So You Think You Can Dance

Genres: Reality Competition
Broadcast on: M-Net, M-Net Series Reality, M-Net Series, Vuzu, Mzansi Magic, Vuzu Amp, M-Net Family



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Broadcaster information
International channels
Fox : 20 Jul 2005 - 12 Sep 2016

South African channels

M-Net Series : 05 Oct 2006 - 09 Dec 2010
M-Net : 29 Aug 2011 - 26 Sep 2012
Vuzu : 06 Nov 2011 - 06 Oct 2017
Mzansi Magic : 06 Oct 2012 - 13 Jan 2013
M-Net Series Reality : 09 Jul 2013 - 05 Dec 2013
Vuzu Amp : 17 Oct 2014 - 18 Feb 2017
M-Net Family : 26 Feb 2017 - 16 Apr 2017

About the Show

So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality competition created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big dancing star.

Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa and hip-hop compete to be named the best. The prize up for grabs has included a new Hybrid SUV, $100,000 in cash, a dancing role in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show, US$250,000 and the title of "America's favorite dancer."

The show starts with a nationwide casting call where dancers must impress the judges with their moves and routines to survive the auditions. Those who do are invited to a dance 'boot camp' where they're  put through their paces by top choreographers.

Only the best 20 move forward to the studio shows where they learn challenging routines and dance their hearts out individually and in pairs to impress the panel of judges and audiences who play their part by voting.

The first season of the show was hosted by Lauren Sanchez. Since Season 2 it has been hosted by British presenter Cat Deeley.

Show Format

After travelling around the country looking for the best dancers, producers invite 500 of the most talented to attend casting sessions in major cities across the nation.

At the casting sessions, each dancer must perform their own routine in front of a panel of judges, who then decide immediately who is good enough to continue.

Those chosen to stay work on a routine as a group, and after a further round of eliminations followed by a choreographed routine with a partner, the final 50 are selected to move on to the Dance Boot Camp.

At the Dance Boot Camp, each of the dancers is put through their paces by 5 choreographers, who take them through a variety of dance styles, from Hip Hop, to the Flamenco.

At the end of the camp, the group is immediately cut down, 20 of whom will be chosen to move forward to the studio shows after one-to-one interviews with the choreographers. This group is then cut down to a final 10.

Each studio show is structured the same way. As contestants are eliminated the remaining participants are randomly paired together, and the dances they need to perform the following week are drawn from a hat.

We follow each couple as they learn their routine by a top choreographer, before performing that routine in front of the panel of choreographers, and a live studio audience.

Once all the couples have performed, the panel identify the 3 weakest couples (or in later shows, 2 weakest couples) to go up for elimination by the public who vote for their favourites to stay.

Each dancer has an opportunity to encourage voters to keep them in the competition by dancing a solo routine for 45 seconds immediately before the phone lines are opened.

Each week, one guy and one girl is eliminated until only 4 dancers remain.

After performing for the last time, all 4 dancers are put to the public vote and it is the public who decide the final winner.

Dance styles featured on the show include jazz, contemporary, pop, modern, American jive, swing, disco, hip hop, krumping, paso doble, quickstep, lyrical, Broadway, Viennese waltz, smooth waltz, Argentine tango, mambo, cha cha, Cuban rumba, and salsa.

There are three judges on each show, one of whom is always producer Nigel Lythgoe. The other two judges are a rotation of professional dancers and choreographers.


Season 01: Nick Lazzarini
Season 02: Benji Schwimmer
Season 03: Sabra Johnson
Season 04: Joshua Allen
Season 05: Jeanine Mason
Season 06: Russell Ferguson
Season 07: Lauren Froderman
Season 08: Melanie Moore
Season 09: Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Season 10: Amy Yakima and Du-Shaunt 'Fik-Shun' Stegall
Season 11: Ricky Ubeda
Season 12: Gaby Diaz


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New season: So You Think You Can Dance 14

21 Oct 2017 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: Vuzu Amp | Actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens joins the panel this season as the third judge.

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