So You Think You Can Dance Rule Change #3

This morning, Nigel Lythgoe tweeted the 3rd rule change for the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance.  Here is the change that was supposed to shock us.

@dizzyfeet This Season will not have a top 20. The pieces are falling into place. More tomorrow.

Rule change #2: Another rule change for SYTYCD this coming Season. The partners will change every single week.

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Rule change #1: First rule change. Only one dancer will leave the competition each week and not two. Many more changes to come by the end of this week.

Did the new rule shock you? It didn’t shock me. If the show only kicks off one dancer a week, there’s no time for a Top 20…

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14 Comments

  1. Wow, I’m shocked!!! Not. Nigel is so lame with his “the pieces are falling into place”.

  2. Yep, really shocking. heh It makes sense not to have a top 20 if we are only going to lose 1 contestant per week.

  3. Last season it seemed like the episodes featuring audition cities and Vegas week went on forever. Maybe not. But there were only 8 performance shows rather than the usual 9 because they ended with Top 6 – I think due to all of the conflicts with MLB.

    They could certainly cut out several audition/Vegas episodes and keep more dancers, but if they don’t, then I don’t see how they could have more than 12 dancers competing.

    Honestly, I never really voted until Top 10 anyway because the judges always had input up until this point anyway.

  4. I hope Lythgoe doesn’t screw it up too much. If he does he could mess with the “chemistry” factor of popular couples as they work their way through the weekly routines. This is how favorites are born and it’s what keeps people watching. If you keep switching pairings every week it may become disjointed and meandering. It also showcases those who can really master different types of dance instead of losing that with partners that lack that chemistry and cohesion. Just my thoughts.

    Also, someone else said it, “if it ain’t broke….”. I think a few new tweaks here and there and good, but when you alter the foundation you risk alienating loyal viewers. I know last fall’s shows were kind of a mess and the ratings dipped, but I think it was just too soon after the summer competition and there were too many scheduling and reality show conflicts. It felt rushed and hurried all season.

    It belongs in the summer, I think it will rebound this year if Nigel doesn’t shred it too far from what makes it unique and entertaining. I hope so.

  5. Nigel’s definition of “shocking” and mine of “ho-hum” appear to be the same thing. ;)

  6. The only thing that was wrong with SYTYCD was they tried do to back to back seasons. This show should be like Idol and only play once a year, that way you anticipate it, just like AI.

  7. Hey Nigel, way to go, fixing something that isn’t broken. When will these shows learn that the key to an exciting season isn’t about new twists or shocking changes, but rather just getting spectacular contestants?

  8. If only one is leaving each week, wouldn’t that leave an uneven number? What happens to the odd man out? Okay, what am I missing here?

  9. Nigel’s definition of “shocking” and mine of “ho-hum” appear to be the same thing. ;)

    Mine too. LOL

    If he does he could mess with the “chemistry” factor of popular couples as they work their way through the weekly routines. This is how favorites are born and it’s what keeps people watching. If you keep switching pairings every week it may become disjointed and meandering.

    I disagree. I personally hate the couples being ball-n-chained to each other until Top 10. I never thought it was fair to the dancers who lost their partner. I’m all for go back to being random like they did in Season 1. My favorite is the person who has the greatest versatility and has great chemistry with all their different partners, not a couple. Obviously YMMV.

  10. sammy:
    03/26/2010 at 4:29 pm
    If only one is leaving each week, wouldn’t that leave an uneven number? What happens to the odd man out? Okay, what am I missing here?

    I thought the same thing. Also, what if the person going home two or three weeks in a row are the same gender. This does NOT sound right.

    Also, I hope they won’t have the third judge be permanent. I like a variety of judges.

  11. sammy:
    03/26/2010 at 4:29 pm
    If only one is leaving each week, wouldn’t that leave an uneven number? What happens to the odd man out? Okay, what am I missing here?

    I thought the same thing. Also, what if the person going home two or three weeks in a row are the same gender. This does NOT sound right.
    Also, I hope they won’t have the third judge be permanent. I like a variety of judges.

    There are 2 possibilities I can think of:
    1 – Rather than 2 people always dancing together there could be performances of 1, 2, 3, or more dancers; and they could be any gender combination. Think of the showcase episode in which Ryan and the 2 girls danced ballroom together, or the three tappers were together, or the Top 4 girls (or guys) performing.
    2 – The highest vote getter gets a bye for the next week. We’ve already seen a person not dancing due to injury move on to the next week by voting. I’m not sure why a dancer would want to do this though.

    I’d rather have the best dancers move on each week, regardless of gender. So if the Top 10 were 8 guys and 2 girls (or visa versa) it wouldn’t bother me. And I think it could really inspire the choreographers.

    I’d rather swap out Mary and/or Nigel rather than Adam. Nigel would be the first to go.

  12. MJ did not get the real 3rd rule change. Nigel was simply stating the obvious corollary to only one person booted per week – you cannot begin with a Top 20.

    Here is the real 3rd Rule:
    CHANGE-The competitors will no longer choose their genres of dance. I’ll explain everything before the SYTYCD Press Conference on Monday!

  13. Hey Nigel, way to go, fixing something that isn’t broken. When will these shows learn that the key to an exciting season isn’t about new twists or shocking changes, but rather just getting spectacular contestants?

    “bjames” – You are SO right!. All this tinkering Hollywood execs think is necessary to keep interest up. WRONG! What loses the audience is a degradation in product (see AI now with mostly lousy singers).

  14. Nigel certainly has some “splainin'” to do by Monday. If he is only going to send one home per week, that would seem to leave an odd person out for pairing every other week.

    They had better at least alternate which gender is eliminated each week or it could get awkward trying to set up pairs.

    Also, by my math, he would need to begin with a TOP 12 to maintain the season at the same length as S5 was last summer. However, they might be extending the season since there are more weeks in August and the first week in Sep before Labor Day. So, they might go as high as a Top 16 and fit it in.

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