When So You Think You Can Dance season 9 begins on May 24, there will be some changes. There will, of course, be plenty of insanely good dancing. That's a given. But the format of So You Think You Can Dance will be very different.
The biggest and most important of the changes is in scheduling. Instead of airing twice a week -- one performance show and one results show -- So You Think You Can Dance
season 9 will have a single, two-hour episode. The performances and the results will all happen in that space of time.How will this work?
There won't be any eliminations in the first week of competition: The dancers will perform and the audience will vote for their favorites. In the second week of competition, all of the competitors will dance again. However, after each performance, the dancers will be told whether or not they are in the bottom three for the week.
Those dancers who are in the bottom three will have to face the decisions of the judges. Based on two weeks' performances, those judges will make their picks for eliminations. Solo dances -- a dance-for-your-life staple in past seasons -- will only occur when the judges feel it is necessary.Two Winners?
Apparently, there has been some criticism about judging male dancers vs. female dancers. In order to avoid this in So You Think You Can Dance
season 9, the show will end up with not one but two winning dancers. That way, there will necessarily be one male and one female dancer taking the top prize.
Considering that, in the early weeks of competition, the eliminated dancers are always one male and one female, this should not make a big difference to the overall demographics of So You Think You Can Dance
Many of the showpieces featured in past SYTYCD
seasons will be back, although possibly in an abbreviated form. Group dances, judge commentary and guest judges will all feature in season 9.
What do you think about the changes to So You Think You Can Dance
season 9? Will they make the show better or worse? Leave your comments below![Source: TVLine]
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