Expect talent and emotion, but don't expect huge changes for So You Think You Can Dance Season 10.
Although this is a landmark season for Fox's reality dance competition show, which kicks off its special two-night premiere Tuesday at 8/7c, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe doesn't want to mess with the winning formula that got them this far. "We don't need to [change]. The dancers bring the changes," he says. "The dancers are the ones that create the magic for this series, not the format. It's the talent. And again, this season, Season 10, the talent is magnificent."
It's unclear, therefore, whether So You Think You Can Dance will revert back to its usual two-night performance and elimination format or continue with the combined one-night format of Season 9. Similarly, Fox has yet to announce which all-stars will return to pair up with this season's lucky finalists.
But focus on the format or familiar faces isn't what the show is all about, and former contestant, frequent all-star and first-time guest judge Stephen "tWitch" Boss sums up the emotional impact of the show. "You never get tired of falling in love with a new person and watching their growth through the weeks of going through a show," he says. "You can't beat that."
Check out 10 things we can expect from So You Think You Can Dance's 10th season:
Cole Horibe and Lindsay Arnold
Question: Any thoughts on this season of So You Think You Can Dance? The format change and unfortunate interruptions this year from Independence Day and the Summer Olympics have forced multiple eliminations in some episodes to keep them on schedule, and we've lost a few promising contestants that I feel may have been cut too early on. How are you finding this season so far? — Brodie
As a tribute to Emmy-winning So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Mia Michaels, the Top 14 will be performing her classic routines from previous seasons. So we're basically expecting to feel the angst and sorrow tonight, and not just because four contestants will be eliminated.
Also: Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, choreographers and founders of modern dance troupe Ballet Boyz, will be handling the guest-judge duties tonight.
Let's get down to the routines:
Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley
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Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein
With a bum leg and a skulking aversion to just about everything, House (Hugh Laurie) doesn't seem a likely candidate to trip the light fantastic with girlfriend Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). Thank the ghosts of Fred and Ginger for dream sequences. In tonight's "Bombshells" episode, Cuddy's anxiety about her relationship with House plays out in a series of fantasies — including a Hollywood Western scene — capped by the Huddsters hitting the floor to an updated version of "Come On Get Happy."
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Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein
House (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
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Grab your ear plugs: Mary Murphy will return to So You Think You Can Dance as a resident judge for the show's upcoming eighth season, Fox announced Tuesday.
"I am thrilled and already dancing in my seat to be back as a permanent judge this season, which I'm sure will be the best ever," Murphy said in a statement.
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Song: "Ra" by Nathan Lanier