‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Angers Fans by Removing At-Home Voting
So You Think You Can Dance Season 17 returned on Wednesday night with more than one shake-up to the show’s format. Not only did Leah Remini replace Matthew Morrison, but fans at home are no longer able to vote.
So You Think You Can Dance Does Away with Fan Voting
In past seasons, viewers at home were able to vote for their favorite dancers to move on, ultimately choosing a winner. However, things will apparently work a little differently this season. Fans were shocked to learn that results will be decided by the judges and in-studio audience.
Fans on Twitter shared their thoughts about this change in the show’s process. One user changed their display name to “So You Think You can Not Vote I guess” and tweeted that they “have no reason to watch if I’m not voting.”
Another fan wondered how the show will crown “America’s favorite dancer” if only the people in the studio audience can vote for their favorites. Fans can currently sign up to attend tapings through the end of June, with more next month.
During Wednesday’s 300th episode, the Top 12 was announced, and the dancers were paired off for performances. The audience vote decided the bottom four, and the judges deliberated before choosing not to send anyone home.
The Show Didn’t Acknowledge Morrison’s Departure
One other noticeable difference in this week’s episode was the absence of judge Matthew Morrison, who left the show in May after filming four episodes. Morrison said he “did not follow competition production protocols.”
Later, the former Glee actor confirmed that he had sent a message to a contestant on the show. In his confirmation, he denied reports that the communication was flirtatious. He claimed to be reaching out regarding a mutual choreographer friend.
Morrison was replaced with actress and Dancing with the Stars alum Leah Remini. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show didn’t acknowledge Morrison, who still appeared in pre-recorded segments announcing the Top 12.
At the start of the episode, the host announced the three judges on the current panel, including JoJo Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Reportedly, the host shared that “We are thrilled to welcome Leah Remini.”