Most seasons have featured 20 top finalists for the competition portion of the show, but Season One was represented by a Top 16, Season Seven saw a Top 11, and Season Thirteen employed a Top 10.
Following Vegas Week—-which has, through video vignettes, made many of the dancers increasingly familiar to the audience as it observes their attempts to cope with the challenges of the week-—the judge's panel selects their finalists from the remaining dancers, breaking the good or bad news to each dancer.
The Callbacks are often collectively portrayed as one of the most exhausting and stressful stages of the competition; each successive round sees cuts in which a significant portion of the remaining dancers are eliminated from competition and dancers are given a limited amount of time to adapt to styles they are sometimes wholly unfamiliar with while being physically taxed by the rapid progression of rounds and a limited amount of rest.
At the end of this process, usually less than 40 competitors remain in a pool that final contestants are chosen from.
During its second season, the program remained the No.
1 rated summer show (adults aged 18–49), but it has declined in ratings since.
Since the second season, it has been hosted by former British children's television personality and game show emcee Cat Deeley.The show features a tiered format wherein dancers trained in a variety of dance genres enter open auditions held in a number of major U. cities to showcase their talents and may move forward through successive additional rounds of auditions to test their ability to adapt to different styles.At the end of this process, a small number of dancers are chosen as finalists.PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sophia Bush Sophia will be the head of the festival’s Social Impact Jury.She was joined at the event by Barbara Bush and other guests, who enjoyed a performance by Flo Rida.