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
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog