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Season 13

Season 13, "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," will feature a younger generation of dancers. This season, dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Animation or Breaking, will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

The Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series features host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derülo.

During nationwide auditions, the most talented next generation of dancers will compete in front of the judges for a place at "The Academy," where only the best of the best will be selected for the next round of competition. At the end of the round, the Top 10 dancers will be partnered permanently with a SYTYCD All-Star. The competition then moves on to the "SYTYCD" studio, where the top youngsters will compete each week in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside their All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. One young contestant will go home each week until a winner is named on the season finale.

This season's Top 10 contestants include Daniela Avanzini, Emma Hellenkamp, Jake Monreal, Jordan Wandick, JT Church, Kida Burns, Ruby Castro, Sheaden Gabriel, Tahani Anderson, and Tate McRae.

In September, Gaby Diaz was named the Season 12 winner during the live two-hour season finale. Miami native Diaz, 19, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the chance to dance with Jennifer Lopez at her residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Diaz also joined the rest of the Top 10 for the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 12 Live Tour, which ended its run Thursday, January 28 at the Théatre St-Denis in Montreal, Quebec.

Other past winners include Ricky Ubeda, Amy Yakima & Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall, Eliana Girard & Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Melanie Moore, Lauren Froderman, Russell Ferguson, Jeanine Mason, Joshua Allen, Sabra Johnson, Benji Schwimmer and Nick Lazzarini.

Over the course of its 12 seasons, the series has received 52 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 14 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Travis Wall (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 2011 and 2012. In 2015, the series celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality - Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality -Competition Program (Deeley). The series won a Teen Choice Award in 2006 and a Television Critics Association Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming; a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series - Competition; and Deeley won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2015 and 2012.

"So You Think You Can Dance" was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; Beverly Frank of 19 Entertainment; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.


Season 12

"So You Think You Can Dance 2015" has kept viewers amazed and inspired as talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America's Favorite Dancers.

The Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series features host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derülo.

The series returns in the summer of 2015 with a dramatic new twist. Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams: the Stage dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, Ballet, Jazz or Tap; and the Street dancers, hopefuls skilled in Hip-Hop, Animation or Breaking. As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team's All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 — 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers — remain. When the competition goes "live," the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the season finale. Who will win ... a dancer from the stage or the street?

Season 12 will bring back two powerhouse alumni — Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Travis Wall — as mentors to the Top 20 finalists. Travis will mentor the stage dancers and tWitch will mentor the street dancers. Although they have never faced each other in competition, they will go head-to-head now, fighting for one of their dancers to be crowned America's Favorite Dancer.

In September 2014, Ricky Ubeda was named the Season 11 winner during the live two-hour season finale. Miami native Ubeda, 18, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and the offer of a role in the Broadway revival of "On the Town."


Season 11

"So You Think You Can Dance 2014," America's favorite summer series, has kept viewers amazed and inspired as talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America's Favorite Dancers.

The Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series features host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.

The "So You Think You Can Dance 2014" Top 20 contestants include Bridget Whitman, Brooklyn Fullmer, Carly Blaney, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Emily James, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Jourdan Epstein, Malene Ostergaard, Marcquet Hill, Nick Garcia, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Serge Onik, Stanley Glover, Tanisha Belnap, Teddy Coffey, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart Jr.

Past winners include Amy Yakima & Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall, Eliana Girard & Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Melanie Moore, Lauren Froderman, Russell Ferguson, Jeanine Mason, Joshua Allen, Sabra Johnson, Benji Schwimmer and Nick Lazzarini.

The 11th season debuts with auditions from New Orleans and Chicago and continues with audition episodes in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Talented dancers who impress the judges during these auditions will be invited to Pasadena for the callback round. 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. 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.

In a brand-new feature this season, pop and R&B phenom 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.

Until the Top 10 are determined, the Top 20 finalists will be paired with a partner to perform a randomly chosen style of dance.

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 episode 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.


Season 10

"So You Think You Can Dance 2013," America's favorite summer series, has kept viewers amazed and inspired as talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America's Favorite Dancers.

The Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series will feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges, including Minnie Driver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wayne Brady, All-Star Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Adam Shankman, among others. Each show will again feature breathtaking performances, as well as suspenseful eliminations.

In Season 10, producers will travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the best America has to offer. This season's auditions are in Austin, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Boston, Massachusetts; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles, California. Those who shine during auditions will be given a ticket to Las Vegas for call-backs, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance. The best of the best will then move on to the live competition shows this summer.

This season's Top 20 contestants are: Girls — Brittany Cherry, Makenzie Dustman, Hayley Erbert, Jasmine Harper, Jenna Johnson, Alexis Juliano, Jasmine Mason, Malece Miller, Mariah Spears and Amy Yakima; and Boys — Alan Bersten, Dorian "BluPrint" Hector, Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall, Carlos Garland, Nico Greetham, Curtis Holland, Paul Karmiryan, Tucker Knox, Aaron Turner and Jade Zuberi.

