Just hours after being crowned America’s Favorite Dancer, Season 7 champ Lauren Froderman opened up on a press call about her experience on So You Think You Can Dance. The 18-year-old was still in shock, very appreciative, and she’s looking forward to the tour.
Lauren received great compliments throughout the season, but the one that stuck with her the most was judge Mia Michaels’ comment on Wednesday night’s show. “The most memorable comment that will stick with me forever is when Mia Michaels said if she was still dancing she’d want to dance like me. I look up to her – the whole dance community looks up to her – and it means so much to me.”
In the first-ever all-star season, Lauren said that dancing with all-stars “really pushed us to work even harder because they really brought something new to the table, and we were still trying to figure out how dancing on TV works. They made our lives easier and harder at the same time. I’m grateful.” What was the best advice she got from an all-star? “The ones who told me to be confident in myself and not think about it being a competition. I was always so nervous for ballroom because it’s not my style, and Pasha would always tell me to be confident and that I knew the steps and i just needed to be in character and let go. Sometimes you hold back because you’re scared but you need to just let go.”
During the first few weeks of Season 7, Lauren got some criticism about smiling too much and dancing like a competition dancer. How was she able to overcome that so well? “I was raised as a competition dancer and acknowledging the audience is what we were trained to do. Being on the show made me realize it’s not all about the audience. It’s about getting into the character…and having the audience want to come in instead of trying to pull them in. The all-stars are definitely a big help on how my performance improved. They were always the best support for us contestants.”
The last girl standing didn’t expect she was going to win. Lauren shared, “I was completely shocked. I really, really thought it would be Kent. The whole room is filled with teenage girls screaming for Kent. He gets a ridiculous amount of fan mail. I am so honored and humbled that it was me. I never dreamed it was going to be me.” Lauren explained her mindset throughout the competition, saying “I wanted to stay as long as I possibly could and I wanted to learn and I wanted to grow. I wanted to be with these new friends and this new family that I made. I don’t think there was a moment where I thought I would win, but there were moments where I wanted to stay.”
After Cat Deeley announced that Lauren is America’s Favorite Dancer, it was so loud in the studio she didn’t get a chance to say anything. “I was just so blown away; I did not expect to win. The fact that so many people believed in me and supported me was just so crazy. The feeling that knowing people are very happy for you and they don’t even know you and are voting for you is so crazy. I feel so blessed and so humbled and nothing will replace the feeling of happiness I felt last night.”
What’s next for the recent high school grad? Of course she will be heading out on the 40-city tour this fall. After that, Lauren “would like to go into acting and get an acting coach. I’ve been singing for the past two years and want to keep training in that. I want to be as versatile as possible because I’d like to book jobs and work in movies and TV. Especially right now while I’m still young and have a ton of energy.”
America’s Favorite Dancer would like to say, “Thank you and I’m just so grateful. I’m just so honored to be America’s Favorite Dancer and just to inspire people. It touches me to be able to experience this and have a positive impact on somebody’s life. I’m just really grateful.”