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How to tell if you are watching a good 'So You Think You Can Dance' audition

So You Think You Can Dance‘s audition rounds can get confusing. And not just because of Lil’ C’s dictionary-bending vocabulary. No, sometimes it’s tough to decipher the judges decisions: Why does one dancer get turned away entirely while another seemingly similar dancer picks up a ticket? Why do the judges rave about one dancer while sending through another with cautionary advice? How can you tell apart the Melanie Moores (pictured) from the Danielle Ihles? For your reference, I’ve put together a guide to good dancing, courtesy my experience in both dance and the recapping of SYTYCD. (Note: Since I am a worse hip-hop dancer than cheese-denier, this list is skewed towards SYTYCD‘s contemporary dancers. Also: I know nothing about ballroom, other than it breeds good-looking Russian men. Come to mama, Pasha!) Without further ado, seven ways you know you’re watching a good dancer, after the jump! READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD' season 8 kicks off tonight: Are you screaming for joy like Mary?

Over the past few seasons, we’ve had a strange relationship with So You Think You Can Dance. For five seasons, it was the perfect antidote to our American Idol withdrawal. It was a viable replacement for the Idol season — and even boasted better music. (Yeah, I said it!) But then, after season 5 concluded, its producers decided to switch things up, offering us a fall season. And after having just watched Jeanine Mason pick up the win, So You Think You Can Dance fans weren’t necessarily eager to watch the show stretch its legs into another season so soon.

Then, thanks to poor ratings, SYTYCD decided to revamp its premise for season 7, hiring all-stars to renew our interest in the show. The new premise worked for hardcore fans — but failed to pick up many more viewers. In fact, the season posted some of the least impressive ratings of the series’ entire run. Had the show lost its luster? Or, after two back-to-back seasons, did we simply experience SYTYCD exhaustion, making its summer premiere less anticipated?

We’ll see which is true tonight, with the return of the dance competition series. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: Harry Shum Jr., tWitch, and...lightsabers?

I knew Glee and So You Think You Can Dance would overlap in some capacity some day, but I didn’t think it would be with Mike Chang and tWitch having a lightsaber battle. But it is! Well, sort of. Harry Shum Jr. and Stephen “tWitch” Boss go en garde in this battle-to-the-death short film “3 Minutes.” Warning: contains some vivid violence. READ FULL STORY

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Sweet Sixteen time: Can Karl Urban shock the world? Is Cat Deeley invincible?

Our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year game has now entered the third round, the so-called Sweet Sixteen in bracket parlance, and in college basketball, it’s often where Cinderallas finally turn into pumpkins. Gone are the merely mildly Under-appreciated, like the Dancing With the Stars Band and movie villain du jour Mark Strong. The competition from here on in will be fierce. For the most part, our seeding committee did an excellent job, but all eyes — okay, some eyes — are on No. 16-seed Karl Urban (Red), who has already upset No.1 Pete Postlethwaite and No. 9 Rebecca Hall. Does he have the juice to keep it going against fellow underdog Stanley Tucci, a 13-seed? Or will Tucci benefit from the imminent wave of Burlesque buzz and send Urban packing? Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) edged John Noble (Fringe) in the second round by only 1.2 points, so he has his work cut out for him this time, facing Paul Wesley. The Vampire Diaries star has benefited from a cadre of rabid online support, and Gibson will need every last Chicago Hope and Dharma & Greg fan to log-in to keep his momentum going.

Frank Masi; Adam Taylor; Michael Yarish/CBS; Bob Mahoney/The CW

 

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Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: John Noble? Cat Deeley? Robyn? Round 2 is underway!

Let’s face it: Maybe 50 percent of those who vote in this latest round of EW’s Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year will actually read this paragraph. And why would you? Looking at the photos of today’s intense matchups is quite enough to make your blood boil without me egging you on — but I’m going to do it anyway.

underappreciated-performers-10AImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox; Michael Yarish/CBS; Frank Micelotta/Fox; ABC

First up, in our TV race, we have John Noble facing off in this world and on The Other Side against Thomas Gibson, following the Criminal Minds actor’s narrow win over House‘s Robert Sean Leonard (54.5 percent against 45.5 percent). And in reality TV, Cat Deeley stands very likely to wipe the dance floor with broken-hearted Bachelorette castoff Chris Lambton after she won her tough round 1 match-up against The Harold Wheeler Ensemble of Dancing With the Stars by more than 50 percent. (Chris won his by a little more than 49 percent, but it was an easy win. He was up against Jersey Shore‘s Angelina — no one likes her.)

