'SYTYCD' Finale Preview: The Return of Katie Holmes (And Kenny Ortega, And Joshua Allen...)
'SYTYCD' Finale Preview: The Return of Katie Holmes (And Kenny Ortega, And Joshua Allen...)
Finally, the So You Think You Can Dance finale happens next week, and I find myself a little torn over what to feel.

For one, I'm sad that another season is going to end -- this show never wears me out, at least not as much as American Idol, where it can just get oh so frantic. But the finale looks pretty good: the four dancers remaining -- Marko Germar, Melanie Moore, Sasha Mallory and Tadd Gadduang -- all deserve the win, and I don't mind whatever happens. (Although I'd love it if Melanie wins.)

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Also, the finale gives me another opportunity to scream "Froderman!" at my TV -- but I feel a little scared, thanks to that little dark cloud hovering behind me named Katie Holmes.

I don't mean to sound mean, but I remember when the Dawson's Creek actress first appeared on SYTYCD, during the show's 100th episode, when she performed a pre-taped routine in aid of Nigel Lythgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation. There was so much hype, and there was so much backlash -- people saying she sucks at dancing, that she didn't do any dancing in the first place, that she's just out to promote herself, that she should go back to Peter Bishop's arms... well, except for the last part.

Judging from all that reaction, I'm a little wary that the SYTYCD finale (which is looking good) will be overshadowed by people who'll inevitably complain about Katie. Me? I'll sit and wait. And give you the final preview of the season! This finale better be good, if only because of Lauren freaking Froderman. And Melanie freaking Moore.

The All-Stars

Four All-Stars this season, two of which already appeared on the SYTYCD stage this season: season 7 winner Lauren Froderman and her third-placer Robert Roldan. To the other two, then:

Mark Kanemura (season 4)
Another regular of SYTYCD's more offbeat routines -- as well as his memorable partnership with fellow All-Star Chelsie Hightower -- Mark returned to SYTYCD as an All-Star last year. But Lady Gaga fans will know him as one of her dancers. (Side thought: a Melanie/Mark routine would help Gaga a lot.)

Joshua Allen (season 4)
SYTYCD's first hip-hop winner, Joshua has since appeared as a pro on Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off. But you still remember him for that marvelous partnership with Katee Shean -- arguably the show's best partnership ever.

The Judges

Next week's two guest judges are familiar faces to SYTYCD. Kenny Ortega has been judging from last season. You might know him as the director to the High School Musical series (get your head in the game!) and choreographer of Michael Jackson's aborted 50-date London concerts (which we all saw on This Is It). His choreography portfolio include films such as Dirty Dancing and concerts for Gloria Estefan and Miley Cyrus; he is slated to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway musical In the Heights.

Katie Holmes may be best known as Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek and the girl who played Rachel Dawes who isn't Maggie Gyllenhaal on Batman Begins -- and don't get me started on Tom Cruise -- but she also has experience on stage, making her Broadway debut in 2008's All My Sons. I can't find much about her dance experience, but I'm pretty sure she's passionate about the medium since she's one of the founding members of the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Oh, and this:

Now, now, kids, calm down -- this is the finale. There are more important things at stake. Who are you most excited to see on the show next week? Which finalist should partner with which All-Star? Most importantly, whose team are you on?

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