September 27th, 2011
06:45 PM ET
The top 10 performers from Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" are once again on tour this fall (Tuesday night's stop is Boston, and Thursday's will be Providence, Rhode Island), but the show has had some pretty major changes from years past.
"I remember during the season 4 tour, [and] there was a lot of talking and stopping [between routines]," jazz dancer Clarice Ordaz told CNN. "There's nothing wrong with that, but it's a dance show. I think this year we have 50 routines, which is the most we've ever had. So far, we've had really good reactions."
With such a large number of routines and a faster pace, the dancers are being challenged more than ever before.
"When we first found out which routines we were doing and how many we were doing, I honestly didn't know how it was going to be possible for us to add quick changes on top of that and still stay alive by the end," Clarice (who also had to learn the favorite "Mr. Jailer" routine, mostly by watching it on video) added. "But the energy level is always high, we pump each other up in the dressing room. Luckily, we have a great finale performance with neon colors everywhere, and the crowd always loves it."
"It is so different being on tour than being on television because everything is edited in a way, and camera angles are different," said Mitchell Kelly.
When this season's third place dancer Marko Germar (who recently returned to the tour on the stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was injured, Mitchell also had to learn some of his routines.
"Including Marko's numbers, I had six more I had to learn. I had a lot on me. But Mandy Moore is just a wonderful choreographer and she motivated me a lot to stay strong," he said. "There were a few times where I would cry or feel like I can't do what Marko is doing, but I came to realize that I am a different individual, and I had to fight through it. Just like in the competition, I had to fight through it."
When asked about their favorite routine, both dancers agreed that it was the grand finale, choreographed to the tune of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida."
"I really love the energy we all have when we're on stage together," said Clarice. "I love that routine. Ending it like that is so much fun."
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