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'So You Think You Can Dance': Mary, Nigel and Cat on the new season, how the dancers are getting smarter, and more

So, you think you know what you can expect on the new season of So You Think You Can Dance? Think again.

“I think people have actually got it and they understand that they have to do something different,” host Cat Deeley told EW at the Los Angeles auditions in March. Hollywood marked the final audition city for season 11 of the hit summer franchise and, unlike in previous seasons, will also serve as the callback location replacing Las Vegas.

“At least they’re going somewhere!” judge Mary Murphy joked. After more than a decade on the air, expectations are higher for everyone involved. “Some cities, we were very picky with our tickets,” Murphy said. “After so many seasons, we know what we want to see and we want to see unique and we want to see something new.”

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'American Idol' ousts Nigel Lythgoe and exec producer Ken Warwick

Rumors of Nigel Lythgoe’s imminent departure from American Idol were realized yesterday when the high-profile producer tweeted the news that he’d been fired from Fox’s flagship music-reality competition. “It’s not a personal thing,” added Lythgoe, who will remain with So You Think You Can Dance. “They just feel Idol needs new leadership after 12 seasons.

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'American Idol' Hollywood Round: What to expect

Gone are the halcyon days of American Idol auditions, in which the judges would put 50-plus people (of whom we viewers would get to meet at least… 10?) through to the next round. Tonight, the two-week “Hollywood Round” — guys this week, girls next — begins on Fox. “The minute we hit Hollywood, we go, ‘God, we’ve got 300 kids here,” executive producer Ken Warwick told EW in the midst of shooting Hollywood Round footage. “So the whole mental thing changes to ‘Who can we cut, and why?”

Below, Idol honchos Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe on what to expect. READ FULL STORY

Get a first look at E! and Nigel Lythgoe's 'Opening Act' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Reality TV overlord Nigel Lythgoe is at it again. The American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer has a new summer talent show — in Opening Act, YouTube singing prodigies (there’s the twist!) must ditch the webcams and look alive because they have only five days to get ready to open for stars like Nicki Minaj, Brad Paisley, and Gym Class Heroes.

The series premieres Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET. Watch an exclusive first look of Arielle as she rehearses the “big note” that could make or break her opening for Rod Stewart.  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' premieres tonight: Host Cat Deeley previews season 9

It’s a year of change for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, which premieres tonight with a two-hour episode that chronicles auditions in New York and Dallas. The biggest difference in the show’s ninth (!) season is that there will only be one installment per week. That is, the “results hour” — historically airing on Thursday evenings — has been jettisoned completely, with just a Wednesday night episode every week, even during the early audition rounds.

Host Cat Deeley says the change is for the better. “I always felt a bit like, Oh, God, how much further can I drag this out?” she says, laughing. “We amalgamate the results show into the performance show. Now the audience is going to know who’s in danger at the top of the show. It adds another layer of jeopardy to it. For the audience, that makes it that much more interesting.” Always a ham, Deeley jokes that it’ll be a feat for her to fit what had typically been three hours of television into two. “It’s worth watching,” she says, “just to see if I manage to do it. I’m going to do a bit of a hope and a prayer — and fingers crossed — and keep that thing moving.”

Other changes this year include the fact that one female and one male dancer will be crowned winner; and after the pool is whittled down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a SYTYCD all-star dancer, each of whom is an expert in either ballroom, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, or jazz. Before that, like usual, the Top 20 will be paired amongst each other, with two contestants eliminated each week.

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