think You Can Dance,” he said according to E! News. “It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success."

The 25-year-old will be joining long-standing judge, and the show’s producer, Nigel Lythgoe. The men will also be accompanied by Opposites Attract singer and former American Idol judge Paula.

“I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world," Paula said of the new role. "So You Think You Can Dance has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It's going to be a true honour and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I'm looking forward to an exciting new season!"

Cat Deeley will once again be returning to host season 12, which will include a new twist: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

"With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges," Nigel added. “Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason's insight, humour and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven't had before."

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