So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Top 20 Revealed on CTV, Oct. 1

    "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 -

    - "Finals Week" competitors fun facts revealed -

    "This show proves that Canada can dance" - Robert Cushman, National Post

    "So You Think You Can Dance Canada's hoofers have everything their
    American counterparts have - and more." - Lindsey Ward, Toronto Sun

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - 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 and 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.

    An encore of both performance and results episodes will air Sundays at
9 p.m. back-to-back on MuchMusic beginning October 12. (go to and to confirm local broadcast times).

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download new photos for So You Think You Can Dance
Canada at

    "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.

    With the first season's group of finalists taking to the stage, below is
a look at some numbers and tidbits that make up this season's talented group
of competitors:

    -   105 - number of female competitors who advanced to "Finals Week"
    -   85 - number of male competitors who advanced to "Finals Week"
    -   18 - age of the youngest competitor
    -   30 - age of the oldest competitor
    -   76 - number of competitors who identify themselves as contemporary
    -   40 - number of competitors who identify themselves as hip-hop
    -   31 - number of competitors who identify themselves as jazz dancers
    -   11 - number of competitors who identify themselves as b-boy or
    -   72 - highest number of finalists from one province, Ontario
    -   40 finalists from BC, 35 from Alberta, 34 from Quebec, 4 from
        Saskatchewan, 3 from Manitoba and 1 from New Brunswick
    -   4 - the number of dance partners who received boarding passes
    -   2 - the number of siblings who advanced to "Finals Week"
    -   "Apologize" - the most popular audition song was by Timbaland (feat.
    -   1 - finalist who moved to Canada from Cuba in January 2008
    -   1 - finalist  who currently lives in California
    -   1 - finalist who put Harvard on hold to audition for SYTYCDC
    -   1 - finalist who is a two-time Olympian and a three-time National
        Champion figure skater
    -   1 -  pair of Latin American Dancers who are ranked 75th in the World

    For up-to-date So You Think You Can Dance Canada information, visit the
series' official website, Jam packed with exclusive footage and
clips, fans can interact with their favourite dancers, judges and
choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from
judges and more.

    So You Think You Can Dance Canada is based on the Emmy Award-winning
smash hit series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe that premiered in
2005. Canada joins the United States, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Greece,
Poland, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and Israel as
markets with an original So You Think You Can Dance production.

    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.
Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Executive
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. 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 and Senior Producers Bronwyn Warren and
Millan Curry-Sharples, 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. Joining the team for So You Think You Can Dance Canada is Producer
Janet Lavack.

    About 19 Entertainment

    Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment is recognized as a leading creator,
provider and promoter of globally successful music based entertainment, or
"entertainment brands". The company has attracted a unique collection of
expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity
across television, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording,
artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon Fuller
is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold over
116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of
American Idol, the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated
value in excess of $2.5 billion.

    About dick clark productions

    Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading
independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable
networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of
shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such
perennial hits as Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the American Music
Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Bloopers specials and series, the Daytime
Emmy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the recent Disney's
American Teacher Awards, among others. The Company also is a leading creator
of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to
integrated marketing programs for major corporations.

    About CTV Inc.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail.
CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at

    (*) Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total and Global Total (BBM
        Nielsen Media Research)

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For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or

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