So You Think You Can Dance (Season 4)

infobox television
show_name = So You Think You Can Dance (Season 4)


caption =
rating = TV-G
format = Interactive television Reality television game show
runtime = 1 or 2 hours
creator = Simon Fuller
Nigel Lythgoe
executive_producer = Simon Fuller
Nigel Lythgoe
Barry Adelman
director = Don Weiner (2005-2008)
starring = Cat Deeley
Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy (choreographer)
country = United States
filmed =
network = Fox Broadcasting Company
first_aired = May 22, 2008
last_aired = August 7, 2008
num_episodes =
website = http://www.fox.com/dance/
imdb_id = 0472023
tv_com_id = 35810

"So You Think You Can Dance" is a United States television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company network. Season four premiered on May 22, 2008 in television, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy returning as permanent judges and Cat Deeley returning to host. Joshua Allen was announced as the winner on August 7, 2008 [cite web|url=http://hyper-stars.blogspot.com/2008/08/so-joshua-can-dance.html|title=Blogspot|accessdate=2008-08-08] .

Auditions

Open auditions for this season were expanded to the following six cities: [cite web|url=http://www.fox.com/dance/showinfo/casting2008.htm|title=FOX.com 2008 Casting Call|accessdate=2008-02-23]

*McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas—January 17–19
*Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina—January 31–February 2
*Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah—February 4–7
*Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.—February 21–23
*The Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles) in Los Angeles, California—March 6–8
*The Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—March 20–22

For the first time, New York City was not a stop on the audition tour.To be able to audition, contestants had to be between the ages of 18 and 30 and able to be legally employed in the United States. Partner auditions were allowed. [cite web|url=http://www.fox.com/dance/pdf/eligibility_requirement_sytycd_season4.pdf|title=FOX.com SYTYCD Season 4 Eligibility Requirement|accessdate=2008-02-23]

Las Vegas week

Over 200 contestants who impressed the judges in the initial auditions each received a plane ticket to a challenging week of callback auditions at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The week consisted of multiple rounds of choreography, with dancers cut from the competition every round. This season, the rounds included a hip-hop routine with Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo, a Broadway number with Tyce Diorio, the foxtrot with Jean-Marc Genereux, group choreography, contemporary choreography with Mia Michaels, and a final solo for the remaining contestants. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were part of the judging panel for the week, along with Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo.

Finals

Format

As in seasons 2 and 3, the finals began with 20 contestants, ten male and ten female. After partners are assigned, couples pick a dance style out of a hat, are rehearsed by a choreographer, and perform their routine. Following the airing of the performances, home viewers vote for their favorite couple. The bottom three couples (six dancers overall) are then liable for elimination by the judges on the live, or broadcast on Broadcast delay in the western United States, results show. All six dancers perform a solo, after which the judges eliminate one male and one female contestant. If the eliminated dancers are not from the same couple, their respective partners form a new pair for the following week's performances. Once the field of dancers is narrowed down to the top 10, permanent partnerships dissolve and contestants draw their new partners from a hat each week. The judges no longer have any say in the elimination process; viewers call in to vote for their favorite individual dancer, and the male and female with the lowest number of votes are eliminated each week.

Because of the inclusion of performer Will Wingfield into the top 20 dancers, Debbie Allen was ruled ineligible to perform duties as a Guest Judge during the Finals phase, as long as Wingfield remained in the competition. Wingfield is a Contemporary dancer from Nashville, Tennessee who trained under Allen at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. He was voted off the competition on July 24, 2008. Because of Wingfield being eliminated, Debbie Allen was technically able to guest judge for the top six episode, but Adam Shankman was the guest judge instead.

Elimination chart

Contestants are in alphabetical order by last name, then in reverse chronological order of elimination.


Week 2 (18 June 2008)

"Judges": Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

Week 5 (9 July 2008)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels
*Solos::*Comfort Fedoke: "I Got This Down"—Simian Mobile Disco:*William Wingfield: "Get Up Offa That Thing"—James Brown:*Katee Shean: "Taking Chances"—Celine Dion:*Mark Kanemura: "Creator"—Santogold ft. Switch and Freq Nasty:*Chelsie Hightower: "Damaged"—Danity Kane:*Joshua Allen: "Shawty Get Loose"—Lil' Mama feat. T-Pain and Chris Brown:*Courtney Galiano: "Where I Stood"—Missy Higgins:*Stephen "Twitch" Boss: "Go To Work"—Kay L

Week 8 (30 July 2008)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman
*Eliminated::*Courtney Galiano: "It's Only Life"—Kate Voegele:*Katee Shean: "From Where You Are"—Lifehouse (She won $50,000 for being the top female dancer.):*Stephen "Twitch" Boss

*Winner
**Joshua Allen

References

External links

* [http://fox.com/dance/ Official "So You Think You Can Dance" Website]


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