Haskell Talks About 'So You Think You Can Dance' and Being on Tour
On So You Think You Can Dance, Neil Haskell wowed the audience with his impressive dancing skills and smooth moves on stage.  His charm and good looks made him a huge hit with the ladies, as well, and although he wasn't named the winner of the reality dance competition, he made it all the way to the Top Four.

In a recent interview, Haskell said that he wasn't all too surprised that he made it as far as he did, not because he thought so highly of himself, but because he always made sure to exude confidence while performing.

“I wouldn't say I was surprised because the whole time you have to be confident in your skills and you have to be on top of it,” Haskell explained to Kansas City's Camp magazine, admitting though that he would still always feel a bit of uncertainty.  “We were hoping and wishing, though!”

Initially, Neil Haskell and partner Lauren Gottlieb were criticized for not having enough chemistry on the dance floor.  However, as the season progressed, the two became more aware of establishing a connection with each other.  However, while the judges brought Haskell to the Top Four, Gottlieb was sent home during the eighth week of the competition.

“That was really tough,” Haskell said of Gottlieb's elimination.  “That was tough because I knew how hard it was for her and she couldn't tell her family she left.”

The two have been reunited, however, as they are currently touring with the rest of the top ten finalists of So You Think You Can Dance 3.  Neil Haskell said that performing night after night isn't exactly as hard as it sounds.

“It's actually not tough because you have a different crowd every night and a different excitement level every night,” he told Camp.  “Most of the stuff is the same [as the show], but then we have many different new [routines] as well.”

When asked what he has found to be most enjoyable about touring, Haskell said that it is getting the opportunity to spend time with old friends.

“I think the best experience is seeing all my old friends and people I've grown up with and seeing them after the show,” he said.  “I haven't seen a lot of people in a long time, so seeing them and performing for them is pretty cool.”

After the tour, Haskell is heading over to New York to appear in the American Academy of Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  He will be joined on stage by several other members of So You Think You Can Dance.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Camp
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