June 01, 2010 09:25 AM by Nancy Floyd
So You Think You Can Dance kicked off its seventh season last week and there are tons of changes in store. Choreographer Mia Michaels, who is now a resident judge on the show, shares her thoughts on the new format which includes only 10 dancers instead of 20 and the return of previous contestants. Keep reading for more details on what Michaels thinks about the new changes…
Season seven ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance is filled with many changes and surprises. Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman are now resident judges, the competition will consist of a top 10 instead of top 20, only one dancer will be eliminated each week, and previous contestants are returning to partner with the new hopefuls. Michaels opens up about the new format which she calls “a win/win.”
“The contestants are coming in as not really professional,” Michaels says. “They’re just starting out in the industry. They’re going to be put with these people that get it. First of all, they know the game on the show. They know how to play it. They’ve also gone onto become working, professional dancers in the business that choreographers and directors hire all the time. So they’re really seasoned at this point.”
Now that current contestants will be paired with previousÂ So You Think You Can Dance finalists (who already have fan bases of their own), viewers are wondering how the newbies will manage to shine. Michaels thinks teaming up with a previous contestant will help season seven’s top 10 one way or the other.Â ”When they’re on the stage with these contestants, the contestants are either going to have to step way up — which is going to be great for them — or the all-star could wind up carrying them,” she says.Â ”Or it could be the other way. I don’t think so because the all-stars are so comfortable. It’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out.”
Regardless of how it all works out, Michaels is optimistic that this is going to be one of the greatest seasons ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance ever.Â ”To have that energy play out on the stage is going to be explosive,” she said.