So You Think You Can Dance has yet to announce which alums will be all-stars in Season 8, but TMTT has a list of favorites we hope to see pair up with this year's batch of contestants.
The format for the all-stars has changed a bit in Season 8. Last year producers narrowed down the pool of dancers to 10, with the all-stars stars performing from the first week of the live show. But in Season 8, SYTYCD will bring back the top 20 and won't introduce the all-stars until the group is whittled down to 10.
Nigel Lythgoe said early on that he wants the all-stars to compliment the top 10, so it is possible they haven't even been chosen yet. If not, we'd like to give SYTYCD producers a little advice.
Here's a look at our picks for Season 8 all-stars.
Travis Wall: Season 2 runner-up, Travis Wall, is our top pick for the all-stars. But it is unlikely the contemporary dancer will take one of the spots, after having already received high praise for his choreography. Wall has choreographed memorable routines like "If It Kills Me," performed by Season 5 contestants Jeanine Mason and Jason Glover, and "Fix You," a dedication to his mom, in Season 7.
As a contestant on SYTYCD, Wall performed the Emmy-winning "Bench" dance choreographed by Mia Michaels.
Ivan Koumaev: Ivan Koumaev may not have been the best dancer to grace the SYTYCD stage, or even the best hip-hopper for that matter. But Koumaev won us over in Season 2 with his baby-face and roller skates.
Despite Koumaev's limited training, he wowed us when he performed a contemporary routine with one of our other favorites from the season, Allison Holker (see below).
Since competing in SYTYCD, Koumaev has appeared in Step Up 3D.
Pasha Kovalev: The list of all-stars wouldn't be complete without a sexy, Russian ballroom dancer. It was a toss up between Kovalev and Dimitire Chaplin, but Chaplin has an air of arrogance that can get annoying (and there are only so many times we need to see him sans shirt).
Kovalev appeared as an all-star in Season 7 and has also choreographed for the series.
Kent Boyd: Kent Boyd, Season 7 runner-up, put Wapakoneta on the map. It would be interesting to see how Boyd has grown from last summer, when he was criticized for being a one-trick pony.
Immediately following the competition, Boyd made a guest appearance on the Disney Channel series, Shake It Up.
Alex Wong: Classicaly trained Alex Wong received a free pass from Nigel Lythgoe last season, after an injury disqualified him from the competition. But it looks like Wong will unlikely return to compete in Season 8. Still, this doesn't mean he must be completely absent from the competition. Here's hoping the ballet dancer (who in our opinion would have been the winner of Season 7 if he didn't get hurt) comes back as an all-star.
Jeanine Mason: Jeanine Mason is our top pick for the girl all-stars in Season 8. The winner of Season 5, Mason was an underdog that peaked at the right time. It would be especially interesting to see Mason as an all-star if rumors that her little sis will compete in the comptetition turn out to be true.
Allison Holker: We continue to stand by our belief that Allison Holker got kicked off Season 2 way too early. Thankfully she came back in Season 7 as an all-star, and we hope that she will be picked again this year. Her performance with Alex Wong to "Hallelujah" was one of our favorites of last season.
Chelsie Hightower: Chelsie Hightower is our top pick for a girl ballroom dancer. Hightower made the top 6 in Season 4, but it was actually her other styles of dance that imressed us more than her ballroom, specifically her hip-hop routine with Mark Kanemura.
But it is unlikely Hightower will return to SYTYCD, as she already has a full-time gig as a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars.
Kayla Radomski: As a finalist in Season 5, Kayla Radomski performed one of the most memorable dances in SYTYCD history, the "Addiction" piece choreographed by Mia Michaels. Labeled "White Lightening" by judge Debbie Allen, Radomski was one of the most versatile dancers on the show.
Lauren Gottlieb: Lauren Gottlieb is a familiar face to SYTYCD, having remained close to the series since she competed in Season 3. She had a history with the show before she even became a contestant, assisting choreographer Tyce Diorio.
Her ability to perform nearly all styles of dancr, makes her an ideal all-star. Gottlieb filled one of the all-star slots last year, and there is a good chance she will return in Season 8.