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Nigel Lythgoe announces changes to the rules of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

March 26, 2010 | 10:54 am

While most fans of "American Idol" are grumbling about being bored this year, its former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is busy revamping his Fox reality competition, "So You Think You Can Dance."

When SYTYCD returns on May 27 for its seventh season, the competition will feel very different, according to several announcements Lythgoe has made on Twitter over the last 24 hours. First of all, the dancers will switch partners every single week, so no more falling in love with dream dancing duos like Joshua and Katee, whose "Hometown Glory" performance you can enjoy again in the video above.

In addition, there will be no top 20 and only one dancer will go home every week.

Interesting, right? For the contestants, these changes are only making it tougher to become America's Favorite Dancer. (Like it wasn't hard enough!) Getting used to a new partner every week is very challenging, but on the other hand, an extra person gets to stay another week. So maybe that balances it out.

We asked Lythgoe for an interview so he could explain the rule changes and what he's hoping to get out of them. But he turned us down because he's doing a conference call with the press on Monday.

In the meantime, we will keep our eyes on @DizzyFeet's page. The last open-call auditions for the upcoming season are being held in Los Angeles today.

What do you think? Does this make you excited about the new season?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (Follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Video: YouTube