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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Spins into Season 3, Sunday, August 15 on CTV


“Personally, I prefer the Canadian edition of the series, which is civilized and hosted by the very nice Leah Miller. Somehow it just feels more ... Canadian.” –The Globe and Mail

Toronto, ON (July 26, 2010) – After dancing its way into the hearts of millions of Canadian viewers, CTV’s Gemini Award-winning series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA returns with its highly anticipated third season premiere on Sunday, August 15 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV, with encore episodes airing back-to-back beginning Saturday, August 21 on MuchMusic (visit CTV.ca andMuchMusic.com to confirm local broadcast times). The premiere kicks off a week of audition episodes before the performances begin with the Top 20 on Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the results on Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV. The series then moves to Wednesday night performance episodes and Thursday night results episodes beginning September 22 and 23.

In its second season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA had an average audience of 1.43 million viewers and ended the season with 11% more viewers than Season 1. A Top 15 hit for Females 18-34, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA consistently won its timeslot nationally with the key female demos (F18-34, F18-49 and F25-54). The second season finale on October 25, 2009 also garnered an average audience of 1.8 million viewers, a series high, with 2.35 million viewers watching as Tara-Jean Popowich from Lethbridge, AB was crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer.

Featuring the country’s most talented and distinctive dancers, the Season 3 audition episode broadcast schedule unfolds as follows (all times ET; times and dates subject to change; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

• Sunday, August 15 at 9 p.m. ET (two hour premiere) – Toronto Auditions
• Monday, August 16 at 9 p.m. ET (two hours) – Calgary and Halifax Auditions
• Tuesday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET (one hour) – Vancouver Auditions 
• Wednesday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET (two hours) – Montreal Auditions
• Thursday, August 19 at 9 p.m. ET (two hours) – Finals Week
• Sunday, August 22 at 9 p.m. ET (one hour) – Top 20 Reveal
• Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET (two hours) – Top 20 Performance
• Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET (half hour) – Top 20 Results

“After two captivating seasons, this fan favourite is going to get viewers’ toes tapping all over again,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has discovered some amazing talent over the past two seasons. Show alumni are performing with Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ke$ha, and Adam Lambert, among others, making a statement about Canadian dance around the world.” 

Gemini Award-winning host Leah Miller is back for Season 3 and is joined by returning judges and dance experts Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. Guest judges throughout the five-city audition tour and Finals Week include Edmonton native Stacey Tookey (Calgary auditions), as well as Mary Murphy (Toronto and Vancouver auditions), Mia Michaels (Montreal auditions), Dan Karaty (Halifax auditions), Rex Harrington and Sean Cheesman (Finals Week). 

Aspiring dancers showed off their skills in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax during Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 with the hope of receiving a boarding pass to take them to the next round of competition. Almost 150 dancers moved on to “Finals Week” in Toronto, where they worked with some of Canada’s top choreographers with the goal of earning a spot in the coveted SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20. The Top 20 dancers then face the nation and perform in front of Canada to gain the public’s votes but it won’t be easy, as the dancers work in partners and select a different dance style each week, ranging from hip-hop, house and bollywood, to salsa, quickstep, contemporary and afro jazz. Two competitors are eliminated each week during the results shows.

Highlights from the weekly SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADAepisodes and behind-the-scenes interviews will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Encore presentations of each episode air the following Sunday on MuchMusic. For up-to-date information, visit the series’ official website, dance.ctv.ca which gets fans up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers through exclusive photo galleries and blogs, while also providing news, episode recaps, a music guide, quizzes, forums and more.

Viewers can also follow SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA on the show’s official Twitter account for exclusive giveaways and insider information attwitter.com/SYTYCDCanada, and can also become a fan of the show on Facebook at facebook.com/SYTYCDCanada.