“Dancing With the Stars” followers will not be proud of the recently-announced judges’ panel for the upcoming seventeenth season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The show didn’t ask any of its former judges to return and as a substitute changed them with pop star JoJo Siwa, who completed runner-up on “Dancing With the Stars” season 30, actor Matthew Morrison of “Glee” fame and Broadway, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who’s a two-time “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant and former visitor choose for NBC’s “World of Dance.”
Here is what followers are saying.
Fans Are Dismayed There’s No Ballroom Expert on the Panel
While followers admit that the brand new “So You Think You Can Dance” judges are “spectacular” due to their expertise, many assume that they’re inexperienced and so they’re upset there isn’t any ballroom dancing skilled on the panel.
In a Reddit thread, a poster wrote, “This is a formidable judging panel! They are lacking solely a ballroom specialist. It could be actually attention-grabbing in the event that they invite a seasoned DWTS professional to be a visitor choose, somebody with a robust ballroom data, like Cheryl [Burke], Gleb [Savchenko], Artem [Chigvintsev] or Val [Chmerkovskiy].”
To this, a commenter replied, “Not having a ballroom choose is whack. List probably the most notable names from current SYTYCD seasons and you will find most of them who’re nonetheless in dance are working in ballroom.”
Another wrote, “It sucks they do not have a ballroom specialist. I really feel like in reveals like this the place the dance types are various, u want choose[s] that displays every fashion that’s showcase[d] probably the most.”
“I simply actually needed a ballroom choose!” wrote one other commenter, including that it would not must be somebody from “Dancing With the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Indeed, “So You Think You Can Dance” has been considerably of a pipeline for “Dancing With the Stars” professionals through the years. Current professionals Artem, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, and Alan Bersten are all alumni of the show, plus former professional dancers or troupe members Dmitry Chaplin, Allison Holker, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Hayley Erbert, Britt Cherry, J.T. Church, and Jake Monreal additionally all competed on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Additionally, among the many former judges on the show, Mary Murphy, who judged for nearly all the unique 16 seasons, is a ballroom dancing champion who ran her personal academy for ballroom dancing within the Nineteen Nineties.
But Murphy was not requested again, nor was longtime choose and co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, who mentioned it was “unhappy” to not be included.
Fans Also Think The Judges Are Too Inexperienced
In the thread, one fan wrote that JoJo looks as if she’s not skilled sufficient to be a choose, with one other one including that it’s not her age that’s the subject, however her lack of expertise being in a job like this.
One commenter wrote that individuals are “struggling” with the truth that JoJo went from being an “newbie” to being an expert choose “fairly fast.”
One commenter mentioned that they assume JoJo was “primarily chosen for her platform,” i.e. the massive fanbase she has.
“She’ll entice a youthful viewers and he or she’ll promote the show on her social media. She will most likely be the choose to supply extra reward than criticism/critic. I doubt they picked her to supply technical critic, however fairly to offer optimistic suggestions to the contestants and usher in viewers,” wrote the fan.
To this, a commenter replied that they will get a wake-up name just like what occurred on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“I really feel like they’re going to notice social media would not translate to actual life views,” wrote the fan. “DWTS scores went down 25 p.c from s29 to s30 and that is together with her really dancing. Obviously, there’s plenty of elements in that, not simply her, however nonetheless. In actuality, her followers aren’t gonna tune in to observe her be on display for like 5 minutes complete talking lol.”
A couple of commenters assume Morrison is an odd selection too, however different commenters identified that he judged a British dancing program known as “The Greatest Dancer,” plus he has intensive efficiency expertise on Broadway.
The solely choose folks appear to be on board with — or at the very least, weren’t complaining about — is Boss, who’s a former contestant and who additionally sat on the judges’ panel throughout season 15.
“So You Think You Can Dance” has began the audition course of; on-line registration is now closed. Ir premieres Wednesday, May 18 following the season finale of “The Masked Singer.”
“Dancing With the Stars” has not but been renewed for season 31. If it’s renewed, it is going to return in September 2022.