In September 2012, Season 9 champions, ballet dancers Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, were voted America's Favorite Dancers and were awarded a cash prize of $125,000 each. Girard and Wespi-Tschopp are currently featured on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and together with the finalists from this past season recently completed a cross-country, 30-city performance tour.


Season 9

America's favorite summer series, has kept viewers amazed and inspired as talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer.

This season's auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Salt Lake City feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Lil' C, Stacey Tookey and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

The "So You Think You Can Dance 2012" Top 20 dancers are Alexa Anderson, Amber Jackson, Amelia Lowe, Audrey Case, Brandon Mitchell, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Cole Horibe, Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, Daniel Baker, Dareian Kujawa, Eliana Girard, George Lawrence II, Janaya French, Janelle Issis, Lindsay Arnold, Matthew Kazmierczak, Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Tiffany Maher, Will Thomas and Witney Carson.


Season 8

Hosted by Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" traveled across the country to San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, in search of dancers who represent the best in America. Those who shine during auditions are given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.

The "So You Think You Can Dance 2011" Top 20 dancers are Alexander Fost, Ashley Rich, Caitlynn Lawson, Chris Koehl, Clarice Ordaz, Iveta Lukosiute, Jess LeProtto, Jordan Casanova, Marko Germar, Melanie Moore, Miranda Maleski, Missy Morelli, Mitchell Kelly, Nick Young, Ricky Jaime, Robert Taylor Jr., Ryan Ramirez, Sasha Mallory and Tadd Gadduang.


Season 7

Hosted by Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance 2010" traveled across the country to Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, in search of dancers who represent the best in America. Those who shine during auditions are given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.

This season, the competition is the toughest it has ever been as the judges — Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman — will pick only 10 dancers (five guys and five girls) — from the thousands that auditioned — to compete for the title of America's Favorite Dancer. During the performance rounds, one finalist will go home weekly. Additionally, the competitors will be partnered each week with a different "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Star dancer — former SYTYCD finalists skilled in various dance styles. The Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners who will perform within their specific genres are: Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic "D-trix" Sandoval.

Last season's winner, Russell Ferguson, danced off with a $250,000 cash prize, the title of America's Favorite Dancer and a cover feature in the March issue of Dance Spirit Magazine.

Choreographers Mia Michaels and Wade Robson were honored with Emmy Awards in Season 2, while Robson won an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography again the following year for his work on Season 3. Additionally, Shane Sparks and Mandy Moore earned nominations in the same category. In 2009, choreographers Tabitha Dumo, Napoleon Dumo, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio and Dmitry Chaplin were honored with Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography, and Diorio won the award. Additionally, costume designer Soyon An won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or Special that year.


Prior Seasons

FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," Season 6 (SYTYCD), the original dance competition, is hosted by Cat Deeley, who keeps viewers moving to a different beat as dancers skilled in everything from the "street" styles of Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Ballroom's Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer.

"So You Think You Can Dance" became a phenomenon in Season 2, in which Benji Schwimmer was voted America's Favorite Dancer and received $100,000, a new car and a contract to appear in Celine Dion's "A New Day" show at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

In Season 3, "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD) finished Summer 2007 as the No. 1 show in its time period among key demographics. The Season Three champion, Sabra Johnson, was voted America's Favorite Dancer and waltzed off with the cash prize of $250,000. Following the season finale, the Top 10 dancers embarked on a cross-country, 50-city performance tour.

Season 4's winner, Joshua Allen, danced off with a $250,000 cash prize, the title of America's Favorite Dancer and an offer for a featured dance role in the upcoming Adam Shankman film "Step Up 3-D."

Season 5's winner Jeanine Mason, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Pinecrest, Florida, received the most votes out of the record-breaking 21.6 million votes cast. Additionally, she danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the title of America's Favorite Dancer and a cover feature in the November issue of Dance Spirit Magazine.

In Season 6 of "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD), producers again will travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the rhythm of America. Those who spark the judges' interest during auditions will be invited to call-backs, where they will work with top choreographers. During the call-back week, the judges choose the Top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition.

In the performance round of "So You Think You Can Dance," Season 6 the 20 finalists dance for America's votes, and each week the six contestants comprising the bottom three couples are given a chance to perform solo routines to encourage viewers to keep them on the show. Then the judges decide which dancers stay in the competition and which two are eliminated.

Once "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 6 is down to the Top 10 finalists, it's solely up to America to decide who remains in the competition. Following the performance shows, viewers can vote for their favorite couples. The live results shows reveal who keeps dancing and who goes home.

Emmy-nominated "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD) was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.





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