Instead of starting the show with eliminations, “So You Think You Can Dance” will announce a Bottom 6 at the beginning, save two of the dancers (the judges’ choice) and then make the Bottom 4 wait until the end of the show before dancing for their lives. Each episode will then end with an elimination.
It was the first elimination of “SYTYCD” Season 10 that created the controversy. Right at the beginning of the two-hour broadcast, the judges announced the Bottom 6, saved two dancers and then forced the remaining four to dance for their lives. The elimination (of dancers Carlos Garland and Brittany Cherry) came after that — and before any dances of the evening. This meant that Brittany and Carlos had to perform after receiving the bad news.
Fans didn’t like this. Not only did it seem to remove the tension from the ensuing competition, the elimination made some question whether the eliminated partners would do a good enough job.
In an unusual case of television actually listening to fan criticism, “So You Think You Can Dance” is changing. Lythgoe explained the change briefly on Twitter:
“We’re taking your advice by revealing America’s vote in the beginning and judging at the end. I hope it will inspire the bottom 4? Thank you”
This means that the “SYTYCD” format will be very similar to that of Season 9 (the first season without a separate results show). The only change from last year is the addition of the judge save.