OMG. Nigel Lythgoe just tweeted a new rule change for So You Think You Can Dance Season 7:
@dizzyfeet: “We are forming a ‘dance-pool’ of your favorite dancers from previous Seasons to act as partners for this year’s top 10.”
” will be naming the “All-Star Pool, ” one by one, across the next couple of weeks. They will be chosen from all 6 Seasons..”
“Only the competitors will be judged not the “All-Stars.”. America votes for their favorite and one of the bottom three dancers will go home.”
So, what does this mean? Will the alums compete with the contestants, or just mentor them? Check out the rest of the SYTYCD format changes HERE.
ETA: Wow. So the alums will be performing with the contestants during the competition! I look forward to seeing my favorite dancers back on the SYTYCD stage again, but will viewers be voting for their favorite contestant or their favorite alum? The partners will change every week, so maybe it won’t be so bad.
FOX press release announcing the changes, after the jump…
America’s favorite summer series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, returns for its seventh season with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing, only one dancer eliminated per week and the return of dancers from previous seasons.
This year, the competition is the toughest it has ever been as the judges will pick only 10 dancers (five guys and five girls) – from the thousands that auditioned – to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. During the performance rounds, one finalist will go home weekly. Additionally, the competitors will be partnered each week with a different SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE All-Star dancer – former SYTYCD finalists who are skilled in various styles of dance, including ballroom, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. The All-Star Partners will be announced shortly.
Be sure to tune in to the two-hour Season Seven premiere Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.