The long journey came to a close tonight on So You Think You Can Dance
. The final four dancers, Joshua Allen
, Twitch Boss
, Courtney Galiano
and Katee Shean
came back tonight to find out which of them has won the title of America's Favorite Dancer plus a pot of $250,000.
To keep them company and to entertain us all at home for the two-hour broadcast, the rest of the top 20 dancers came back, many of them to reprise some of the judges' favorite routines. (Unfortunately, Jessica King
was not in attendance tonight, likely due to her injury.) Along with these encore performances, there were many guest performers as well. This was by far the most entertaining episode of the entire season. I know rationally that it lasted two hours, but I didn't even notice the time going by. It was that
entertaining. Read on to see what happened.
Well, here's the important news first. Courtney was eliminated first. Then Katee, but there was a surprise tonight. This year, the producers of So You Think You Can Dance
wanted to award the top guy and the top girl, so Katee came away with a second place prize of $50,000. Not too shabby. So it was down to the two hip hop boys, and in the end, Joshua was crowned the fourth winner of So You Think You Can Dance
Judges' Favorite Routines
Katee and Josh's Bollywood from week 5, choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan
Katee and Josh's hip hop from week 1, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo
Courtney G. and Gev Manoukian
's rumba from week 3, choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
Katee and Twitch's contemporary from week 7, choreographed by Mia Michaels
and Twitch's hip hop from week 6, choreographed by Dave Scott
and Mark Kanemura
's hip hop from week 3, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo
Katee and William Wingfield
's pas de deux from week 6, choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson
Courtney G. and Mark's jazz from week 8, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
and Twitch's Viennese waltz from week 2, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux
Top 20 performed a Shane Sparks group hip hop routine.
Season 4 hopefuls Robert Muraine and Phillip Chebeeb faced on in a popping battle. The judges were 5-1 in favor of Robert.
Mary Murphy danced a samba with season 2 alum Dmitry Chaplin
The top five guys, Josh, Twitch, Mark, Gev and Will, danced "Five Guys Named Moe," choreographed by Nigel Lythgoe.
Cirque de Soleil and the cast of Criss Angel: Believe performed a Wade Robson routine.
Nigel Lythgoe and members of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy danced a tap routine to "Boogie Wonderland."
The Jonas Brothers performed "Burnin' Up."
Members of seasons 1 through 3 of So You Think You Can Dance
performed a group routine.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of FOX)