So You Think You Can Dance‘s seventh season will have just 10 finalists, and they will be paired with all-star dancers from previous seasons of the show instead of each other.
Of the final 10, who will be half men and half women, “one finalist will go home weekly,” Fox announced today. They will be paired with “former SYTYCD finalists who are skilled in various styles of dance, including ballroom, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary,” and those partners will change weekly. Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe previously revealed some changes last week, including the elimination of the top 20.
While Nigel Lythgoe wrote on Twitter that “Only the competitors will be judged not the ‘All-Stars’,” the all-stars’ performance will, of course, impact the vote. The judges’ in this new format isn’t clear, but it seems like their role will be reduced to that of American Idol judges, even though they’ve previously decided who went home during the semi-final rounds. That ensured talented dancers stuck around, but now, it seems, after the auditions, viewers will be in control.