7 Reasons 'So You Think You Can Dance' Should Be On Your Summer Must-Watch List

Summer is notoriously not a great time for television. Most of the biggest shows wrapped their seasons in April and May and won’t return until the fall. Are you destined to re-watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt until October? That wouldn’t be the worst option (I LOVE Kimmy), but there are still shows to follow week to week. One of my favorites? So You Think You Can Dance. The original dancing reality competition show just premiered season 12, and it’s perfect while Dancing With the Stars is on hiatus. In fact, it’s better. These unknown dancers are the most talented in the country, looking for their big break. Still not convinced? Check out these reasons to set the DVR on Mondays at 8.

1. The dancers go on to do big things.

2. It’s perfect for watching at the gym or while working out.

3. All the feels.

Dancing expresses every kind of emotion, so it’s not rare to go from a feel good, high energy routine to the judges sobbing. Some of the best routines in SYTYCD history are tear-jerkers. Just check out Neil and Lacey’s contemporary from season 3, about a woman’s reunion with her father in heaven. Gets me every time. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvK4N2I9w3E&w=640&h=360]

4. Season 12 has a twist.

5. It covers every style of dance.

Ballroom, Bollywood, Broadway, tap, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, breakdancing, popping…this show has everything. This season might be Stage vs. Street, but a well-rounded dancer finds they can sell anything. Case in point? Ballet dancer Alex Wong slaying a hip hop routine with all star Twitch. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybm0bJlWUzs&w=640&h=360]

6. You’ll get ideas for your next dance routine.

7. Host Cat Deeley is beyond adorable.

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