Mary Murphy returning to 'So You Think You Can Dance'


Two years after her departure, original So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy is returning to the Fox competition.

The veteran ballroom dancer and longtime fan favorite of the reality show, who left in early 2015, returns this summer to fill the slot vacated by her one-time replacement Paula Abdul.

"I am thrilled that Mary will return to So You Think You Can Dance and I'm sure the fans will be, as well," said executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. "She brings an energy and enthusiasm that's contagious and I can't wait for her to join me on the judging panel. I've got a pair of earplugs ready, and another for our third resident judge, as well."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Choreographer Mary Murphy arrives at the 2014 Industry Dance Awards Honoring Nigel Lythgoe at the Avalon on September 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: TV personality/choreographer Mary Murphy arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: TV personality Mary Murphy attends FOX, 20th Century FOX Television, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel's 2014 Emmy Award Nominee Celebration at Vibiana on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
JUDGES: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: TV personality Mary Murphy attends Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge presented by Paragon at Andaz West Hollywood on August 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Resident judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe, and guest judge Jenna Dewan Tatum on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Television personality and dancer Mary Murphy is photographed at the Fox 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: TV personality Mary Murphy arrives at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 26: Choreographer Mary Murphy attends a flash mob at '5 Towers' stage for National Dance Day at Universal CityWalk on July 26, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 26: Choreographer Mary Murphy attends a flash mob at '5 Towers' stage for National Dance Day at Universal CityWalk on July 26, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 20: Television personality Mary Murphy arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - FOX All-Star Party at Soho House on July 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Tv personality/choreographer Mary Murphy speaks onstage during Dizzy Feet Foundation's Celebration Of Dance Gala at The Music Center on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Host Cat Deeley, resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Jason Derulo on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 2, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Misty Copeland on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: TV personality Mary Murphy arrives at the American Idol XIII grand finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Judge Mary Murphy returns for the 11th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE premiering Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: (L-R) Guest judge Christina Applegate, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy judge the competition on Day 2 of the Los Angeles auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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Murphy joins Lythgoe, returning host Cat Deeley and a yet-to-be-named third judge. Her addition comes on the eve of auditions for the summer season. Casting gets underway Saturday, March 4, in New York — before auditions in Los Angeles later in the month.

As for Abdul, she's not suffering any lack of projects since departing So You Think You Can Dance. The famed choreographer and American Idol judge recently booked a NBC comedy pilot.


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