In the issue, on newsstands July 5, 13-year-old Maddie talks about her decision to leave "Dance Moms," working with Sia and more—all while looking super chic in looks from The Edit by Seventeen, a capsule collection launching July 11.
"Leaving 'Dance Moms' was a hard decision to make, but it was getting too stressful," Maddie tells the magazine. "Now, I feel like I'm so free." And as for former teacher Abby Lee Miller? "She's exactly how she is on the show," Maddie says. "But the thing that I like about her most is she can actually be funny sometimes. And she also wanted me to be good." But, that had its drawbacks, Maddie adds: "I feel like I had so much more pressure on me to be the best in the room."
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Beyond the pressure inside the studio, Maddie also says she felt tons of it coming from her online followers—and haters. "I would be like, 'Why are they mad at me?'" she tells Seventeen. "I've come to realize now that people just do it because they want attention. One person would be hating on me, and then another girl would get into a fight with her on my page! I'm just like, What the heck? Why do people do this?"
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.