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So You Think You Can Dance (Season 3)

So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the FOX network. Season three premiered May 24, 2007.

Cat Deeley returned for her second consecutive season as host. Nigel Lythgoe returned as a permanent judge, joined this season by choreographer Mary Murphy. The remaining third—and during Vegas Week, fourth—judging spot is filled by a guest judge (see main article).

After 16 million votes were cast, Sabra Johnson was announced on the 16 August finale as the winner of $250,000 and the title of "America's Favorite Dancer."

Auditions

Open auditions were held in the following locations:

Vegas week

As in the previous season, those making the cut moved on to an intensive week of dance training in Las Vegas, Nevada. This season, Vegas week included hip-hop choreography taught by Shane Sparks, samba choreography taught by Mary Murphy with assistance from season two finalist Dmitry Chaplin, and contemporary choreography taught by Mia Michaels. The contestants that survived the cuts following those rounds were divided into groups, asked to randomly select from a box a CD containing one of five possible music types, and choreograph a routine to the song on their chosen disk. The dancers remaining after the group choreography round were asked to perform one last solo, following which the group was whittled down to 34 contestants—17 male, 17 female. From this 34, the judges chose their top 20.

Finals

Format

As in season 2, the finals began with 20 contestants, ten male and ten female. After partners are assigned, couples pick a dance style out of a hat, are rehearsed by a choreographer, and perform their routine, which is taped two days prior to airing. Following the airing of the performances, home viewers vote for their favorite couple. The bottom three couples (six dancers overall) are then liable for elimination by the judges on the live, or broadcast on tape delay in the western United States, results show. All six dancers perform a solo, after which the judges eliminate one male and one female contestant. If the eliminated dancers are not from the same couple, their respective partners form a new pair for the following week's performances. Once the field of dancers is narrowed down to the top 10, permanent partnerships dissolve and contestants draw their new partners from a hat each week. The judges no longer have any say in the elimination process; viewers call in to vote for their favorite individual dancer, and the male and female with the lowest number of votes are eliminated each week.

Recurring theme

Mary Murphy's loud, high pitched scream, reserved for performances she liked best, made a reappearance this season, along with the added element of the "hot tamale train." On the first performance show, Murphy enjoyed Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell's jive performance so much, she made a metaphor of a "hot tamale train" having "just pulled up and let Anya off the train, special delivery. Two weeks later, she gave Sabra Johnson and Dominic Sandoval "two tickets on the hot tamale train" for their outstanding rumba performance. The phrase was regularly referred to by Murphy throughout the rest of the season, sometimes with an added distinction of being in "first class" for truly extraordinary routines. On the week before the final performance show, she brought the metaphor to a close by noting that the "hot tamale train was entering finale station.

Controversy

The sixth week of competition marked controversy surrounding Emmy-nominated choreographers Wade Robson and Mia Michaels.

The controversy regarding Wade Robson was due to the anti-war solo routine he created for the top 10 contestants. His choreography was meant to be a dance promoting peace, but was considered by some viewers as a political statement against the Iraq War. The dancers wore t-shirts on which they painted words of their own choosing, such as "compassion", "understanding", "unity", and "peace. The following night, Nigel Lythgoe addressed the controversy by stating that the choreography was not in any way meant to be against the troops fighting in the war. He did not wish anyone to be offended by a routine that had words such as "peace" and "compassion" in it. To make light of the moment, Lythgoe joked that he was more upset to have seen the same routine ten times.

The controversy surrounding Mia Michaels was regarding a jacket she wore during the performance show. The garment was a United States Marine Corps Blue Dress jacket with red piping, which only enlisted Marines are able to wear. In addition, a Marine Corps rank insignia was sewn upside-down and in the wrong location on the sleeve. Michaels addressed this by apologizing and stating that a friend of hers had given her the jacket, and that she wore it as a fashion statement, noting that she had no idea of its tradition or that it would offend anyone.

Elimination chart

The song played for the females' elimination is Ryan Cabrera's "I Will Remember You". The song played for the males' elimination is Audio Adrenaline's "Goodbye".

Contestants are in reverse chronological order of elimination.

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¹ Because Jessi Peralta was unable to participate in the performance show, she had to perform a solo despite not technically being in the bottom three couples.

