So You Think You Can Dance premieres tonight, Wednesday, May 28 on Fox. The Emmy award winning show returns for its 11th season of the show with judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy hosted auditions for New Orleans and Chicago. The show also held auditions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta. The show is hosted by Cat Deeley.
Dancers who advance to the next round were invited to a call back session in Pasadena where the Top 20 dancers were selected. The dancers will then be introduced to America, The Top 20 dancers will then be paired with a partner performing for votes. Voting begins on July 2nd.
Once the series is down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a So You Think You Can Dance All Star. Voting for the Top 10 this year will be based solely on America's votes, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home.This year the show will return to the format of only one winner.
Each week a special guest judge will join resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.
Guest judges in the audition cities include Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Atlanta), Charles “Lil Buck” Riley (Atlanta), Billy Porter and Misty Copeland (Philadelphia), Wayne Brady (New Orleans), Jenna Elfman and Fabrice Calmels (Chicago) and Christina Applegate (Los Angeles). Guest judges at the Pasadena callbacks include Adam Shankman, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Tara Lipinski and Irina Dvorovenko.
A new feature this season, Justin Bieber and his choreographer, Nick DeMoura, will introduce top dance crews from around the country who will be featured in each of the audition city episodes. Each week, Bieber and DeMoura will showcase two dance crews on each of the four audition episodes. After the crews are showcased, hash tags will be revealed that viewers can use to tweet their favorite of the two crews. The tweets will be tallied and the most popular crew overall will be invited to perform on the finale.
LA Music Examiner was on hand at the Los Angeles auditions and spoke with host Cat Deeley. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about auditions and the new season with a special appearance of Nigel Lythgoe in the interview.