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[08/23/05 - 12:00 AM]
First Viewer Vote on "So You Think You Can Dance" Tops "American Idol" Season One Voting Premiere

[via press release from FOX]

FIRST VIEWER VOTE ON "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" TOPS "AMERICAN IDOL" SEASON ONE VOTING PREMIERE

Over 3 Million Votes Cast in Dance Competition

The first performance show of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Wednesday, Aug. 17, logged a record number of telephone votes for a voting premiere. Over 3 million votes were cast, topping the call record of the first AMERICAN IDOL, and making this the highest number of votes for the first episode of any competition series in TV history. The 16 dance finalists performed for America and the bottom six contestants, as chosen by the show's panel of judges, were revealed: Michelle Brooke, Artem Chigvinsev, Sandra Colton, Allan Frias, Jonnis and Snow Urbin. The two contestants with the fewest viewer votes will be eliminated on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday, Aug. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

America's vote will be revealed during a 30-minute results show, to be followed by 90 minutes of performances by the 14 remaining finalists in a two-hour evening of dance. The panel of choreographer/judges (Nigel Lythgoe, Brian Friedman, Mary Murphy and Dan Karaty) will choose the bottom three couples, who will battle it out as individuals in a timed freestyle. At the completion of the show, the phone lines will open and voters again will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite contestants.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 TV Ltd. and dick clark productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Allen Shapiro.

Go to www.fox.com/dance for all of your SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE news. Check out the photos of your favorite contestants, along with special, behind-the-scenes information on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

About 19 Entertainment
19 Entertainment, which was recently acquired by CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music-based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands." 19 has attracted a unique collection of expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, music, film, merchandising, music publishing, recording, artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. To date, 19 has been involved in the creation of 106 No. 1 singles and 83 No. 1 albums, with an impressive tally of 281 Top 40 albums and 430 Top 40 singles.

About dick clark productions
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such perennial hits as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," "The American Music Awards," the "Golden Globe Awards," the "Bloopers" specials and series, the "Daytime Emmy Awards" and the "Academy of Country Music Awards," among others. The Company also is a leading creator of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to integrated marketing programs for major corporations.





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· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (FOX)





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