The good news: The show has been renewed for another season.
That's the end of the good news.
The bad news: Remember how they halfway ruined the show last season by replacing Mary Murphy with Jason Derulo and forcing the stage vs. street format on us? This time they've ruined it completely by keeping Jason Derulo as a judge and limiting the competition to the 8-13 age group.
Not only will all of the contestants be in the 8-13 age group, but the top 10 will be expected to dance with the all-stars, as usual. Can you imagine an 8-year-old boy keeping up with Anya when they do the samba? Will Robert Roldan have to do a rhumba with a 10-year-old girl, and will Nigel criticize her for not moving her hips enough in the dance?
Think back to your favorite SYTYCD routines. Didn't most of them have mature themes? Can these children perform memorable and credible routines about addiction, the death of a partner, breast cancer, etc.?
And what's going to happen when they get eliminated? Do you want to see a replay of Rachel Crow's X Factor elimination every week, with the child falling to the floor and screaming "Mommy, you promised!" in between shuddering sobs? Rachel was 13. What will an 8-year-old do?
The only changes I wanted to see this season were a return to the old format, without 50% of the show being allotted to street dancing, and changes in the panel of judges. I'd like to have had all of the judges replaced, but I could have lived with Nigel and Paula as long as Jason Derulo went away and stayed away.
Although this has been one of my favorite TV shows since its first season, I can't think of any reason to watch the show this year.
Oh no! What in the world were they thinking?!? I really don't think I'll watch this year. If they want to have a kids show, do a separate show, like Master Chef does, but this sounds awful. And, to match the kids with the All Stars, just sounds creepy.
I'm almost ready to throw my TV out the window. First they ruin SYTYCD, and now The Voice has hired Miley Cyrus to act as an advisor to the contestants on all four coaches' teams. "Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom," an NBC executive said.
Is this a joke? "Wisdom" is the last thing I would associate with this airhead.
It feels so strange not to be watching SYTYCD this season. I've seen every episode since the show began, and I always waited eagerly for the show to start each season. I managed to continue watching during the "street vs. stage" nonsense and the ridiculous replacement of respected judges with moronic Jason Derulo, but I just don't want to watch children dance.
I agree. The costumes were outrageous, but she gave good advice and, most refreshing of all, she sounded quite humble in comparison with Gwen. She never talked about her own accomplishments and she complimented people on their higher range, admitting that she doesn't have one.
We'll see how she does as a coach next season. As long as she stays away from makeovers, I'll be fairly happy. I really don't like the way Gwen convinced all of her team members to be "made over" on The Voice and Demi Lovato did the same on The X Factor. They all looked worse after the makeover.