So You Think You Can Dance (British TV series)

So You Think You Can Dance is a televised dance competition and reality show that launched in the United Kingdom in January 2010 with a format based on an American show by the same name. The show was broadcast on BBC One. The presentation of the show is similar to that of the Pop Idol series of singing competitions, also created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe. The show focuses not only on the dancers' talent, but also showcases new works by notable choreographers, crafted specifically for the dancers and the show.

So You Think You Can Dance
GenreDance competition
Created bySimon Fuller
Nigel Lythgoe
Developed bySimon Fuller
Directed byJames Morgan
Presented byCat Deeley
JudgesNigel Lythgoe
Arlene Phillips
Louise Redknapp
Sisco Gomez
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes19
Executive producer(s)Nigel Lythgoe
Andrea Hamilton
Producer(s)Anna Meedows
Gareth Davies
Ed Booth
Production location(s)Various (auditions)
ExCeL London
(Choreography camp)
BBC Television Centre
(live shows)
Running time120 minutes
Production company(s)19 Entertainment
Dick Clark Productions
Original networkBBC One
Original release2 January 2010 (2010-01-02) 
11 June 2011 (2011-06-11)
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Program history

So You Think You Can Dance is hosted by British entertainer Cat Deeley, also the host of the U.S. version since season 2.[1]

In the initial televised audition phase of the show, contestants dance in front of the judges – Nigel Lythgoe, Louise Redknapp, Arlene Phillips and Sisco Gomez – in the hope of getting through to the "choreography camp" round. After a further selection process, the judges decide who they would like to perform during the live finals of the competition, during which the public vote for their favourite act following a weekly live performance by a celebrity performer.[2][3][4] The show does not have a specific type of dance, contestants can do what dance style they choose. However, they will be asked to learn other dances throughout the competition. The first dancer to win the title of "Britain's Favourite Dancer" was Charlie Bruce, who won in 2010.

It was initially announced that season two would have Alexandra Burke as a guest judge throughout the auditions and choreographer camp, to pull in more of the viewing audience.[5] However, it was later announced that all four judges from season one would return as the main judges.

So You Think You Can Dance first premiered on 2 January 2010, beginning with one audition show, introducing the top 14 and others at audition. Five elimination rounds were followed by a final, with performances and results shown on the same night. The winner would receive a prize, and would earn the title of "Britain's Favourite Dancer". The winner received £100,000 cash and a trip to Hollywood, where the winner performed in the U.S. season finale.

The show was axed by BBC One due to the second series' low ratings and buying the broadcasting rights for the UK version of The Voice.



The contestants would be held at a "producers" audition before getting to the second round, which is known as the "judges auditions" this is to help limit the number of auditionees. During the second round dancers would auditions one by one in front of the panel of judges. This will make the judges decide if they would like to put the contestant through to the second round of the competition known as "choreography camp". The auditions are held around the UK in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Belfast. In order to find the next "British Favourite Dancer". However, a selection of auditions would only be shown on television. Judges will nominate whether they would like the contestant to continue in the competition. If three of the judges were to say "yes" and one judge to say "no" the contestant would go through. However, if two judges said "yes" and two judges said "no" you would not continue in the competition.

Choreography camp

The acts which the judges sent through to the next round would face "choreography camp". This part of the show would consist of whether the judges would like the contestant to continue in the show, to the live finals. The top 50 dancers are assigned to groups. Which they would be giving the time to spend and choreograph a type of performance the judges would ask for, (e.g. hip-hop, jazz, etc.). At the end of which the choreographers and judges chose the top 16. This would consist of the performances they give for the judges. They would be told straight after their performance if they would continue in the show. This is usually done gradually over the course of the entire week, with many dancers being cut from the competition on the very first day, and several more being cut each day, as the contestants are put through many different rounds to test their dance skills as well as their adaptability, learning speed, and stamina. Most rounds consist of the entire group of remaining dancers being taught a dance in a specific style (hip-hop, Broadway, and ballroom are among the most frequently-seen styles), and then performing the dance in front of the judges, a handful of contestants at a time. Another round consists of group work, where randomly chosen groups of four to six dancers are given a CD with a different song on it. Each group's members must then work together to create a choreographed group number for that song, and dance to it the next morning for the judges. At the end of this week of auditions, the judges meet and discuss each remaining dancer, to determine who will be chosen for the audience-vote portion of the competition (generally referred to as that season's "Top 20").

