After appearing as a guest judge on auditions, Misty Copeland will now be a guest judge for live shows of "So You Think You Can Dance".
Misty Copeland overcame obstacles to rise to the top echelons of classical ballet and break barriers by becoming the first African-American soloist at the acclaimed American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in over 20 years. Today an inspiration to millions, Copeland will bring her 18 years of dance experience and her hard-won life lessons to the EMMY winning FOX show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE as a Guest Judge on multiple episodes.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Copeland will join co-creator, executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe and Judge Mary Murphy to offer her personal guidance and feedback to the contestants as they compete for the biggest break of their lives. Copeland will join an array of celebrities with a diversified dance experience who will be featured as Guest Judges this season in various audition cities, including Christina Applegate, Billy Porter, Lil Buck, Adam Shankman, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Tara Lipinski, Jenna Elfman (Love her!), Fabrice Calmels, Wayne Brady, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Irina Dvorovenko.
Copeland’s against-all-odds success story and her message of inclusion have received widespread acclaim. She recently published her memoir at just 31 years old detailing her dramatic life story and sparking dialogue about the future of ballet. Copeland was hand selected by Prince to star in his “Crimson & Clover” video. She introduced mainstream audiences to the world of classical ballet by performing on-stage with Prince at his concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Forum in Los Angeles and in France.
"I'm honored to join Nigel and Mary as a guest judge this season,” said Copeland. “I've been a fan of the show and am excited to be a part of something that inspires and encourages dancers to go after their dreams. For me to be a part of this show is a major breakthrough for classical ballet, and I'm grateful to Nigel, Mary, and the entire team for giving me the opportunity to represent the art form in this way."
Paula Abdul's manager spoke yesterday to let people know she is not in talks with American Idol or Fox to return to the show.
Fox is getting panels together to see what people think of the guest judges of Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry and Joe Jonas and how Paula not being a judge will affect ratings and opinion.
A recent poll favored Paula by 80 percent saying the show would suffer.-Dr.FB
Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol winner, will be a guest judge on the show. She told the USA Today that she is very excited to be on the show.
This news follows a slew of guest host announcements such as Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, and Joe Jonas.
The Kelly Clarkson one is cool to me since she was someone who had to go through the whole process in order to win American Idol.
You diggin all these guest judges?-Dr/FB
Shania Twain has signed on to be a guest judge on American Idol. She will be there for the auditions in Chicago, Il.
Man, that has to be pretty intimidating; auditioning for a singing competition in front of a great singer, and one of the most beautiful women in the world in Shania Twain.
She is not going to make people forget about Paula Abdul, but is a huge upgrade from over Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice.
If I remember correctly, this will be Shania's 2nd appearance since her divorce in 2007. Welcome back sexy.-Dr.FB
Victoria Beckham showed up for American Idol in Boston dressed more for fashion than comfort for judging.
Is that an actual smile we actually see coming across her face. OMG.
Although enjoying "American Idol", Posh Spice is not going to be permanent on the show. There are still rumors circulating that Paula Abdul may be returning to the show.-Dr.FB