Mary Murphy, who returns to the judge’s table on “So You Think You Can Dance” when the show launches on Thursday (May 26), admires Kirstie Alley’s unlikely longevity, but says the “Dancing with the Stars” competitor probably wouldn’t last long on the FOX dance competition show.
“They’re two completely different things,” said Murphy in a Tuesday interview. “Kirstie Alley could never, unfortunately make it, on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.'”
Alley competes Tuesday (May 23) evening for the title on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale. As noted by our own Mikey O’Connell, Alley is unlikely to win, but made massive progress over the course of the season — both in dancing and in weight loss. The demanding practice schedule helped Alley lose an undetermined amount of weight — but enough that her costumes had to be taken in by several inches.
And Murphy recognizes Alley’s accomplishments, but found the idea of Alley — or any celebrity — competing on “So You Think You Can Dance” laughable.
“She’s done a great job on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ but ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is about people who are real professional dancers and they’re extraordinary throughout the world in what they can do. The celebrities would never make it on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.”
“So You Think You Can Dance” kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.