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SYTYCD Recap: Repeat Offenders

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Top 14 contestants Lindsay Arnold and Cole Horibe perform a Contemporary routine to "Gravity" choreographed by Mia Michaels on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, August 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose

Heading into last night’s Mia Michaels tribute episode of So You Think You Can Dance, I was a little worried the judges would get so caught up in praising new renditions of the choreographer’s seven most memorable routines that their actual critiques would be reduced into something of a “You get a gold star! And you get a gold star! And you get a gold star!” mess.

What I wasn’t expecting was the sight of Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy in a bad cop-bad cop routine, interrogating dancers beneath a single, swinging lightbulb to determine …READ MORE


SYTYCD Recap: A Super Sweet 16!

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Top 16 contestants Cyrus Spencer and Eliana Girard perform a Hip-Hop routine to "Toxic" choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose

Veronica Lake, Charlie Chaplin, Christina Applegate, and the Alvin Ailey all figured prominently in last night’s Top 16 episode of So You Think You Can Dance. Okay, so Veronica Lake wasn’t actually Veronica Lake, but rather …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The First Cuts Are the Deepest

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Nobody said it would be easy mashing up So You Think You Can Dance‘s weekly performances and results into a single, 120-minute telecast. But just as an old Cat can learn new dance steps — our hostess really did boogie as she made her entrance in a sultry red dress! — so too did SYTYCD manage to pack in a group number, a special guest performance (from the cast of Step Up Revolution), 10 competitive routines, and a brutal set of results that lopped off a fifth of the Season 9 crop.

And just like Eliana doing overtime in her Jive with Cyrus, you could barely …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Recap: Roaring 20

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Top 20 contestants Dareian Kujawa and Janelle Issis perform an African Jazz routine to "Jungle" choreographed by Sean Chessman on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose

There’s a “Closed” sign hanging at the ticket booth for the So You Think You Can Dance Hot Tamale Express, but not because the Season 9 Top 20 isn’t packed with talent. Quite the contrary, I’d say that …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Recap: Ranking the Season 9 Top 20

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Watching So You Think You Can Dance‘s Season 9 Top 20 announcement episode — its first this year with live, choreographed dances — I was struck by the fact that the show really is like an old friend. No matter how long it’s been away, it only takes a minute or two for me to fall back in step with its warm and familiar cadences.

There was Cat Deeley, playfully announcing that just minutes into the telecast, she was already covered in the sweat of nearby dancers. (Not nearly as gross as it sounds.) READ MORE


Is Ann Curry a Trouper? Dance Judges Heartless? ABC's Two Amanda Clarkes?! And More TV Qs!

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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we’re going to lob at you, from shows including So You Think You Can Dance, Today, True Blood and Falling Skies! READ MORE


SYTYCD Vegas Week Recap: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Vegas Week on So You Think You Can Dance always makes me think of the classic intro to ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and Season 9 proved no exception. Indeed, with 181 dancers battling through eight different rounds over four days, two people exiting on stretchers, and only 35 remaining at the end of the two-hour telecast, Jim McKay’s voiceover — “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the human drama of athletic competition” — would’ve fit right in alongside Mary Murphy’s whoops of approval and Adam Shankman’s tears. READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The 5 Best Auditions From Salt Lake City

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So You Think You Can Dance might be the only reality competition series on television where the audition rounds never seem to wear out their welcome. And indeed, while this week’s Salt Lake City tryouts — the final pitstop on the show’s Season 9 contestant-hunting tour — didn’t quite measure up to last week’s legendary Atlanta telecast, I still found myself getting a little wistful when they ended.

Such a melancholy reverie makes sense …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Atlanta Auditions Recap: Stop Dragon My Heart Around

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You know you’re watching a particularly fantastic episode of So You Think You Can Dance when Debbie Allen spends a good chunk of the two-hour telecast shimmying her shoulders and spontaneously shouting encouragement like “Work it out, Ms. Thing!” and “This child is fierce!”

Oh, and by “Debbie Allen,” I also mean myself.

Seriously, not only was the third episode of SYTYCD‘s ninth season stuffed to the point of exploding with talent, but we also got to see …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The 5 Best Auditions from Los Angeles

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I’ll admit I was a little worried when judge Mary Murphy warned against excessive booty-shaking to kick off So You Think You Can Dance‘s Season 9 Los Angeles auditions, but then I remembered: We’re talking about the inventor of the mythical Hot Tamale Train, a woman whose hooting, hollering, and general hootenanny-ing is so patently goofy, there’s no way she would seriously place restrictions on the fine art of contestants putting their backfields in motion. Plus, fabulous guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson wasn’t cosigning that warning anyhow. Let the wild rump-bumping begin! READ MORE