So You Think You Can Dance
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: July 20, 2005 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Cat Deeley (host), Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Stephen Boss, Lacey Schwimmer, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Courtney Galiano, Katee Shean, Courtney Galiano, Katee Shean, Sabra Johnson, Pasha Kovalev, Danny Tidwell, Joshua Allen, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Dominic Sandoval, Sara Von Gillern, Chelsie Hightower, and Mark Kanemura.
TV show description:
In this reality competition series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe (creator of American Idol), contestants slide, glide, sway, and sashay their way to the $250,000 grand prize.
Hosted by Cat Deeley, show auditions are held all across the United States as the search continues for America’s next great dance talent. From the local auditions, judges choose 50 dancers to travel to Las Vegas to compete in multiple rounds of rigorous auditions.
At the end of those trials, the auditioners are narrowed down to the top 16 dancers — eight male, eight female. Dancers are then paired together and each week are assigned a different style of dance and choreographer to prepare them to perform a routine for the live audience.
Contestants are critiqued by choreographers Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and a guest judge. The third chair has been occupied by accomplished choreographers like Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Daniel Karaty, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, and Toni Basil.
After all dancers have performed, viewers are invited to vote for their favorite couples. The three couples with the fewest number of votes face elimination in the next episode. After each dancer facing elimination perform a solo routine, the judges decide who has danced their last steps on the show and is sent packing.
When 10 dancers are left, contestants randomly choose both a new partner and a new style of dance each week. When there are only four dancers left in the competition, viewers vote for their favorite and the person with the most votes wins a hefty cash prize, job opportunities, and the satisfaction of being “America’s Favorite Dancer.”