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Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo join "So You Think You Can Dance"

Paula Abdul is making a return to familiar territory -- sitting at the judges' table on a Fox reality show.

The former "American Idol" and "X Factor" judge is joining "So You Think You Can Dance" as one of two new judges next season, Fox announced Wednesday.


The other new judge will be singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo. They'll join returning head judge Nigel Lythgoe and host Cat Deeley as the dance competition returns for season 12.

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

This season, "So You Think You Can Dance" will also reportedly feature a new twist: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

Both Abdul and Derulo have previously served as guest judges on "SYTYCD." The news comes comes as Mary Murphy, who has been a staple on the show from the beginning, is making her exit.

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