So You Think You Can Dance
Currently in its landmark 10th season, and recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE features host and three-time Emmy Award nominee Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. This year’s guest judges have included two-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul, FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, comedian Wayne Brady, breakout pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen and actresses Christina Applegate and Anna Kendrick. Each two-hour show includes stellar performances as well as eliminations. Two contestants – one guy and one girl – will win the competition.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE traveled across the country to Austin, Boston, Detroit, Memphis and Los Angeles in search of 10 males and 10 females from the thousands who auditioned. Those who shined during auditions were given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they worked with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.
In June, the Top 20 finalists performed in their own specialties, free of any judgment or voting, so that America could get to know more about them and their talents. Once the live shows began, the Top 20 finalists were paired up with each other to dance for America’s votes. The following week, the contestants at risk after the previous week’s vote performed solo routines at the beginning of that week’s show in hopes of convincing the judges to save them.
On Tuesday, Aug. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the competition will have reached its halfway mark. Only the Top 10 will remain, at which point, each finalist will be joined by a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE All-Star dancer. The All-Stars, experts in various styles of dance, including Ballroom, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz, will partner with one of the Top 10 finalists to perform in their specialty. Each week, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple the following week.
Throughout its 10 seasons, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has received 35 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 11 Emmy wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels in 2011, 2010 and 2007; Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo in 2011; Tyce Diorio in 2009; and Wade Robson in 2008 and 2007. The series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes for Soyon An and Grainne O’Sullivan in 2010 and Soyon An in 2009, and Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recently celebrated seven 2013 Emmy Award nominations, including consecutive nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Series for Cat Deeley. The series won a 2012 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming and a 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award in the category of Best Reality Series – Competition, and Deeley won the 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and dick clark productions, inc. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions, inc.; and Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions, inc. "Like" SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion at #sytycd. Also, follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet and Mary Murphy @hottamaletrain.