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So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Format Interactive reality game show
Created by United Kingdom Simon Fuller
United Kingdom Nigel Lythgoe
Presented by Canada Leah Miller
Country of origin  Canada
No. of episodes 29 (as of August 30, 2009)
Running time Varies
Original channel CTV, MuchMusic & "A"
Original airing September 11, 2008
External links
Official website

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is a dance reality show and competition that airs on CTV. It is hosted by former MuchMusic VJ Leah Miller.

The series is based on the original American TV series So You Think You Can Dance. Auditions started April 7, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia and ended in Toronto, Ontario on June 8, 2008. The show premiered on September 11, 2008 beginning with the Toronto auditions. The first ever winner was Nicolas "Nico" Archambault, with Allie Bertram coming in the runner-up position. The show has been renewed for a second season.[1] Leah Miller, host of the show, has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season and that the first auditions will take place in Toronto on November 14th, 2009.



Male contestant Female contestant
Season Year Winner Finalists Host Judge(s)
1 2008 Nico Archambault
Allie Bertram
Miles Faber
Natalli Reznik
Leah Miller Jean-Marc Généreux
Tré Armstrong
2 2009 Tara-Jean Popowich
Vincent Desjardins
Jayme Rae Dailey
Everett Smith

These contestants are the only ones to have never been in the bottom three couples or the bottom four dancers throughout the entire season. In addition, Popowich is the first female winner from any SYTYCD show to not have placed in the bottom three/four during the show's run.

Season 1

In October 2007, CTV announced plans to start production on a Canadian version of the hit US TV series So You Think You Can Dance. Auditions were held between April to June 2008 in Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. It was announced that Muchmusic VJ Leah Miller would be hosting the series, with renowned choreographers Jean-Marc Genereux and Tre Armstrong becoming permanent judges. Hip-Hop king Luther Brown and former US contestant Blake McGrath also joined the cast as alternating third judges.

The first season premiered on September 11, 2008. Throughout the season many notable guest stars from the world of dance appeared on the show including Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty, Kenny Ortega, and Mia Michaels who choreographed a group piece.

The finale was held on Sunday, December 7, 2008. Contemporary dancer Nico Archambault was declared Canada's First Ever Favourite Dancer, with Ballerina Allie Bertram as runner-up, B-Boy Miles Faber in 3rd, and Latin dancer Natalli Reznik in 4th. As Canada's Favourite Dancer Nico was awarded $100,000CDN and a 2009 C230 Mercedes-Benz.

Season 2

The top 10 finalists performing during the subsequent tour.

After winning a Gemini Award for the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada for Best Variety Program or Series, Canada's number 1 TV series was renewed by CTV. Announcing auditions in April to May in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saint John, Toronto and Montreal.

The entire cast returned for Season 2 which premiered August 11, 2009. With FOX Broadcasting Company announcing another season of SYTYCD US season 6 to air in the Fall, both shows will air concurrently. So CTV kept the Canadian edition on its network and bumed SYTYCD US6 to it's sister network A Channel.

The finale was held Sunday, October 25, 2009. Contemporary dancer Tara-Jean Popowich was declaired Canada's Favourite Dancer, with Latin Ballroom dancer Vincent Desjardins as runner-up. Both Tara-Jean and Vincent were awarded a Mazda3 Sport. Contemporary dancer Jayme Rae Dailey finished 3rd, and the World's first Tap Dancer to make the final 4, Everett Smith finished 4th. Along with the new car Tara-Jean was also awarded the $100,000 cash prize.

Season 3

During the Season 2 finale it was announced by Leah Miller that Season 3 was wasting no time as Auditions will start again in Toronto on November 14. Auditions will also hit Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and a soon to be announced East Coast City. It has been confirmed that the entire cast is returning again.

Comparison with US version

Unlike the US version, which normally has three judges (Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman) accompanied by a guest judge, in the Canadian version there are four Judges: Jean-Marc Généreux and Tré Armstrong are the two main Judges in this version accompanied by two guest judges. Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels and Dan Karaty have all been guest judges on both the US and Canadian versions. Also, unlike the US version, the judges come out on stage before going to the judges' panel. (In the US version they are already seated when the show begins). When cutting people from the competition, Jean-Marc announces the departing female while Tré announces the departing male for the first 5 results shows. (In the US version Nigel announces the departing contestants, male or female).

Many choreographers from the US version have also choreographed on the Canadian show. Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, US Season 1 contestant Blake McGrath, US Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer, and Lil' C have all choreographed at one point or another. In addition, Stacey Tookey, Gustavo Vargas and Sean Cheesman, choreographers on the Canadian version, are now working on the US version as well. All chreographers sit in one section of the audience; When their routine comes up, that person goes to one side for their camera shot.

Firsts for any So You Think You Can Dance Series

In Season 1 the Canadian version was the first to feature a ballerina, Allie Bertram, make the final 4. She ended up runner-up to Nico Archambault in 2008. It is the first season to feature Capeoira performed in the Top 20 and Top 4 weeks choreographed by Paul Becker.

In Season 2 the Top 20 was composed of a variety of different dancers from the first ever female krumper, Natalie Lyons, to the first ever Tap Dancer to make the final 4 of any SYTYCD series in the world, Everett Smith, who finished in 4th. During the Top 12 week choreographer Sean Cheesman choreographed the first ever Tap Theatre and House number danced by Everett Smith & Tara-Jean Popowich.


So You Think You Can Dance Canada has been known to push the envelope in some dances, and has set itself apart as being known to some as the sexiest version of any SYTYCD series, particularly with Bad Boy choreographer Blake McGrath's Jazz Funk routines. In the first season Blake choreographed a Jazz-Funk number, as Nico Archambault and Lisa Auguste danced to The Pussycat Dolls hit "When I Grow Up"; it featured the two dancers to pose in some sexual ways. In Season 2 Blake's Jazz-Funk took the form of Emanuel Sandhu & Kim Gingras dancing to the song "Love Sex Magic" by Ciara, with the routine ending with Kim in a red bikini in a magicians cut box. The most controversial routine was Blake's Top 14 Group Jazz-Funk number to the song "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga; it involved the Top 14 dressed in leather with whips and chains in a Dominatrix theme. The routine also involved some minor guy on guy dancing with two men lying on top of each other. Hip-Hop king Luther Brown's routines have also has caused some controversy. One such routine had Daniel Dory and Jayme Rae Dailey dancing to the song "Pucker Up" by Ciara. The routine caused the dancers to lie on the ground with Jayme Rae's face in Daniel's crotch area; at the end of the routine Daniel ended shirtless and with his belt unbuckled. Another Luther Brown piece, in which Emanuel and Kim danced to the song "Respect My Conglomerate" by Busta Rhymes, involved Kim lifting up Emanuel's shirt and grabbing his crotch.

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