Celebrating its 100th episode milestone this summer, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE continues to keep viewers amazed and inspired as talented dancers compete in everything from Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Jookin' and Jive to be named America's Favorite Dancer.
As revealed by host Cat Deeley, the Season Four champion, Joshua Allen, was voted America's Favorite Dancer and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000. Following the season finale, the finalists from the past season embarked on a cross-country, 40-city performance tour.
For Seasons Five and Six, producers travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the rhythm of America. Those who spark the interest of judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are invited to call-backs, where they will work with top choreographers, including Adam Shankman, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Tabitha Dumo and Napoleon Dumo, to learn and then be judged on a particular style of dance. During the call-back week, the judges choose the Top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition.
In the performance round, the 20 finalists dance for America's votes, and each week the six contestants comprising the bottom three couples are given a chance to perform solo routines to encourage the judges to keep them on the show. The judges then decide which dancers stay in the competition and which male and female are eliminated. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple the following week.
Once the series is down to the Top 10 finalists, the dancers switch partners and it's solely up to America to decide who remains in the competition. Following the performance shows, viewers can vote for their favorite couples. The live results shows reveal who keeps dancing and who goes home.
Choreographers Mia Michaels and Wade Robson were honored with Emmy Awards in 2007 for their work on Season Two. Robson won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography again the following year for his work on Season Three, while Shane Sparks and Mandy Moore earned nominations in the same category. In 2008, the make-up team was nominated for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic).