SYTYCD adds SuperVote; Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman Prancercise

Starting with tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance, Fox is offering a new “patent-pending” way to vote for contestants, casting multiple votes at the same time.

SuperVote allows viewers to vote via the show’s web site, the FOX NOW app, and Facebook, on which they can allocate up to 20 votes even while the show is still airing. All 20 votes are then submitted after the episode ends, when regular voting–via text and phone calls–begins.

Meanwhile, to promote National Dance Day on July 27, and taking advantage of the viral Prancercise video, which is big again thanks to John Mayer, Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman both participated in a Funny or Die video called “So You Think You Can Prance.”

The misspelling of Nigel’s name is the only thing that actually made me laugh, sadly. Plus, with Nigel’s history of having a problem with effeminate male dancers, I don’t know quite what to make of him and Adam, who’s openly gay, dressed in pink shirts and white pants prancing around. Is Nigel mocking himself, or is he mocking the “effeminate boys that mince around the stage” that he dislikes so much?

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.