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'So You Think You Can Dance' leaps into 10th season

Fox series debuts with shows Tuesday and Wednesday nights
By Jacqueline Cutler Modified: May 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013

The concept hardly sounds like a hit: a dance contest for unknowns often doing unusual dances. Yet Fox's “So You Think You Can Dance,” which launches its 10th season at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, continues to tap into what eludes other dance shows: the purity of the art.

“There is no question they have not seen it all before,” says Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge. “That is the joy of seeing dance develop. I do believe every season these kids get better and better. The one thing dancers have (over singers) is if you are tone-deaf, you still sound as bad you did three or four years ago. If you are a dancer and train hard for three or four years, there is improvement.”

“Everyone says, ‘How are you going to tweak it?' ” Lythgoe says. “The only way I would tweak it is possibly moving results to the beginning of the show and say, ‘Here are the results of last week's show.'”

After the two-night premiere, the show runs only on Tuesdays.

“It is really awkward without a results show,” Lythgoe says.

The purpose, though, remains the same.

“At the end of the day, we are going for the best dancers and most diverse of dancers,” he says.

And it is diverse, introducing viewers to krumping, jookin', whacking, and popping and locking. “SYTYCD” alumni have gone on to Broadway (“Newsies,” “Rock of Ages”), movies (“Step Up,” “High School Musical”) and TV (“Bunheads,” the pros on “Dancing With the Stars”).

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