I'm so incredibly excited for tonight's Final Four performance show. We've got four incredibly talented dancers who, I am positive, will bring out the big guns tonight and show us their most impressive routines yet.
Who are you pulling for? The nearly flawless Katee who has had a virtually perfect season thus far? Or her long time friend Twitch, possibly the least formally trained dancer of the season, but one who has showed enormous potential? Or how about Josh, he of the cute butt and amazing technical ability? Personally, I'm all for Courtney, the most improved dancer of the top 20.
I'll be here for the next two hours with my live thoughts. Feel free to keep me company by posting your thoughts too!
Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance
Cat Deeley, wearing a shiny, shiny gold number and five-inch heels, welcomes the final four dancers out on the stage. She explains that tonight, everybody in the final four will be dancing with everybody else. She welcomes our....joodges! Mandy Moore joins Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe in the judges panel.
The first pair to hit the floor tonight are Courtney Galiano
and Twitch Boss
, dancing a Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo hip hop routine. This routine is about a crazy, deranged girlfriend going out to a club to look for her boyfriend. Courtney really takes to this character. They dance to "Church" by T-Pain, which is the perfect song choice for this fast-paced routine. Woah, Twitch spins with Courtney's body balanced on his head. Crazy! Normally, I love Twitch and Courtney, and I love the D'Umos, but I'm left wanting a little bit more. The judges shower them with high praise.
To fill in some of the time in tonight's two-hour episode, we have footage of Cat Deeley sitting down and interviewing each of the four dancers individually. She interviews Courtney first, and Courtney just comes off as such a genuine person, with an adorable New York accent peaking out here and there. Then Courtney dances her solo to "They Weren't There" by Missy Higgins. I've always been impressed with Courtney's ability to choreograph her solos. The judges comment about how much she has grown throughout this competition, moving Courtney to tears.
For the next routine, Katee Shean
and Joshua Allen
team up to dance a Wade Robson lyrical routine. Yay! Words cannot express how much I love Wade's routines! They dance to "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" by John Mayer, and it is wonderfully romantic and kind of heartbreaking, actually. Their chemistry is through the roof, these two.
Now, for the first time this season, Courtney and Katee dance together. Tyce Diorio has a parasol-themed Broadway routine for these two. They are supposed to be two women trying to catch their train, dancing to "The Trolley Song" by Rufus Wainwright. They both wear these super frilly and girly dresses that are so cute. Hrm, is it me, or was that kind of disappointing too? I just remember in last season's finale, I was just blown away by Wade Robson's fox routine, but this one was just a bit fluffy and lacked oomph. The judges have a lot of good things to say but their demeanor is pretty subdued.
Next, we see Cat's one-on-one with Twitch. He got his nickname because he danced everywhere he went, even when he wasn't supposed to. He dances his solo to "It Was All In Your Mind" by Wade Robson. Huh, I didn't know that Wade did music too. What a multi-talented guy! I really wish that they got the professional choreographers to do the solos for tonight because I wasn't crazy about Twitch's solo, even though I'm pretty crazy about him.
Next couple on stage are Josh and Twitch. Yay! I usually really love the same-sex routines, and the girls' dance was a little disappointing, so I have high hopes for Josh and Twitch's. They do a Russian trepak, choreographed by Yourie Nelzine, danced to the Russian Dance from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. They show amazing athleticism in this dance with all their ridiculously high leaps and turns and Russian knee-thingies. It's an extremely difficult routine and very impressive, but gosh, I wish there was more of an emotional element to it. I personally thought that Mia Michaels' contemporary routine with the two competing princes was so much more dramatic as a visual tableau.
Katee has her interview with Cat. We are reminded of Katee's controversial showing in Las Vegas, when she said that she wouldn't come back to audition next year if she didn't make it this year. I have to come to her defense again and say that So You Think You Can Dance
is not the only avenue that she has as a dancer, so she wouldn't have been giving up on her dance career as Nigel had implied back then. Kate dances her solo to "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap. Normally, I'm bored by Katee's solos, but tonight, I'm actually a little less bored than I usually am.
Katee and Twitch dance a foxtrot choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. They dance to "Feeling Good" by MIchael Bublé. They both look so elegant and dapper in their formal foxtrot-y outfits. They really excel with their lifts in this routine. Mary Murphy yells "Bravo" at Katee, but really, it should have been "Brava."
Josh has the final interview with Cat for the evening. Josh insists that he's not a crier, but Cat says that he's the biggest blubberer on the show. Aw, they're so cute! Josh's solo is to "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic, and he sure shakes his booty.
The final couple of the evening are Courtney and Josh. They dance a very intense jive choreographed by Jason Gilkison to the music of "The Dirty Boogie" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. It's lovely and '40s-style, but still with a modern flavor from their fab outfits. It's a really fun piece, and both Courtney and Josh do a formidable job trying to keep the energy level high throughout the whole piece. But I agree with Nigel that they did look exhausted throughout, and it could have been better.
For the final performance of the evening, we have a real treat. All four finalists perform a Mia Michaels contemporary routine. Yay! They dance to "Hallelujah" by the Vitamin String Quartet and it's a great visual spectacle. If this is any indication of what they will perform on tour, sign me up! Everyone, including the boys wear these high-waisted plaid skirts, which is interesting. It's kind of a big-old, contemporary square dance. I love it. It's definitely the best performance of the night. But wow, as soon as they are over, the dancers look completely spent. I just have to give massive props to all these dancers who have worked so hard and continue to work hard to get to where they are.
Now, it's up to America. Who will you vote for? Don't forget to come back tomorrow night to watch the two-hour final results show to find out which of these four dancers will win.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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