Does Canada think it can dance? Get ready to find out.
Launching tonight on CTV, So You Think You Can Dance Canada finally brings the popular U.S. reality dancing competition to the Great White North.
Don’t expect any appearances by Canadian icons Bob and Doug McKenzie though. Instead, popular judges from the original show Mary Murphy and Dan Karaty will make appearances as guest judges while a string of talented Canadians led by Jean Marc Genereux, choreographer from the U.S. show, and tri-talented dancer, choreographer and actress Tre Armstrong will take on full-time judging duties. Urban-dance guru Luther Brown and Blake McGrath, a finalist from the first season of the U.S. show, will alternate as the third judge. Other guest judges include renowned Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington (who partnered with Karen Kain) and Jonas Brothers choreographer Paul Becker.
MuchMusic VJ Leah Miller will host the show and said recently that she burst into tears when she found out she got the job.
“I am ecstatic! Hosting the homegrown edition of So You Think You Can Dance Canada is such a priviledge for me,” Miller said.
Sandra Faire, executive producer for the Canadian show, says the pool of dancers who auditioned across Canada was surprisingly robust.
“We were amazed at the diversity of dancers we found in each of our audition cities. We know viewers will fall in love with them!” Faire said.