So you think you know how to dance The 2022 auditions are underway!
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe teases the return of the iconic dance show, So you think you can dance. Now, reports indicate that the long-delayed Season 17 of SYTYCD will air this summer on FOX.
And to further confirm that the series is returning to television, a casting notice announced that auditions were about to begin. “So you think you can be America’s favorite dancer?” the notice reads. “So submit your solo NOW because FOX is bringing back TV’s ultimate dance show!”
SYTYCD took a 2 year hiatus
So you think you can dance season 17 was about to kick off auditions in 2020 when the pandemic shut down film and television production. While TV competitions like american idol, The voice and America’s Got Talent found ways to continue their respective seasons, FOX decided to drop the beloved dance show for the summer, but stressed that it wasn’t necessarily canceled.
When 2021 rolled around and vaccines for COVID-19 became available, the production of the competition show returned to normal or nearly so, including in the dance show Dancing with the stars. Nonetheless, FOX didn’t add SYTYCD to the summer schedule, at which point it looked like FOX had canceled the show for good.
But recently, producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe teased the show’s return. He said Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, “Obviously during Covid it was really hard to create a bubble because we had so many different choreographers coming in and you swap partners,” Nigel told Ryan. “So it’s very difficult to do during this terrible pandemic. But hopefully we get to the end now and [So You Think You Can Dance] will come back.”
SYTYCD created stars
Also of note – SYTYCD has featured dancers who have become successful performers. For example, a hit pop singer, Tate McRae came in third at age 13 in the show’s ill-advised junior version in 2016. And hey, here’s a fun fact you might not know. Ariana DeBose landed a Top 20 spot on SYTYCD Season 6 in 2009. The triple threat has played on Broadway, but recently landed the role of Anita in Stephen Spielberg. West Side Story to restart. She also hosted the January 15 edition of Saturday Night Live on NBC.
Stephen “tWitch” Bosswhich is essentially Ellen Degeneres’ co-host of his talk show, and met her when she was a star on Season 7. He made the Top 20 on Season 4.
SYTYCD also served as a direct pipeline for Dancing with the Stars. Ballroom dancers who have competed on SYTYCD include Artem Chigvintsev (S1), Allison Holker (S2), witney carson (S9), Lindsay Arnold (S9), Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten and more.