² Because FOX aired NFL coverage during the regular Thursday time slot, the results broadcast was pre-recorded and moved to the following Monday. In order to keep the results from leaking before the airing, the audience and nonessential crew were asked to leave the studio, which was locked down, before eliminations were announced.

Performances

Week 1 (13 June 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Hip-hop "Tambourine"—Eve Shane Sparks Safe
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Jive "Girlfriend"—Avril Lavigne Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Contemporary "Dancing"—Elisa Mia Michaels Safe
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Disco "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"—Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand Doriana Sanchez Bottom 3
Ashlee Langas
Ricky Palomino
Argentine Tango "Sentimiento Tango"—Trio Federico-Berlingieri Alex Da Silva Both eliminated
Sara Von Gillern
Jesús Solorio
Pop-jazz "Cabaret Hoover" from Les Triplettes de Belleville Wade Robson Safe
Jessi Peralta
Pasha Kovalev
Smooth Waltz "Come Away With Me"—Norah Jones Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Faina Savich
Cedric Gardner
Hip-hop "Get It Shawty"—Lloyd Shane Sparks Bottom 3
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Salsa "Friday Night Rhythm"—Mazerati 5 Alex Da Silva Safe
Shauna Noland
Jimmy Arguello
Broadway "Ease On Down the Road" from The Wiz Tyce DiOrio Safe

Week 2 (20 June 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Hip-hop "The Way I Are"—Timbaland (ft. Keri Hilson and D.O.E.) Dave Scott Safe
Jessi Peralta
Pasha Kovalev
Jazz "Stiff Jazz"—dZihan & Kamien Tyce DiOrio Bottom 3
Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Samba "Bang Bang to the Rock 'n' Roll"—Gabin Jean-Marc Genereux Safe
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Contemporary "I'll Stand by You"—The Pretenders Mandy Moore Safe
Faina Savich
Cedric Gardner
Foxtrot "You're the Boss"—Elvis Presley & Ann-Margret Hunter Johnson Savich eliminated
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Broadway "Overture/All That Jazz" from Chicago Tyce DiOrio Safe
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Viennese Waltz "You and Me"—Lifehouse Hunter Johnson Safe
Shauna Noland
Jimmy Arguello
Hip-hop "U Sexy Girl"—Fat Man Scoop Dave Scott Arguello eliminated
Sara Von Gillern
Jesús Solorio
Paso Doble "We Will Rock You (bonus remix)"—Queen Jean-Marc Genereux Safe

Week 3 (27 June 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Sara Von Gillern
Jesús Solorio
Krump "It's Okay (One Blood)"—The Game Lil C Solorio eliminated
Shauna Noland
Cedric Gardner
Contemporary "I Thought We Had"—The Family Stand Mia Michaels Safe
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Quickstep "Big and Bad"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Hip-hop "Oh Timbaland"—Timbaland Dan Karaty Mandy Moore assisting Bottom 3
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Rumba "Stickwitu"—The Pussycat Dolls Jean-Marc Genereux Safe
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Tango "Tanguera"—Sexteto Mayor Jean-Marc Genereux Bottom 3
Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Jazz "The Chairman's Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha Wade Robson Safe
* Melanie LaPatin (Tony Meredith's Assistant)
Pasha Kovalev
Cha Cha "Let's Get Loud"—Jennifer Lopez Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Peralta eliminated

* Jessi Peralta was unable to perform due to medical issues.

Week 4 (11 July 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Hustle "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"—Inner Life Maria Torres Safe
Shauna Noland
Cedric Gardner
Mambo "Flauta Y Timbal"—Tito Puente Alex Da Silva Both eliminated
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Contemporary "Apologize"— OneRepublic Tyce DiOrio Bottom 3
Sara Von Gillern
Pasha Kovalev
West Coast Swing "The Rockafeller Skank"—Fatboy Slim Benji Schwimmer (season 2)
Heidi Groskreutz (season 2) assisting
Safe
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Hip-hop "Make It Work"—Ne-Yo Shane Sparks Safe
Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Waltz "Angel"—Sarah McLachlan Toni Redpath Bottom 3
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Jazz "Night of the Dancing Flame"-Roisin Murphy Wade Robson Safe

