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Reality Fix: So You Think You Can Dance Kicks Off Season 10 With a Two Night Premiere 


I am so happy to report that the season 10 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance will be a two-night event. Along with the lovely and delightful host Cat Deeley (who had better get another Emmy nod), Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy return to the judge’s table this season. Among the rotating guest judges are Minnie Driver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wayne Brady, All-Star Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Adam Shankman. This year’s audition cities are Austin, Boston, Detroit, Memphis and Los Angeles. As always, the auditions shows are two hours.

Photo Credit: Mathieu Young/FOX
Photo Credit: Mathieu Young/FOX

I’ve been a fan of this show since the beginning, although my regard has fallen off in the last few seasons. I am cautiously optimistic that the show will return to a two-night-a-week format permanently. This show is a big deal to me because I love to see dancing done well. And until last season, I thought I would appreciate seeing everything go down in one night. I had no idea how wrong I’d be.

What I’d Like to See This Season on SYTYCD

  • Great dancing.
  • I’ve mentioned the two-nights-a-week thing, right?
  • Less bad dancing during the audition rounds. I don’t find it amusing and I don’t really enjoy it when people waste my time or that of the judges.
  • I’m of two minds when it comes to the guest judges. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t. I think anyone with a serious background in dance (and at least a little personality) should be welcome at the judges table. I want to hear thoughtful critiques from people who know what they’re talking about.
  • More great SYTYCD alums as all-stars. I can’t get enough of them and if the show waits to introduce them until we get down to the Top Ten, I don’t think they’ll detract from this year’s competitors.
  • I like the Dance Dictionary, but another fun online element might be to have “instructional” videos for us dancing laymen about what all the technical terms are for certain moves and demonstrations of how to do them correctly. For example, what is a jete and how is it performed?

Are you excited for season 10? Is there anything you’d change about the show to make it better? Let me know your thoughts.

The two-night season 10 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance airs Tuesday, May 14th at 8/7c and Wednesday, May 15th at 9/8c on Fox.

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