So You Think You Can Dance Review: Preseason Style

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Really, So You Think You Can Dance? We're big fans and all, for many seasons now, and you look even more amazing in HD (we just upgraded after all these years).

But there was no competition last night, nor did we even get to see what the Top 11 or the All-Stars are really all about - if you missed it, you officially missed nada.

This was like a preseason game after the first three weeks of the regular season. What's the point? Why not jump right into the competition and elimination rounds?

We appreciated the truncated audition rounds, but Thursday was pure filler, no way around it, with random routines and the dancing groups arbitrarily grouped at that.

There were plenty of memorable moves, to be sure, but it was hard to even know who to watch sometimes. If this were the post-show tour, it would've worked more.

So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars

ALL STARS: The past So You Think You Can Dance standouts are back.

You can't throw an exhibition night at us when we barely know anything about the cast, Dance. It doesn't make sense and it was kind of a waste of time. Sorry.

Another weird tweak, albeit on a much lesser scale, is that the judges now sit in front of an actual panel, which makes them seem detached from the audience.

Also, why do the choreographers now give feedback if it's all going to be cliched, generic and positive? We don't get it. Chalk it up to a bad week, we suppose.

Believe it or not, we are actually fans of the show, and the dancing was still awesome. It's just the odd format shifts we have a problem with, and only this week.

Follow the jump for a quick breakdown of some of the top routines ...

Lauren Froderman and Kent Boyd: Paired with Mark and Kathryn McCormick, and choreographed by Travis Wall, their Moulin Rouge routine really showcased Lauren's talents.

Alexie Agdeppa and Melinda Sullivan: Paired with Lauren Gottlieb and Allison Holker, Melinda's tap was surprisingly graceful, so fluid. A lively routine, if not jaw-dropping stuff.

Jose Ruiz: Accompanied by Comfort Fedoke, Dominic Sandoval and Twitch, Jose hit his moves hard, but was perhaps overshadowed by the All-Stars a bit. To be expected?

Cristina Santana: With the help of Pasha and Anya Garnis (who was a little more on her game than Cristina), the salsa dancer still showed plenty of her amazing promise.

Alex Wong and Billy Bell: These two need no introduction at this point, and combined with Ade Obayomi on a Mia Michaels routine, they were predictably gorgeous to watch.

AdeChike Torbert, Robert Roldan and Ashley Galvan: This trio ended the show joined by vets Neil Haskell and Courtney Galiano on a tight routine. No underdogs in the bunch!

With this out of the way, it'll be great to start the real competition next week. Who are you rooting for to go all the way on So You Think You Can Dance?

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