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Is The BBC Ready To Axe SYTYCD UK?

6 June 2011 18,664 views 55 Comments

It has been announced that the BBC are planning to axe So You Think You Can Dance, a show which is more of a big hit in America and seems to not have been as successful in the UK. Despite the first series doing well, the second, current series has failed to attract a large enough audience with Saturday’s semi-final show having the lowest ratings of only 2.6 million viewers, therefore, the show is not going to continue for a third series.

An insider close to the show has said; “Bosses tried to make it work over here. But they have now conceded that it is not going to and that it is time to focus on other things. It was a good format with good judges, but viewers here in Britain just did not connect with it like the people did in America.”

However, the problem is believed to be the scheduling and promotion of the programme rather than the quality of the show. The BBC’s first mistake was moving the series from January to April as the dancers had to go against a heat wave in the first few weeks, as well as having to compete with Britain’s Got Talent; a very popular show on ITV. Another big mistake the BBC made was moving the shows airtime to 5.30pm, viewers said they often forgot the show was on or they were unable to tune in at the earlier time. Moreover, the promotion for the show was not heavy enough, the series was hardly shown to be returning; many dancers, fans, and potential viewers did not know of its return until after.

The BBC seemed to have messed this one up to a point where it cannot be picked up again; judge Nigel Lythgoe had previously regenerated American Idol, so for So You Think You Can Dance, it was thought the same could be done, but so many of the factors of the show having not been handled properly has instead lead to the show failing to become as successful here as it is in the US. When compared to the numerous Cowell-based shows, So You Think You Can Dance is more credible and offers more true talent and the judges; Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez, have definitely discovered some greatly talented people through the show, so it is a shame that it is being cancelled.

What are your reactions to this news? Will you be sad to see So You Think You Can Dance come to an end? Can the show recover? Or is it the right thing for it to be axed?

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  • Lizzie said:

    This programme should not be axed – it has been amazing! Liz

  • Tee said:

    Please please please do not axe this show. It is amazing and I was so excited when it started in the UK. Best talent show on the tele. It is so refreshing to see true talent and not all the rubbish like other talent shows.

  • Lizzie said:

    Tee – I totally agree with you there! Liz

  • anna said:

    I too am totally shocked and disappointed to hear this beautiful talent show is due to be axed. I would plead with the BBC to reconsider, the viewing time was too early, and it would be better aired in January, as was the first series. This is the one programme I look forward to all week, showing true dance talent rather than the rubbish that everyone seems to watch on the other channel.

  • Claire said:

    It’s a brilliant show, heartbroken to hear there won’t be a third series. The early showing was destined for disaster. People arn’t settling into a saturday night on the couch until at least 7pm. It’s therfore easier to catch up on iplayer then cut your day short. I know heaps of people that love it. I’m travelling to the Midlands tommorrow just to watch the final with my sister. Gutted that all the credible arty shows get cut and the trash wins out…. again!!

  • Lizzie said:

    I could not agree more with the comments of support for the show. I have a 4 and a half year old little girl and she absolutely adores the programme and her mum and dad are big fans of it too! Even though she is only young I think it is so good that she has taken an interest in something like this (she goes to her little ballet class for half an hour at the weekend!) – she would rather watch SYTYCD than Cbeebies now! We have watched the various routines again and again on iPlayer and via this website. There ought to be more programmes like it, not less. I do agree with Claire that people do seem to enjoy watching rubbish and the trash wins out – unfortunately that is what this country is like – you only have to compare the contestants on this years American Idol to those on the X-Factor at the end of last year to see that – the former was a proper talent show the latter a bit of a circus! Liz x

  • Sarah Fryirs said:

    Best thing on TV at the moment, maybe the BBC should advertise it more as most people have never heard of the show. Why get rid of something that’s great entertainment and encourages the country to keep fit

  • Nicky M said:

    I’ve enjoyed this show and would be sorry to see it go. It’s true that it’s not been promoted very well and the fact that it’s on so early means that anybody with very young children would struggle to watch it.

  • juliek said:

    what no SYTYCD? Criminal, not being able to watch such talent on tv and admire Sisco’s brave dress sense! Our whole family has been glued every week or recorded and watched later if not in that night. Matt a worthy winner this year, please bring it back next year but reschedule so more people able to watch.

  • Jackie T said:

    I’m so disappointed there are plans to axe the show!! My 7 and 4 year old daughters loved it as much as I did, we were avid fans, and always made a point of watch ‘live’, and to through Sky+playback through Sky+playback instead. However for SYTYCD we made sure we were always ready to sit down and watch, although the very early scheduling has made it difficult. I agree about the lack of advertising – I only caught the adverts by absolute chance just before the series started.

