For the first time in its long history, the season finale of the hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will feature the talents of two tap dancers. Both 20 years of age, ZACH EVERHART and VALERIE ROCKEY each hail from less than show-biz capitols (a small town in Georgia and an Indianapolis suburb respectively) but are accomplished in several forms of dance. Their competition tonight consists of RICKEY UBEDA of Miami and JESSICA RICHENS of California. In addition to the ‘Final 4’, the top 20 will be reunited and the audience will be treated to a performance by ENRIQUE IGLESIAS.
In an interview to promote the finale, the always entertaining SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge MARY MURPHY talked about having two ‘tappers’ in the final four and her faith that America will get the vote right.
The Season 11 finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs tonight on Fox.
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson danced her tail off on the tenth season of the ABC hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Anderson, who was the sixth contestant to be eliminated that season, has been invited back to compete once again in Dancing with the Stars All-Stars.
Anderson told us that she had a great experience the first time dancing on the show. The show made her feel good about herself physically, and may have opened the door to musical theater.
Dancing with the Stars All Stars premieres September 24, 2012 on ABC.
“It’s amazing,” Napoleon acknowledges. “As choreographers and even as dancers we were always in the background. There is so much that a choreographer does – we’re on American Idol every week as well, but you would never know because it’s always behind the scenes. There are so many jobs like that that choreographers do that are behind the scenes that nobody realizes – you know, that there is somebody there making people do what they do.”
“Or move the way that they do,” Tabitha interjects. “Even basic staging for actors in films, it doesn’t always have to break out into a big production number.”
“It’s the choreographer that does the staging,” Napoleon concludes. “For us to be able to show the art in a dance form has been tremendous and it’s been amazing for our dance community.”
Of course it was Nigel Lythgoe who brought the D’Umos into Idol when he returned as Executive Producer. Now Lythgoe wears the EP hat for both reality competition shows.
“There have been choreographers on there every season,” Napoleon points out about American Idol. “But, when Nigel did come back he was the one who had us come in. Another choreographer from the So You Think You Can Dance family, (choreographer) Mandy Moore was hired for that too.”
“We just came on board this season to do some of the episodes and it’s so much fun,” Tabitha insists. “Their main skill set is singing. Dancing to them is not comfortable…it’s not natural at all, so to help them feel coordinated and to give them easy blocking…it’s simple movements, but to see when they feel confident and they pull it off is really rewarding.”
The top eight contenders on American Idol face off again tonight and Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
The glee club helps out another club on an all-new GLEE tonight with Charice, Gweneth Paltrow and Cheyenne Jacksonguesting.
Proving that birds of a feather flock together, when another under-the-radar club at McKinley High needs helps raising funds, the glee club signs up to help. But when Sue hears about the show of support, she moves quickly to extinguish the good intentions.
Meanwhile, relationships are tested and big decisions will be made in the new A Night of Neglect episode of GLEE airing April 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Cat Deeley has seen plenty over the last six seasons of hosting So You Think You Can Dance and this new crop of talent audition has been giving it their all she tells HollywoodOutbreak.com.
Deeley admits that although there are still an amount of delusional contestants, most of the dancers showing up know what is expected of them.
“We’re going into our eight season now and I think people are very aware of just how talented people need to be and what they need to bring to the competition,” Deeley points out. “In the earlier seasons people didn’t know what the show was and it wasn’t so defined and sometimes they thought it was like any other talent show. It’s about celebrating peoples’ amazing talent and passion and ability and I think people get that now.”
Still the transition in the Hip Hop contestants has been remarkable, Deeley says. And now those dancers are combining street with technique.
“I think that people that have tried out in previous seasons have been told to go away and told, ‘Look, you’re not ready for the show yet,’ ” she acknowledges. “Some that have auditioned before – (Executive Producer) NigelLythgoe) may have told them, ‘You need to get yourself into a ballroom class and take some lessons’ and some of them have. There are lots of Hip Hop dancers who have heeded Nigel’s advice, after all, it is constructive criticism. They put themselves through dance class and they improve themselves. It really is incredible that they put that much time and education into it.” (
So You Think You Can Dance kicks off its eighth season in May of this year.
As So you Think You Can Dance heads into Las Vegas week, choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo are eager to get started weeding down the competition to the best of the best.
“The people aren’t quite selected yet,” Napoleon begins. “But, the people that have been out on the road that we’ve picked up have been phenomenal. It’s going to be quite a season.”
Each year the show takes the dancers a step up from the previous season – and Tabitha says the boost is a natural progression…aided by their ability as choreographers to design each number distinctively.
“I think in the presentation of what you do week to week really helps make it feel different,” she says. “And we try to find out what their strengths are and find a unique way to package it. Their personalities really play a part in it, the music selections play a part in it and that’s what keeps inspiring us to do something different week after week.”
Of course there are always going to be those dancer wannabes who can’t seem to grasp that they stink on their feet
“They think their fantastic and God bless them, they try so hard,” Tabitha points out. “But, as the show has gone on every year, the caliber of dancing improves every year, so you can’t squeak by.”
“I think there are a lot of people in the world that think they can dance amazingly, just like you sing in your car,” Napoleon explains. “Sometimes I believe, ‘Oh, I’m pretty good,’ and I think some people think, ‘I’m really good’ and go a little too far. If they love dancing, I don’t knock them.”
How far it too far? Well, we’ve already seen contestants actually brain themselves by slamming into the floor or even throwing up on stage from the strain of it all in previous seasons. And Sex, that gawky contestant who manages to audition each year may or may not be making his way back again.
“I can’t say,” Tabitha teases.
“He could show up anyway, Napoleon laughs.” We only see the contestants in the cities we do – so we don’t actually get to see everyone.”
We’ll take that as a yes.
So You Think You Can Dance begins its eighth season in May of this year.