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Who Was Saved and Who Was Sent Home on SYTYCD?

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Makes First Cuts of the Season

Originally posted 07/19/2012 08:35AM

The entire top 20 took to the stage to perform Wednesday on So You Think You Can Dance, but only 16 made it through season 9's first elimination.

"You must be dreading it," host Cat Deeley said to the judges at the beginning of Wednesday's live show.

The judges were tasked with sending home two men and two women of the six dancers voted into the bottom by viewers.

But first, all 20 contestant took to the stage to perform this week's routines, which ended with a rousing Bollywood number by Whitney Carson, 18, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, 23.

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SYTYCD: Titanic-Themed Routine Earns Standing Ovation

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance's Top 20 Perform Live

Originally posted 07/12/2012 08:00AM

Fresh off the show's 200th episode, So You Think You Can Dance's season 9 had its first live show on Wednesday.

After a workplace-set group number by the top 20, judge Mary Murphy handed out a ticket on the "hot tamale train" to ballroom dancer Witney Carson, 18. But her ballet-dancer partner Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, 23, did not fare as well.

"When we pulled ballroom I wanted to die a little bit. I'm so new to this and I felt awkward," Wespi-Tschopp told PEOPLE of working with their choreographer, Dancing with the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who called him a "pretty boy with work to do" in rehearsal.

Receiving more positive feedback were jazz dancer Tiffany Maher, and contemporary dancer George Lawrence II, both 19, who left Murphy "breathless" after their Sonya Tayek contemporary routine.

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Poll: Who Should Be the Next American Idol Judge?

American Idol

Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj & Miley Cyrus Considered for American Idol Judge Gig

Originally posted 07/11/2012 11:00AM

Looks like things could be getting pretty weird on American Idol.

Shortly after reporting that Adam Lambert might be replacing Jennifer Lopez as a judge on the show, E! News announced Monday that Idol producers might also be considering Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Katy Perry, and will.i.am for the high-profile gig.

"There are going to be lots of names coming up now," Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe told CNN. "Everything's still up in the air, I have to say. Nothing is confirmed. Hopefully, I'm going to push for Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis as judges on American Idol. I'm not sure how far I'll get with that, but I think that would be fun."

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So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Celebrates 200 Episodes

Originally posted 06/27/2012 03:20PM

So You Think You Can Dance is turning 200-episodes-old!

Fox's hit dance competition, which requires hip-hoppers to tackle the tango and ballroom dancers to try Bollywood, is celebrating with a special episode, airing Wednesday (8 p.m. ET).

The judges will announce this season's top 20 finalists (10 men and 10 women), "who will perform their own specialties, free of any judgment, so that America can get to know more about them and their talents," according to a press release.

But that's not all! The show has also put together this video tribute, showing 200 dancers in 200 seconds. It's a fun way to spend the next three minutes and 20 seconds!

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How Ace Young Planned His Proposal on Live TV to Diana DeGarmo | Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo

American Idol

UpdatePosted 05/24/2012 01:00PM

Ace Young: How I Planned a Live TV Wedding Proposal

Originally posted 05/24/2012 07:15AM

It was the engagement seen 'round the world Wednesday night on American Idol, so how did Ace Young manage to pull off his surprise proposal to fiancée Diana DeGarmo?

With a little help from his Idol family, it turns out.

"I called [producer] Nigel [Lythgoe] directly last week and said, 'I want to do this. I'm going to do this. Is there any way I could do it at the show?' " Young, 31, told PEOPLE at the Ford-sponsored American Idol season 11 finale post party. "He said 'Yes, I'm not going to tell anybody until the day of ... [and] I want you to figure it out with Ryan [Seacrest]."

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So You Think You Can Dance Sends Mitchell and Clarice Home

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Sends Mitchell and Clarice Home

Originally posted 07/22/2011 09:15AM

The So You Think You Can Dance contestants competed as individuals this week, and without the protection of their partner's popularity, some dancers found themselves struggling to find their own winning style.

The first dancer to be voted in to the bottom two guys Thursday was Mitchell Kelly, a predictable vote after his Broadway routine was deemed "over baked" by the judges the evening before.

"You can't just have this big smile. There's got to be something else attached to it," judge Nigel Lythgoe told reporters after Thursday's elimination. "I don't think Mitchell found the style."

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Nigel Lythgoe on Hosting the Royal Visit BAFTA Event: Aaaaaaaahhhh! | Kate Middleton, Nigel Lythgoe, Prince William

Nigel Lythgoe Preps for Royal Visit BAFTA Event

Originally posted 06/28/2011 08:00PM

Nigel Lythgoe can now add the title "royal party planner" to his overwhelming resume.

The reality star producer and judge is helping coordinate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Brits to Watch" event on July 9 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, which will welcome Prince William and Kate.

"On behalf of BAFTA I would like to say, 'It's absolutely fantastic,'" Lythgoe said of the opportunity to host the royal newlyweds adding, "On behalf of Nigel Lythgoe, 'Aaaaaaahhhhh!'"

When it comes to planning such a prestigious event with the royal couple in town, Lythgoe is feeling the pressure. "It's really tough," he tells PEOPLE. "We've had to keep it secret for so long because we couldn't reveal anything because of security, so now … we are running around."

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So You Think You Can Dance Shows Off Its Second-Chance Dancers

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Shows Off Its Second-Chance Dancers

Originally posted 06/15/2011 05:00PM

Contemporary dancer Ryan Ramirez was cut right before So You Think You Can Dance's top 11 were revealed on season 7, but that didn't end her dream of being on the show. Rather, the rejection fueled her.

The 19-year-old worked hard, auditioned for her second time this year and made it into season 8's Top 20. "I was definitely more prepared this year," Ramirez tells PEOPLE.

That kind of determination is supported – and rewarded – on SYTYCD.

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Idol's New Judges Hopeful They'll Find a 'Superstar'

American Idol

American Idol's New Judges Hopeful They'll Find a 'Superstar'

Originally posted 01/17/2011 11:30AM

It may be their first season on the show, but new American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are already thinking big.

"There is a genuine hope that we can find a superstar," producer Nigel Lythgoe told PEOPLE on Saturday at BAFTA's annual awards-season tea party in Los Angeles. "Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and that is hopefully going to be rewarding, not just for the program but for the viewers, too."

The 10th season of the singing competition premieres this Wednesday on Fox. And while it's obviously early in the process, Lythgoe says the guys – who've won four of the last five seasons – might have an edge on the girls this year.

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Idol Changes: No More Top 24 Contestants

American Idol

American Idol Changes: No More Top 24 Contestants

Originally posted 11/18/2010 05:00PM

Winning American Idol just got tougher.

According to the show's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the competition will be whittled down to the top 12 contestants – and skip having the top 24.

"I didn't think [the top 24] were very good," Lythgoe tells TV Guide of previous seasons. "I was bored with them by the time they got there."

He's also creating more difficult challenges for the contestants, including having them make music videos, promote themselves, and work on awards show-style performances.

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