The question is who are the spectators? My guess is by and large the spectators are dancers and the question then becomes if you reduce your competitors by 25% will you also reduce your audience by 25%? Will this 25% who is not dancing at the event still incur the expense and travel to the competition to be a spectator? Although this rule change does make the event much more exciting for everybody (dancers and spectators) I still would not travel to the event if I was in the bottom 25% and not dancing. My dance dollars are going to go to events where I can be both a competitor and a spectator.