SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE soars into its 11th season this May with a two-hour premiere event showcasing America's most talented dancers during the audition rounds, beginning Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Cat Deeley and featuring resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges, including Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Atlanta), Billy Porter and Misty Copeland (Philadelphia), Wayne Brady (New Orleans), Jenna Elfman and Fabrice Calmels (Chicago) and Christina Applegate (Los Angeles). The new season of the Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series once again will include awe-inspiring performances, as well as nail-biting eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer.
In Season 11, producers travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the best America has to offer. Callbacks are held in Los Angeles, where the dancers work with top choreographers to learn routines that they will perform for judges Lythgoe and Murphy, and guest judges Adam Shankman, Tara Lipinski, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Irina Dvorovenko. Once the judges pick the Top 20 dancers, they turn it over to America. Each week, the dancers will be paired up to perform inspired pieces choreographed by some of the biggest names in the business. The following week, one male and one female dancer will be eliminated from the competition.
Throughout its 10 seasons, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has received 37 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 11 Emmy wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007) Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2011) Tyce Diorio (2009) and Wade Robson in 2008 and 2007. The series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2010 and in 2009, as well as Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE celebrated six Emmy Award nominations, including consecutive nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Series for Cat Deeley. The series won a 2012 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming and a 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award in the category of Best Reality Series – Competition, and Deeley won the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and dick clark productions, inc. The series is executive-produced by Fuller Lythgoe Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions, inc. Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions, inc. James Breen and Jeff Thacker.