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Nigel Lythgoe tweets a massive change for 'So You Think You Can Dance' -- 'Idol' producers, take notice

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Image Credit: Michael Williams/FoxA couple weeks ago, So You Think You Can Dance exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter to tease that some “shocking changes” were coming to the best dance competition show on TV. Today, Lythgoe lived up to that promise, announcing that “only one dancer will leave the competition each week, and not two,” and teasing further that “many more changes” were coming by Friday.

I don’t need to tell you SYTYCD fans that this announcement could potentially alter the very space-time fabric from which judge Mary Murphy stitches her singular quilts of crazy. Until now, SYTYCD had structured the competition by having contestants always dance in pairs; a male and female dancer had to be sent home each week, because otherwise one dancer would be left without a partner. With this one rule change, however, Nigel seems to be indicating that the upcoming summer season will be radically different. Will dancers compete only in solos, or in randomly-sized groups? Will there be more same-sex partnering? And will we say buh-bye to the Top 20, since there’s usually only nine weeks allotted for the call-in-vote competition?

Mostly, this change makes me excited again for SYTYCD after last year’s back-to-back lacklustery seasons, which is more than I can say for the current, luster-free-save-for-MamaSox-and-occasional-Siobhan-screech season of its big sister show American Idol. Nigel used to exec produce that cultural juggernaut as well, and I can’t help but wonder what this season of Idol would’ve been like had Nigel and his apparent itch to shake things up stuck around for a few more years.

What do you make of this SYTYCD rule change, P-Dubs? What other big changes do you think are in store? Any changes you definitely want to see (no more Tyce!), or definitely don’t (Cat Deeley must stay!)?