So You Think You Can Dance – The Finale
The final episode of So You Think You Can Dance Season was upon us only about 3 months after America but I was still pretty excited.
Some issues still need to be resolved:
How many hair dos did Nigel Lythgoe have over the past three months?
How many tubes of peroxide have gone on judges and contestants teeth?
Is Cat Deeley sponsored by a fake tan product?
Which of the dancers got it on during the show and whilst on tour?
Lastly who won????
The show started off with the Cat Deeley revealing there had been a whopping 16 million votes cast to decide the winner. Somebody was going to make a lot of money out of that.
All the regular judges were sitting in line on a big panel Mia Micheals, Shane Sparks, Wade Robson, Dan Karaty, and of course Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe.
Dan and Wade must of come to a truce regarding Wade’s peace dances as they were seated together. I was disappointed Adam Shankman did not get to sit up there as I thought he had been a great guest judge with his camp bitchy wit, crossed with his indepth dance knowledge.
But first Cat Deely’s dress. A friend, site contributor and style arbiter sms me horrified and described Cat’s dress as a toilet brush. I agreed, but also thought it could have been a cross between a kewpie doll, and one of those dolls that sits on top of the toilet to hide the toilet paper in. These are getting harder and harder to find, and will only be available from all good retro antique stores soon.
I am surprised this fashion tragedy did not make it on to the Go Fug Yourself Site for a caning.
I did like the butterfly’s in her hair, I wonder where you can get those from.
Nigel solved the mystery of the blonde girl Clare Callaway from Season 2 who hurt her ankle in Las Vegas, and at the time was told she could come back this year straight to Vegas. She was a 18 year old from the South. Apparently whilst recuperating she managed to get herself knocked up. When the doctor said keep your weight off your feet I don’t think that was what he meant. That injury was certainly life changing for her.
She had been one of my favourites from Season 2 so I was a tad disappointed, maybe she can make it next year.
Tonight each judge/choreographer got to nominate their favourite routine, which was then danced again.
Mary Murphy nominated the Shane Sparks transformer number danced by Lauren and Pasha. The opening robotic work was definitely the highlight. And boy it was great to see Pasha again.
They received a standing ovation – it was then I noticed how short Shane Sparks was, he came up to Mia Michaels waist. I noticed he did not stand much after that. The other shorty was Dan Karaty another hip hop dancer. So maybe you have to be vertically challenged to be a good breaker/ hiphop dancer.
Next was Brendan Norris the clogger from the auditions. He was great even though I am still not sure what clogging his Wiki soon sorted me out apparently it is some type of hill-billy tap dancing.
I wonder if the Mardi Gras Festival will bring him out, as well as the male belly dancer I spotted in the auditions.
Next up was Nigel’s choice, and he picked Wade Robson’s humming bird and flower piece danced by Hok and Jaime. Was this Nigel’s way of attoning for his sins last week, when he told Wade he did not particularly like his fox routine with Sabra and Lacey.
The hummingbird piece was delightful, and showed the strengths of the two dancers.
Jean-Marc then picked the Shane Sparks routine with Dominic and Sabra, it is two young lovers. I liked this more on the second viewing. Also noticed the chemistry between the two which helped with the dancing. I hoped Dominic has finally got a girlfriend and stopped stalking Cat.
Adam Shankman choice the Sara and Neil number to Knock on Wood. He said this validated disco as a dance genre (oh yeah love it). The contestants on this weeks episode Dancing With The Stars could have taken some tips from this routine.
As Adam Shankman said “Sara had her Cinderella moment”. I love that phrase.
Bran(Sic) Gaynor the guy who had scoliosis did a routine. He was very very good. If Star Wars ever turns into a Broadway musical he would be great as CP30.
At the audition Shane Sparks had offered him a movie role, Cat put Shane on the spot tonight about it. It was obvious from the look on Shane’s face that he had done bugger all about it. He was now going to “introduce him around”
Wade Robson’s favourite piece was last year’s contestant Dimitri choreographed Samba routine with Lacey and Danny. Even on a second viewing it just sizzled. Hopefully it will turn up in the next James Bond film.
Lacey was then eliminated. The Schwimmer family cheered in the audience. What are they going to do next season is there another sibling who can audition?
Then a Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger came out and sung in ridiculously high heels with a cyclonic wind machine going. I was amazed she could dance. I thought she might have a Naomi Campbell type moment and fall over. If you need to see the Naomi fall the link is here
Shane Sparks nominated the Benji Schwimmer West Coast Swing number as his favourite, with Sara and Pasha. It was so high energy, it was one of my faves of the season.
Tyce D’Orio nominated the Jean-Marc Fox trot with Anya and Danny, which I barely remembered it from the first time.
Tony Meredith picked the Wade Robson routine where Sara & Jesus danced. Sara must have been stoke being in three of the final episodes routines. It was a great compliment.
Mia Michaels picked the Mandy Moore jazz table dance routine with Neil and Sabra. It was still sexy this time around. It was one of my favourites.
I noticed Cat gave Neil a mauling after he was eliminated. They were now down to their final two.
But still more dances. After the Mia Micheals group dance the moment we had been waiting for the much promoted Cat Deeley and Nigel dance.
What a freaking let down, it was their faces pasted on to some cartoon type dancers doing the mexican three step or something like that. I did not really see the point of it except as an opportunity for Nigel to promote his friends business.
Ok I have to admit I was really excited about seeing the both of them dance, so I felt really let down.
Next up was Ryan Caberra who is he?? That was very yawn inducing.
Then Dan Karaty picked the Mia Michaels piece based on a father and daughter meeting in the after life. This routine really improved for me on the second viewing. The cameras did not pan across to see if Mary was sobbing again.
Then the winner was announced Sabra had won the $250,000. Then Channel 10 just ended it. I wonder if that was how it ended in the US? I would have thought they would let Sabra make a speech or something, or show highlights from the show, as Lacey and Neill got.
Anyway great result, all the top four were fabulous. I must admit I was hoping Neil would win.
At least we don’t have to wait long for the Australian version to commence. It will be on our screens in February.
I hope with the US version next season, that Channel 10 stream it ‘live’ from the States, as it is very frustrating not being able to find out more about the dancers or choreographers because you are fearful you are going to find out the winner.