    Its the most credible reality TV show on any channel, real talent and sets the best example to children on how to work hard to achieve your goals, not to mention show humility and appreciation for the chance they’re given; traits that we rarely see in other reality shows….

    Surely theres a solution??

  • val said:

    I have absolutely loved this programme! To see the dancers develop their talents and their personalities has been inspiring. There is something refreshingly honest about SYTYCD. There’s no hype or posing – it’s good honest talent with thoughtful honest feedback from the judges. I am SO disappointed that it is leaving our screens. Oh, by the way I am 67 yrs old and still love to dance! That would have been me up there once upon a time!

  • Purple Claire said:

    I agree with many of the comments here. It’s criminal that the BBC can take such a great show and make such mistakes and then choose to give up on it. It is a credible talent show, it thankfully shows more to dance than the bump n’ grind that so many young poeple think dance is about from pop videos.

    I didn’t always get to watch it live, which was gutting as I missed out on voting sometimes. But it was on early, plus people’s lives are busy. A set of ratings from 1 nights live viewings does not reflect everyone’s viewing habits any longer. Get with the times. I sky+ it, people watch on I player. Plus it is the wrong time of year for getting cosy in front of the tv regularly on a Saturday night – in fact do many people do that now? Sunday night is the evening I watch tv regularly as there’s too much going on in life to dedicate my evenings to television – both sky and itv figured that out with Got To Dance and Dancing On Ice.

    This is a great show. Much better than Strictly Come Dancing which I couldn’t bear to watch with the latest series. We need this kind of show. I thought the BBC were interested in quality, but looks like they’re going to sell themselves short by being more interested in the kind of soul-less talent contests you find on other channels (have you not learnt from the disaster of Fame Academy). Pull yourselves together and get yourself a team to work on the areas that you know you screwed up on. If you wanted it to work on a Saturday night – you should have worked harder. The dancers, choreographers, the judges and Cat Deeley couldn’t have done more. Get it together BBC.

  • Moira Clark said:

    When are the BBC going to realise that the quality of the judges
    is what makes or breaks a show. Arlene Philips has now fronted x 2 unsuccessful
    prime time dance shows, Dance X and So You Think You Can Dance
    She has neither the personality or expertise to genuinely judge professional
    dancers. Nigel Lythgoe is cringingly false. Louise, whilst being really sweet, does
    nit have a strong enough persona.
    Challenge to the BBC: relaunch the show with some charismatic new judges, and
    see how much more successful it could be!

  • James said:

    Completely agree with everything above. This is a great show and it is not right that they should cancel it. BBC is publically funded and needs to remember that it is meant to produce programming that covers all age ranges and preferences.

    It is the only talent show worth producing as it gives professional and amatuer dances alike, the opportunity to show they incredible skill.

    As for Strictly Come Dancing, I have watched it rarely. You see enough shows of Z list celebrities trying to keep their fame alight.

    SYTYCD lets us see real peoples talent.

    I hope the BBC changes their minds. And I hope one of the other channels gets their act together and shows the US show too.

    So come on BBC. Do the right thing for your viewers.

  • Julie said:

    Completely agree with James’ comments. This show was absolutely brilliant incredibly high standard of dancing very professional approach by the contestants high-lighting the sheer exhaustion experienced by dancers. The variety of dancing shown by the final 4 last night was staggering not one showed any weaknesses how the public decided the winner was baffling although I have to say that Matt, from the beginning had been consistently brilliant irrespective of who he was partnered with. Reschedule timing, I always recorded it and watched at a more convenient time, start earlier on in the year, why the BBC insists on scheduling program with popular ITV programs I don’t know, it’s almost like they’re deliberately setting the program to fail so they have an excuse to axe it! Consider different judges I thought the week John Barrowman was acting as a judge was interesting and controversial what about Karen Hardy who’s brilliant and consider judges who know each genre because that is their background. What does Louise Redknapp know about dancing she just is there to show off the latest fashion trend and for the public to twitter where her latest outfit has come from. BBC’s answer to Amanda Holden! Who I might say has had more experience of dancing than Louise.

  • shellarella said:

    to axe this show would be a true injustice.

    I was an avid fan of the USA series and was ecstatic to see it over here after all these years!!

    Not everybody can tune in at 5.30pm on a saturday, a LOT of people record this show or catch up on iplayer. You need to take this into consideration.

    Plus, if its not working on prime time bbc1 on a saturday night slot, re-think the position/chanel/time, but dont just pull the plug straight up on the show all together, just because it seems britains got NO talent is pulling in more viewers.