Week 5 (18 July 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Wade Robson

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Jive "I Do the Jerk"—Ryan Shaw Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Broadway "Mr. Bojangles" from Fosse Tyce DiOrio
Travis Wall (season 2) assisting
Konishi eliminated
Sara Von Gillern
Pasha Kovalev
Jazz "Body Language"—Queen Mandy Moore Safe
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Contemporary "Let the Drummer Kick"—Citizen Cope Mia Michaels
Ben Susak (season 2) assisting
Bottom 3
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Foxtrot "It Had to Be You"—Brian Evans Jean-Marc Genereux Garnis eliminated
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Hip-hop "Here I Come"—Fergie Dan Karaty Safe

Week 6 (25 July 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Lauren Gottlieb
Pasha Kovalev
Hip-hop "Fuego"—Pitbull Shane Sparks Gottlieb in Bottom 4
Sabra Johnson
Kameron Bink
Contemporary "Amazing Grace"—Crystal Lewis Tyce DiOrio Bink eliminated
Lacey Schwimmer
Danny Tidwell
Samba "Hip Hip Chin Chin"—Club Des Belugas Dmitry Chaplin (season 2)
Heidi Groskreutz (season 2) assisting
Safe
Jaimie Goodwin
Dominic Sandoval
Viennese Waltz "Man of la Mancha"—Linda Eder Toni Redpath Sandoval in Bottom 4
Goodwin eliminated
Sara Von Gillern
Neil Haskell
Disco "Knock on Wood"—Rachel Stevens Doriana Sanchez Safe

* All of the dancers also performed the same, pro-peace themed, solo routine to John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" , choreographed by Wade Robson.

Week 7 (1 August 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Sara Von Gillern
Danny Tidwell
Argentine Tango "Whatever Lola Wants"—Sarah Vaughan and Gotan Project Alex Da Silva Von Gillern eliminated
Hip-hop "Push It"—Salt-N-Pepa Shane Sparks
Lauren Gottlieb
Dominic Sandoval
Krump "I Get Money"—50 Cent Lil C Gottlieb in Bottom 4
Sandoval eliminated
Rumba "Ain't No Sunshine"—Bill Withers Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Lacey Schwimmer
Neil Haskell
Latin Jazz "Acid"—Ray Barretto Maria Torres Haskell in Bottom 4
Contemporary "Time"—Billy Porter Mia Michaels
Sabra Johnson
Pasha Kovalev
Broadway "A Wild Wild Party" from The Wild Party Tyce DiOrio Safe
Quickstep "Mr Pinstripe Suit"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin

Week 8 (8 August 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen

Couple Style Music Choreographer Result
Lacey Schwimmer
Pasha Kovalev
Hip-hop "In The Morning"—Junior Boys Dave Scott Kovalev eliminated
Smooth Waltz "A Daisy In December"—Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan Hunter Johnson
Lauren Gottlieb
Danny Tidwell
Contemporary "Then You Look at Me"—Céline Dion Mia Michaels Gottlieb eliminated
Disco "Don't Leave Me This Way"—The Communards Doriana Sanchez
Sabra Johnson
Neil Haskell
Jazz "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"—Eurythmics Mandy Moore Safe
Paso Doble "España Cañí"—Juan & Gennaro Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin

Solos:

Week 9 (15 August 2007)

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty

Special performance: The Top 4 performed a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce DiOrio to Liza Minnelli's "Mein Herr" from the Cabaret movie soundtrack.

Couple Style Music Choreographer
Sabra Johnson
Neil Haskell
Hip-hop "Whine Up"—Kat DeLuna (featuring Elephant Man) Shane Sparks
Lacey Schwimmer
Danny Tidwell
Viennese Waltz "Keep Holding On"—Avril Lavigne Jean-Marc Genereux
Lacey Schwimmer
Sabra Johnson
Jazz "Koyal (Songbird)"—Nitin Sawhney Wade Robson
Danny Tidwell
Neil Haskell
Contemporary "Are You the One?"—The Presets Mia Michaels
Lacey Schwimmer
Neil Haskell
Lindy Hop "Bill's Bounce"—Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra Nick Williams
Kristin Scorci assisting
Sabra Johnson
Danny Tidwell
Cha-cha "Gotta Get Down (La Negra Tiene Tumbao) [Spanglish Remix]"—Celia Cruz Melanie LaPatin
Tony Meredith assisting

