Less than a year after basically quitting So You Think You Can Dance, Mia Michaels now has a permanent spot as a judge.
That means Mia is replacing Mary Murphy, who Nigel Lythgoe previously said will work as a choreographer this season and will occasionally return as a guest judge.
But Mary isn’t even mentioned in Fox’s press release about the judges, which says “Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels and acclaimed director and choreographer Adam Shankman will return to So You Think You Can Dance as the series’ resident judges.” Nigel’s press release quote also suggests this is yet another shake-up for the new season: “Mia’s outspoken approach combined with Adam’s passion will definitely add a fresh new chemistry to the panel.” Of course, his crusty old self will still be on the panel.
Mia Michaels work as a choreographer of Celine Dion’s “A New Day” which received stunning reviews. She also choreographed Cirque du Soleil, Delirium’s first touring show which premiered in March 2006.
She also worked with many recording artists such as Gloria Estefan, Prince, Madonna, Anna Vissi and Ricky Martin.
She then became the judge and contributing choreographer of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
For her choreography on a TV Series “Calling You” on SYTYCD, she won an Emmy Award.
Her other work includes award-winning commercials for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Zipper, Coldwell Banker and Bacardi.
On October 14, 2009, Mia Michaels thanked SYTYCD for her wonderful 5 years via her Twitter account.