    This show shows britain has got TALENT and gives the UK some of its lost credabilty back!!!

    i think you’ll find a lot of people will be hearbroken if the axe goes ahead for sure.

    This show has shown raw talent backed up by amazing and credible choreographers, with fierce soundtracks! Finally, some quality material worth tuning into!

    In a time where things may be tough, so you think you can dance is an opportunity to tune in and realise that following your dreams is worth it!.. take that away from people, and your doing the UK a disservice!

  • heloise graham said:

    This is agreat show – suitable for all the family, inspiring stories of real talented people – less celebrity hype than many other shows. Why not a tour spin off? This would be great! Any links on this web to other live shows that feature these choreographers would be excellent too!
    P.S. bored with singing talent shows – all sound the same :)

  • angela said:

    This show should not be axed as it is fabulous, I can’t get enough. I think it should be moved to a slightly later time to attract the right audience as it is on too early. The promotion was poor as I didn’t even catch any of the promotion for the show before it started or during the series. Come on BBC make the changes and let us enjoy our dance.

  • Sian said:

    So you think you can dance is a brilliant show focusing on those with talent rather than those that lack it! In terms of entertainment it’s much better than Strictly – the level of dancing just isn’t comparable; these are professional dancers who demonstrate a much higher standard of dancing than any ‘celebrity’ could ever achieve. It truly is very sad to hear that this is the end for this program. I think the biggest crime is the lack of publicity; I myself only stumbled upon this find by accident!

  • Loopin said:

    This is a disaster. This show is one of the best on TV. I absolutely love it. It is way better than BGT, X Factor, Pop Idol etc. Some of the dancers are so talented and it is so enjoyable to watch. Please don’t axe this show BBC. EVERYBODY WRITE/EMAIL the bbc and stand up for what we enjoy. If EVERYBODY who loves the show complains about the axe, they won’t get rid of it. Worth a try anyway.

  • Jane said:

    It’s a disgrace that the BBC know it’s their fault this has failed and is going to do nothing about it…they admit scheduling it at a different time of year and messing the times about has contributed to this. The very least they can do is give it one more chance next January when it originally aired last year.
    Failing that, Nigel should look at taking it to another channel. Sky 1 has now got ‘Got to Dance’, there is room for more than one show of this type.
    Please reconsider BBC-I’ve already registered my complaint with them.

  • Ali said:

    I’m no fan of reality TV, but as I love dancing I decided to give the first series a try and looked forward to the second.

    The show has been very entertaining and in this climate of gloom and doom it’s been inspirational to see how professional guidance and encouragement can help people to excel.

    Watching the dancers grow in technique and confidence every week has been a real joy.

    The BBC could do more to attract viewers and a consistent time-slot would help!

  • Jem said:

    SYTYCD is unique and one of the best things on TV. It’s certainly the best of the talent show genre by far, preferring real talent, professionalism and creativity over manufactured controversy and bitchiness. It’s certainly the only show on air which has real, pro-quality performers. It does need proper publicity though… after the first ‘auditions’ show had aired, you’d have been hard pressed to notice it unless you turned on early for Doctor Who!

    It took about three seasons in the States for it to pick up in quality of contestant and maturity of format. I really think it should be given the same chance here, if not on the Beeb then elsewhere.

  • Ross said:

    I Dont Think They Should Axe The Programme, perhaps put it back to January, peopl are way to busy during April to watch TV. I think also there are more people recording it via Sky Plus or other means and this is not accounted for when they talk about ratings.

  • Margaret said:

    I sincerely hope SYTYCD will not be axed. It is the only show I would not miss in recent weeks (most TV is rubbish and aimed at the brainless). At least this show has people with genuine talent and it was great to see them growing each week. As for Matt I thought from week 1 that he would be the winner, he certainly has start quality and he tacked all styles brilliantly. Hope we see more of him.

  • Rebecca Brown said:

    I LOVE this show and was eagerly looking forward to Series 2, having been so impressed with Series 1 last year, which I became totally addicted to. I am DEVASTED by the thought that there won’t be any more! I truly believe that the BBC have handled everything poorly and that with the right kind of promotion – for instance a national tour with some of the finalists, as they do with “Strictly”, (which, incidentally, is NOT A PATCH on SYTYCD) – other dance enthusiasts would become aware of the quality of the show. It’s the most brilliant showcase for our British dancers and EVERY kind of dance is covered, not just the “elitist” ones. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BBC re-consider and bring back this FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINING SHOW for another series!!!!

  • Joy said:

    I totally agree with all the support NOT TO AXE THIS SHOW. It is the only programme I can’t wait to return as it features TRUE TALENT. It was scheduled at the wrong time of day and against BGT. Get it right BBC and KEEP THE SHOW GOING!

