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'So You Think You Can Dance' returns to FOX with host Cat Deeley, all-new format for 18th season


Wed, Dec 6th 2023 10:30 am

Allison Holker & Maksim Chmerkovskiy join Nigel Lythgoe at judging table

√ New season premieres Monday, March 4, on FOX

√ Dancer and choreographer Comfort Fedoke to guest judge at auditions

Press Release

“So You Think You Can Dance” returns to FOX on Monday, March 4 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) for its 18th season with an all-new format. Joining Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel are “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star and Emmy-nominated choreographer for “Dancing with the Stars” Allison Holker and dancer and “Dancing with the Stars” alum choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Presenter and author Cat Deeley will step back into her role as host of the dance competition series.

“ ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is television’s preeminent dance competition, and we are thrilled to bring the beloved show back for an all-new season,” said Allison Wallach, president of unscripted programming at FOX Entertainment. “Reuniting Cat, Nigel, Allison and Comfort and, welcoming Maksim into the ‘SYTYCD’ family, is sure to make season 18 bigger than ever for their legions of fans around the globe.”

This season, during the auditions round, “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star Comfort Fedoke, an associate choreographer on the new film “Wicked” and associate choreographer for “Cabaret” on London’s West End, will join the judging panel to audition dancers from across the country as they showcase their talent in a wide array of dance styles including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom and more, in hopes of securing one of 10 coveted spots on the show.

Season 18 will infuse the long-running hit with a new format reflecting the authentic experience of building a successful career in dance, as so many “So You Think You Can Dance” alums have. Each week, contestants will compete in new, intense dance challenges that will give them a real taste of the career, from performing in a music video or a football halftime show to going toe-to-toe on stage with a Broadway performer. In the end, it will be up to the judges to decide their fate. Eliminations will take place weekly, with the top three finalists competing in the season’s spectacular finale. Only one will win the $100,000 grand prize and the highly coveted title of “So You Think You Can Dance” champion.

This season will also debut new storytelling elements to further capture the authentic ups and downs experienced by professional dancers. For the first time ever, in addition to the big spectacle dance numbers that “So You Think You Can Dance” has long been famous for, viewers will get a documentary-style inside look at the contestants’ dynamics, following them throughout the competition as they go through their personal and competitive journeys, including the daily struggles, new relationships, personality clashes and more.

These new dimensions to the show’s format reflect and celebrate its consistency in launching illustrious dance careers for its contestants, who can be found in the dance troupes for superstar musical acts, on Broadway stages, on every dance show on TV and beyond. Each year, amateurs gain the experience and exposure to launch successful careers, and the real-world challenges of the 18th season will prove their professional readiness more than ever.

Last year, ballroom dancer Alexis Warr from Orem, Utah, was named the winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Warr waltzed off with the grand prize winnings and prestigious title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”

Over the course of its 17 seasons, “So You Think You Can Dance” has received 72 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 17 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Al Blackstone (2020); Mandy Moore (2018); Travis Wall (2017, 2015); 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 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2012 and 2011.

“So You Think You Can Dance” is from 19 Entertainment (a part of Sony Pictures Television) and Dick Clark Productions. The series is executive produced by Daniel Martin who also serves as showrunner and by series co-creator Lythgoe, Barry Adelman, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Deeley also serves as producer.

Visit the official “So You Think You Can Dance” site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. “Like” “So You Think You Can Dance” on Facebook at SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on X/Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #SYTYCD. Be sure to also follow @RealityClubFOX on all social platforms for even more content!

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