judge Mary Murphy is returning to the Fox competition.
The veteran ballroom dancer and longtime fan favorite of the reality show, who left in early 2015, returns this summer to fill the slot vacated by her one-time replacement Paula Abdul."I am thrilled that Mary will return to and I'm sure the fans will be, as well," said executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe.
(Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: TV personality Mary Murphy arrives at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Film Magic)UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 26: Choreographer Mary Murphy attends a flash mob at '5 Towers' stage for National Dance Day at Universal City Walk on July 26, 2014 in Universal City, California.
(Photo by Jennifer Lourie/Film Magic)LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: TV personality/choreographer Mary Murphy arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by FOX via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: TV personality Mary Murphy attends Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge presented by Paragon at Andaz West Hollywood on August 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.This then became the global franchise that we know today which includes American Idol.Lythgoe came to the US in 2002 and is producer/judge and co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance on the FOX television network which has now become a global phenomenon.He is noted for being the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol as well as creating, executive producing and being a regular judge for So You Think You Can Dance. He also created the 2009 competition, Superstars of Dance.Born in St Helens, Lancashire, England, to a dockworker father, George Percival Lythgoe and Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, he got interested in dance at the age of 10.