If you watched this week’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance you will have noticed a major change in the shows format.
Instead of doing the eliminations at the end of the performance show to give the dancers a second chance to impress the judges or in on an entirely separate show the next night, they did the eliminations at the beginning.
On top of that, the two dancers who are eliminated still need to perform during the show for their last hurrah…and you know, to not let their partners down (if that is the case).
As a fan of the show, I was definitely not impressed with this change and I’m not alone.
The hot tamale herself, Mary Murphy, wrote on her blog with In Touch Weekly that she is not a fan of the new format, “My Twitter followers blew up my account, sounding off on how they didn’t like the new format change - and I’m not so sure I like it myself.”
“I think it is very difficult to start a show with losing two people and then have them dance with their partner later on in the night. It’s a little bit awkward,” Mary continued in her blog post. “Not only that, you are left wondering if the dancer who is eliminated could have a spectacular night.”
This, of course, is the most devastating part of the early elimination.
Take this week’s episode for example: contemporary dancer Carlos Garland and his hip hop partner, Mariah Spears, had one of – if not the – best dance of the night doing a contemporary number from Stacey Tookey.
Alas, Carlos was one of the two dancers who was eliminated at the beginning of the show.
Mary touched upon Carlos in her blog saying, “out of all the solos, Carlos’ was definitely the best. I was devastated to see them go.”
Can social media save the day and give us the old format back? Mary thinks so.
“It would be very easy to change the format back I would think. If there is enough out-cry on social media, maybe we can bring it back!”
So You Think You Can Dance airs on Tuesday nights at 8 PM on Fox (or CTV for those in Canada).
What are your thoughts on the new format?