So You Think You Think You Can Dance – Nigel Lythgoe Defends Results Twist

Last night’s So You Think You Can Dance featured a twist. The results were revealed at the top of the show, and the eliminated dancers HAD TO PERFORM anyway! What made the situation even more awkward, both contestants, Carlos Garland and Brittany Cherry were paired up with dancers who weren’t going home. Basically, dancers still in the game had to rely on the professionalism and emotional toughness of dancers who have just heard pretty terrible news.

The SYTYCD twitterverse pretty much EXPLODED as fans voiced their displeasure with the so-called “twist.” Executive producer, and judge, Nigel Lythgoe became immediately defensive…and confusing.

Oh Nigel. You base your decisions on who to eliminate (At this point in the competition, fan votes determine the bottom 6. The judges decide who goes home) on whatever is convenient at the time.

Yes, Brittany and Carlos took the stage after their eliminations with grace and class. But as we have seen from American Idol and other competition reality shows, every competitor has a different reaction when they are cut loose. These dancers, in many cases are ONLY TEENAGERS. It’s a lot to expect them to keep it together at all times.

No. Eliminations at the top of the show are way worse. It sets a negative and cruel tone.

Uhm. What? Of course they are subjective. What’s your point? You can announce the bottom 3 girls/guys at the top of the show, but save the elimination for the end.

Nigel. Are you losing your mind? You ARE a judge, AND the executive producer! Of course you have the final say. Just own up to the fact that your little twist was a bomb. Fix it and move on.

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