‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Backstage at the season 10 finale


After 10 hit seasons, FOX summer staple So You Think You Can Dance already had cause for celebration as the Emmy-winning competition launched its live finale this past Tuesday. However, when judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced mere minutes into the taping that the show had been renewed for an 11th cycle, viewers realized the party was just getting started.

The fate of the beloved reality smash had been hanging in the balance while network executives deliberated over the show’s ratings dip and softer buzz, but the official news Dance would be returning after all gave everyone, especially the fans, an extra spring in their step.

Poptimal joined the festivities backstage and talked with winners Amy Yakima and DuShaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall, runners-up Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner, judges Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, All-Stars Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and choreographers Tabitha and Napolean D’umo about what’s kept Dance a commercial and critical favorite for so long, and why the art it showcases will never go out of style.

Check out our interviews with your Dance favorites below!

Video shot and edited by Keith Kuramoto

Reporting by Erin Biglow

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