When the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced, So You Think You Can Dance at last got the attention it deserved, picking up a total of 8 nominations. And they weren’t all for choreography: in addition to a first-time nod for Best Reality Competition, Cat Deeley got Emmy love in the Best Reality Host category.

Now the show just needs to win a few of those.

In the Best Reality Competition category, So You Think You Can Dance is up against The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway and Top Chef.

Cat Deeley, meanwhile, will enjoy her Best Host nod alongside such category powerhouses as Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race), Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars) and Jeff Probst (Survivor). Despite much clamoring for her inclusion in the past, this is Cat’s first nomination in the category.

SYTYCD choreographers more or less dominated their category in 2011: Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey and Travis Wall were all honored with choreography nominations. In fact, of the six available nomination slots, only one (Mark Ballas for Dancing with the Stars) did not go to So You Think You Can Dance.

In a less-prominent category, the show was nominated for Best Lighting Design/Direction, up against American Idol, Conan, Dancing with the Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Saturday Night Live.

The full list of Emmy nominations for So You Think You Can Dance are:

  • Outstanding Choreography: Mia Michaels for Alice in Mia-Land “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (group dance), “When We Dance” (group dance), “This Bitter Earth — On the Nature of Daylight” (danced by Billy Bell, Ade Obayami and Alex Wong)
  • Outstanding Choreography: Stacey Tookey for “Mad World” (danced by Billy Bell and Ade Obayomi), “Sundrenched World” (danced by Kent Boyd and Allison Holker), “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (danced by Kathryn McCormick and Robert Roldan)
  • Outstanding Choreography: Travis Wall for “Collide” (danced by Lauren Froderman and Kent Boyd), “How It Ends” (danced by Kent Boyd and Neil Haskell), “Fix You” (danced by Allison Holker and Robert Roldan)
  • Outstanding Choreography: Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo for “Scars” (danced by Robert Roldan and Dominic Sandoval), “Fallin” (danced by Comfort Fedoke and AdeChike Torbert), “Outta Your Mind” (danced by Alex Wong and Twitch Boss)
  • Outstanding Choreography: Mandy Jo Moore for “Oh Yeah” (danced by Lauren Froderman and Ade Obayomi), “Boogie Shoes” (danced by Billy Bell and Lauren Froderman), “I Surrender” (danced by Charlie Bruce and Neil Haskell)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Robert Barnhart, Peter Radcie, Patrick Boozer and Matt Firestone for “Season 7 Finale (Part 2)”
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Cat Deeley
  • Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Producers Barry Adelman, Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe, James Breen, Jeff Thacker, Zoe Brown, Mike Yurchuk, Dan Sacks, Adam Cooper, Mike Deffina, Hope Wilson and Brian Robinson

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