So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars for Season 7?

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.

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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.

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49 Comments

  1. WOW, that’s a big change indeed.
    I think he means that they are going to pick previous contestants to partner the top 10 they chose this year.

    It’s kind of an All Star season mixed with a regular one.

    The immediate downside is that people are going to vote much more for the popular partners than for the contestants.

  2. Love love love love love these changes. SO EXCITED about seeing old contestants. I wonder if winners will be allowed back? I wonder if past contestants will be able to choreograph, as well as pair up with current contestants (e.g. Travis, Anya/Pascha, etc.).

  3. Wow I am really excited for the change as well. Favs I want back maybe (Danny, Lacey, Nick, Travis and Kathryn)

  4. I’m excited about the All-Stars part, but only of course if they pick dancers I actually liked. I’ll probably be bitching if they don’t. I’d like to see Katee back.

  5. Okay, I’m all for bringing contestants back, but I don’t want this turning into Dancing with the Stars. Why couldn’t a former dancer just choreograph or mentor couples?? You are frustrating me, Nigel!

  6. Wow, this is just idiotic. How unfair to the current contestants. They will now be overshadowed by the previous ones. I know the fall season was a mistake, but these changes are over-the-top stupid. Just go back to the format that worked in the first place.

  7. Wow, this is just idiotic. How unfair to the current contestants.

    This is what I think. The contestants who are paired with popular alums will have an advantage. I say bring back the alums to mentor,but NOT to compete on stage with the contestants!

  8. I like it. This will allow me to watch the contestant I need to judge, rather than having to split my focus between two contestants. In the past, i found it hard to vote in the top 10 because a contestant’s success was often dependent on the skill of their other contestant partner. This way, they will all likely get at the very least, solid partners, and I can keep my attention on the dancer I need to vote on.

  9. Maybe that’s the reason Dmitry and Lacey are not on this season of DWTS

  10. Wow, after a few (IMO) exciting changes, here comes the crack-addicted failure mother of them all. Yikes.

    Well, on paper it sounds pretty terrible. I dunno, I’m extremely skeptical of this. It seems stupidly unfair.

  11. I think everyone has their favorite “pros” on DWTS, but folks know to watch and vote for the star, not the pro. I’d like to think that the same would be true on SYTYCD. I think it’ll be a good change.

    I agree w/42istheanswer: now I can just focus on one contestant w/o having to split focus.

  12. I think this baby just jumped the shark. We’ll know who the favorites are very quickly now.

  13. I doubt this is the reason Dmitry and Lacey aren’t on DWTS this season. Besides, DWTS gives them more face time anyway.

    I do think it’s a bit unfair in that as said, people paired with popular all-stars will get more votes. I guess I’m just more excited to see who they will bring back. Execept knowing how much I tend to disagree with Nigel, I’m sure I’ll be seemingly forced to watch the Kayla hour, or some other such BS.

  14. Maybe that’s the reason Dmitry and Lacey are not on this season of DWTS

    I don’t think Lacey and Dmitry quited DWTS to do the same work on a show that isn’t as popular. DWTS wanted to reduce the number of people competing and these two didn’t make the cut.
    But it does let them free to come back to SYTYCD this summer.

    The question of who they are bringing back is now crucial for the success of the show. The problem is that several past contestants may not be at the same peak level they were at the time and those who have had the most success post show may not accept the offer.
    I think the selection will be heavy on S6 and S5 alumnis.

  15. Do we know the contestant will have the same partner every week, DWTS-style? That seems unfair, for all the reasons previously discussed. But, if the partner changes every week, then it makes sense (like, if you get “stuck” with a Broadway routine, for example, your partner will be a Broadway expert). The “all star” is tied to the style, not the contestant.

    Seems to me that that is the best of all worlds – the “all star” is both a partner AND a mentor, all the while keeping the competition fair.

    At least, I hope that’s how it’ll work. I fully admit that I’d vote for a lackluster competitor if it means more Jakob Karr or Neil Haskell on my TV (to use two random names, not that I loved either one or anything).

  16. That’s kind of what I fear–that it will be all like S5 and S6 folks, who I didn’t care for the first time.

    As for Lacey, this is all speculation, but I think part of the reason that she’s not on DWTS this season is just that she’s more difficult to pair than some of their other regular female pros. Not saying she’ll never be back, but in a season with less celebs, can anybody really see her being paired with the likes of Buzz Aldrin? She’s not exactly an easy personality to match up.

