Is The BBC Ready To Axe SYTYCD UK?
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?