Throughout the new season, advancing dancers will be placed into two teams — stage dancers, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap styles; and street dancers, competitors skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. During the audition phase, judges and each team’s All-Star mentor will eliminate dancers until 10 stage dancers and 10 street dancers remain.
The top 20 will then be challenged to perform a variety of styles, per tradition, with one dancer from each team eliminated each week.
“‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is a rare jewel,” said Simon Andreae, exec vice president of alternative entertainment for Fox. “It’s produced and consumed with tremendous passion and it’s developed one of the most deservedly loyal followings in all of unscripted television. We are immensely proud to be returning it to the schedule with a thrilling new twist that will bring it up to date and introduce a whole new set of rooting opportunities.”
“The competition is going to be much more exciting for viewers and even more demanding for the dancers,” said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other and we’ve found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country.”
“SYTYCD” is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and Dick Clark productions.