  • barry Smith said:

    so you think you can dance was my life. You cannot cut the show or i will cry. MAKE SERIES 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was gonna buy tickets to go see it and everthing. You people should be ashamed… A great show like SYTYCD deserves @ least 100 series at a minimum. I think I shall start a protest. GOOD DAY.

  • sheila Smith said:

    I AM SO ANGRY. Everyone wants a series 3 so make one pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I need a series 3 for my GCSE powerpoint pleaseee. Just because of 1 set of low results its shameful. People were probably just asleep for some random reason wen the show came on. Everyone at my school wants a series 3. BTW my husband is obsessed with the show and I fear he may break down if series 3 is not created. FOr the sak of man-kind make a series 3.

  • Bobby Stilton said:

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MR. BARRY SMITH. YOU PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUSLY MEAN TO US BRITS FOR STOPPING THIS SHOW. WE DESERVE TO HAVE SERIES THREE. WE NEED IT. WE WORK VERY HARD DURING THE WEEK, SO PRODUCE SERIES THREEEEEEEE.
    P.S. BARRY, I WOULD LIKE TO MEET YOU SOMETIME. (;

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx *much hugs and kisses*

  • Bethany-Rose said:

    I love the show and it changed my life. I love to dance and all the dancers will never have a chance to experience the show!!! :,(

  • Bobby Stilton said:

    Barry,, you married /??? XD i like the forcefulness in your tone :PP xx

  • Freddie;) said:

    I love this show and all the dancers are so good. DO N OT TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME. Pleaseeee :)

  • Taragan Smith said:

    SERIES 3 WANTED NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Im crying as im writing this comment millions of amazing dancers are missing out on a great opportunity, how will know who is britains favourite dancer next year? LIFE IS SO CRUEL….. Please i watch this show every night with my mum sheila and my dad barry who i fear is breaking down. SYTYCD IS MY FAVOURITE SHOW OF ALL TIME IF YOU END IT NOW I WILL NEVER WATCH TELEVISION AGAIN. THIS IS RIDICULOUS JUST 4 1 set of low resuklts. Its insulting me and the general public. The BBC should be ashamed

  • Jenny said:

    my daughter loves this show do not axe itxxx Its my life i live for this show!!! DONT CUT IT. PLEASE. I. LOVE. IT!! Think of all the dissapointed dancers-such a waste of talent no one will ever experience :(

  • PARANOID said:

    HELP. IM CALLED PARANOID 4 A REASON YOU KNOW. THIS IS HORRIBLE. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. MY LIFE IS OVER. THIS IS SHAMEFUL. I KNEW THE WINNER OF THE SHOW AND HE IS DEVASTATED IM SURE…..THIS IS HORRIBLE FOR ONE SET OF VIEWING FIGURES ITS STUPID. I CAN ASSURE THE VIEWING FIGURES 4 SERIES 3 WOULD BE MASSIVE I KNOW @ LEAST 100 DEFINATE VIEWERS. HELP ME>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ;( :'( THIS IS HORRIFIC I WILL CRY IN FACT I AM CRYING 4 the bbc this seems like a meaningless decision but for the general public this is devastating beyond belief. GOOD BYE SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE I WILL MISS YOU (p.s. if you are thinking of re-making a series 3 ignore this comment 😉 )

  • jokikm said:

    NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I READ THIS AND STARTED 2 CRY…. i love the show please make a series 3 please please….. :( I LOVE SYTYCD>>>>>>>>>>>>>SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCHHHHHHH…XXXXXXX its tragic, horrible, horrific, meaningless, cruel, selfish, inconsiderate, harsh, mean, horrid, sad and most of all COMPLETLY AND UTTERLY WRONG 2 CUT THE SHOW. IF SERIES 3 IS NOT MADE I MAY JUST HAVE 2 JUMP OFF A CLIFF. GOODBYE.

  • Daisy said:

    HEARTBROKEN. agree with all of the comments – there’s so much that could be done to improve the viewing ratings! knowing that i have so you think you can dance to watch on a saturday night is what gets me through the week! it’s horrible enough waiting a whole year for the next series..but cutting it all together!?!?! nooo!!! it was repeatedly declared in the last series about how finally dancers in the uk are coming into the spotlight when previously they haven’t had the chance! to get rid of this beautiful programme would be contradicting yourselves! and murdering all those young dancers dreams! my dream was to audition for this show when i am old enough and have good enough experience. now what do i do?

