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Adam Shankman named new judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

September 16, 2009 | 10:41 am

Shankman "American Idol" isn't the only talent competition with a new judge on the block.

Fox has announced film director and choreographer Adam Shankman will be added as a new judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" starting Oct. 27.

A frequent guest judge and choreographer on the show since the show's third season in 2007, Shankman most recently helped guest judge the audition rounds for the dance competition's inaugural fall season. He will permanently join current judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy beginning with Season 6's Top 20 performance special next month.

Shankman is best known for his work as director on films including "17 Again" and "Hairspray." Prior to directing, he worked as a choreographer on films such as "Boogie Nights," the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as well as music videos for Whitney Houston and The B-52's.

Shankman's addition comes weeks after brief speculation that former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul would appear on the program as either a guest judge or a choreographer.

-- Kate Stanhope

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