“So You Think You Can Dance” will return to Fox this summer, after a two-year COVID hiatus

Two years after production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “So You Think You Can Dance” is making a comeback. Fox announced on Wednesday that the long-delayed 17th season of the dance competition series will premiere this summer.

Auditions for the new season will take place in March, as the show seeks “highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30, showcasing their talents in a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, hall prom, animation, breakup and more.” Aspiring contestants can register at danceshow2022.castingcrane.com or fox.com/dance.

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The selected dancers will be sent to auditions in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, with the finalists then traveling to Los Angeles to perform in front of the judges and try to earn a place among the final candidates. Competitors will work with choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, in the usual “So You Think You Can Dance” fashion. Fox did not reveal if host Cat Deeley is returning or if there will be a new emcee at the helm; ditto any information about the show’s judges. (Season 2 was originally slated to include panelists Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Laurieann Gibson.)

“So You Think You Can Dance” was originally scheduled to air its 17th season in 2020, but Fox and the show’s producers had to scrap those plans due to health concerns. “Production of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 17 will not progress due to health and government restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Fox said in a June 18, 2020 statement. As a result, while we eagerly awaited its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we have set for viewers and contestants in light of the show’s unique format, complex production schedule and limited time. .”

The show is from 19 Entertainment and Industrial Media’s MRC, and is produced by co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, Jeff Thacker, Rosie Seitchik, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of 19 Entertainment. Seitchik will also serve as showrunner.

Over the show’s 16 seasons, “So You Think You Can Dance” has won 17 Emmy Awards, across 71 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design, and Outstanding Lighting Design.

“So You Think You Can Dance” will also be available to stream on Fox’s Tubi service, as well as Fox Now, Hulu and On Demand.

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Colleen D. Ervin