“So You Think You Can Dance” has a few more steps left, it turns out.
FOX announced Monday that it has renewed the long-running competition show for a 14th season. It will premiere in the summer. “SYTYCD” had been in limbo since Season 13 ended in September, when it concluded its lowest-rated season to date.
After focusing on kids last season, “So You Think You Can Dance” will feature adult dancers (between ages 18 and 30) in the coming cycle, as it’s done for most of its run.
“This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they’ve been asking for,” executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe says in a statement. “We’ve decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers.”
Following the audition rounds, 10 returning all-stars will pick one dancer each to move onto the final rounds, where they’ll have to perform live each week and viewers get to vote on who stays and who goes.
Lythgoe will presumably return to the judges’ table for the new season. Paula Abdul, who’s scheduled for a concert tour in the summer, will not, she wrote on Twitter Monday. There’s no word yet on the remainder of the judges’ panel or whether host Cat Deeley will return.
Season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 (live + same-day) and 2.94 million viewers. That was down from 0.9 and 3.24 million viewers the previous season and marked the show’s smallest audience to date (given the general contraction among broadcast networks, however, the declines weren’t alarmingly big).
“SYTYCD” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.