So You Think You Can Dance coming to BBC

by Lisa McGarry


Nigel Lythgoe is returning to British shores this January to find the nation’s hottest dancing talent on BBC One with the award-winning So You Think You Can Dance.

Fresh from six seasons of the hit show in the US, Lythgoe will take up his position as head judge along with renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips and a third judge to be announced, to critique finalists competing for the title of Britain’s Favourite Dancer.

The culmination of a national audition tour which dancers from all disciplines attended, the top 14 have been selected for the live Saturday night studio shows.

The series winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hollywood where they will get to perform live on the US version of the show, plus £100,000. But, in order to get there, the top 14 will be pushed right out of their comfort zones.

Each week they’ll be challenged to dance different styles like hip-hop, jazz, Broadway, lyrical and contemporary, with a new routine taught by world-renowned choreographers and mentors.

And it won’t be just the judges they have to impress: viewers will have the ultimate power to vote for their favourite dancer at the end of each live show.

How it works

Seven girls and seven boys made it through the auditions to be selected for the live shows. Of these 14, one will be crowned the winner of So You Think You Can Dance and win the opportunity to dance in Hollywood plus £100,000.

Following the launch show on 2 January, the live shows will begin on 9 January. Each Saturday for six weeks there will be a live main show followed by a separate live results show.


Each week until the final, one boy and one girl will be eliminated.

In week 1 and 2 viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite couple. Out of the lowest scoring four contestants, the judges will select one boy and one girl to be eliminated. All four (two boys and two girls) will have their last opportunity to dance in the results show in a 30-second solo.

In the remaining shows, viewers will vote for their favourite individual dancers and the judges will lose their power to make the final decision, only giving critiques. From the third live show, couples will be changed. The dancers will all dance solo, in group routines, and as couples in a variety of different styles.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!