Vanessa Hudgens Performs On 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale (VIDEO)
By Shari Weiss
September 26, 2017
As Gossip Cop has reported, Hudgens joined “So You Think You Can Dance” earlier this year as a judge for its 14th season. She sat alongside head judge Nigel Lythgoe, who is also the FOX competition’s producer and creator, and Mary Murphy, who returned to the show after taking two seasons off. Hudgens actually filmed this year’s auditions in New York and Los Angeles before it was officially announced publicly that she was now a full-fledged member of the panel, as opposed to simply making a guest appearance. Together, she and Murphy replaced Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul.
Of course, Hudgens’ career first kicked into high gear with a combination of singing and dancing, thanks to the “High School Musical” franchise. She again combined those two passions with a starring role in Gigi on Broadway, for which she performed on the Tony Awards. And just last year, the former child star had the key role of Rizzo in FOX’s “Grease Live” production. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Hudgens performed on the live broadcast just one day after the death of her father. Her portrayal of the iconic character received critical acclaim.
On “So You Think You Can Dance,” Hudgens was often less critical than her colleagues, and typically gushed about the contestants’ performances. Prior to tonight, she only took the stage once before, joining an auditioner on stage to try out his amusing, free-wheeling style of dance. It’s unclear if “So You Think You Can Dance” will be renewed for its milestone 15th season, and unknown, if it is, whether Hudgens will return. But it’s a positive sign that she was given time to perform on the jam-packed season finale.
Hours before Hudgens’ pre-taped performance aired, it was announced she had joined the cast of the upcoming indie movie Dog Days. And before the broadcast, she told followers on both Twitter and Instagram, “Tune in tonight to #SYTYCD!!! I’ll be doing a special performance with @ShawnHook @DANCEonFOX.” Check out the video above!