As we reported before, the Pia elimination sent the judges, the fans and the Producers apparently up in arms. Randy even mentioned in an interview last week that he wished he had another save, that there should be one for the top 12 (or 13) and another one that can be used between the top 10-5. I myself think that is way too many saves, and even mentioned that maybe they should just go the So You Think You Can Dance way of eliminations, and let the audience vote the bottom, the judges pick who leaves. Well, it looks like this may be considered for next season.
American Idol’s executive producers, specifically Nigel Lythgoe, are now saying that they may consider the change to the SYTYCD format next year. Fellow executive producer, Ken Warwick, may now be on board with this as well, saying “Maybe we’ll change the voting system slightly next year. Maybe we’ll limit the number of SMS votes or online votes, but it will remain the same this year.”
He went on to say that they will definitely hold discussions about the voting system, reiterating that no changes will take place this year, mid season. Responding to Lythgoe’s suggestion of a SYTYCD format, he said “I wouldn’t put too much faith in anything. That’s just one of the solutions or ideas on the table. There are a number. We won’t be putting anything into practice…well, I’m pretty sure we won’t – until next year.” He was also sure to note that the voting in general tends to lean more towards the men in the competition, since “predominantly young girls and moms are the driving force behind these kinds of shows, probably more prominently now – the vote is going to be slewed toward boys”.
Will a new voting system help all around? What do you think? Should there be more saves, or should we go to a SYTYCD format? Leave us a comment below and let us know!