Monday, March 29, 2010

So You Think You Like These Changes? SYTYCD S7 Switches Up

So @dizzyfeet (Nigel Lythgoe) is changing up the format for Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance.

After hinting tweets, the full explanation is out "We are forming a 'dance-pool' of your favorite dancers from previous Seasons to act as partners for this year's top 10." "The dancers will change partners each week picked from an 'All-Star Pool.' Each 'All-star' will be a specialist in specific genres of dance." "Only the competitors will be judged not the "All-Stars.". America votes for their favorite and one of the bottom three dancers will go home.".

So as many people on twitter pointed out, it's Dancing with the Stars now on SYTYCD only the stars are alums.

Not a terrible idea, but my gut reaction is that as much as I love some of the alums and the prospect of seeing Pasha, Neil Haskell, Travis Wall, Dmitry Chaplin, and Mark Kanemura on my TV every week again excites me, the reality is that it will somewhat take away from the new dancers and it won't allow them to forge their own identities, new partnerships as much.

While I do agree some weaker dancers have coasted through until the Top 10 with stronger partners, and if a pairing didn't work from the start, the poor dancers were stuck with them until the Top 10, I'm glad Nigel is trying to change things up.

With hints that it was only going to be a Top 10 though, and only one elimination per week, and new partnerships every week, I was hoping for something more drastic (3somes for Top 9?).

Of course I'm not against the All Stars idea, I just wish it were almost its own complete season. And since I've tabulated my list of ALL (except S1) the dancers from 5 seasons of SYTYCD AND 2 seasons of SYTYCDCanada, you already know who I favour.

But if I had to pick All Stars (albeit, you gotta remember some are actually working), I'd probably want Pasha, Neil (if he's not on Bway), Katee, Ellenore, Legacy, Heidi, Kathryn, Benji, Jeanine, Jakob, or Sabra.

I thought Lacey and Dmitry were busy on DWTS but apparently they are not on the latest season, and I thought Travis Wall had a show on ABC but he just tweeted this so maybe he's in. And yes Zach, I do think Travis is the second coming.

I'd also love to see Mark again but he's still on tour with Lady Gaga.

It's too bad Nigel probably won't be bringing in some of the Canadian dancers since we had some great ones up here.

I'm also going to assume Billy Bell will be back as a sure thing? He'd better be.

I also wish that at least one of the judging spots went back on rotation, and since Mary Murphy is apparently choreographing again, maybe it's going to be her spot?

What does everyone else think?

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Rachel said...

As long as the All-Stars aren't being judged, I think it could be great. I'd love to see some of the former dancers again, but I really don't want to see them compete again. That seems silly to me.

I'm especially happy with the parter-switching, though. Change it up!

Vance said...

All Stars won't be judged but don't you think the Expert/Star's popularity might affect votes for their partnered newbies?

DuchessKitty said...

The all-star's popularity might have an effect on the contestant's votes in a particular week but since the contestants will be switching partners each week I don't think it matters.
I love the idea of the weekly partner switch right from the beginning which is what they did in Season 1.

One thing I want answered is whether the all-star has to choreograph their own piece? I hope it's not a requirement, because while I've enjoyed Travis and Dmitry's choreography, I would sorely miss Sonya, Mandy, Jean-Marc, Shane Sparks and a lot of the other choreographers.
The other thing I'm curious about is whether the dance partners each week will stay remain boy/girl. Will we see ballroom routines choreographed for two men to dance side by side? Inquiring minds...

I fully expect to see Dmitry, Travis, Pasha, Anya, and S3's Lauren because they've been on as choreographers in past seasons. Except for Lauren, who I hate, I'd be okay with any of them returning.
My wishlist includes Ellenore, Jakob, Danny, Joshua, Legacy, and Katee.

DuchessKitty said...

Nigel announced that Twitch is one of the all-stars. A predictable choice, but I'm fine with it.
I am sort of curious about Nigel's wording in his tweet today:

"...representing the various genres of popping, locking, krumping etc. in the all-star dance pool is Twitch".

Does that mean that there will only be one all-star per "genre"? That doesn't make sense but the tweet sort of implies that.

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