Thursday, September 10, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance - News About The New Season


The structure of the sixth-season competition, which goes from auditions to viewers picking "America's favorite dancer," will be the same, but with new touches. Darnell says a new permanent judge will join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and he won't say who — but it won't be ex-Idol judge Paula Abdul.

Lythgoe, also an executive producer, plans one show where the top 20 dancers show off their specialties outside the competition. "In the past, they were just thrown straight into competition, and if they were fabulous at hip-hop we may have given them ballroom, and nobody knew how good they were."

On results shows, he wants to feature professional dance companies. "We're looking to do a group competition with all different stars of dance, not just hip-hop but ballroom, clogging, ballet, Latin-American formation-style dancing."

Dance will feature guest judges for auditions; Lythgoe would like to see more guest performances like Katie Holmes' appearance last season. Although nothing is scheduled, he has hopes for Abdul, with whom he worked when he produced Idol. "I'm still talking to Paula, and I'd still like her to come on the show."

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