  17. It becomes too similar to DWTS and I dislike that show immensely. At most, there should be one episode near the end of the competition where they pair up with the current dancers—it must be at a point where a contestant has been able to establish their own fan base first. I could see SYTYCD spending some time focusing on what past dancers have done since they left the show and having more guest dance appearances to give them screen time. But I have to say I hate the idea of old dancers involved in the actual competition in any way but choreography.

  18. The partners will change every week, so maybe not so unfair. But still–the change has the whiff of desperation to me. We’ll see how it pans out.

    I just posted a snip of the FOX press release above.

  19. It sounds like they are trying to be more like DWTS. I think I’d prefer it remain distinct. But I guess the falling ratings forced their hand.

  20. But still–the change has the whiff of desperation to me.

    To me, too. But why are they desperate?

  21. I am a casual SYTYCD fan, and I think this change is lame. The old format had a really interesting narrative around good dancers either working together to create something special or working alone to overcome a weak link in their partner.

    Without that, this is just another boring reality show.

  22. Even though its unfair ,as a viewer,I’m excited.That’s what AI S9 should have done

    I don’t follow – do you mean AI alumni should come back to sing with current idols, because that would be the parallel.

  23. I’m pretty sure this is going to suck! As much as I love the old contestants, I love falling in love with new people every summer. It’s new and exciting! Can you imagine watching someone you don’t know dance with say Pasha and ACTUALLLY watching the new person and not Pasha??? I can’t!

  24. To me, too. But why are they desperate?

    The ratings were bad last season and declining since season 5.
    IMO, season 5 didn’t have good enough contestants and season 6 was completely screwed over by the calendar and changes but the fact remains that they are probably kept on a short leash.

    I am a casual SYTYCD fan, and I think this change is lame. The old format had a really interesting narrative around good dancers either working together to create something special or working alone to overcome a weak link in their partner.

    IA, the biggest appeal for me was to see new chemistry and partnerships develop.

  25. I am ludicrously resistant to change in my favorite shows, but I really like this. It’s just too bad they couldn’t do it with more new contestants. I guess it would take too long. But I want to see Mark and Janette and Brandon and Jakob and… Could be a lot of fun. :)

  26. But, if the partner changes every week, then it makes sense (like, if you get “stuck” with a Broadway routine, for example, your partner will be a Broadway expert). The “all star” is tied to the style, not the contestant.

    If they do it this way it might actually work.
    And say what you will, at least weak dancers won’t be riding popular dancers coat tails.

    Can you imagine watching someone you don’t know dance with say Pasha and ACTUALLLY watching the new person and not Pasha??? I can’t!

    That’s why they make DVR’s :)

  27. I like this! I hope it isn’t like this going forward, but I think you need to keep things interesting. It’s like Survivor. They do all-stars and they did a fan vs. favorite one, which is what this is like. it makes perfect sense to bring back popular contestants- you know what you get from them.

    Now, I just wonder if there will be 10 past contestants competing or more. Who will they choose?

  28. Unfair? Not if the focus is on the contestant. Previously, when an assistant had to step in and dance with a contestant (due to partner injury), as soon as the dance was over, the assistant left the stage and the contestant went to the judges. This is exactly how they should handle the All Stars. I would be surprised if they didn’t do this.

    Actually, I think it is more fair. Partners will change each week and they will always have a strong partner to dance with. Previouly some dancers would ride their partners coattails or get pulled down by a lesser partner. Now they are all paired with someone good so it levels the playing field.

    I have to say, I really like this change.

  29. Can you imagine watching someone you don’t know dance with say Pasha and ACTUALLLY watching the new person and not Pasha??? I can’t!

    That’s why they make DVR’s :)

    Of course, then you have to replay it before you vote, during the two-hour window! … Because, honestly, you will *not* have seen the current contestant, if she’s dancing with Pasha!

  30. Who do you think they will bring back? I think it would make sense to try to bring back people of differing genres, so we would need: hip hop, 2 ballroom, contemporary, broadway… What else? Jazz? Latin?

  31. There are logical ways to make this work well, but knowing Nigel & Co., they won’t be logical & the season will be a complete fail.

