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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.


1 Selly { 11.18.07 at 11:47 am }

In the US, it was also “And the winner is… SABRA!!!! Thank you for watching, goodbye”. Then it was over. Most reality shows actually let the winner say something but SYTYCD has been notoriously bad about not doing this.

Happy watching!


2 Reality Raver { 11.18.07 at 3:38 pm }

Thanks for that Selly. I was a bit disappointed as Lacey and Neil got to speak, and you got to see their journey.

Channel 10 here were notorious with their editing one week they edited out a whole dance. I think it was a Sara and Neil Pase Doble.

3 soobee { 11.18.07 at 5:28 pm }

I wanted to add that neither Sabra nor Danny got a farewell highlights package, either, which seemed highly unfair. I hope they rethink this in the future. I also agree with the idea floating about that there be a favorite girl and guy chosen (I assume it would have been Sabra and Danny, but maybe it would have been Sabra and Neil if the voting was tabulated differently). The point was that this is both a pairs (male and female until the final four) and a solos competition, so why would only one contestant win? Why not favorite dancers (or favorite couple)? I would love Nigel to consider the idea for the 08 season.
Sue in Boston, MA, USA

4 Reality Raver { 11.18.07 at 10:48 pm }

Interesting idea Soobee re: a male and female winner.

Was this idea floated officially or was it something that is being discussed out here in blogland?

5 soobee { 11.19.07 at 2:47 am }

Hi, RR. I think this his came up in one of the interviews Murtz Jaffer did on his
“So You Think You Can Dance Special” postings. They are all interesting, particularly Friday’s with Kameron and Jaimie, so I recommend reading them (he’s up to Lauren and Neil, so no Danny or Sabra yet). Here’s the link:

I couldn’t agree with the idea more. I thought, for example, that Heidi and Travis or Heidi and Benji should both have won last year, and though Benji was the most popular, Travis was (for me) the most innovative dancer, and Heidi was just a dream on stage. Anyway, I don’t know how this would get to Nigel, but perhaps someone (you) could let him know? 😉

P.S. On another topic, THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND is fun to watch, but also seems a bit slapped together. It features diversity, but few of the bands are truly great (or very band-like). Plus why is Dicko on a show that features *American* bands? He is…er…interesting, however, for Americans, like me, who are not familiar with him. :)

6 Reality Raver { 11.19.07 at 7:21 am }

Soobee please tell me more about how Dicko is going on the NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND?

We are very interested over here. Some newspaper articles said he was getting very bad reviews.

However I have read some recap episodes online and all they seem to do is to quote Dicko.

I am so hoping we get that show over there. You guys are the masters of reality tv. That is why it will be interesting to see what Australia’s version of SYTYCD will be like. I hope the tv network is prepared to invest the money in it to make it work.

I have read some of those interviews, I do need to find the time to read the ones that have just been posted.

BSYTYCD has got to be one of the most comprehensive fan sites I have seen. I am in awe.

7 soobee { 11.19.07 at 10:35 am }

Dicko is okay. If you don’t know him–I didn’t (I read up on him a little bit today)–he is like a lesser Simon Cowell. Because he is unknown to American audiences, it’s sort of like, Eh? Johnny Reznik (sp?) of the Goo Goo Dolls (coming out with a greatest hits CD this month but it hasn’t been mentioned, for some reason) and Sheila E are much more interesting b/c we know them. They are trying to make Dicko seem arrogant, like Simon, but actually he has smart things to say and is fairly encouraging. I guess he isn’t like that on Australian Idol, right? I trust him more, in fact, b/c he has constructive things to say, and the bands do try to integrate his suggestions, I believe.

The problem with this show is that it just seems thrown together. There was *some* publicity during American Idol and SYTYCD but not much, so I don’t have any friends who watch it (none). It’s also on Friday nights, a terrible night for TV (who’s home? not me, usually, but I TiVO it ;-)), and the bands are not at all representative, I don’t think, of American rock music. My favorite is Denver and the Mile High Orchestra–think Big Bad Voodoo Daddy mixed with Earth, Wind, and Fire–but they are not as popular to the general public as most bands are per se.

There is a group called The Clark Brothers (three brothers!) who are VERY cute and very talented, and I think they might take it. But the musical composers whose music they need to perform are rather boring (sorry, but Billy Joel is so last decade), and Idol does it much better (an hour is not enough time, b/c it’s the results show at the same time as the performances; rather weird).

Anyway, you don’t get to know the artists very well, and they only do one performance (a short one) each week, so who really cares?! But if Nigel, etal put more money and effort into it, it could be a lot of fun. Maybe next year.

I wish *we* could get Australian SYTYCD (maybe YouTube? :)). I hope the talent *and* personalities are both highlighted, b/c boring but talented dancers are not interesting to watch and personalities who can’t dance do little for me. I want both, and we definitely got both this year in particular.

BSYTYCD leaves me awe-sticken, too. It’s one of the best sites I’ve ever bookmarked. I loved the show (I went to see the tour, too, but my seats were terrible so I couldn’t see most of the performances, alas) and I feel as if it hasn’t ended b/c of the site. Now I’m just waiting for the dancers to come to Boston. :)

One final thought: I still don’t think SYTYCD is well enough publicized in the US (not like Idol, not even close), and I’m not sure why. My sister introduced it to me this summer (she and my 11-year-old niece watched it) and I was hooked, but NONE of my friends watched it until I showed it to them on TiVO (then one of them went to the tour show with me). I love Idol (addicted to it, really), but SYTYCD has something special. I hope your version is as good as ours.

8 Reality Raver { 11.19.07 at 2:24 pm }

Thank you for that Sobee, this will interest a lot of Idol/Dicko fans in Australia.

SYTYCD is growing in Aust. Last year noone had heard about it, but this year alot more people appear to be watching it

9 soobee { 11.19.07 at 3:19 pm }

No problem. I’ll let you know if Dicko says anything particularly interesting on the show. I don’t think anyone has to date, but that’s because nothing particularly interesting has happened on the show yet, unless you count the tweenyboppers LIGHT OF DOOM, who play really well but are…well 11 and 12 years old, so hardly America’s next great band.

Actually, the judges look kind of bored. I’m kind of bored. There are only two bands I really like, The Clark Brothers (the cute brothers) and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (the swing band). Maybe Six Wire. (If you go to, you’ll see whom I am talking about The rest are pretty eh for me. But there just doesn’t seem to be much at stake. The good bands already have websites, tours, CDs out. They will just get bigger. The novelty acts will remain novelty. With Idol and SYTYCD, you feel as if there is a lot at stake. With this show, not so much. I wonder if Dicko minds travelling so far for such a small payoff. :) I was wondering about Dominic Bowden, though. He’s very cute and charismatic. (Though I still don’t understand why one of the three judges and the host are from Australia. I think it’s cool, but it’s a bit puzzling.) Is he really popular, the way Ryan Seacrest is here?

I really would love to see SYTYCD Australia. Seriously. Which is where this thread started, I guess. 😉