Maddie Ziegler, the breakout star of Lifetime’s Dance Moms, has confirmed she will be leaving the show to become a judge on the kids’ version of So You Think You Can Dance.
When reporters caught up with the 13-year-old at the Kids Choice Awards, the teen, whose moves have been featured in Sia’s wildly popular music videos, said:
I am leaving, but it’ll be a good thing because we’re moving on to cool things. So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation is going to be so amazing. I’m looking forward to it because I feel like kids are so good these days.
She admitted there will be some pressure in her new role as a judge. “It’ll be amazing but also kind of nerve-racking because I’m the only kid and I have to be on my best game at all time,” she said.
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As far as the judging goes, Ziegler knows how it feels to be on the other side, as she added, “I definitely have some knowledge now because I’ve been judged a lot. I think it will be really cool to be with Paula, Jason, and Nigel.”
Auditions have already begun for So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Via the show’s official site: “This season, dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking, will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.”