Fox announces 'So You Think You Can Dance 3' broadcast schedule
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 05/10/2007
It's time to dust off your dancing shoes.
Fox has announced the third-season broadcast schedule for So You Think You Can Dance, the network's American Idol-like search for the country's top dancer.
So You Think You Can Dance's third edition will premiere on Thursday, May 24 at 8PM ET/PT with an unconventional 85-minute broadcast that will feature coverage of the show's New York City open auditions. The next week, the auditions will continue with a special Wednesday, May 30 from 8-10PM ET/PT broadcast that will cover the show's Los Angeles and Chicago auditions and a Thursday, May 31 at 9PM ET/PT broadcast that will cover that show's Atlanta auditions.
The top two-steppers who catch the judges' attention during the open auditions will then be shipped to Las Vegas for the "Las Vegas Round," which is similar to Idol's "Hollywood Week." "Las Vegas Round" coverage will air on Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7 from 9-10PM ET/PT, and end with So You Think You Can Dance 3's Top 20 finalists -- 10 males and 10 females -- being revealed to viewers.
So You Think You Can Dance 3's first performance show will air on Wednesday, June 13 from 8-10PM ET/PT, after which it will be up to viewers to cast votes for their favorites. So You Think You Can Dance 3's first live results show -- an hour-long broadcast -- will then air the following night, Thursday, June 14 at 9PM ET (PT tape-delayed) and eliminate one male and one female performer.
So You Think You Can Dance will then settle into a twice-weekly schedule in which two-hour performance shows will air on Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT and one-hour results shows will air on Thursdays at 9PM ET. Due to an NFL preseason game on Thursday, August 9,So You Think You Can Dance's results show for that week will air on Tuesday, August 14 at 9PM ET immediately following the one-hour finale of Fox's On the Lot reality filmmaking series.
So You Think You Can Dance 3 will air its final performance show -- a two-hour broadcast -- on Wednesday, August 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The show's season finale -- another expanded two-hour broadcast -- will air the following night on Thursday, August 16 beginning at 8PM ET/PT.
In addition, Fox also announced Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe as well as choreographer Mary Murphy will both return as permanent judges for the show's third season. As was the case with last season, So You Think You Can Dance's third judging spot will rotate weekly among the series' choreographers: Dan Karaty, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson and Shane Sparks. Cat Deeley -- who took over the So You Think You Can Dance hosting duties from Lauren Sanchez after the series first season -- will return to host the show's third season.