For Immediate Release (February 13, 2009)
CTV Breaks Into Season 2 of
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA
- #1 new series of 08/09 returns for second season
- Ratings juggernaut stomped the competition with 1.4 million viewers each week
- Series green lit as 2009 Top 10 So You Think You Can Dance Canada tour makes its way across the country
“It’s a show next to which the American original starts to look like a faded Xerox copy.” – Rob Salem, The Toronto Star
“It took us in America four years to get it right so far, and you guys got it right in one season.” – Choreographer and Guest Judge Mia Michaels
“They have enough talent to cast three shows in just one time out.” – Guest Judge Mary Murphy
“All I can say is that the last time I sat in a room with…this much talent was on Broadway watching A Chorus Line.” – Kenny Ortega, Choreographer, Producer, Director and Guest Judge
Toronto, ON (February 13, 2009) – Get ready to dance again Canada! As the cross-country tour pulls into Toronto’s Air Canada Centre today, CTV announces that smash-hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has been green lit for a second heart-racing season. Last season, approximately 2,500 hopefuls busted a move for the judges during the first-ever audition tour, ultimately crowning Montreal’s Nico Archambault as Canada’s first-ever, favourite dancer. This year, CTV and Danse TV Productions are warming up for another cross-country search for the next Canada’s Favourite Dancer (audition details to be announced soon). SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is based on 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions’ popular international format SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
“The success of the first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has inspired a whole new group of dancers across the country,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With the talent Canada has to offer, the second season is sure to be even more show-stopping than the first.”
This past fall, the first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA broke ratings records with an average of 1.4 million viewers tuning in each week on CTV, quickly making it Canada’s #1 new fall program with total viewers and the key demos A18-34, and A18-49. The home-grown hit consistently won its timeslot nationally and in Canada’s major urban centers, placing the series in the Top 20 list of the most-watched programs in Canada*. The series boasted a highly-coveted female audience (66% of total audience) and nearly a third of its viewers were from the key A18-34 age group. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was also the #1 program on MuchMusic for total viewers and P12-34 during its broadcast season.
When Quebec dancer Nico Archambault was named Canada’s first ever Favourite Dancer at the end of the first season, the audience peaked at 1.9 million viewers. “The opportunity to work with such talented dancers and choreographers was a great privilege,” said Archambault. “I’m definitely a better dancer for it.”
Today’s announcement comes at the half way point of the successful first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA 15-city tour. Playing at Canada’s premiere concert venues across the country, the tour has already strutted its stuff across stages in; Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Sudbury. Cities still waiting to get their SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANDA tour groove on are; Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, London and the final tour stop will be Kingston on February 21. The tour features Canada’s Top 10 dancers from the competition and some of the hottest performances from throughout the show’s first broadcast season. For more information on the must-see tour, visit dance.ctv.ca.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions in association with CTV. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
About Danse TV Productions
Executive Producer Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada’s leading variety producers, is also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a cabinet member of Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along with Executive Producer Trisa Dayot and Senior Producers Bronwyn Warren and Millan Curry-Sharples, helm SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. For over a decade the team has produced an impressive array of Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S. Ms. Faire still holds the record for the highest-rated variety special in Canadian television history, ANNE MURRAY’S FAMILY CHRISTMAS, which garnered a 43 per cent share on CBC with 4.2 million viewers. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Producer is Janet Lavack.
About 19 Entertainment
The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the U.K. alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller’s 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series have consistently topped children’s viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller’s 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon “Pop Idol” and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. “Pop Idol” launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the U.K., while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States. 19 Entertainment produces the FOX summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE along with Dick Clark Productions, Inc.
About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.
Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Academy of Country Music Awards. DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American Bandstand among other things. For additional information, please visitwww.dickclarkproductions.com. <http://ctvmedia.ca/dance2008/releases/www.dickclarkproductions.com.>
About CTV Inc.
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada’s premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca<http://www.ctv.ca/> .
* Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research