If you’re not already a devotee of the phenomenon that is “So You Think You Can Dance,” you’re missing out. For 11 seasons “So You Think You Can Dance” has managed to remain one of the most fresh, uplifting, and exciting competition shows on television. And now that the top 10 have been revealed, along with their All-Star partners (yes, Twitch will be there!), the hot tamale train is ready to leave the station once again.
There are so many things to love about this dance competition but we’ve managed to narrow it down to the top seven reasons you need to tune in and we’re counting down to the number one reason.
7. It’s Hot, Hot Hot!
Not only do we get to appreciate the toned abs and shapely legs of the dancers, but the costume designers outdo themselves time and time again with outfits that highlight the dancers’ best assets. Whether it’s a spicy Paso Doble or an emotional contemporary number, the inventive costumes are enough to keep us coming back week after week.
6. They’ve Got the Hostess With the Mostess
Forget tall, dark, and handsome – SYTYCD has tall, blonde, and gorgeous. Cat Deeley, who has been nominated four times for a Primetime Emmy, is the glamorous glue that holds the show together. Between wrangling the raucous judges and keeping the dancers in line, Cat has her hands full. But she handles every situation with amazing poise and a well-timed cheeky comment. And don’t overlook her parade of dresses, mile-high heels, and ever-changing hairstyles. Her fashion is almost as fun as some of the dances.
5. The Music
From Christina Perry’s “Jar of Hearts” to A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” one of the greatest gifts of the show is exposure to new and moving music. And I’m sure the artists who go from obscurity to household names after being featured in a dance number have nothing but love for the choreographers who are inspired by their songs.
And the love seems to go both ways. Christina Perry featured both Stacey Tookey’s choreography and SYTYCD dancers in the official video for her hit “Jar of Hearts.”
4. You Need a Box of Kleenex
It’s not all fun and games on the SYTYCD stage. Those choreographers know how to pull on our heartstrings. From showcasing the pain of heartbreak to highlighting the struggles of a woman fighting breast cancer, you are taking a risk if you sit down to watch this show without some tissues nearby. Sometimes we wonder if the choreographers don’t have some kind of sick competition going to see who can collect the most tears each season.
3. They Take Care of Their Own
Unlike some other competition shows, the relationship between the show and its contestants doesn’t end after the final vote. It’s not uncommon to see judges offering jobs to contestants on the spot, and dancers come back to promote their new projects, act as choreographers, or perform as All-Stars with the season’s current contestants. It truly seems like a family, one we wish we were coordinated enough to be a part of.
2. They Make a Difference
“So You Think You Can Dance” is about more than the ratings. The producers, judges, contestants, and choreographers truly love dance as an art form and as part of a healthy lifestyle. In 2010 the show, along with the “Dizzy Feet Foundation,” launched National Dance Day, an annual celebration that focuses on movement as a way to maintain health and fitness. The event, which takes place the last Saturday in July, features massive dance parties from coast to coast led by dancers and other members of the SYTYCD family.
1. It’s All About the Love
Probably the best thing about SYTYCD is that everyone involved seems to be there because they have a pure love for dance. It’s not like anyone is going to get rich from being a dancer or launch to mega-stardom as winners of other competition shows like “American Idol” do. And all the feedback is usually constructive. This show isn’t about tearing people down, but helping them grow and expand as artists.
Dance is true art and expression and the people who are part of SYTYCD explode with joy over the dances, the dancers, and the choreography. This show is a must-see if for no other reason than the huge smile it will bring to your face. The love on the dance floor is contagious and we can’t get enough of it.
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