How to watch So You Think You Can Dance Season 16 online

The new season of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) is finally here! Season 17 is set to premiere on May 18 at 9 PM EST (6 PM PST). It has been quite some wait for fans of the show which last aired in 2019. There’ll be a new episode every Wednesday night, with the series expected to end sometime in August. Below, we’ll let you know what to expect from the upcoming season and explain how to live stream every episode of So You Think You Can Dance online.

You should note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. Although popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance are often available on shady streaming sites, we strongly recommend avoiding these. To start with, they often only provide laggy, low-resolution video. Further, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to watch every episode as streams can be taken offline at any time for copyright violation. It’s easy to watch this show online anyway, so there’s no need to use unauthorized sources.

So You Think You Can Dance season 17 is only airing on region-locked platforms. A VPN is required to continue watching while traveling abroad.

How to watch So You Think You Can Dance season 17 online

New to VPNs and not sure how to get started? Don’t worry: unblocking geo-restricted streaming services is actually quite simple. Follow the steps below to live stream So You Think You Can Dance abroad.

Here’s how to watch So You Think You Can Dance season 17 online using a VPN:

  1. Start by signing up for a VPN. We particularly recommend NordVPN although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are fantastic low-cost alternatives.
  2. Install the VPN software, taking care to get the appropriate version for your device.
  3. Connect to a US server. This show will be broadcast nationwide, so the city your server is in doesn’t matter.
  4. Try playing a video on Tubi or Fox Now. It should load without any issues but if you still see an error, try clearing your cookies and cache, then refreshing the page.

So You Think You Can Dance will be broadcast live, so we recommend that you run through the steps above before it’s due to air. This way, if you experience any problems, you’ll still have time to contact your VPN’s customer support team for help, and might not have to miss the start of the episode.

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How to stream So You Think You Can Dance season 17 online in the US

So You Think You Can Dance season 17 will air on FOX as well as its free streaming platform, Tubi. Luckily, this makes it simple to watch the show online. If you have cable TV, you can just sign in with your provider details and start streaming via the Fox website or Fox Now app at no added cost. Otherwise, Tubi content is free to watch. In fact, you don’t even need to sign up for an account.

It’s also possible to watch FOX via the following TV streaming services: FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. Some of these services comes with a free trial. Of these options, Sling TV is the least expensive way at $35 USD per month; just make sure to choose the Blue package as it’s the only one that includes FOX. New episodes will also be added to Hulu’s on-demand library shortly after airing. Hulu’s base subscription is far less expensive at just $6.99 per month.

All of the above options are region-locked which means that if you travel outside the US, you’ll need a VPN to stream their content. This requires connecting to a server in the US and getting a US IP address.

Can I watch old seasons of So You Think You Can Dance online?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to stream previous seasons of SYTYCD online. Hulu makes each series available on-demand but removes older episodes when a new season begins. You can, however, find short clips and highlights on the official So You Think You Can Dance YouTube channel.

How does this show work?

If you’ve ever seen a TV talent show, you’ll have a good idea of how this show works. Contestants first attend an open audition, where they showcase their skills in front of the judges. If a majority of judges think they’re good enough, the dancer then progresses to the next stage. They can also choose to send them directly to the second round; this is called giving them a “ticket to the Academy”.

The second stage (Academy Week) is designed to whittle down the number of dancers from hundreds to around 40. They’re put through a series of challenges designed to assess their ability to adapt to different styles, perform under pressure, and dance in a group.

Stage three is where the competition really begins. The remaining dancers are paired off and asked to perform every week, sometimes twice. The viewers can then vote for the couple they feel was the best, with the two lowest-scoring participants being eliminated. This continues for around eight weeks, until only two dancers remain.

What do we know about So You Think You Can Dance season 17?

So You Think You Can Dance last aired in September 2019. While season 17 was originally due to air in mid-2020, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, Cat Deeley will return as host, a role she has held for sixteen consecutive seasons. However, this season’s judging panel will be entirely different and will consist of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, JoJo Siwa, and Matthew Morrison.

Dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 can submit their auditions online and, if selected, can then attend an audition in New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans. Those who progress are invited to the new So You Think You Can Dance Studio in Hollywood as they try to win a spot as a final contestant. This is outfitted with some 120 cameras, allowing dance movements to be “frozen” for in-depth study.