So You Think You Can Dance
seems to get better every season. In season three, we saw an extremely diverse and talented top twenty. There were surprising exits and memorable routines throughout the summer. In the end, only Lacey Schwimmer
, Sabra Johnson
, Danny Tidwell
, and Neil Haskell
remained and on last night's live finale, Sabra Johnson was named America's Favorite Dancer.
One of the biggest surprises came early on when Jessi Peralta
was sent home after landing in the hospital on performance night. Her partner, Pasha Kovalev
was forced to dance with a substitute partner and was deemed safe the next night. He made it all the way to top six this season. Fans were outraged over Peralta's dismissal by the judges and tried to start a petition to get her back on. It was all in vain and the show went on.
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Another surprising exit came from fan favorite, Hok Konishi
, who was eliminated by the judges before making it to the top ten. This was especially surprising since the top ten are the ones who head out on the 50-city tour. However, on last night's finale, Nigel announced that Hok would be on tour as an alternate along with Shauna Noland
, Anya Garris, and Jesus Solario. That tour kicks off September 21 in Albany, NY.
There were memorable routines throughout the season including Wade Robson's hummingbird piece featuring Konishi and Jaimie Goodwin
. Also, Mia Michaels gave us an emotional contemporary routine about the passing of her father danced by Haskell and Schwimmer. Former contestants returned to choreograph routines this year including Dmitry Chaplin
and season two winner Benji Schwimmer
On the episode, with only a few minutes remaining, host Cat Deeley named Sabra Johnson America's Favorite Dancer. She is the winner of $250,000. Check out her interview with BuddyTV
to hear her reaction to last night's victory. Perhaps the best news came last night when Nigel announced the show had been picked up for another season. Here's to next summer!
- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of FOX)