Deadline reports that Fox announced that Vanessa Hudgens, former star of Disney and noted rock vandal, got herself a gig as a judge on the fourteenth season of So You Think You Can Dance. The judging panel will be comprised of the owner of the most British name, Nigel Lythgoe, and the cheer-bot built out of scrap parts collected from Marie Osmond and Paula Abdul, Mary Murphy. Vanessa was in a promo for SYTYCD a few weeks ago, and they called her a “guest judge,” but it turns out she’s a permanent judge. The new season premieres on June 12th. Nigel released a statement about Vanessa joining the panel.
“I am so excited for Vanessa to join Mary and me on the judging panel for the 14th season of So You Think You Can Dance. There was instant chemistry in the audition rounds, and I know the SYTYCD fans will love her as much as we do. Vanessa is an accomplished artist and brings her own brand of enthusiasm and energy to our panel.”
Vanessa has never formally judged a TV show before (she appeared once on Project Runway), and she may not be that well known for her dance skills. But she did do some decent “hoofing” (as it’s known in the biz) in High School Musical and Grease: Live, and really, what greater qualifications do you need for reality TV? Vanessa tweeted that she’s “so excited!!!” for her new job. I’m sure she is. Vanessa’s last job was starring on NBCs Powerless, which was cancelled three episodes before the season finale. Thankfully there’s a lot more job security in reality competition shows. Especially dancing ones. You just can’t recreate the drama of dance in your bedroom in a video uploaded to YouTube.