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So You Think You Can Dance finally kicked off its studio shows with an episode that was a true roller coaster ride. In a swift 60 minutes, that will change to two hours beginning with Week 3, the first show probably reordered the Top 10 for many viewers. The top contender on paper might have shifted down a bit and the underdog might have stepped up a few notches.
The first five weeks are pre-taped on Saturdays this season, so Dance Network got a feel for the show a few days ahead of time. Sitting in the studio versus watching it on TV is always a different experience, so here is what you missed on TV.
1. The taping: The show doesn't run in real-time, but the show flows as close to real-time as possible. The producers stop for commercial breaks and the order you saw on TV is the exact order the studio audience watched the show as well.
2. Editing: The TV viewers didn't miss much. The important judges' comments were left in. If a judge or a contestant was a bit long-winded in their answer, it was edited slightly.
One key thing to know is that duets and solos will never be edited or recorded a second time — whatever happens, is what the judges will critique. Group dances are often filmed more than once because the director needs to make sure he captured certain camera angles. The group dance was only filmed once this week, but all of the animation was added in post-production.
3. Judges: One of the most exciting elements of the show this season is the judges' panel. It was fun to see the judges disagree and have mixed opinions on a routine. It happened with Luther Brown's duet for Stephanie Sosa and Gino Cosculluela, and again with Brian Friedman's routine for Eddie Hoyt and Sophie Pittman. This season should be interesting when they have to decide who goes home, there might be a few long discussions between them.
4. Less dancing: We didn't get to see as much dancing in the first week, but that will change. Beginning with Week 3, the show grows to two hours and those solos or multiple duets will come back. It will also test the contestants' stamina since they've been conditioned to 60-minute shows the first two weeks, so that should be something to look out for.
5. Support: It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces in the audience, especially from the Season 16 Top 20. Vlad Kvartin, Howard Johnson, Sofia Ghavami and Jay Jackson were all on hand to cheer for their friends. It proves that SYTYCD is a family.
So You Think You Can Dance returns Monday, August 19 with the final 60-minute show of the season before moving into the two-hour format.
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