Shannon Holtzapffel pictured during the SYTYCD auditions.
Shannon Holtzapffel pictured during the SYTYCD auditions. Network Ten.

Shannon to show off his moves on So You Think You Can Dance

SO YOU Think You Can Dance's Shannon Holtzapffel is still adjusting to being the hot young thing on the show's judging panel.

Female dancers swooned over the Holland-born, Brisbane-raised dancer and choreographer during the auditions for the show's revamped return to Channel 10.

"I haven't felt it firsthand, except for of course in audition process when a few comments are thrown your way, but I'm yet to understand that label," he told APN.

But things are about to heat up with Holtzapffel joining the remaining Top 18 dancers in tonight's live show to perform a routine to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.

He's the first of the show's four judges to perform with the finalists in a group dance routine and if the performance is anything like Thicke's steamy music video for the song then Holtzapffel is about to seal his sex symbol status.

Now based in Los Angeles, Holtzapffel was busy working in between filming the SYTYCD auditions and returning to Australia for the live shows.

Holtzapffel with his fellow SYTYCD judges Jason Gilkison, Paula Abdul and Aaron Cash.
Holtzapffel with his fellow SYTYCD judges Jason Gilkison, Paula Abdul and Aaron Cash. Network Ten

"I shot a couple of commercials, one was for the Super Bowl, and then I went back on the road with Christina Aguilera," he said.

"Sometimes I have a fear of missing out, FOMO, but I couldn't be more happy being back on an Australian show and being involved with So You Think You Can Dance."

Fans may remember Holtzapffel's involvement as a guest choreographer in the previous Australian series, which aired on Ten from 2008 to 2010.

The 29-year-old had the opportunity to audition for the show but instead decided to go into choreography and was eventual cast as a backup dancer for Michael Jackson's ill-fated This Is It Tour.

"I wasn't a competitive dancer," he said.

"I knew what I had to do for myself. I didn't want to be a star or anything. I knew I wanted to be on the best jobs as possible."

He has gone on to work with Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Kylie Minogue.

He said the new SYTYCD series has unearthed the best dancing talent in the country to date.

"With all respect to standard set before, this is the best series Australia has had without a doubt," he said.

"The bar has been raised again. There's a lot more daring and risk in the vocabulary of dance steps. It's not as predictable as what you've seen before. I felt like you knew what the dancers were all about in past seasons."

So You Think You Can Dance Australia airs tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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