In the movies category, Red‘s Karl Urban will face off against The Town’s Rebecca Hall. And over in music, it’s a battle of the single-named females as Sia attempts to show Robyn not love, but defeat. Submit your votes after the jump.

underappreciated-performers-10BImage Credit: Frank Masi;Claire Folger; Rankin; RJ Shaughnessy READ FULL STORY

Vote in our Under-appreciated Entertainers of the Year Bracket Game: Round 1, Day 1!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-AImage Credit: Claire Folger; Frank Masi; Rankin; Valerie PhillipsYou love our EW.com Bracket Games! You want to have, like, 10,000 of their babies, all of whom may turn out to be Psycho Killers or Sexy Beasts. Or both! This month, in anticipation for our annual Entertainers of the Year print issue, we’ll be looking at some of the more under-appreciated all-star entertainers. Not unappreciated by YOU — you nominated ‘em! (Movies, Music, TV, and Reality TV.) Just under-appreciated by the box office, TV ratings, Emmy voters, album sales charts, etc. Basically: people who need more money. Ugh, as if.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-BImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox; Mike Yarish/AMC; Frank Micelotta/Fox; Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty ImagesUp first, we have actors Pete Postlethwaite (The Town) vs. Karl Urban (Red) in the Movies category; Swedish pop fairy Robyn vs. American folk-rock singer Lissie in Music; Fringe‘s John Noble vs. Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser in TV, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley vs. the Dancing With the Stars band in Reality TV. Check out the entire bracket of 64 competitors here (click the image to zoom in), then vote in round 1 of our polls!

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'SYTYCD' winner: 'I really didn't think it was going to happen for me'

It’s official. America has crowned a winner for season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance. [SPOILERS AHEAD, so stop reading now if you've got last night's episode stored on your DVR.] READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' finale: Who will/should win?

sytycd-final-3Image Credit: Frank Micelotta/FoxIf you read my recap of last night’s So You Think You Can Dance performance finale, you noticed I had a dickens of a time deciding who I think will/should win the season 7 title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” Kent’s got the adorable thing and the irrepressible thing; Lauren’s got the consistency thing and the sunshiny thing; Robert’s got the dark-horse thing and the damn handsome thing. If I was keeping score based just on last night’s performance finale, I’d have to tip the scales in Lauren’s favor, what with her killer hip-hop number with tWitch, her fluid contemporary number with Robert, her hot-to-trot cha-cha with Pasha, and her wowsa solo. But really, Lauren pulls ahead mostly because Kent and Robert were saddled with two less-than-stellar routines, and not due to any lack of talent or commitment on their part. Plus, Kent is so effing talented and squeezably soft, you just wanna eat him up, and Robert’s got such grace and poise when he wants to — and did I mention he is a damn handsome young man?

Shoosh. I got no clue. Do you? Take our polls on who will and should win during tonight’s SYTYCD finale after the jump, and then sound off on why in the message boards. READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres to dance with tWitch on 'SYTYCD' finale

Ellen-Twitch-danceImage Credit: Kelsey McNeal/Fox; Andrew Eccles/jbgphoto.comYes, it’s happening: On tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance finale, Ellen DeGeneres will recreate injured contestant Alex Wong‘s hip-hop routine with tWitch. The surprise was first reported by Perez Hilton (and now confirmed by Fox and DeGeneres’ publicist). The routine, to “Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon featuring LMFAO, is considered to be the finest hip-hop routine ever performed on the show, and featured Wong working with his shrink (tWitch) to overcome his ballet baggage so he could hit hard on the Tabitha and Napoleon-choreographed number.

DeGeneres responded to a fan’s prediction that she’d be Wong’s sub with the following Twitter tease last night: “I like it! I wonder if it WILL happen?” This afternoon she followed up with: “#SYTYCD finale tonight. Broke my heart when Alex had to drop out. Tonight, I do something and I hope it makes him smile.”

We can’t wait to see this. What about you?

More SYTYCD:
Recap of last night’s performance episode
Gallery: 10 Ways to improve SYTYCD

Cat Deeley talks 'SYTYCD': Why she sticks up for the dancers, and who bumped his nose in her pool

SYTYCD-cat-deeleyAmerica’s (newest) favorite dancer will be crowned Thursday night. And even though we have to wait two days for our winner’s name to be revealed, So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley has an early prediction: “If I was a betting woman, and I had to put some money where my mouth is, I would probably go for Kent [Boyd],” Deeley said in a conference call with reporters this afternoon. “But that’s not to do with his technical ability, it’s more to do with the reaction that I see from the screaming girls in the studio. It’s literally like Beatle-mania when he hits the stage, and hormones are just crashing everywhere and the general high-pitched screaming.” Deeley also shared her feelings about how the show’s seventh season has played out, and gave us a brief preview of the Wednesday/Thursday finales shows.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve come to the defense of several dancers this season, with regard to criticism from the judges. Did you ever plan to be so involved?
CAT DEELEY: To be honest, it was a very natural thing. I didn’t want to come on the show and [have the dancers] be like, “Hold on: Who is this English chick who’s trying to be our friend?” you know what I mean? I was trying to definitely integrate myself in there, and that is something we started doing right at the beginning. If the dancers stand outside and it’s five o’clock in the morning and the snow is coming down in New York to go and audition, then I’m there with them too. READ FULL STORY

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