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Just last night, the subject of So You Think You Can Dance came up at my house after watching former contestant Mark Kanemura dancing with Lady Gaga during her performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve. And what do you know? By pure coincidence, today there’s some very interesting news on the subject of Fox’s summer dance competition series.
Much in the way other TV talent competitions work, So You Think You Can Dance normally features a performance episode and a results episode each week during the final portion of the series, however it looks like that’s about to change. TV Line caught the news, which Nigel Lythgoe tweeted, stating:
#FOX have cancelled the results show so I will have to change the format of #SYTYCD. At least we have another season at the end of MAY.
It might be safe to assume Fox is looking to make some room on the schedule without dropping the show entirely, by eliminating one of the two nights SYTYCD occupies. Normally I’d say good riddance to the usually drawn-out, filler-filled results episodes when it comes to these talent competitions, however So You Think You Can Dance’s results episode not only reveals how America voted but, like The X Factor, it includes the system that allows the judges to have the final say, with the lowest vote-earners getting one last chance to “dance for their lives” in an effort to win the chance to make it to the next round. It looks like they’ll have to do away with that and they may have to do away with America voting altogether.
Perhaps the change in format will set it up so that the judges will make their decision the night of, immediately following the performances. Either that, or maybe America will continue to vote and the elimination will take place at the start of each performance episode. A bit unceremonious if that's the case, but there’s nothing like pulling off the bandage quickly, right? Either way, this should probably be filed under bad news for the series. We’ll have t wait and see if Fox makes a more official announcement on their plans and how the elimination process will be handled.