Film Producer Adam Shankman Named as Permanent So You Think You Can Dance Judge

Entertainment Sep. 17, 2009 AT 5:29PM
Film Producer Adam Shankman Named as Permanent So You Think You Can Dance Judge Credit: Michael Williams/FOX

Film producer and choreographer Adam Shankman has been named as a new judge on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, the network announced this week.

Shankman's appointment comes one week after the show's first-ever fall premiere. He will join the judges panel, which includes executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and ballroom expert Mary Murphy, beginning with the show's top 20 performance show on Oct. 27.

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"Choreography is how I found my way into this business, and I'm proud to be a part of the show," Shankman, 44, said. "As a filmmaker, it's an honor to be able to recognize choreographers and dancers, and to be able to bring all of this amazing work into America's homes. These kids challenge themselves every week, and it's great for people to see how terrific these dancers are."

Lythgoe is excited to welcome the film veteran -- who is currently serving as a guest judge during the show's audition episodes -- to the panel.

"I am extremely happy that Adam has agreed to be a resident judge," Lythgoe said in a statement.

"We love bantering and bickering, and yet he still finds a way of capturing the sensitivity of every story told on stage," Lythgoe said of Shankman, who is currently working on the upcoming films Going the Distance and The Last Song.

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"He is a consummate professional with a passion for dance and a discerning eye, which makes him perfect for us. Plus, it must be remembered, it takes a slightly crazy person to work with me and Mary [Murphy]," Lythgoe said.

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