  • Phyll said:

    Yes I had to watch it on catch-up as did so many people – so how can the BBC say taht they didn’t get the viewing numbers? Do they count the iplayer viewing stats as well? I waited all year for the second series, and feel very sad that it won’t be on again. For me, the show itself was fantastic and getting better and better. Crazy to axe it.

  • laura said:

    As you said yourself the contestants have TRUE talent, other than some of the people that get through to the live shows of x-factor or BGT. I was planning on auditioning so thats that thrown out the window lol. I hope if they do axe it they can come up with a simlier show x

  • Mark said:

    So bad.. I was so looking forward to it! SYTYCD should move to ITV or any other broadcast bbc never gives enough atention to talent shows like other broadcasters like itv. The show should continue!!

  • Lisa said:

    What the? So you think you cancel something with such potential, genuine talent and integrity?!!!

    I returned to dance because of this show and cannot belive it won’t be airing again. Instead to be doomed to Americanisation and over exagerated pretentiousness.

    Perhaps the narrating voice over wasn’t deep, booming and cliched enough?!

    Hhmph… sulk.

  • Nadine said:

    What has BBC done? what a mess this was such a high class standard of dance in all styles and pushing dancers to their limit. I will be very disappointed not to see this competition again.

  • Ann said:

    Why is it that the BBC can’t see when they have such a brilliant program
    Maybe if they had promoted it harder, more people would have watched it.
    It was far superior to Strictly which I do like but this promoted some wonderful talent and surely that’s what this kind of program should be about.

    Shame on you BBC

  • Christina Bayliss said:

    I was so sorry to hear So You Think You Can Dance UK will not be running this year. Contemporary dancing for British Youngsters is so important and the programme is a must watch for those who love dancing and want to see the young of Britain find that special something within themselves. The American’s have realised the importance of dance and it is a great shame that just when a programme of this calibre is getting off the ground it is axed. Please BBC re-think the timing of the show going out as our young ones need self respect that the arts give them. Nigel and his team have done stirling work for dance.

  • Jody said:

    This has got to be one of the most depressing moments of my life! Its not like there are any other dance shows to compensate with, i don’t understand why it has been axed: Dancing is becoming increasingly popular.

  • Shardonay said:

    Well, its been a year now since last saw SYTYCD and to be onest with you I’m not really coping very well. 7 suicide attempts. I used to laugh….now all I do is cry…..I used to sing….now all I do is cry…I used to dance…now all I do is cry. BRING BACK THIS SHOW OR I WILL CRY AND CRY. thank you xoxo

  • Millicent said:

    Hey yall! I’m like tatally upset about this shizz, i was hopin 4 anuver series but some b*m hole has decided to get rid of it. Not on. I was hopin too that i culd aply cuz i’m quite a gd dancer and i like to bust sum moves evri now and then. I hope yall know what this has done to me emotionally and physically. I may even go home and slit my wrists. CRRRYYYYY :”””'(

  • Millicent said:

    HEY ITS MILLICENT AGAIN BBZ! I LAVED MY FACE ON THE LAST COMMENT!!!!! RETWEET IF YOU LOVE ME

  • Millicent said:

    OH B*M, THIS AINT TWITTER IS IT

  • Millicent said:

    SOZZLES GUYS

  • Karl the Marl said:

    I LOVE THIS SHOW. People thought we wouldnt care, 1 year on, but the anniversary of this terrible event has brought it all back to me. I LIVED FOR THIS SHOW. Do you know they dont even have it on iplayer anymore? or youtube? trust me I’ve looked….I even went to the BBC archive to try and ‘retreive’ some episodes…apparently that’s illegal….I’m not even joking now this was my dream show, I was gonna enter then your mob shut it down…I had my outfit soreted and everything…it was spangly. Sure I’m a 55 year old man but what the heck I had a midlife crisis ok!!!! follow me on twitter #BRINGBACKSYTYCDNOWORIWILLDIE

  • Caz said:

    Came on here to find out, for my kids, when this show is coming back on again. GUTTED as we all loved it, and they keep asking me when it’s starting up.

    This show was easily the best of all this type of show, with real talent and competition rather than the nonsense on Cowell-esque shows.

    Really diappointed.

  • Liz said:

    This was such a brilliant and inspirational show, showcasing exciting, talented young people. Why not show on another BBC channel if the viewing figures were disappointing, don’t
    deny those of us who appreciate hard work and ability instead of mindless, delusional hopefuls on other talent shows!! PLEASE PLEASE SHOW US MORE……

  • Karen S said:

    Off work with flu and have been re-watching some of the incredible routines from series 2. BRING BACK THIS SHOW!!! Not all the British public are fatuous lightweights with an insatiable appetite for populist rubbish. Stop pandering to them!