Poll: Will 'So You Think You Can Dance' upstage 'Dancing With the Stars' and the Oscars at the Emmys?
"So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" both earned a pair of Emmy Awards nominations for choreography this year. While "SYTYCD" has won this award for the last three years running, "DWTS" has been an Emmy wallflower for four years in a row. The other entry in the race is the Academy Awards, which was choreographed by co-producer Adam Shankman, who just happens to be a judge on "SYTYCD."
That Fox summer smash about everyday folk vying for a chance to dance won four of its nine Emmy bids for best choreography over the second, third and fourth seasons. In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "SYTYCD" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In both 2008 and 2009, "SYTYCD" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing its most recent victory with the Oscarcast hosted by Hugh Jackman.
This year, "So You Think You Can Dance" has two chances to continue its winning streak. Mia Michaels -- a champ in 2007 and a nominee last year -- is a contender with the routines "Gravity/Addiction," "Koop Island Blues" and "One." Stacey Tookey landed her first nomination for the routine "Fear."
"Dancing With the Stars" remains winless over six nominations. Four years ago and despite three entries, "DWTS" was left on the sidelines as "High School Musical" won the only Emmy awarded for choreography. For the last three years, "DWTS" has managed just one bid per year -- Louis van Amstel (2007), Julianne Hough (2008) and Derek Hough (2009) -- always to be bested by "SYTYCD," which has racked up multiple nominations.
This year, the ABC hit that pairs celebrities with professional dancers earned a pair of Emmy noms for Derek Hough. He contends alone for the routines "Futuristic Paso Doble/Living on Video" and "Quickstep/Anything Goes" and with Chelsie Hightower for the routine "Paso Doble/Malaquena."
Last year, Tony Award champ Rob Ashford ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") won his first Emmy for choreographing the Oscars. This year, Adam Shankman pulled double duty by both co-producing the show and choreographing the routines "Opening Number/No One Wants to Do it Alone" and "Score Suite," using many of the performers from "SYTYCD." He was rewarded for his efforts with a pair of nominations as the awardscast also contends in the special class category against last year's Tonys.
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