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Casting for Season 16 of So You Think You Can Dance is in full swing now that all three audition cities have passed. Executive producer Jeff Thacker and All-Star Robert Roldan watched the auditions of dancers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles.
This audition format is different from prior seasons and is asking the dancers to be ready from Day 1. It is Season 16 after all and dancers should know what is going to be asked of them.
Let's get into the details you need to know so far about SYTYCD.
1. Judges: There is an announcement expected by FOX in the next few weeks. Sources are mum on who will be on the panel, but they are working on final contract details right now. Nigel Lythgoe is the only one 100% confirmed since he's an executive producer on the show.
2. Auditions: Now that the nationwide preliminary auditions are done, Jeff and Robert will be working with producers to sort through the golden ticket recipients. Not every recipient will get an invitation to Los Angeles for the Judges' Round in March. They want to make sure they have a wide variety of styles and dancers represented.
If dancers make it through the Judges' Round in March, they will come back to Los Angeles in April for the Academy. The show is picking up the expenses for contestants for flights and hotel for the March and April rounds. After the Academy, the cast will be whittled down to a Top 10.
3. Fresh faces: Jeff told Dance Network they were looking closely at the new faces in the crowd — the ones who just turned 18 and are here for their first SYTYCD audition experience. That's not to say returning dancers won't get a shot, but they want to find a few contestants who are going to have incredible growth over the course of the live shows.
This approach was taken last year with Slavik Pustovoytov, whom they considered a "diamond in the rough." His success paved the way for a similar type of contestant in Season 16. Nigel told Dance Network that he considered Slavik's progress one of the highlights of Season 15.
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