One male and one female winner will be crowned the winner for the first time

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:30pm

New season swings into auditions in Dallas and New York.  Audition episodes continue in Los Angeles, Alanta and Salt Lake City.

Las Vegas Callback Episode airs Wed., June 20.  Top 20 revealed on special 200th episode Wed., June 27.

First performance show airs Wed., July 11.

LOS ANGELES — The ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance debuts with auditions from Dallas and New York on a two-hour premiere event airing on a special night, tonight (7:00-9:00 p.m.) on FOX. The following week, the Emmy-nominated series moves into its regular time period, with audition episodes continuing in Los Angeles Wed., May 30 (7:00-9:00 p.m.), in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 6 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) and in Salt Lake City on Wed., June 13 (7:00-9:00 p.m.).

Talented dancers who spark the judges’ interest during these auditions will be invited to Las Vegas for the callback round airing Wed., June 20 (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Then, on Wed., June 27 (7:00-9:00 p.m.), the series celebrates its 200th episode, as the judges announce the top 20 finalists – 10 guys and 10 girls – who will perform in their own specialties, free of any judgment, so that America can get to know more about them and their talents.

Beginning Wed., July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the top 20 finalists will be paired up to perform for the first time. The following week, the couples at risk after the prior week’s performances will be asked to perform solo routines. Then, the judges will decide which guy and girl are eliminated. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple.

Once the series is down to the top 10, each finalist will be joined by a So You Think You Can Dance all-star dancer. These all-stars are experts in various styles of dance – Ballroom, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz – and will partner with one of the top 10 finalists to perform in their specialty. Each week, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home.

Featuring Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Debbie Allen, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Adam Shankman, So You Think You Can Dance will air once a week this season. Each jam-packed two-hour show will include awe-inspiring performances and eliminations. Also new this season, two contestants – one guy and one girl – will win the competition!


Thur., May 24 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Dallas and New York Auditions (special night)

Wed., May 30 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Los Angeles Auditions (time period premiere)

Wed., June 6 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Atlanta Auditions

Wed., June 13 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Salt Lake City Auditions

Wed., June 20 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Las Vegas Callbacks

Wed., June 27 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Top 20 Revealed/Meet the Top 20 Performances (200th Episode)

Wed., July 4 — Preemption

Wed., July 11 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — First Performance Show

Wed., July 18 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) — Performance and First Results Show

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