A few major shake-ups are headed for the new season of FOX’s summer reality hit, So You Think You Can Dance. The forthcoming 7th season of SYTYCD will feature a group of “all-stars” from past seasons when the show returns in May, series executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told reporters on Monday.
Ratings for the dance contest have declined over the past two years from about 9.7 million viewers in 2008 to 7.1 million in 2009, so Lythgoe is hoping to attract new viewers with some major changes. He is assembling a pool of dancers from previous seasons of the series. Each week, the all-stars will pair up with the new contestants, who are vying for a $250,000 cash prize and a dance magazine cover feature.
Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels will return to the show as both a judge and a choreographer, and that just 10 dancers — instead of 20 — will be picked for the main competition from the thousands that audition. In addition, dancers will no longer be able to choose their genre of dance, and less than four people will compete in the finale. Last week, producers announced that just one dancer will be sent home each week — instead of the usual two.
“The whole reason for doing it is to make the show more exciting…Some of these brilliant dancers (from past seasons) have just disappeared off the face of the earth. To be able to have this show use its own talent is fabulous,” Lythgoe said.
So You Think You Can Dance returns to FOX May 27.
The names of the all-stars will be revealed sometime in the coming weeks. Which dancers would you like to see return for the next season of SYTYCD?