SYTYCD changes: no top 20, partners change weekly but only one person will go home

Nigel Lythgoe has announced several major rule changes for So You Think You Can Dance‘s seventh season, which will not have a top 20; eliminate just one person per week (typically, two went home), and have dancers changing partners weekly.

Nigel started revealing the changes on Twitter yesterday, writing, “First rule change. Only one dancer will leave the competition each week and not two.”

While the elimination of one person per week, that would suggest there’d be an odd number of dancers, which makes pairing up difficult. How exactly they’ll deal with that isn’t clear, but Nigel later wrote, “The partners will change every single week.”

Today’s rule change is that season seven “will not have a top 20. The pieces are falling into place,” he wrote. I hope the lack of a top 20 doesn’t mean that the judges relinquish control up to the finals; one of the best parts about SYTYCD‘s structure is that the judges have more power for a longer period of time, and thus ensure that the finalists are the best possible group.

Nigel suggested more information will come this weekend; follow me on Twitter for updates and my thoughts, which hopefully will involve his announcement that the awful new set will be trashed.

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