On "So You Think You Can Dance," viewers are now given a chance to save a contestant in the bottom three in real time using the Twitter Save. After the dancers with the fewest votes are announced, fans on social media can pick one contestant from Team Stage and one from Team Street to be rescued. That's how Moises Parra (Stage) and Eddie "Neptune" Eskridge (Street) made it to the next week of competition. But is it fair?
Our forums poster That Don Guy isn't so sure, because only some viewers can take advantage of it. He explains, "If you live in the western half of the country, you can't use [the Twitter Save] unless (a) you pay attention to Twitter either while you're watching the first hour of the show (Mountain time zone) or two hours before it starts (Pacific) to see who is in danger, (b) you don't mind having that information spoiled, and (c) you don't care that, while everyone out east gets to watch that night's dancing before voting, you have to base it solely on the previous week." (Click here to join the discussion in our forums.)
While the Twitter Save favors live viewers on the east coast, could it also skew the results of the competition? Maybe, or maybe not.
On Monday, California native Parra was saved instead of east-coast boys Derek Piquette (Chicopee, Massachusetts) and Darion Flores (Hartford, Connecticut), with Flores ultimately going home. No hometown advantage there. Meanwhile, Texas street dancer Neptune was saved instead of east-coaster Ariana Crowder (Somerset, New Jersey), and Lily Frias (Durango, Mexico) was ultimately eliminated.
What do you think? Is the Twitter Save unfair for the contestants, unfair for the viewers, neither or both? Vote in our poll below, and make sure to predict who you think will be eliminated Monday night.
Which STAGE dancer will be eliminated?
Which STREET dancer will be eliminated?
Which STAGE dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
Which STREET dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
Who will win 'So You Think You Can Dance'?
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