Live finals

During the live finals stage, each remaining contestant will perform a dance for the judges and the live audience, week after week. The public would get choose who they want to remain the competition by voting. The bottom two will perform again and then the judges will decide which act they would like to see again in the competition. The season finale consists of the top 4, and in addition to their solos, each also dances several other numbers, while being paired or grouped with the other finalists in such a way that "everyone dances with everyone." In addition, during the grand finale, contestants who were eliminated that season come back, and that season's favorite dances are showcased. At the end of the finale, the winner (the competitor with the highest number of audience votes from the night before) is revealed.

Judges and presenters


Show creator and producer Nigel Lythgoe, who also judges on the American version of the show, formed the original core judging panel with former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips. Lythgoe and Phillips were the only permanent judges in the audition process for the series, but guest judges Sisco Gomez and Louise Redknapp remained on the panel as permanent judges in the live shows.[6] During the second series, Alexandra Burke featured as a guest judge throughout the auditions and Choreographer camp. John Barrowman also appeared as a guest judge on one live show, during the absence of Lythgoe.

Presenters and other personnel

Disc jockey and TV presenter, Cat Deeley, who also hosts the American original signed on to present the UK version in both series. The shows executive producers are former judge and creator Nigel Lythgoe and Claire Bridgham, and the producers of the show are Anna Meadows and Gareth Davies.



Season Year(s) Time Winner Finalists Host Judges Guest judges
1 Winter 2010 January–February Charlie Bruce
Tommy Franzén
Lizzie Gough
Robbie White2
Cat Deeley Nigel Lythgoe,
Arlene Phillips,
Louise Redknapp,
Sisco Gomez
Priscilla Samuels
2 Spring 2011 March–June Matt Flint1
Luke Jackson
Katie Love
Kirsty Swain1
Alexandra Burke
John Barrowman

Series 1

The preliminary auditions for the first series of the show were held in major cities throughout the UK in October 2009. Participants for the show had to be aged between 18 and 35 and could be amateur dancers or professionals who are not currently engaged in a professional contract. The BBC promoted auditions for the show via its official website.

The first series of So You Think You Can Dance began on 2 January 2010 and was hosted by Cat Deeley. The first episode showed the auditions from London, Manchester, choreography camp and the top 14 were revealed. Permanent judges at the start of the auditions were Nigel Lythgoe and Arlene Phillips, they were joined by Sisco Gomez, Louise Redknapp and Priscilla Samuels] as guest judges during the audition process. Louise Redknapp later became a permanent judge and joined the panel at the 'choreography camp' stage of the show.

The next 6 shows where the live shows, Sisco Gomez became a permanent judge at this stage of the competition. Every week 2 dancers (one boy and one girl were eliminated from the competition until there were 4 contestants left (2 boys and 2 girls).

The finale of the first series of So You Think You Can Dance was held on 13 February 2010. Robbie White was injured, and could not perform. Lizzie Gough finished third, Tommy Franzén was the season runner-up, but female jazz dancer Charlie Bruce ended up as the winner. Judge Nigel Lythgoe said that Bruce absolutely was the best contestant of the season and to watch "small" dancers Bruce and Franzén grow across the series was fabulous.

Series 2

A second series was confirmed, the show hosted auditions in Manchester on 17 October 2010, Glasgow on 19 October 2010 and London on 21 and 22 October, according to the website, contestants also auditioned in Cardiff and Belfast. Arlene Phillips, Sisco Gomez, Nigel Lythgoe and Louise Redknapp all returned to the panel for series two. Series two has Alexandra Burke as a guest judge during the auditions and choreography camp. On the second part of the choreography camp, after Burke left the panel, John Barrowman was brought in as guest judge. Matt Flint was the winner of the series.

See also


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