The last season of "So You Think You Can Dance" was a mixed bag, as both critics and audiences never really warmed to the concept of swapping out the traditional adult contestants with a "Next Generation" format featuring kids ages 8 to 13. While the reality staple has always been a bubble show, its renewal for a 14th season seemed especially questionable after an unsuccessful season 13. But now, Fox has decided to give the series another shot.
"SYTYCD" has officially been renewed for season 14, and with that good news comes some more: The show will return to its adults-only format, featuring the familiar age range of 18 to 30. According to longtime judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the decision came down to viewer demand.
"This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they've been asking for," Lythgoe said in a statement. "We've decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers."
TVLine reports that it's unclear at this point which judges will return to the competition, though Paula Abdul is officially out of the picture thanks to a conflict with her touring schedule. Longtime host Cat Deeley is currently in negotiations to return, according to TVLine, though nothing has been confirmed just yet.
Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance" is set to debut on Fox sometime this summer.