'So You Think You Can Dance': Rule changes for Season 9
By By Jaclyn Peiser
May 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM
Before you turn on tonight's premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" there are a few things you should know. The format and rules, which have stayed pretty much the same for the past eight seasons, have been changed drastically.
First, the show will no longer be on two nights per week. It's a strategic manuever that will look to increase the suspense in each episode.
Essentially, the eliminations will be done in a two-week rotation. During the first week, the dancers will perform and on the second week they will perform again. However, once their performance is over, they might be told they are in the bottom three based on last week's votes.
"America will vote. We'll watch them dance in the second week, take into account America's vote and the week before's routine and make a decision,"Nigel Lythgoe, the show's producer, told "ET."
In another new twist, there will be a male winner and a female winner, thus giving the competition a new edge and a new view on who to root for.
Be sure to check back to TV Lust for a recap on tonight's premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance."