Ready. Set. Dance! A new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' begins on FOXby jmaloni
Justin Bieber to introduce new dance crew element; fans can start voting tonight for their favorite dance crews
Top 20 revealed Wednesday, June 25; perform on milestone 200th episode and first live show, Wednesday, July 2; eliminations begin Wednesday, July 9
The 11th season of "So You Think You Can Dance" debuts with auditions from New Orleans and Chicago on a two-hour premiere event airing tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX. Next week, the Emmy Award-nominated series continues with audition episodes in Chicago and Los Angeles Wednesday, June 4 (8 p.m.); in Los Angeles and Philadelphia Wednesday, June 11 (8 p.m.); and in Atlanta Wednesday, June 18 (8 p.m.).
Talented dancers who impress the judges during these auditions will be invited to Pasadena for the callback round airing Wednesday, June 25 (8 p.m.). Then, once the top 20 dancers are selected, they will be paired with a partner performing in their own styles, and voting begins as dancers perform for America's vote on the series' milestone 200th episode Wednesday, July 2 (8 p.m.). Each week, a special guest judge will join resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.
Guest judges in the audition cities include Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Atlanta), Charles "Lil Buck" Riley (Atlanta), Billy Porter and Misty Copeland (Philadelphia), Wayne Brady (New Orleans), Jenna Elfman and Fabrice Calmels (Chicago) and Christina Applegate (Los Angeles). Guest judges at the Pasadena callbacks include Adam Shankman, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Tara Lipinski and Irina Dvorovenko.
As previously announced, in a brand-new feature this season, pop and R&B star Justin Bieber and his choreographer, Nick DeMoura, will introduce top dance crews from around the country who will be featured in each of the audition city episodes. Each week, Bieber and DeMoura will showcase two dance crews on each of the four audition episodes. After the crews are showcased, hash tags will be revealed that viewers can use to tweet their favorite of the two crews. The tweets will be tallied and the most popular crew overall will be invited to perform on the finale. Check fox.com/dance for voting terms.
Beginning Wednesday, July 2 (8 P.M.), and until the top 10 are determined, the top 20 finalists will be paired with a partner to perform a randomly chosen style of dance. Eliminations will begin Wednesday, July 9 (8 p.m.).
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, based solely on America's votes, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home.
Featuring Emmy Award-nominated host Cat Deeley, each jam-packed two-hour episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" will include awe-inspiring performances and eliminations. The series also will return to the one-contestant-takes-all grand finale prize for the competition's sole winner.
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