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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 20, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11
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  • Starring: Nigel Lythgoe, Lauren Sanchez, Brian Friedman
  • Summary: From FOX, the creators of American Idol and the producers of American Bandstand and The American Music Awards comes So You Think You Can Dance.In its sophomore season, this show is offering the winner a one year contract for Celine Dion's Vegas show, a brand new car and $100K cash. Contestants perform a particular style of dance each week with a partner. The audience votes on their favorite couple leaving the 3 couples with the least votes up for elimination. After each dancer performs a solo of their choice for the judges, one male and one female contestant are up for elimination. Expand
  • Genre(s): Game Show, Arts
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 28, 2013
    It's always good to see dancing that's dancing and not a montage of repositioned limbs.
  2. Reviewed by: Lewis Segal
    Jul 17, 2013
    Though the voice-over narration could have been more informative, the biggest drawback in the first two episodes was producer Nigel Lythgoe functioning as the Donald Trump of dance by firing dancers right and left. [30 Jul 2005]
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Jul 17, 2013
    As a director, Nigel Lythgoe works the judge's reaction shots, often forgetting wallflowers enjoy watching the dancers, not other wallflowers. [22 Jul 2005]
  4. Reviewed by: Virginia Heffernan
    Jul 17, 2013
    This show, so far, cannot match 'Dancing With the Stars'; it's dour, lead-footed, mean, downbeat. [22 Jul 2005]
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Ryan
    Jul 17, 2013
    I'm not sure who's watching this dreary dance competition, and less sure why. ... So You Think You Can Dance is Fox's failed attempt to attach American Idol-esque importance to the dance genre. It tries for glittery glamour but is dragged down in procedure. Dancing with the Stars made dancing look fun, which I've always thought was the idea. [17 Aug 2005]
  6. Reviewed by: Heather Havrilesky
    Jul 17, 2013
    Easily takes the crown as the current Worst Show on Television. ... Like 'American Idol,' 'SYTYCD' is self-important, flashy and deeply stupid.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 17, 2013
    Ineptitude haunted "Dance" from the very beginning, when the host made it sound as though various rounds of competition had already been completed and that what we were watching was a documentary about "So You Think You Can Dance," not the show itself. Camerawork was so poor that dancers occasionally vanished out of the frame, and Lythgoe was featured in so many reaction shots that it was sometimes hard to remember who was onstage. [21 Jul 2005]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    Really bad, I mean it is real bad. It is bad because it lacks a lot of judging, I man the judges don't care how their routine is or how there skills is at dancing. They just shout to the dancers and say GREAT,BEST ONE,or AMAZING. Expand