The love-hate relationship with this phase is evident throughout. Sometimes, we even question why they air it, or why so much time is spent on the total hacks.
But just the same, it's great to see So You Think You Can Dance, Fox's summer reality TV hit, back in full effect.
Kicking off in New York, the familiar faces are back - Cat Deeley handling hosting duties, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judges table - and in the season premiere, they had quite a turnout in New York City.
In the end, performers from a variety of disciplines, and with a wide array of abilities, made their debuts last night.
Get the full rundown to the good, bad, hilarious and ugly from the Scoop in our episode recap of So You Think You Can Dance ...