So You Think You Can Dance: Is the vote for “America’s Favorite Dancer” fair in Season 17?

Spoilers ahead for So you think you can dance Season 17 until June 29.

So you think you can dance finally returned in May after more than two years of absence, but he wasn’t exactly the same show in season 17 which fans last saw in September 2019. Although the host Deeley cat was back, the judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurianne Gibsonand Dominique Sandoval have been replaced by Stephen “tWitch” Boss, JoJo Siwaand Matthew Morrison before Morrison himself was replaced by Lea Remini. The change of judges might not be the change that packs the most punch, however, as seems clear at this point in Season 17. The biggest possible game-changer for picking “America’s Favorite Dancer” this this time? The public votes.

Or more precisely, the studio public vote. For the first time in the series’ history, only the studio audience is able to vote for which dancers should remain in the competition and remain in contention for the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer”. In previous seasons, viewers could vote from home, similar to the format used in hit competition shows like american idol and America’s Got Talentmanufacturing SYTYCD fandom an interactive experience and ensuring that the winner truly deserves this title.

But with only the people at the studio voting, is it really fair to say the winner is “America’s Favorite Dancer” compared to the voting system for the first sixteen seasons? I confess that I was undecided about the vote change when it was announced, because The Masked Singer proved that picking winners via studio audience votes worked quite well, and it was possible that SYTYCDThe change in format had to do with the challenges of pandemic production, so I gave the benefit of the doubt.

At the same time, other shows – including the one mentioned above american idol and America’s Got Talent – returned to viewers voting from home, and even another dance show returned more or less to normal, like SYTYCD Judge JoJo Siwa can attest after his passage Dancing with the stars! After a few episodes of the new voting system, I’m ready to join those who have already decided they aren’t the biggest fans of the only studio audience to vote. This show is not The Masked Singerafter all, and when the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” is up for grabs, it seems like more people than attend a taping should be able to vote.

Season 17 was quite controversial among longtime fans overall once the series finally returned after its long hiatus. Viewers questioned new judge Leah Remini’s dance expertise after she arrived at replacing experienced dancer Matthew Morrisonwith other judges tWitch and Siwa come out to congratulate her. Siwa also had to answer questions about his dance expertise, resulting in a truth bomb from the old dance moms star.

tWitch – who is the only judge of season 17 with real SYTYCD experience after appearing as a dancer on the show – had to also respond to fan complaints. With all the changes from the previous season the revelation in the 300th episode that the voting would be done in the studio rather than in the hands of viewers at home, it’s perhaps unsurprising that fans have strong opinions. I’m willing to wait and see how the rest of the season goes and if any changes will be made again if the show is renewed for season 18.

Tune in to Fox on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET at 2022 TV premiere schedule to see new episodes of So you think you can dance. The top ten dancers were whittled down to the top eight last episode, and the competition is fierce.

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