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'SYTYCD' Q&A: Winner Joshua Allen

The 19-year-old Texan took the top prize in season 4, and now he takes a few minutes to answer our burning questions about pre-show training, his plans (look out, Usher), and his now famous derriere

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So You Think You Can Dance
Kelsey McNeal

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you exhausted?

JOSHUA ALLEN: Um…yeah, I am, but…

What have you been up to since last night?

Just really nothing, ha, got a little bit of rest. Now I’m just…doing interviews [Laughs].

One of the biggest questions that we — and our readers — have is about your training. What kind of formal training did you have before the show?

I took a few modern dance classes, ballet classes, because I felt that to be a better dancer I would have to take different classes, and, you know, expand my horizons in the art of dance. I didn’t want to audition for the show not knowing anything. Dallas was [early in the auditions], and after I made it to Vegas — there were months before we actually went — I took as many classes as I could. I really wasn’t that technically trained. I would just try to take classes in the summer, and when it was school time I would take class, run track, play football. I would always just train in the summer. So it was never hard training. It wasn’t like William or Mark or Matt. I knew what it was, I knew kind of what to do, but I wasn’t trained in it.

I think it was just that you picked up the different choreography so easily, you were so natural, that everyone was like, What? What has he been doing?! Was it more difficult for you to pick up the choreography because you had less training?

Yes. It was so difficult a lot of times, but the main thing about performing is that you have to make it look easy.

Now that you won, what is going to be your biggest splurge?

I have no idea. I want to save [the $250,000 prize] and have it grow. I’m going to move out to L.A., of course, and follow my career.

When you go out and audition, do you think you’ll do mostly hip-hop or can you see yourself doing contemporary or ballroom?

Why not? Why not try everything? Why be this one-dimensional dancer, why not audition for everything you can? As long as you believe you can do it then you can do it.

A lot of the past winners have gone on tour with musicians, do you see yourself doing that?

I want to work with Michael Jackson. I would love to work with Omarion, Chris Brown, Usher. I love Ludacris; he’s one of my favorite rappers. Lil Wayne is another one of my favorite rappers. And I would love to do tracks with them. I don’t want to be in the background! I want to be in the front!

NEXT PAGE: ”Katee was freaking out — she was crying and everything, and I literally had to promise her that I was going to get that [move].”

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Usually professional dancers spend a lot of time in the background, but on the show you guys are always in the spotlight. Will you miss that? Do you think you’ll pursue anything in television?

JOSHUA ALLEN Well, I do want to be a recording artist. I want to choreograph and hopefully own my own studio and company. As my ultimate goal, I want to own my own record label, and be a producer — things like that. But I also want to model.

Oooh! Maybe model jeans?

[Laughs] Maybe!

Speaking of jeans, do you think the judges’ attention to your behind helped you out? Maybe helped you nab some of the ladies’ votes?

[Laughs] I think it probably gave me some brownie points. It was funny, I was kind of expecting that, I mean, I do have, like, a built body, so just put me in tight pants and…

Oh, we know, Joshua, we know.

Thank you!!

Has anyone recognized your dad or…his backside since the show?

Yes! He loves all of it.

You’ve worn some great things this season between your Bollywood vest and those Russian pants. If you could keep any wardrobe piece, what would it be?

[Laughs] I like the ”No Air” outfit, But I think I would go with the samba pants because those got me out there, and everyone remembered those.

Would you wear them with the low-cut shirt, or just with no shirt?

Probably with a shirt, because you would probably think I’m crazy walking down the street with no shirt on.

But people would also enjoy it.

Well, then maybe my paso doble outfit, too, because that one showed off my body.

Did you ever have an outfit that was difficult to dance in?

That really came with trial and error. A lot of the times it was restrictive, and as dancers, we’d get frustrated. On the Viennese waltz, at the end, when I picked Katee up, and she slid down my whole body? We didn’t get to try that costume on until the show. And Katee was freaking out — she was crying and everything, and I literally had to promise her that I was going to get that [move]. And we got it [laughs]!

Yeah, you did! What did you guys do right after the performances? Any time for fun or celebration?

After everyone left, we’d pull [the routines and partners] out of the hat, and then the next day we were back to work practicing. It’s back-to-back. We literally had no break from the moment we started. There was no time for celebration if you made it to the next round, you just went back to work.

Were you able to watch Wednesday’s show? I know that you tape on Mondays.

Yeah, we got to watch the show all together most of the time. Sometimes you really enjoy it and you’re happy with it, and sometimes you’re, like, ”Oh, my God!”

What about watching ”No Air?” It was definitely a favorite of the fans and the judges, and probably the most beautiful routine of all four seasons. Was it as emotional for you as a performer as it was for all of us at home?

Oh, yeah! It was so much fun and had so much power behind it. I feel like, as a dancer, whenever you commit so much to something nobody can tell you no. They can’t deny you — and we were so in it, so, yeah.

Are you going to miss working with Katee?

Yeah! I am, but hopefully we’ll get together and stay in contact after the show.

So you guys will hang out?

Yeah!

And, maybe, like, go out on dates?

[Laughs] I don’t know about that.

I think that’s just our hopes and dreams, as the fans.

Yeah, yeah, a lot of people out there thought that and were like ”awww.” There were people making little love videos about us — it’s so cute.

NEXT PAGE: The answer to the ”IV Real” mystery

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you read the blogs and what people write about you online?

JOSHUA ALLEN I really haven’t been much. I have before, but, you know, they tell us really not to. We really try not to. Sometimes we do [Laughs].

You probably get sucked in though.

Yeah, and that’s why they tell us not to. If someone says, ”Oh, he’s brilliant, he’s going to win!,” you might start thinking that, and if someone writes ”Oh, you suck,” you really might start thinking that.

Well, luckily for you, you’ve always been a favorite. You and Katee never even made it to the bottom!

I know. We prayed a lot. How about that?

What is the best fan sign that you read when you were on stage performing?

I saw one that said ”Oh, my gosh, we love Josh,” and I liked any that said ”Texas Love.” I just loved to see the fans and of course seeing my family.

What was it like working with Nigel Lythgoe on the top 5 guys’ routine?

It was an honor for him to come down and work with us. He’s never done it before, and obviously, he saw something in this season to come down and choreograph that number. It was so much fun — Nigel’s really fun. We just had a really good time, but it was a lot of pressure because we really didn’t want to mess up. At all! So we really all had to make sure we were on point.

We saw your rivalry with Twitch on stage, but was there any sort of personal bet going on? Like does he have to do your laundry now?

No, no.

He doesn’t have to give you a backrub or anything?

No, we were really happy for each other. We were two of the closest people there.

What is cooler: your braces or Twitch’s glasses?

Oh! My braces.

So did you guys come up with ”IV Real”? Can you give us some insight on that? Our fans were in an uproar over what it meant a while back.

Yeah, well, we all came up with ”IV Real.” It was just for season 4. This was one of the hardest seasons by far, and we’re so focused and for real. The dancing that we do is for real. Our focus, our determination was so for real that…it was crazy! And we got through it! We all rose to the occasion no matter who you were — the top 20, the top 18.

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