No offense to last year's crop of So You Think You Can Dance
ladies, but this season's group of female finalists are the best the show has ever seen. Shauna Noland
, who was eliminated by the judges last week, had done nothing but dance her heart out and carry her inferior male partners. Jessi Peralta
, who was eliminated three weeks ago, looked like one of the early favorites to win it all, but was kicked off partly because of health reasons. Saying that, the ladies that do remain are all dancing on an extremely high level, making it very difficult to separate them in terms of talent.
The judges, no matter what happens, will have a near impossible decision this week when it comes to which female to send home. I'm basing the below rankings on who I believe has the best chance to be the last female in the competition. Feel free to tell us who you'd rank where in the comments section below.
#6 - Anya Garnis
I thought Anya should have gone home last week. There's been talk across the internets that Anya is dancing in pain out there, and it was evident during her solo performance on Thursday. I didn't pick up on that, but it makes sense. She's been very hit and miss for me. In the right genre, Anya can dominate. In the wrong one (like hip/hop) she's out of her league.
#5 - Jaimie Goodwin
Since all these girls are very good dancers, sometimes it can be difficult to explain the rationale behind ranking them in any order. Jaimie, especially, is tough. I can't really pinpoint any moment of hers that wasn't good. She's been solid all season, without any major hiccups. However, for me, she hasn't had the intangibles. She hasn't wowed me like anyone else. Also, having Hok as her partner brings her down and, unless partners are switched up this week, she could be in danger of elimination.
#4 - Sara von Gillern
I think Sara is my favorite dancer of the season, and it pains me to put her this low. Unfortunately, the three girls in front of her have shown more diversity in their dancing. Sara has done incredibly well given her lack of partnering experience, but I have a sinking suspicion that this will eventually come back to bite her. I hope not. Sara was incredible last week.
#3 - Sabra Johnson
Sabra and Dominic have the favor of the judges and America, so don't look for her to be in any danger in the near future. Sabra hasn't been dancing all her life like some of the other girls, but it hasn't shown one bit. Sabra is a natural. The scary part is that she's been improving every week. One thing to be wary of, however, is how she will fare when Dominic and her will eventually be split up. The chemistry she and Dominic have is a large part of their appeal.
#2 - Lauren Gottlieb
As evidenced last week, Lauren has loads of ability. It was the first time she had given what I would consider a wow performance and I don't think it's going to be the last. She has as much talent as anyone on the show. Nigel compared her earlier in the season to Allison Holker
from last year and I think the comparison is apt. Her abilities are diverse and doesn't have a true weakness.
#1 - Lacey Schwimmer
Well, if last week didn't convince you that Lacey was the favorite, I don't know what will. The judges awed reaction to her technique and ability was right on. Unless she gets hurt, it is going to be very difficult for Lacey to lose. The fact that Nigel Lythgoe called Lacey a better dancer than her brother Benji, who won the competition last season, speaks volumes.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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