[05/13/08 - 04:02 PM]
FOX's Foot-Stomping, Toe-Tapping No. 1 Summer Show "So You Think You Can Dance" Returns for Season Four Thursday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 28, on Fox
The network recaps its "Dance" schedule, which begins results shows on Thursday, June 12.

[via press release from FOX]


Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy Return as Weekly Judges; Guest Judges Include Mia Michaels, Napoleon D'umo, Tabitha D'umo and Adam Shankman

Top 20 Dancers Revealed on Thursday, June 5

Top 20 Dancers Perform on Wednesday, June 11

First LIVE Results Show on Thursday, June 12

It's time to pop, lock and drop in for an all-new season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the Emmy Award-winning hit series and television's hottest original dance show premiering Thursday, May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hosted by Cat Deeley, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE continues to awe viewers as dancers compete in everything from hip-hop to salsa and disco to jive as they strive to be named America's Favorite Dancer.

Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy will return this season as weekly judges. Each week, the third judging position will be filled by top choreographers including Mia Michaels, Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo and Adam Shankman, among others.

During the Season Four auditions, Lythgoe, Murphy and a guest judge traveled around the country in search of dancers who represent the rhythm of America. Episodes featuring auditions held in Dallas, Charleston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Washington, DC, will air on two consecutive Thursdays: May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and May 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as well as two consecutive Wednesdays: May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and June 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Talented dancers who spark the judges' interest during auditions are invited to call-backs in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Round will air Thursday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) during which the Top 20 finalists � 10 guys and 10 girls � will be announced.

It will then be up to America to help decide who remains in the competition. The first performance show featuring the Top 20 will air Wednesday, June 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following night, Thursday, June 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/PT tape-delayed), the first LIVE results show will reveal the three couples with the fewest votes. These six dancers perform solo routines in front of the judges who then decide who stays in the competition and who goes home.

Once the series 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 is eliminated from the competition.

RECAP (All times ET/PT)

Thursday, May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 1

Monday, May 26 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 1 (encore)

Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 2

Thursday, May 29 (8:00-10:00 PM) Auditions Episode

Wednesday, June 4 (8:00-10:00 PM) Auditions Episode

Thursday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM) Las Vegas Round

Wednesday, June 11 (8:00-10:00 PM) Top 20 Perform

Thursday, June 12 (9:00-10:00 PM) Results Show (ET live/PT tape-delayed) One guy and one girl are eliminated


Nigel Lythgoe: Currently the President of 19 Television, Lythgoe co-created and executive-produces the Emmy winning series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. His other executive-producer credits include THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND and all seven seasons of AMERICAN IDOL which in 2007 received the prestigious Governors Award, the Television Academy's highest honor, for IDOL GIVES BACK.

Mary Murphy: In addition to her work as a judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Murphy has traveled for special guest appearances in Australia, Canada and Norway. Murphy is also a world-class technical dance instructor and is based at her Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, CA.

Choreographers/Guest Judges

Mia Michaels: For her work on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Michaels recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for her dance piece "Calling You." Michaels recently choreographed C�line Dion's "A New Day�" Currently her work can be seen on C�line Dion's world tour, "Taking Chances" and Cirque du Soleil's first touring show, "Delirium."

Adam Shankman: After graduating from The Juilliard School, Shankman began his career dancing in music videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He then made the transition to choreographer, working on projects for Whitney Houston, Tony! Toni! Ton�!, The Time and Stevie Wonder. His directorial debut was on "The Wedding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez, he recently directed the feature film adaptation of "Hairspray" and he is currently directing "Bedtime Stories," the upcoming Disney feature starring Adam Sandler.

Tabitha D'Umo and Napoleon D'Umo: The husband and wife team have directed and choreographed numerous shows for casinos and companies such as NIKE, Levi's and MAC. The duo has choreographed, performed and were assistant directors on the videos and music tours with many top recording artists. Napoleon and Tabitha are the directors of "Monsters of Hip Hop: The Show" held in Hollywood.

About 19 Entertainment

The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the U.K. alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series have consistently topped children's viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the U.K., while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States. 19 Entertainment produces the FOX summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE along with Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and the Academy of Country Music Awards. DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American Bandstand among other things. For additional information, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

Emmy-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions, Inc. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.

  [may 2008]  


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