Yesterday, the Fox network confirmed to Zap2it that Zooey Deschanel will be the first celebrity guest judge on Season 9 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The 'New Girl' star will appear on the show's 200th episode as this season's Top 20 contestants are introduced on Wednesday, June 27. The actress will join regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy .
Deschanel will soon make her Broadway debut in the role of Loretta Lynn in the stage adaptation of 'Coal Miner's Daughter.'
On Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) SYTYCD celebrates its 200th episode, as the judges announce the Top 20 finalists – 10 guys and 10 girls – who will perform in their own specialties, free of any judgment, so that America can get to know more about them and their talents.
Beginning Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 20 finalists will be paired up to perform for the first time. The following week, the couples at risk after the prior week’s performances will be asked to perform solo routines. Then, the judges will decide which guy and girl are eliminated. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple.
Once the series is down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE All-Star dancer. These All-Stars are experts in various styles of dance – Ballroom, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz – and will partner with one of the Top 10 finalists to perform in their specialty. Each week, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home.
Featuring Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Debbie Allen, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Adam Shankman, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will air once a week this season. Each jam-packed two-hour show will include awe-inspiring performances and eliminations. Also new this season, two contestants – one guy and one girl – will win the competition!