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13-year-old Maddie Ziegler to serve as judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation'

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Thu, Mar 3rd 2016 03:05 pm

Maddie Ziegler joins Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo in search of 'America's Favorite Dancer'

Award-winning dancer Maddie Ziegler will join Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation." Maddie 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.

"So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" premieres Monday, May 30 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. The new season 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."

Best known for starring in the award-winning reality series "Dance Moms," 13-year-old Maddie has gone on to star in singer-songwriter Sia's music video trilogy. She has had the honor of performing artistic contemporary routines on "Saturday Night Live," the Grammy Awards (2015), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (three times), "We Can Survive" at the Hollywood Bowl, "Dancing with the Stars" (twice) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." She also is making a name for herself as an aspiring actress with roles on such hit television shows as "Pretty Little Liars," "Austin & Ally" and "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn." She will make her big screen debut in the upcoming feature "The Book of Henry," starring opposite Naomi Watts and directed by Colin Trevorrow. Maddie also recently took home a People's Choice Award, winning the DailyMail.com Seriously Popular Award.

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). Visit fox.com/dance for more information about season 13.

During auditions, the next generation of dancers will compete for a place at "The Academy," where only the most talented will be selected for the next round of competition. At the end of the round, the best of the best, the top 10 dancers will be partnered permanently with a "SYTYCD" all-star. The competition then moves to the "SYTYCD" studio, where, with Maddie and the returning "SYTYCD" judges watching their every move, the top youngsters will compete each week in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside their all-stars with world-renowned choreographers. As the competition heats up, contestants will be eliminated until a winner is named on the season finale.

Fans can visit the official "So You Think You Can Dance" site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. "Like" "So You Think You Can Dance" on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd.

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