EXCLUSIVE: Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ season 18 shooting in Atlanta

The long-running reality competition show will shoot for first time outside of Los Angeles.
The winners Keaton Kermode and Alexis Warr from season 17 of "So You Think You Can Dance." FOX

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The winners Keaton Kermode and Alexis Warr from season 17 of "So You Think You Can Dance." FOX

For the first time, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” is shooting the bulk of its season in Atlanta.

The series, in its 18th season, has typically shot in Los Angeles in the past. It will begin shooting at Pullman Yards in Kirkwood on Dec. 4 and run through Jan. 29, according to a notice from IATSE 479, a local union representing a bulk of crew members in the area.

Fox itself has not officially announced when the next season will air and has not provided any details on who the host or judges will be. The 17th season, which aired last year, was hosted by Cat Deeley for a 16th time and featured judges “SYTYCD” vet Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Internet sensation JoJo Siwa; and actor Matthew Morrison, with Leah Remini subbing in partway through.

UPDATE; On Tuesday, December 5, Fox made its official announcement regarding season 18 with pro dancers Allison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy joining Nigel Lythgoe as judges. Deeley will host again as well. The show will feature more behind-the-scenes documentary videos of the dancers’ journeys. The format will shift a bit and include dance challenges that reflect some real life jobs like performing in a music video or a football halftime show. The winner will pocket $100,000. Holker is the wife of the late Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who was a former dancer and judge on the show.

The network has shot two other game shows recently in metro Atlanta: “Lego Masters” hosted by Will Arnett and “Snake Oil” hosted by David Spade.

“So You Think You Can Dance” was about to shoot season 17 in 2020 when the pandemic hit. It finally came back in 2022 but with new judges and an entirely pre-taped set up that cut viewers out of the voting. It appears Fox will again pre-taped the entire season where the studio audience will do the voting and not those watching on TV.

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