SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 2 Premieres August 11 on CTV



    
              CTV's Smash Hit Series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
                       CANADA Gets a Kick Start on Fall
                 With Season 2 Premiere, Tuesday, August 11

       - Canada's No.1 new television series returns one week following
             Season 5 conclusion of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE -
       - Encore episodes air on MuchMusic starting Sunday, August 16 -
       - Online portal to dance.CTV.ca returns with exclusive content -
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    "Canada get ready because Season 2 has some of the best dancers I have
                                 ever seen!"
                             Jean Marc Genereux
    

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - As announced during last night's MMVAs, the
eagerly-awaited second season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA jump starts
CTV's fall schedule with a four-hour two-night premiere on Tuesday, August 11
at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday, August 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Encore episodes begin
airing Sunday, August 16 on MuchMusic (visit CTV.ca and muchmusic.com to
confirm local broadcast times). Premiering just one week after the season
finale of this summer's most-watched television series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
DANCE, Canadian dancers will captivate the country as they take centre stage
this fall. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was the No.1 new TV show in the
country in 2008/2009, with an average of 1.4 million viewers weekly.(*)

    Airing Tuesdays and Wednesdays on CTV, the series kicks off with the
hard-hitting Toronto auditions, where hopefuls showed up for SO YOU THINK YOU
CAN DANCE CANADA's permanent judges, Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong plus
returning guest judge Luther Brown, from the set of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Mary Murphy, and Blake McGrath, who puts the competitors through the paces
during his much anticipated and feared boot camp. The premiere episode is
followed on Wednesday with highlights from auditions in Vancouver and Saint
John.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download photos from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
CANADA at ctvmedia.ca/dance2009.

    Once again featuring Canada's most talented dancers, trained and
untrained, as they compete for Canada's votes and strive to be named Canada's
next Favourite Dancer, the Season 2 audition episode broadcast schedule
unfolds as follows (all times ET; times and dates subject to change; visit
ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

    
    -   Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Toronto Auditions
    -   Wednesday, August 12 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Vancouver and Saint
        John Auditions
    -   Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Montreal and Edmonton
        Auditions
    -  Wednesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Finals Week
    

    "The season's No.1 new show is back to enchant viewers once again," said
Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Throughout
the first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Canadians not only fell
in love with dance as an art form, but with the amazing dancers this country
can produce."

    In its remarkable first season last fall, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
CANADA became the most-watched new program of the year, attracting more
viewers than other series such as THE MENTALIST, FRINGE and 90210. Canada was
captivated by the journey of its first Favourite Dancer, Nico Archambault 24,
from Longueuil, Quebec, quickly making SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA the
No.1 new series with total viewers, but in the key demos A18-34 and A18-49
demos as well.(*)

    The Season 2 broadcast announcement comes as Season 5 of the hit American
version of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE continues to reign as the No.1 series in
Canada this summer.

    Leah Miller returns as host for Season 2 along with an esteemed panel of
Canadian experts in the world of international dance, including permanent
judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong and alternating third judges
Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. Special guest judges throughout the five-city
audition tour include Stacey Tookey (Celine Dion), Sean Cheesman (Tina Turner)
and Melissa Williams (Prince, George Michael) as well as, Mary Murphy, Mia
Michaels and Lil C who also appear in the U.S. series.

    Hoping to make it as Canada's favourite dancer, aspiring dancers stepped
into five Canadian audition cities this spring, including Vancouver, Montreal
and Toronto, with two new stops in Edmonton and Saint John. During the three
audition episodes, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA showcases dancers from
each city as they compete to impress the panel of judges. Almost 200
competitors are invited to "Finals Week" in Toronto, where they work with some
of Canada's top choreographers. There, they test their dance skills to try and
earn a spot in the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20.

    Chosen by the judging panel, the Top 20 dancers move forward in the
competition to perform in front of Canada. The public votes for their
favourites following weekly performance episodes in which competitors are
assigned partners and dance styles to perform, from hip-hop, krump and house
to salsa, quickstep, contemporary and jive.

    Highlights from each week's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes
and behind-the-scenes interviews will be available on demand on the CTV Video
Player at CTV.ca. Encore presentations of each week's Performance and Results
Episodes also air on MuchMusic. For up-to-date SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
CANADA information, visit the series' official website, dance.ctv.ca. There,
fans can interact with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by
browsing the image galleries, videos, blogs, forums and more.

    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel
Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions in
association with CTV. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers.
Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    
    About Danse TV Productions
    --------------------------
    

    Executive Producer Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada's leading
variety producers, is also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a
cabinet member of Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along
with Executive Producer Trisa Dayot, Senior Producers Bronwyn Warren and
Millan Curry-Sharples and producer Janet Lavack, helm SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
DANCE CANADA. For over a decade the team has produced an impressive array of
Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S. Ms. Faire still
holds the record for the highest-rated variety special in Canadian television
history, ANNE MURRAY'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS, which garnered a 43 per cent share on
CBC with 4.2 million viewers.

    
    About 19 Entertainment
    ----------------------
    

    The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has
achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an
impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the U.K.
alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global
phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998,
Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while
its three television series have consistently topped children's viewing
figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and
produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop
Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the U.K.,
while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly
Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States.
19 Entertainment produces the FOX summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE along
with Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

    
    About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.
    ----------------------------------
    

    Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading
independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits
such as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve and the Academy of Country Music Awards. DCP also produces
popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE,
and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive
entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American
Bandstand among other things. For additional information, please visit
www.dickclarkproductions.com.

    
    About MuchMusic
    ---------------
    

    As the No. 1 Canadian brand for teens and young adults, MuchMusic is an
integral part of today's pop-culture landscape. Live performances and
interviews with the best Canadian and international artists, and celebrity
guests put fans in the centre of the action making MuchMusic's acclaimed
street level Toronto headquarters Canada's epicentre of celebrity. A
multi-platform Canadian icon, MuchMusic.com is a favourite destination for
youth delivering music videos, user-generated content site and more. MuchMusic
spotlights homegrown talent through original productions and nurtures the
Canadian music video production industry through its annual, multi-million
dollar contribution to VideoFACT. MuchMusic is available in 8.2 million
households across Canada via cable, satellite, and mobile. For more
information, go to muchmusic.com. MuchMusic is a division of CTV Limited.

    
    About CTV Inc.
    --------------
    

    CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private
broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and
entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network.
CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests
in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts,
entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by
CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns
Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official
broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games
of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the company
website at www.ctv.ca.

    (*) Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research, (Sep. 22 - Dec.14, 2008), SO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA performance shows





For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5325 or
amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca; Christy Sullivan, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA,
(416) 526-3052 or christy.sullivan@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416)
384-4596 or allie.page@ctv.ca


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