The judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” don’t just critique the performers; they’re judging the choreographers, too.

“You have to sit in the audience and smile and hope that [the dancers] kill it. As much as they’re getting looked at, the judges are looking at your stuff, too. All the choreographers are back there, having our own issues,” choreographer Luther Brown said during the latest installment of Variety Artisans.

Brown has choreographed many dances throughout the dancing competition’s run, and has worked with artists like Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera and P. Diddy in his career. Coming up with showstopping dances week after week taught him new things about the industry he’s been a part of his whole life.

“‘So You Think You Can Dance’ definitely changed up the dance industry. The show has made dancers famous. It brought dancers to the front of the light. It’s changed my career big time,” he said. “You have to do it sometimes not knowing what music is gonna clear. So you’re being challenged the whole time. It taught me how to make fast decisions, know how to pull the best out of people. You don’t have a week to get it together, you have hours to get it together.”

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