Tryouts for the eighth season "So You Think You Can Dance" are under way. But well before the newbies are unveiled, local fans will be able to catch some of their favorite contestants and routines from the first seven seasons Saturday when the live version of Fox-TV's hit series takes over the Tacoma Dome.
Recently, season five contestant and returning All Star Ade Obayomi checked in from the road to let us know what he’s been up to and what to expect when he and the crew get to town this weekend.
The show’s called “So You Think You Can Dance.” When did you realize you could dance?
Well, my mom threw me into dance when I was like, maybe, 8 to kind of hone in my energy because I was a lot (to handle) as a little kid. From there my dance teacher at the after-school program that I went to pushed me into competition dance and all that stuff. That’s kind of how it all got started.
I’ve seen a clip of you talking about touring with Alicia Keys. What else have you been up to since you first appeared on the show?
As soon as I got off the show, I was fortunate enough to do a music video with Rihanna who is someone I looked up to. So working with her was incredible and fun, and (I) got to see the music video aspect of the business, I guess. And then right after that I started with Alicia (on) her tour, and that went from about January to June. And then the show started back up in June. So it was kind of a back-to-back type situation where things just worked out.
You make it look easy on TV. But on a scale of one to 10, how grueling is it to prepare for a tour like this?
I’d say it’s about eight or nine. It’s really intense because it’s nonstop dancing. You’re doing it almost every night, and it’s kind of like the heavy hitters of the show, so it’s not easy dancing. So the body is definitely going through it (strenuous workouts.) But of course, it’s getting stronger and getting used to the (grueling) schedule and the craziness that is tour.
What will fans see live versus on TV?
Well, TV shows kind of what the producers and the directors wanna show you. On tour you see everything. You see what you didn’t see on camera. You see every angle. You see both the dancers all the time or the group dances. And we have a lot of new dances for the tour.
How specifically is it organized?
The All Stars and the contestants and (season six winner) Russell (Ferguson), we all have maybe, like, five or six group routines together where it’s all of us. Of course, the season seven contestants have their own little section where it’s just them because it is their season. The contestants have duets with just each other, and Russell does a few numbers with season six (contestant) Kathryn (McCormick.)
Who are your favorite people to dance with?
From my season, season 5, Melissa (Sandvig). She was my partner the first five weeks – and then, of course, for the “Woman’s Work” routine. She was one of my favorite people. I didn’t know her before the show so we started from scratch. Our chemistry was great together on and off camera. So she’s one of my good friends, and I still keep in touch with her. We all live down the street from each other in California.
This season – um – everyone’s so good. I like dancing with Allison (Holker), who is an All Star. I get to dance with her on the tour. Her energy is crazy, and she just pushes me to just go even if I’m tired, not feeling good, or my body’s hurting. Her energy just pushes me through.