From a media release:
- “Finals Week” Decides Canada’s First-Ever So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20, Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV
- So You Think You Can Dance Canada averages 1.1 million total viewers to date
The cross-country auditions are done. Now, the Top 200 have traded in their flight passes and are ready to “kill it” for So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s first-ever “Finals Week” episode, airing Wednesday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. An encore airs Sunday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times). In the two-hour “Finals Week” episode, competitors face four gruelling days of competition, and their toughest challenges yet, as they dance their hearts out for a coveted position in So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s inaugural Top 20.
In the episode, dancers invited to Toronto work with the series’ esteemed all-Canadian judging panel, who are some of North America’s top dancers, instructors and choreographers. So You Think You Can Dance Canada permanent judges Tré Armstrong, who has worked with Rhianna and Kreesha Turner, and Jean Marc Genereux, who choreographs on the U.S. version of So You Think You Can Dance, are joined by rotating third judge Blake McGrath, who has shared the stage with Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, and Luther Brown, who has worked with Diddy and Brandy.
Chosen by the judging panel, the select group of Top 20 dancers revealed at the end of the episode move forward in the competition to perform weekly in front of the nation on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning October 8. Viewers decide who goes home, with two dancers eliminated Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning October 9.
“This is two-hours of high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat drama,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The talent was so exceptional among the 200 competitors that we easily could have found Top 20 dancers in each city during the audition tour,” said Executive Producer Sandra Faire. “Each participant brings such a level of professionalism, poise and dedication to their dancing, all characteristics that will help them connect with viewers across the country.”
A breakout hit this fall on CTV with an average audience of 1.1 million viewers for the first three audition episodes*, the series is also a hit online. So You Think You Can Dance Canada has already generated over 50 fan sites on Facebook and continues to expand its reach as new So You Think You Can Dance Canada pages and blogs pop up daily across the Internet.