As a dedicated fan of So You Think You Can Dance since season one, I am always so excited every time a new season starts up. It is one of the few reality TV programs that does not revolve around constant, contrived drama. It's refreshing. Not to mention, this show draws some of the top talent in the dance world and has started countless careers.
But I have to say, the network is systematically ruining this show for me. They make so many changes season to season that sometimes its hard to keep up.
First, they got rid of the elimination shows which--believe me--were a waste. Adding eliminations in at the end of the show was a rocky process at first, however, it works out in the long run because now one misstep isn't necessarily enough to determine a dancer's' fate. Quickstep be damned.
Now I understand that self-promotion is important, but FOX dedicated an exorbitant amount of time during the ten year anniversary special to Ryan Seacrest's newest god-awful venture. It might take the cake for dumbest premise ever from Naked and Afraid (seriously, someone walked into a room of network executives and pitched these ideas with a straight face). For this "celebration" there were only seven routines. SEVEN. Is it my imagination, or have they gotten to show more routines on finale episodes? Seven routines and what? Fifteen minutes of Knock Knock Live? That's low. I know that this season hasn't been measuring up to previous seasons ratings-wise, but the least you can do is show some respect. Is it not bad enough that they transplanted Paula Abdul onto this show?
Lastly, who thought the Twitter save was a good idea? Does it actually get people to watch it the night of instead of using their DVR? I highly doubt it. No offense to the users of Twitter, but why is my viewing experience determined by a bunch of phone-addicted twelve year olds who can pull up an app in five minutes or less? I think the Twitter save did a better job on tonight's episode than the judges (do not fear, spoilers dwell not here) and yet I can't shake the feeling that it is a terrible idea. How desperate can you be to be trending on Twitter?
I'm not quitting this show just yet, but I feel like most of the changes that are being made to SYTYCD undermine its entire purpose. FOX needs to stop disregarding its staples in favor of newer material before it loses its stable audience.