CTV Picks Up 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
So You Think You Can Dance is coming to Canada.  The dance-themed competitive reality show with a nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big star has been picked up by CTV, Canada's largest privately-owned network, along with 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions, which will develop, produce and broadcast an all new Canadian version of the hit international series.

The announcement, which was released on October 9, officially makes Canada as one of the countries that markets an original So You Think You Can Dance production, joining the United States, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Turkey and Israel.  Original versions of the series are also presently being produced in Australia, Poland and Malaysia and soon in Scandinavia as well.

Acquiring the Canadian version of the show isn't much of a surprise, given that So You Think You Can Dance is a Top 3 summer series in Canada on CTV with an average audience of 1.25 million viewers.

"So You Think You Can Dance is a strong and proven TV brand," Simon Fuller, creator of the series, said.  "It has been on top of the US summer ratings for three seasons now. We have a simple formula that kids and TV audiences love.  The franchise extends beyond just the TV show and includes a 50-city, sold out tour every year, including a yearly stop in Toronto.  I have had a fabulous relationship with CTV over the years with a number of hit shows including Canadian Idol and American Idol. I am hoping that our partnership continues for many more years to come."

Just like the U.S. version, So You Think You Can Dance Canada will embark on a nation-wide search for Canada's favorite dancer.  Dancers from all walks of life will compete to impress an expert panel of judges, showing off their moves during a cross-country audition process.  The judges will sift the top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition, and then it's up to the public to decide who stays and who goes.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: CTV
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