September 29th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
[Editor's Note: If you have plans to see the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour and want to be totally surprised, stop reading now.]
For "So You Think You Can Dance's" fifth nationwide tour, the show has added more original dances, a few more surprises and most importantly, a few of season seven's all-stars, most of whom are on their second tour.
The show made one of its first stops in Duluth, Georgia on Monday night, and it put any doubts to rest about Kent having the most passionate fanbase of the season. The crowd went bananas every time he hit the stage, loving every single one of his routines.
The favorite all-star was probably season three's Dominic, whose non-stop joking (including inside the show's program) was a highlight of the show. He also showed himself to be the most exciting of the three dancers in the hip-hop genre, even above season six winner/krumper Russell - who ably stepped in for tWitch in "My Chick Bad" - and season seven's fellow B-boy Jose, all of whom took the stage in a special routine which brought the house down (Dominic also shared his new obsession with Justin Bieber by breaking to "Baby").
Season seven winner Lauren showed why she deserved to win, especially when she easily stepped into Comfort's shoes in a "NappyTabs" routine with AdeChike. She also took Allison's place, as originally planned in Mia Michaels' "Alice in Wonderland" group routine, my favorite of the season. If she had lost, she almost certainly would have been a future all-star.
If there was one dancer more popular than Kent, it was the absent, injured Alex, to whom the dancers paid tribute at the very start of the show, and in a video replay of the fan favorite "Get Outta Your Mind" with tWitch.
It was also nice to see Ashley dancing again, especially since her ninja routine with Dominic and "Cosmic Love" with Ade were two of the best of the season.
Of the all-stars, Allison was the best to see onstage, and she and Robert turned their "Fix You" routine from Travis Wall even more extraordinary to witness in person, and you could tell they were emotionally touched by it as well.
It was terrific to see Russell and Kathryn reprise "I Can Transform Ya," one of the highlights of season six, but unfortunately that was the only real tip-of-the-hat to that season in the entire show. I would have loved to see, say, the rest of the top six from that season on the tour as well (especially since it was sorely lacking in ballroom dancers, and only a precious few of those routines were part of the show).
The best part of the night, however, was the grand finale, the best one I've seen on any of these tours, and it answered the question of how Lauren and Kent's unplanned kiss would be handled on the tour in brilliant fashion.
The "SYTYCD" tour is heading to Miami and Orlando, Florida next, and there are plenty of other chances to catch it through the middle of November. Have you seen it yet? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below.
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