May 27, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
So You Think You Can Dance is back! TheÂ FOX dance competition returns for a seventh season with tonight’s two-hour premiere. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the show is undergoing some major changes for season 7 that include new judges, less dancers, and returning favorites. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s premiere…
So You Think You Can Dance kicks off its seventh season tonight onÂ FOX with a two-hour premiere. Be sure to tune in to watch the good, the bad, and the freaky awesome perform for the judges during the first two rounds of auditions. This season,Â So You Think You Can Dance searched for the nation’s best dancers with auditions in Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. As always, the dancers who stand out in the auditions are sent to callbacks in Las Vegas and a chance to earn a spot in the finals.
This season ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance should feature amazing dancers and intense choreography as always, but there are some major changes to theÂ FOX dance competition. Fortunately, Cat Deeley is returning as host, but there are some shake-ups on the judging panel and in the contest. For starters, longtime choreographer and guest judge, Mia Michaels, is made a permanent fixture on the panel this season. Replacing Mary Murphy, Michaels was made a resident judge alongside fellow resident judge, Adam Shankman, and lead judge (and executive producer), Nigel Lythgoe.
â€œI am extremely happy that Mia and Adam have returned and agreed to be resident judges,â€ said Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer/co-creator, So You Think You Can Dance. â€œMiaâ€™s outspoken approach combined with Adamâ€™s passion will definitely add a fresh new chemistry to the panel.â€
The judging panel isn’t the only place where changes have been made this season. Instead of 20 competing dancers, theÂ FOX dance competition will only feature a top 10, with one dancer eliminated each week instead of two. And those top 10 dancers will be paired every week with aÂ So You Think You Can Dance “All-Star” dancer, contestants from previous seasons. The All-Stars includeÂ Stephen â€œtWitchâ€ Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic â€œD-trixâ€ Sandoval.