Fans appalled by new voting system in So You Think You Can Dance Episode 5

So you think you can dance Season 17 returned for another foot tapping episode on Wednesday night. This season, viewers have seen the series go through many changes that they were not happy with. From the new judges to the rush of choreography, fans have been critical of the show. But now they have found another reason to be appalled.

Episode 5 of So you think you can dance featured the series celebrating its 300th episode. If the introduction of Leah Remini as the new judge wasn’t enough to upset fans, Cat Deeley also revealed that this season, for the first time, viewers at home won’t be able to vote for their favorite contestant.

The host shared that the audience will be the ones to decide who stays and who leaves. Elimination will be based on the votes of the studio audience and the cries of the judges. For viewers who are longtime fans of the series, this was disappointing news.

Fans who watched the episode took to social media to share that they were shocked and disappointed with the new format.

Fans upset that they can’t vote So you think you can danceEpisode 5

Taking to Twitter, fans shared that this was disappointing news. Some also shared that they were hurt and dismayed by the show’s new decision.

@DANCEonFOX It’s not about “America’s Favorite Dancer” anymore because the MAJORITY of America can’t vote! WTF? Bring back the online vote!!! #SYTYCD

James, Essence & Keaton are my top favorites. I don’t like that the public can’t vote. And where were the choreo intros before the dances. 🤷 I’m glad my show is back but it feels like a shell in itself.#SYTYCD

@discoliz OMG yes!!! I thought you were kidding me?!?! I love this show, and I know the budget is lower this season, but I miss being able to vote, and I miss the packages showing them learning the dance routines as well. The reverse is that I like @LeahRemini #SYTYCD

@lsukelly_ I don’t want to see all these stories, I just want to see the dance competition. Now I don’t like the fact that we can’t vote. It’s just stupid. #SYTYCD

Wait, wait, wait, we can’t even vote anymore?! I basically watch to see who is JoJo’s favorite dancer? ! FFS who’s in charge why are they hating us and just trying to ruin the best dance show 📺 We better have another season but fire whoever it is first please #sytycd

#SYTYCD had a fantastic performance tonight, but I can’t get over the new voting system. How can the winner be “America’s Favorite Dancer” when only the studio audience can vote? Glad the show is back, but it hurts.

Expect. I can’t vote this season?!? I like to be part of the action. How can you choose “America’s Fave Dancer” if America doesn’t vote? ! Not cool #SYTYCD

The fact that I can’t vote #Sytycd is appalling. The disappointing new format.

#SYTYCD Great group performance at the end of the show! I miss being able to vote as a home viewer.😕

So… No Nigel.No Mary.No #SYTYCD theme song for commercial intros/outros. No choreography segment showing rehearsals/explaining story behind routine. Price reduced from $250,000 to $100,000. ?

I was okay with all the changes this season. But why can’t America vote? Huge disappointment. #SYTYCD

More details on what happened this week

This week, the series revealed the top 12 contestants who advanced from last week’s choreography round. The top 24 contestants learned their fate on the show in pairs. The dancers who advanced then performed a choreographed routine this week.

The 12 candidates who advanced were James “Lord Finn” Thomas, Virginia Crouse, Waverly Fredericks, Jordan Betscher, Essence Wilmington, Anna Miller, Beau Harmon, Thiago Pacheco, Carter Williams, Keaton Kermode, Alexis Warr and Raylyn Johnson.

After the top 12 contestants performed their routine for the judges and received their reviews, it was time for the studio audience to vote. The four competitors who were in the bottom four were Thiago, Essence, Carter and Virginia.

But viewers got another surprise when it came to the elimination. tWitch shared that since this was the series’ 300th episode, there would be no elimination and all contestants would advance to the next round.

Apart from this, the series also introduced famous actress Leah Remini as a new judge who replaced Matthew Morrison in the series. Leah joined Jojo Siwa and tWitch as a judge for the remainder of the season. While some fans were happy with the decision, most weren’t.

Fans shared their opinion, saying she had no previous experience as a dancer and was unqualified. Some were also upset that the show didn’t call any other professional dancers, choreographers, or even a judge from the previous season.

I think we can agree that the real winners tonight are us, the audience. 🔥 #SYTYCD

The reality dance competition series ended this week’s episode with a group number by the top 12 contestants. They played for bussin by Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby. The routine was choreographed by Luther Brown.

Next week, when the series returns, the top 12 competitors will compete in pairs and in the style of their female partner. The public and the judges will be able to vote for their favorite male and female dancer. The two dancers with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

So you think you can dance airs every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. Readers can check local listings for more information.

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