Toronto, ON (December 4, 2008) – Canada has voted, and either ALLIE, MILES, NATALLI or NICO will be crowned Canada’s first-ever Favourite Dancer in the jam-packed two-hour grand finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA at a special day and time, this Sunday, December 7 at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), immediately following the season finale of THE AMAZING RACE. Last night, Canada voted for the very last time after the Top 4 took to the stage, performing a showdown of seven dance numbers, including a Top 4 group number choreographed by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA recent Guest Judge Dan Karaty. Peaking at 1.8 million viewers, last night’s final performance episode achieved a series high average of 1.47 million viewers to become the #1 television program of the night in total audience and in all key demos*.
The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA phenomenon began last April with the first ever audition city stop in Vancouver and continued across the country with more than 2,500 auditions. It all culminates this Sunday when one of the Top 4 becomes Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Will it be ALLIE Bertram, an 18-year-old a Ballet dancer from Calgary; MILES Faber, a 21-year-old Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary; NATALLI Reznik, a 28-year-old Hip-Hop and Latin dancer from Toronto; or NICO Archambault, a 23-year-old Contemporary and Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal?
The jam-packed finale on Sunday will feature more than 15 performances from not only the Top 4, but the Top 20 dancers as well, who return to the stage to perform two all-new group numbers. Alternate judge Luther Brown creates a hard-hitting, group hip-hop routine “Get Up” by 50 Cent, while Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin take viewers back to the early 60s for a Dirty Dancing inspired number performed to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours.
The finale will also feature memorable couple routines choreographed by Blake McGrath, Luther Brown, Paul Becker, Sean Cheesman, Melissa Williams, Eric Caty, and Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. Viewers will also see a few of the season’s favourite group routines including the Top 10 contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and Jean Marc Genereux’s emotional Top 16 Viennese Waltz. Video recaps will remind viewers how far the Top 4 have come since their SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA auditions last spring.
Sitting behind a super-sized judge’s desk as the first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA winner is named are familiar faces Luther Brown, Blake McGrath, Rex Harrington, Mary Murphy and Mia Michaels along with Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux.
Leading up the finale, ETALK sits down for candid one-on-one interviews with judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong in the ETALK SPECIAL: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA airing Friday, December 5 at 1 p.m. ETwith an encore Saturday December 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV. Viewers get a peek inside the lives of Jean Marc and Tré and hear the amazing stories behind these popular judges. ETALK also follows series choreographer and judge Blake McGrath as he gives viewers fitness tips on how to get a dancer’s body, and follows series choreographer and judge Paul Becker on set in New York as he choreographs the newest Muppet Christmas movie.
In-person interviews with the first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA winner and runner-up are available directly following the finale. To request an interview, please contact Christy Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finale interviews must be confirmed in advance as space is limited. The Top 4 finalists are also available for interviews on Monday, December 8.
The first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are taking their moves on the road for an historic, 15-city Canadian tour beginning January 30, 2009 in Vancouver. Featuring hit performances from throughout the first season, fans can see their favourite dancers live. Details regarding ticket purchasing and venue details are available at dance.CTV.ca.
Highlights from Wednesday’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADAPerformance Episode are available on demand at the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, and blogs from the judges and competitors can also be found on the site.
For those who missed the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 4 Performance episode, catch an encore on MuchMusic Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. ET before the winner is revealed in the season finale on CTV. An encore of the finale will air on Sunday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).