New Changes to So You Think You Can Dance’s Seventh Season

America’s favorite summer series, So You Think You Can Dance, returns for its seventh season with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing, only one dancer eliminated per week and the return of dancers from previous seasons.

This year, the competition is the toughest it has ever been as the judges will pick only 10 dancers (five guys and five girls) – from the thousands that auditioned – to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. During the performance rounds, one finalist will go home weekly. Additionally, the competitors will be partnered each week with a different So You Think You Can Dance All-Star dancer – former SYTYCD finalists who are skilled in various styles of dance, including ballroom, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. The All-Star Partners will be announced shortly.

Be sure to tune in to the two-hour Season Seven premiere Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series will inspire and amaze viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer. Last season’s winner, Russell Ferguson, danced off with a $250,000 cash prize, the title of America’s Favorite Dancer and a cover feature in the March issue of Dance Spirit Magazine.

What are your thoughts about these changes? Post them in the comments section below or in the forums. Check back here tomorrow for Nigel’s thoughts and explanations on the Season 7 changes.


61 comments on “New Changes to So You Think You Can Dance’s Seventh Season“

  1. Jenna - wrote:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO DISAPPONTED!!! I am having a really hard time watching this season because of the changes. I think that the producers have made a huge mistake by only allowing half of the incredibly talented contestants to have a shot at their dream. The beauty of this show is watching the dancers learn and grow. I’m glad to see so many other responses voicing the same concerns and I can only hope that the producers realize their mistake in time for season 8. I love the show but I have not enjoyed this season nearly as much as past seasons.

    6/25/2010 3:24 PM UTC

  2. Amanda - wrote:

    I have been watching the show since day one and I have to say I am really disappointed this season. I don’t think bringing all stars back was a bad idea but I do think only have 11 dancers was. I think you should have kept a top 20 and let them grow together until the top ten and then bring in the all stars. I think that would have been a much better way to approach it. Because by the time you get to the top ten they would have grown so much more and would then at that point be ready to dance with the all stars. Plus the fact that all the girls are getting voted off is not good… Thats what keeps my husband watching it with me. I’m sure the girls are the reason alot of guys watch the show. Please change back to a top 20 for season 8!!!!!

    6/27/2010 5:11 PM UTC

  3. Sue - wrote:

    This season has lost the magic of previous seasons. It’s too slow. It’s lost so many of its great choreographers. And there’s only half the drama when only half the dance pair is a contestant. I’m afraid the show is on its way out.

    7/7/2010 5:24 PM UTC

  4. Ruth - wrote:

    Hi – love the new format – i think it has pushed up the standard of dance and competition to the highest level. 20 dancers was good, but really you only get down to the meat and potatoes when you get to 10 – the other 10 are good, maybe, but superfluous to requirements. It also gives the top 10 a chance to show their best (or not) as they are paired with different people every week. Well done! Obviously the going into the homes thing was not a big hit – eliminate that maybe. i also like the fact that there are consistent judges for the shows.
    BTW, can we have an area of the web site that lets you suggest themes for dances? (unless i missed it, i don’t think it’s there? I would love to see a comtemporary dance (choreographed by Mia Michaels or Stacey Tookey) on Post Partum depression – i had it severely, and could tell you more if you would like to know, but you can also find the devastating symptoms on line obviously. Just a suggestion, thanks.

    7/8/2010 2:03 PM UTC

  5. Violet - wrote:

    Please, please, please bring back the old format ! I have been watching the show since season 1. It is my favorite show. I look so forward to it every season. I was so excited when you were on in the fall also. I’m so disappointed with this new format. I much prefer to see the top 20 compete with each other. I enjoy seeing the All Stars dance but ONLY on results night. I’m hoping that next season you will go back to the old format. There are so many talented dancers out there. I also preferred when every week there were different judges. If you stay with this format I will be losing interest fast. And that makes me sad and mad as this is my FAVORITE show.

    7/20/2010 1:09 PM UTC

  6. Theresa Ruley - wrote:


    7/26/2010 6:53 PM UTC

  7. Rebecca and Josh - wrote:

    We cant stand Mia Michaels and we miss Mary Murphy. If Mia Michaels is on the judging panel next season you have lost us as a viewer and we have loved this show. we don’t feel that Mia Michaels is positive, encouraging, and does not direct people to improve in a manner that Mary Murphy did. She is just a negative addition to the judging panel. And for the record people Cat Deeley is awesome and the show wouldn’t be the same without her.

    7/28/2010 8:02 PM UTC

  8. Leah - wrote:

    I only watch this reality show and Hell’s Kitchen so Im pretty upset with the new format. I have voiced it on Facebook fan page and Im going to voice it here too. I want Mia off the judging panel. I like her as a choreographer not as a judge. Please please bring Mary back. Yes she is loud but she is hilarious!
    2nd I don’t like how rushed I feel and I also don’t feel I have had a voice on who my top 10 dancers are. Every year we started with 20 and I get to vote for who gets to be in the top 10. I love to learn about the dancers and see their growth. This year it just seemed rush. I don’t like it at all. I love dance, all forms of it, but I can only do latin dancing so I love this show for the diversity.
    3rd at this point If there is another season of this format, I may have to find another way to watch dance shows. Maybe others are better than this format. I doubt it but I will have to try because at this point, Im not getting what I used to out of this show.
    Im sure no one that can do anything about this format will read this or even really care, but I truly hope that we get even amount of male and female dancers back. I truly hope we get to vote for our top 10 next time. I truly hope Mia is off the panel of judges. I hope that I don’t lose my favorite show ever! It has been my top show for years now and what a great disappointment to stop viewing my once favorite show. There are times I don’t even care if I watch this show when in the past I couldn’t miss it. I pray, please return it to a format that would bring viewers back into the show. Thank you

    7/30/2010 3:02 PM UTC

  9. Sandy Freeman - wrote:

    Cat Deeley’s ego, editorial comments and constant self-centerness has reached annoying heights this season. She is not a dance expert and should stay out of the judge’s realm. If she continues to be host I may stop watching.

    8/4/2010 6:10 PM UTC

  10. John - wrote:

    I love dance! I’ve been a big fan past seasons. This season the judges are so full of themselves and there’s soo much blah blah blah. Why can’t they just hold up a number from 0-10 and STFU. Last night 30 mins into the show there had been (2) 2-minute dance performances. I turned it off. I don’t plan to watch again.

    8/5/2010 3:26 PM UTC

  11. PortlandDoug - wrote:

    Thank god for mute or I couldn’t watch the show and be forced to listen to Cat Deeley…..she is a horrible host! Dancer are off the charts this year.

    7/21/2011 9:23 PM UTC

Add Comment

* required