Coupla thoughts about the show and tour...
First, I'd said I wasn't going to buy tour tickets again, but when I checked Fox.com/Dance
the other night it showed this year's tour date in my area is at Greenville (SC's) Peace Center for the Performing Arts. That's barely a 30-minute drive from my home, and although I've never yet attended an event there, friends who have say the auditorium is amazing -- especially the acoustics... So anyway, tickets went on sale for the general public at 10 a.m. this morning (their booster members could buy them starting yesterday). Well, I had my alarm set for about 9:15, but just didn't feel like getting up. So I finally got down here a bit ago to see what seats were still available, and I think I got fairly decent seating in the front orchestra section (not PIT orchestra, but regular)... Here's a link to their seating chart. I got seat K37: http://www.peacecenter.org/box_office/seating_charts.php
. Nothing on their website said anything about photography one way or the other, so I'm hoping I can take pics. However, rather than carrying a camera bag with me, this time I'll just take my best DSLR with ONE zoom that goes from 18-250 (24-375 35mm equiv.). I primarily used a 55-300/80-450 equiv. when I went to the Season 8 tour with excellent results, except there were a few times I couldn't get quite as wide as I wanted to. This Sigma zoom is pretty small, too, so if they have some limit on lens length, etc., it should pass it.
Second, Nigel revealed something about their voting mechanism on this past Tuesday's show. In the past he's simply said he and "the other judges" had "conferred" with the choreographers to come up with a solution. But he never elaborated if that meant ALL the choreographers, or ALL those who'd worked with the various dancers, or ALL working that week, or what. Well, this week he said Makenzie lost by a vote of 9-6. It's technically IMPOSSIBLE for 3 people to come up with a vote of 9-6 unless people get "half-point votes." With full-point votes, such a score requires either 5, or 15 voters. As they rarely have 12 choreographers on hand at any one time, my guess is five. This leads me to believe the choreographers for the dancers in danger of elimination get equal voting power to the 3 judges, with each getting 3 votes, which means Nigel and one other person voted for Makenzie -- probably her choreographer, I'm guessing -- certainly not Debbie Allen after the things she said to Jenna.
Of course it all really doesn't matter. I just thought it might be an interesting little bit of insight into how some of the behind-the-scenes things might work.