Just a reminder that season 9 premieres this week, on Thursday, May 24th. Two major changes to the show this season: 1) The results episode has been eliminated entirely, leaving the show with a single, 2-hour performance episode each week. At the end of each episode, the bottom 3 couples from the previous week will be revealed, and the judges will choose who to eliminate from that group. However, they will be able to take into account that week's performances, including any group numbers. In other words, dancers will be eliminated based on their performances in that week's numbers and the previous week's. 2) There will be two winners: a male and a female. I'm interested to see how the changes--particularly the one-episode-per-week thing--shake out. On one hand, the ability to judge the dancers on more routines before eliminating them is a good thing, but on the other hand, some of the best performances (both musical and dance) were on the results show. Nigel and FOX have assured us that interesting dance numbers will take precedence over musical acts, but lest we forget there have been some memorable musical acts, including Lady Gaga just as she was breaking out. In any event, I'm excited for the new season of what is easily the best performance reality show on TV.