    I’m reserving judgement until the All-Star dancers are announced. I’m sure we’ll see Kayla again, and maybe a combo of ballroom from Janette, Lacey, Pasha, & Dmitry. What I’m curious about is if they will choose the All-Stars only from the top 4 of each season, or if they’re considering all of the top 20 from each season – cause lord knows there have been some producer faves eliminated before the finales over the years.

    I think I’ll put together my dream cast & my nightmare cast later. Haha. :)

  32. This is an interesting development. It could be a good thing….hopefully. heh

  33. I bet part of the impetus for these changes was the way Nathan / Molly foundered mid-season last fall. It was a partnership in which neither could grow. Molly survived afterwards, and did some great work with other partners, but bloomed too late.

    Then you have partnerships like Jeanine / Phillip from last summer. Phillip was like a chain around Jeanine constantly dragging her down into the bottom three. Of course, Jeanine went on to win – but it took stellar performances in all four of her final dances to do it.

    This really evens out the playing field as far as partners go.

    They will have to be careful who they bring back. There are folks I would love to see (Benji, Jakob, Mark) who would have too much star power for this partnering job. I mean, I don’t care who you put on stage with Jakob – but my eye is going to go to Jakob (even when he was in the back row of dancers on the Oscars). Who wants to be compared to that?

  34. ITA TopCat. I immediately thought of how this format would have benefited Nathan and/or Mollee. Personally, i can’t wait to see how this all plays out. It appears well thought out so far, let’s hope it is well executed.

  35. Somehow this reminds me of Dancing with the stars, doesn’t it? When the “star” is a relative unknown and dancing with one of those DTWS veterans.

  36. I wouldn’t mind seeing Evan, Ivan or Comfort again. Still not sure if these changes will hurt or help the show, though.

  37. So does this mean that people will pick out what all-star they are working with and that dictates what kind of dance they get? Like, will anyone who gets Pasha have to do ballroom? Or will people pick their experts and then be assigned a random dance, like someone doing jazz with Comfort? I would hate the first format because that would mean no specialty dances like Bollywood that people don’t specialize in.

  38. I don’t know if the changes will make any differences at all. The first year I watched SYTYCD I really enjoyed it. That was the year that Josh won. The next next year SYTYCD Canada came out and that ruined me for the US version. The Canadian show is so much edgier and better. I hope they aren’t changing their rules. I think the problem with the US show was they were like AI. They weren’t looking for the best dancers. They were looking for a mix of people to compete on a reality show. Canada just picks the best dancers that they find.

  39. I’m looking forward to seeing who they bring back. Hopefully, this will re-energize the show. I also hope they go back to the rotating judges – at least the third one. If we could just do without Kayla…..

  40. I agree with GreenHippo; too much like the DWTS format- but I’ll be happy to see the alum dancers.

  41. Yes, it is like DWTS format with a little American Idol thrown in with the Bottom 3 on Results night. I am pretty sure they will not bring back Lacey, Dmitry, and Chelsie. As established professionals with DWTS, that wouldn’t be fair.

    I hope the rotating judges panel will be on again. This does sound interesting!

  42. Dude, if Jakob comes back I’m going to die. lol Billy Bell and Jakob in the same season would be perfect.

  43. I’m reserving judgement until the All-Star dancers are announced.

    Ditto. I mean, if they brought back Travis, Mark, and Jakob as All Stars, I wouldn’t give a crap if this season’s cast sucks hairy monkey balls. It would be the trifecta of holy CRAP! OMG! and I’d be there with bells on. Oh, and Neil and Danny would rock, too. And Natalie and Jeanine. And Ivan, Joshua, Hok and Ryan Conferido for hip hop. And Lacey, Dmitri and Pasha for ballroom. But if it’s people the judges loved and I didn’t like Benji and Russell and Twitch and Sabra and Heidi and Lauren, meh. I wonder if this is why Lacey and Dreamy aren’t on DWTS this season. Ten to one they are two of the All Stars.

  44. Well, since this was my prediction (as posted on this board) several days ago that the contestants would pair up with “pros” or past contestants, I think I get to wear the BIG GOLD STAR!!! Sometimes clues are so obvious that they tend to get lost in the shuffle. I feel pretty good at this point.

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