“Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler is trading one reality series for another.
Fox has just announced that the 13-year-old dancer/actress, who rose to fame after starring in singer/songwriter Sia’s music videos, will be joining the cast of the upcoming “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” as the reality dance competition’s youngest judge. Ziegler will sit at the judges’ table alongside Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe, and Jason Derulo.
According to the press release by Fox, “Ziegler 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.”
The new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” will feature dancers aged 8-13 who will be paired up with All-Stars as they vie to become “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
News of Ziegler’s exit from the Lifetime reality series broke in February, with reports claiming that the young dancer is leaving “Dance Moms” to focus on her acting career. Ziegler is set to make her cinematic debut in the Colin Trevorrow-helmed “The Book of Henry” alongside Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, and Jacob Tremblay.
The teen dancer missed several episodes of “Dance Moms” this season because of her commitments for the film. According to Entertainment Tonight, Ziegler will be departing the reality series with her mom, Melissa Gisoni, and younger sister, 11-year-old Mackenzie.
Meanwhile, Deadline has learned that “Dance Moms” chief choreographer Abby Lee Miller has asked for and been granted yet another extension on the filing of her pretrial motions for the fraud case filed against her by the federal government. The Abby Lee Dance Company owner is also seeking to get the court’s permission to travel this month to Europe to conduct her International Dance Adventure masterclass.
Miller will appear in the next episode of “Dance Moms,” in which she will oversee the solos of dancers Ziegler, Kendall Vertes, and Brynn Rumfallo.
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
“So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” debuts Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.