When Mary Murphy returns to the judges’ table on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer she might be having to channel her “inner woo hoo” more than that trademark, gregarious squealing she’s known for.
After undergoing surgery to remove a tumor in her thyroid, and to remove her thyroid, the favorite judge told us in July that she might not ever be able to yell again. Well, the good news is, it’s not quite as bad as that.
“I’m still having a hard time a little bit,” Murphy told XfinityTV.com at the “So You Think You Can Dance” auditions in Los Angeles on Sunday. “My vocal chords are still irritated, so I don’t even go there sometimes. When I was down in Atlanta, I was a little bit too excited. The talent was great, there were a few little ‘woo hoos,’ not very loud but I couldn’t contain myself. I’m trying, but sometimes it’s really tough when the dancing is so good.”
Woo hoos aside, Murphy says she’s “feeling great” and is happy that “the train finally has stopped and I’m crystal clear right now.” The train, being the rollercoaster ride she’s been on past year over her cancer, and not of the “hot tamale” variety.
“When they operated on me, they still didn’t think it was cancer,” she explained. “It looked okay. They sewed me back up and pathology came back when the results came in while I was still under and said, ‘No it’s cancer the tumor needs to come out. [and] the thyroid needs to come out with it.”
At that point, she said she thought she was in the clear because they thought the tumor was encapsulated, which meant it couldn’t spread. “But then two weeks later they found out the tumor was invaded not encapsulated. So I had a little roller coaster [ride] there for a while. It was like, oh yeah everything is great! Oh no it’s not and back again!”
But, today, everything is great and she’s happy to be back on the show. “I was never completely off the show,” she said. “I was off for one season but then I was on three episodes, but coming back is like coming home again. It was like I was really never gone, to be honest with you. It was really like a dream sequence.”