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'So You Think You Can Dance': Nigel Lythgoe says it's so — Mia Michaels is departing

October 15, 2009 |  5:59 pm
Mia_U1H8199abrF2 As a "So You Think You Can Dance" fan, I didn't want to believe the news reported earlier today that Mia Michaels is leaving the U.S. version of the show, but sadly, producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Mia's departure:

“We are thrilled to have given a talent such as Mia Michaels a platform to create Emmy Award-winning choreography. During the auditions this season she has helped choose the best, most diverse top 20 we have ever had. She knows that she is always welcome to return later this season or next. She’s chosen to move on to new challenges, and we will continue to support her and wish her all the best.”
Here's hoping she does return, as her choreography and appearances as a judge have provided some of the most entertaining and artistically moving parts of the show.

— Claire Zulkey

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