New Season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' Premieres on Thursday, May 24

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May 23rd, 2012

via press release:







                                                                                                        ONE MALE CONTESTANT AND ONE FEMALE CONTESTANT



Audition Episodes Continue in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 30;

Atlanta on Wednesday, June 6; and Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 13


Las Vegas Callback Episode Airs Wednesday, June 20;

Top 20 Revealed on Special 200th Episode Wednesday, June 27


First Performance Show Airs Wednesday, July 11


The ninth season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE debuts with auditions from Dallas and New York on a two-hour premiere event airing on a special night, Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The following week, the Emmy-nominated series moves into its regular time period, with audition episodes continuing in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


Talented dancers who spark the judges’ interest during these auditions will be invited to Las Vegas for the callback round airing Wednesday, June 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Then, on Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) the series celebrates its 200th episode, as the judges announce the Top 20 finalists – 10 guys and 10 girls – who will perform in their own specialties, free of any judgment, so that America can get to know more about them and their talents.


Beginning Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 20 finalists will be paired up to perform for the first time. The following week, the couples at risk after the prior week’s performances will be asked to perform solo routines. Then, the judges will decide which guy and girl are eliminated. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple.


Once the series is down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE All-Star dancer. These All-Stars are experts in various styles of dance – Ballroom, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz – and 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.


Featuring Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Debbie Allen, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Adam Shankman, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will air once a week this season. Each jam-packed two-hour show will include awe-inspiring performances and eliminations. Also new this season, two contestants – one guy and one girl – will win the competition!


RECAP (All times ET/PT)


Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM)               Dallas and New York Auditions (special night)


Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Los Angeles Auditions (time period premiere)


Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM)            Atlanta Auditions


Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-10:00 PM)          Salt Lake City Auditions


Wednesday, June 20 (8:00-10:00 PM)          Las Vegas Callbacks


Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM)          Top 20 Revealed/Meet the Top 20 Performances (200th Episode)


Wednesday, July 4                                         Preemption


Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM)            First Performance Show


Wednesday, July 18 (8:00-10:00 PM)            Performance and First Results Show


  • Nick


    Yawn. Tell us something we don’t know.

  • David C

    I like this show. I’ll be watching starting July 11th.

  • DragonsDream

    I’m still not clear on how the results are going to work this season. Since a couple doesn’t know if they have been eliminated until the following week, will they still learn the new routines for that week’s show, perform them and then be eliminated based on the results from the previous week?

    If they are eliminated at the beginning of the episode and the elims break up a couple, how will those 2 affected partners perform that week? I’m so confused.

  • AniMatsuri

    It’ll be pretty much the format from season 1 which had only 1 show a week. Eliminations will be pre-taped and shown at the begining of each show. Then they’ll be back “live ” with whoever is left.

  • Bob

    I never watched the show but so many people think it is great. Biggest problem is that it is on at the same time Duets begins so I won’t be able to watch the first episode for sure. They have too many incredibly good TV shows on now adays. The Summer schedule looks incredible from what I saw.

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