About the Show
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is full of exciting new changes this season, including two new judges, two All-Star team captains and a twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers. When the 12th season kicked off, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo joined Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning Emmy Award-nominated host Cat Deeley. Additionally, alumni tWitch and Travis Wall serve as team captains to the Top 20 dancers. Travis coaches the stage dancers and tWitch, the street dancers.
Those dancers who shined during auditions held in New York, Dallas, Detroit, Memphis and Los Angeles were given a ticket to the callbacks round in Las Vegas and placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers with Travis, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers with tWitch, hopefuls skilled in styles such as hip-hop, animation or breaking. Although they never faced each other in competition and both were runners-up in their respective seasons, Travis and tWitch go head-to-head now, fighting for one of their team members to be crowned America’s Favorite Dancer.
As the auditions continued in Vegas, the judges, with input from both team captains, eliminated dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remained. When the competition went “live,” the Top 20 were challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre was eliminated each week leading up to the season finale. Who will win and become America’s Favorite Dancer…a dancer from the stage or the street?
On Monday, Sept. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the competition reaches its culmination when the season finale airs, and someone from the stage or street teams will be named America’s Favorite Dancer. The Top 20 finalists also will return to perform some of the past season’s favorite pieces for Lythgoe, Abdul and Derulo.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recently earned eight 2015 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (Cat Deeley). The series previously had received 44 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 13 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007); Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2014 and 2011); Tyce Diorio (2009); and Wade Robson (2008 and 2007). The hit series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2014, 2010 and in 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. In 2014 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality – Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality – Competition Series (Deeley). The series won a TEEN CHOICE Award in 2006 and a Television Critics Association Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series – Competition, and Deeley won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2015 and 2012.
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. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; Beverly Frank of 19 Entertainment; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.
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