We are going to be seeing some pretty major changes for the upcoming ninth season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” How so? Let’s just say that more than one person is going to be walking away with the title for season 9.
Speaking to E! News in a new interview, head judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe claims that there will be more than one champion for this upcoming season:
“We are down to one two-hour show each week. We are changing it up … We are going to have two winners this year, one male and one female. It’s something that we wonder why we didn’t do it in the first place. We should have done it years ago! … Each one brings something different to the table. We can split up the numbers and have America vote for their favorite guy and girl, so why not do it?”
Is this an interesting twist? Definitely, and it is a nice way to buck the criticism about someone from a certain gender always winning (though this has not been a problem with “Dance” — which has a rich history of female winners — compared to the male-heavy “American Idol” trophy case).
As for the new format that features just one show a week, Lythgoe says that they are going to find a way to incorporate results into a standard performance show, and also still find room for a group dance at the beginning of the show. The announcement certainly does mean that there will be a great deal of content on some of these broadcasts — and if nothing else, you can no longer claim that Fox is just dragging things along by airing two-hour live shows every week.
Do you think that having two winners is fair to both the men and women on the show, or do you really think this will work — especially when you look at how last season was dominated by two ladies in Sasha Mallory and Melanie Moore?