Solos:

Results shows

Week 1 (14 June 2007)

Week 2 (21 June 2007)

Week 3 (28 June 2007)

Week 4 (12 July 2007)

Week 5 (19 July 2007)

Week 6 (26 July 2007)

Week 7 (02 August 2007)

Week 8 (13 August 2007)

Week 9 (Grand Finale) (16 August 2007)

Couple Style Music Choreographer Chosen by
Lauren Gottlieb
Pasha Kovalev
Hip hop "Fuego"—Pitbull Shane Sparks Mary Murphy
Jaimie Goodwin
Hotuko "Hok" Konishi
Jazz dance "The Chairman's Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha Wade Robson Nigel Lythgoe
Sabra Johnson
Dominic Sandoval
Hip hop "Make It Work"—Ne-Yo Shane Sparks Jean-Marc Genereux
Sara Von Gillern
Neil Haskell
Disco "Knock on Wood"—Rachel Stevens Doriana Sanchez Adam Shankman
Lacey Schwimmer
Danny Tidwell
Samba "Hip Hip Chin Chin"—Club Des Belugas Dmitry Chaplin Wade Robson
Sara Von Gillern
Pasha Kovalev
West Coast Swing "The Rockafeller Skank"—Fatboy Slim Benji Schwimmer Shane Sparks
Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Foxtrot "It Had to Be You"—Brian Evans Jean-Marc Genereux Tyce Diorio
Sara Von Gillern
Jesús Solorio
Pop-jazz "Cabaret Hoover" from Les Triplettes de Belleville Wade Robson Tony Meredith
Sabra Johnson
Neil Haskell
Jazz "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"—Eurythmics Mandy Moore Mia Michaels
Lacey Schwimmer
Neil Haskell
Contemporary "Time"—Billy Porter Mia Michaels Dan Karaty

  • Order of elimination
    • Lacey Schwimmer
    • Neil Haskell
    • Danny Tidwell
  • Winner
    • Sabra Johnson

Live tour

As in season 2, the top 10 contestants embarked on a live tour of the United States. Due to the success of the previous tour, this season's engagement was extended to 10 weeks and visited 50 cities. Tickets went on sale 11 August. On the season finale, Hokuto "Hok" Konishi, Shauna Noland, Anya Garnis, and Jesús Solorio were named as alternate performers in the event of injury to any of the top 10. Noland, Garnis, and Jaimie Goodwin had been replacing Lacey Schwimmer in some of her tour routines because of an injury to her meniscus.

Broadcast outside of the United States

Australia is currently only the country outside of the United States that airs So You Think You Can Dance on Network Ten which premiered on 27 September 2007. Before the show was aired, commercials were shown with Cat Deeley wearing the same blue dress she wore on the 19th of September's result show with long earrings and her hair tied back, started to broadcast the show to the Australian audience saying "Coming on Ten". Other footage that was shown included Nigel Lithgoe doing a little dance and wearing the same suit on that result show. During the show with the top 20, after the last couple danced, Cat Deeley (still wearing the same dress on the 19th of September's result show) says "Will your favourite dancer make it through to the next round? Don't go anywhere Australia (Deeley doing a little head shake), because the result show is coming up right after this break" . During this time, Australia started to do auditions for So You Think You Can Dance Australia. It has been discovered by fans of the show that Channel 10 has been showing a heavily edited version of SYTYCD Season 3, with the audition shows compressed into two episodes and even leaving whole dances out of the some of the finals shows (the We Will Rock You Paso Doble for example).

The series is currently shown on DSTV Channel 104 across Africa. Currently in the top four. It will finish on 22 November 2007. And it is also being shown in Canada on Muchmusic. In the Middle East, it is being shown on MBC 4. It premiered on 24th of October.

It is also shown on the FOX network in Japan without any editing with the performance and elimination round being shown on the same night. Following the show, Japanese amateur dancers are also shown, usually 4 dancers per week. It is currently showing the top 12 dancers as of 2007 December 30.

SYTYCD was also currently being shown in the UK on LivingTV every Wednesday at 8pm and was repeated throughout the week.

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