Image Credit: Mathieu Young/FoxAs we saw during last night‘s So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel and the panel decided to choose a cast of 11 — not 10 — incredible dancers for this very different, very intriguing seventh season. So how will things work, once the competition officially begins next week? As we’ve known for months now, the show is bringing back 12 all-stars from previous seasons — including folks like season 3’s Pasha Kovalev, season 4’s Mark Kanemura, and season 6’s Kathryn McCormick — to dance with the top 11. But rather than pairing them with the same all-star week after week, à la Dancing With the Stars, contestants will pick a name out of a hat each week — and then dance in that all-star’s style. All-stars won’t be eliminated alongside the contestants, who will be ousted one-by-one this season. Fox confirms that the dancers will pick from the crop of 12 up until the very end of the season (meaning one or more all-stars will not be dancing each week).
But since we have a top 11 instead of a top 10, can we expect a double elimination in the coming week? A rep for Fox says not at this point. And there will be no elimination tonight, since the hour-long show is meant purely to introduce and showcase the top 11. Which is good, because I’m still not entirely convinced that Ashley Galvan and Robert Roldan actually exist.
P.S. As for those of you wondering what Lauren said in frustration while dancing with Vegas, it was that she was tired of running into “the curtains.” Not “the Koreans.” Though, I’ll admit, I heard “Koreans” as well before rewinding. Oh, ears, how they play tricks with us!