So You Think You Can Dance: Paula Abdul Says Yes, Nigel Says Season 5 Lacked Charisma, Season 6 to End with a Top 6

Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet tweeted a couple of fun factoids today. Paula Abdul says yes:

I saw Paula @ the “Power of Women” event yesterday. I asked her to come on SYTYCD again and she said she would. I hope she means it ?

If she’s got no other gigs, she’ll do it.

Nigel and his new Dizzy Feet Foundation, created to provide underprivileged kids with dance training, are planning a big fundraiser in LA:

The Dizzy Feet Foundation donated $20, 000 for 2 scholarships to the Alvin Ailey school yesterday. I am proud to be part of this orginization

We are producing a big show at the Kodak Theater on the 28th Nov. For the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Incredible stars have agreed to participate.

The show will not be televised. Tickets will be onsale Info nearer the date on All proceeds will fund scholarships.

This is a bit of old news, but still interesting. Nigel dissed the Season 5 Top 20 in a press conference a couple of weeks ago.

Last season I wasn’t too happy with their charisma. I would like to bring personality with talent: I’ll be trying to instill that. You can never guarantee what the dancers are going to do, you can never guarantee that they’re not going to get stage fright. It depends on them.

With the addition of Adam Shankman as the third permanent judge to the panel, will there still be weekly guest judges? Nigel has said on more than one occasion that 4 judges is too many. The answer seems to be, “occasionally”.

It’s difficult to put them in as judges because I want them choreographing. And I still want Paula Abdul to pop in, and Jennifer Lopez has said how much she loves the program. We tried it with Ellen [DeGeneres], it was very successful. I just don’t want four judges every week. When available, when possible, they will judge. We sometimes have six and seven judges, but normally in a place where I can edit and keep everything tight. The only reason I don’t like that many is that it goes on and it waffles.

And lastly, a little publicized fact: The final will have a Top 6 instead of a Top 4 due to time constraints:

Because of scheduling issues, the season finale episode will feature the Top 6, instead of the usual Top 4. This was to avoid starting with a “Top 18”. By my estimations, this would put the finale on December 16, 2009.

I had my own concerns about the final bleeding into Christmas week. Looks like Nigel did too.

There will also be a special show to introduce the Top 20. Read more about it HERE.

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