[02/21/06 - 12:00 AM]
So You Think You Can Dance Talent Search Begins

[via press release from FOX]



Last summer's smash hit, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, will begin another search for the ultimate dancer beginning Thursday, March 2, in New York City. The best undiscovered dancing talent the U.S. has to offer will endure a grueling 12-week competition to become America's No. 1 dancer. If you think the AMERICAN IDOL competition is tough, you haven't seen anything yet! Some contestants will collapse under the pressure, others will reveal their two left feet and one will dance his or her way into America's heart. The series, produced by 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions, will have its second season premiere Thursday, May 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finished Summer 2005 ranked as the No. 1 program in its time period among Adults 18-49, Total Viewers, Adults 18-34 and Teens. Season one winner Nick Lazzarini and runner-up Melody Lacayanga are currently part of Mark Meismer's professional dance company, Evolution, which is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

With Lauren Sanchez expected to give birth during the run of production, Cat Deeley, one of the leading television hosts in the UK, has been named to host the second season of the hit series. Deeley has won many awards for her work on "CD: UK Live," on which she has appeared for the last six years; her three years on "SM: TV Live"; and many shows for the MTV UK, BBC and ITV networks.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will hold casting calls in New York on Thursday, March 2; in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 9; and in Chicago on Friday, March 24. Casting is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the U.S.; participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.

Additional cities will be added. More information will be available at fox.com.

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

About 19 Entertainment
19 Entertainment, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), was founded by Simon Fuller 21 years ago and acquired by CKX in March 2005. The company is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music-based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands." Fuller, who serves as Chief Executive Officer of 19 Entertainment, is the creator of AMERICAN IDOL in the United States, "Pop Idol" in the UK, as well as versions of the IDOL format in more than 30 countries around the world. Fuller has made music history in the UK and the U.S., producing a stream of No. 1 hits and managing multi-platinum-selling acts. He recently became the world's most successful manager � breaking a record set by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s � when three of his artists occupied the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions on the U.S. single chart as well as the No. 1 position on the album chart. 19 Entertainment has been involved in the creation of 109 No. 1 singles and 87 No. 1 albums in the UK alone, with an impressive tally of 296 Top-40 albums and 465 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," the "Academy of Country Music Awards" and the recent "Disney's American Teacher 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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