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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ debuts May 26 with Atlanta auditions

Haikem Stewart works the cameras outside Fox Theatre this past February. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Haikem Stewart works the cameras outside Fox Theatre this past February. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Atlanta has been an audition site for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” three times.

But the actual number of metro Atlantans who have made it to the live shows? Exactly zero.

We can only hope that ignominious streak will end this year.

“Atlanta had an abundance of talent this year,” producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said in a teaser reel the network provided.

It’s not that the past Atlanta auditions haven’t created talent. It’s that most of the people trying out are from somewhere else.

And I saw it myself. Fox allowed me to watch some of the auditions and it was an incredible stretch of quality auditioners. At least seven in a row made it to the next round. Only one I can recall was from the Atlanta area.

“I don’t remember a time when we gave so many tickets to Las Vegas in a row,” said Mary Murphy, who is back as a full-time judge, in the promotion reel. “We were absolutely giddy and probably worked 15, 16 hour days and it didn’t even feel like it!  We were so happy being entertained non stop!”

Usually, the producers like to highlight strong cities the first night. Atlanta and San Francisco get the spotlights Thursday in the two-hour debut.

The “all star” idea last year didn’t quite work in many peoples’ eyes. Nigel is opting for a compromise this year by bringing the past participants partway through once they reach the top 10 from 20.


“So You Think You Can Dance,” Fox, 8 p.m. Thursdays

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By Rodney Ho,, AJCRadioTV blog

15 comments Add your comment

Becca Moore

May 26th, 2011
10:15 am

Look for Melanie Moore from Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta GA on the episode tonight! We are hoping that maybe she will change Atlanta’s luck and make it on the show!! She’s amazing!


May 26th, 2011
3:16 pm

@juvenile – you posted that exact same language on another blog I’m on. So, is this boiler plate language to get someone interested in this site, or did you actually buy and sell the stuff?

Come out of the closet Eddie Long

May 26th, 2011
4:10 pm


Kimberly Darnell

May 26th, 2011
8:25 pm

I just watched Melanie Moores audition on “So You Thank You Can Dance” and not only does she dance like a god, her inner beauty glows from within and her few minutes of grace and soul she showed on the stage brought me to tears! Thank you for sharing your gift – you are a gift from the heavens!

dorothy shewan

May 26th, 2011
8:47 pm

two young friends just danced to a song about falling and they were wonderful. does anyone know who recorded this song?


May 26th, 2011
8:56 pm

I love SYTYCD, and have watched every season, and I think Melanie Moore may be the best dancer ever on the show. Can’t wait to see her again!!


May 26th, 2011
9:48 pm

Who are the other two judges besides Nigel?

ali Diemek

May 26th, 2011
10:52 pm

Hey can anyone tell me what Melanie Moore danced to? Her dancing was stunning! And that piece is so familiar but I can’t figure out what it’s from or who it’s by.


May 26th, 2011
11:16 pm

Twilight Sage New Moon


May 27th, 2011
9:00 am

Melanie Moore just blew me away. She brought me to tears. She’s silk. Not just any silk, but the finest silk that flows effortlessly across any surface. She’s like a whisper on the wind. And the rest of the show was above par for the auditions as well.


May 27th, 2011
9:20 am

i liked sister Mandy (the grandmother of kyre baptiste) she was hilarious. bring her back again!!!


May 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

Does anyone know the name of the music to which Melanie Moore danced??????


May 27th, 2011
8:59 pm

Great auditions! Does anyone know the song Marco, the guy who got shot, danced to? Also the song for the girl who became homeless after her dad lost his job? Thanks!


May 29th, 2011
4:42 pm

Melanie is by far my favorite dancer who has tried our thus far, her movements look so effortless and beautiful. The song she danced to was ‘The Meadow – Alexandre Desplat’


June 1st, 2011
8:34 pm

what was the name of the song that Chyna danced to??