As was rumored earlier this month, So You Think You Can Dance has been renewed by FOX, according to an official press release.
And guess what kids! The original format is coming back! Dancers will be aged, 18-30 years old. Last season, SYTYCD was cast with kids ages 8-14. While the dancers were talented, the format just was not as compelling as watching skilled adult dancers perform on stage.
One element producers will keep from last year’s format “The Academy.” Top 10 will be chosen by SYTYCD All-Stars, who will each choose a hopeful from “The Academy” to mentor.
No word yet on who will be judging So You Think You Can Dance season 14 this summer.
UPDATE: Paula Abdul tweets that her summer tour commitment will keep her from returning to the show. I hope that Jason Derulo is replaced as well.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) January 30, 2017
And producer Nigel Lythgoe tweets:
So the news is out. SYTYCD is finally re-commissioned for this Summer. I believe it will make a lot of people happy. Thanks to all the fans.
— Nigel Lythgoe OBE (@dizzyfeet) January 30, 2017
FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance for a 14th season. From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, So You Think You Can Dance will return this summer on FOX.
This season, highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.
“This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they’ve been asking for,” said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “We’ve decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers.”
This season, all potential contestants must register online at sytycdauditions.com and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York (March 4-6) or Los Angeles (March 17-19).
Visit sytycdauditions.com for terms and conditions. The deadline to register for a chance to audition in New York is Sunday, Feb. 19, and the deadline to register for a chance to audition in Los Angeles is Sunday, March 5.
Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register online for auditions. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.sytycdauditions.com and/or www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.
During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at “The Academy” callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of “The Academy” callback rounds, 10 All-Stars will choose one dancer each to move on to the SYTYCD studio and become this season’s Top 10. There, the Top 10 will compete LIVE each week for America’s votes in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside the All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.
Last September, Kida Burns was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Burns, at just 14, was the show’s youngest winner and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. So You Think You Can Dance garnered more than 180 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season. The series also celebrated its milestone 250th episode.