'Shark Tank,' 'So You Think You Can Dance' auditions at Fox Theatre coming soon

Two very different shows will be using the Fabulous Fox Theatre for auditions in coming days.

First up: ABC's hit reality show "Shark Tank."

The show, which airs Friday nights, is holding an open casting call at the Fox Theatre Saturday, January 11, 2014, its second trip to the Fox in less than a year.

Here are the basics, courtesy of the website:



660 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Numbered Wristbands Distributed

10:00 AM - Interviews Begin

You will be given the opportunity to do a 1-minute pitch of your business/product/idea to a member of the Casting Team -- just like you would as if you were on the show. Come prepared to wow and dazzle us. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed to be seen so arrive early to secure your numbered wristband. Be advised: security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking. We do not validate. To apply at an Open Call you must have a completed Application Packet.

You can fill out this application before hand.

"Shark Tank" - which features entrepreneurs pitching ideas to various rich folks who may or may not invest in their products or services - has become a sturdy performer on Friday nights. It pulls in the best ratings of any show among younger viewers that night. The show premiered in the summer of 2009 and its ratings have gone up steadily ever since. ABC keeps adding more episodes. They had 14 episodes season one, 24 season two, 26 season three and 28 this current season.

CNBC recently began airing repeats of the show on Tuesday nights, pulling in its best prime-time ratings in years.

On Monday, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" returns for a fifth time to Atlanta for auditions in its 11th season and as usual, it's using the Fox Theatre.

In 2011, Melanie Moore of Marietta won season eight, the first season ever that an Atlantan had even made the finals. Since season 8, seven different metro Atlantans have made the top 20, more than making up for the drought the first seven seasons. Two years ago, Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer made the finals but fell short. This past year, local dancer Jasmine Harper also made it to the end but didn't win.

The show's ratings have slipped off in recent years, hitting its worst numbers to date last year. But Nigel Lythgoe's baby survived to dance another year.

You can go to www.fox.com/dance for more details about auditions.