On "So You Think You Can Dance," ballroom expert Mary Murphy is known for her ear-splitting shrieks, soaring whooos and generally being the most excited person on the judges' panel. But after a bout with thyroid cancer, Murphy was decidedly low key when she returned to the show, giving all of us a chance to feel a little sad about the lack of Hot Tamale train action during a season when it seemed the most worthy. During a conversation at the Fox TCA after-party, I asked Murphy how she was doing, how she felt about changes to the structure of the top 20 and what she'd love to do for the finale -- but, unfortunately, won't be able to.

We know you were ill last season. Are you in the clear now?

I still have some things to work out but yeah, I get one of my final tests this coming Monday…and I can’t wait.

Then you're in the clear with the thyroid cancer?

Yeah, I had thyroid cancer but I also had heart issues that they want to look at and so I get my angiogram this Monday, so until the final test now and after that I’ll have at least a clean bill of health or I won’t get any surprises and have a massive heart attack, they’ll be able to do something about it, so.


Liane Bonin Starr is an author, screenwriter and former writer for EW.com. Her byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety and a lot of other places. Her last book was called "a scandalously catty, guilty pleasure" by Jane magazine. Expect the same from Starr Raving.