So You Think You Can Dance Australia – Final Top 10
Tonight our top 10 would be revealed, and the dancers were feeling the added pressure of wanting to enter into that hallowed group.
In the US it meant you got to go on the dance tour, at this stage it is unclear if that reward will be on offer in Australia.
Due to a recording malfunction I missed the first 10 mins so while am on hold to Foxtel for the next two hours so I can scream at some underpaid backpacker, I will write my recap.
Any feedback on the opening number would be welcome.
A few comments about tonight’s episode:
- Is there a new Inspector Gadget movie being made, and if so is Matt Lee auditioning for the lead role?;
- Can we get a judge that doesn’t start crying when the elimination is being announced. Does Nigel Lythgoe tear up? NO. Now I know you guys are artistes but really we don’t need to see four blubbering judges;
- Jason did not outline the criteria by which they decided the eliminations this week, which I thought was a tad unfair due to the importance of the week; and
- Channel Ten are not wanting to lose ratings over the Easter weekend so there is a two week hiatus.
First up on stage were Demi and Jack, and JD and Rhiannon. It was obvious that JD and Rhiannon would be dancing for their life again.
Then up on stage was Rhys and Jemma, and Kate and Graeme again a no brainer Kate and Graeme would be bottom three.
Last were Anthony and Camilla, and Henry and Vanessa, again you knew Anthony and Camilla would be doing solos. I think Henry is the dark horse to win the competition. At first I was not a fan, but since the make over and the removal of hair from lots of places he has grown on me. Also his consistency has been amazing particularly for a ballroom guy. He is yet to do a dud routine.
Jason then gave a dull little speech (was he trying to be motivating?) about how dancing for your life is a tad over dramatic and it is about dancing for yourselves.
Rhiannon was out first and I think she needs to work on her solo’s I am never wowed by them and tonight’s was like a doing a routine on the sideline of a football game. Rhiannon said as an aside to Natalie Bassingthwaite, “That was terrible”. Natalie kindly repeated it to the 1.5 million viewers and the all important four judges.
Next was JD dancing his own particular style of hip hop which is just as subtle as Nacho Pop’s. Call me a philistine but I like the spins and tricks in hip hop routines. Sorry JD it is just dull to me.
Camilla’s jazz routine was much better then last weeks solo with lots of kicks and leaps.
Anthony’s routine was better with more dancing, I thought a tad over dramatic, but enjoyable with some of his signature gymnastic moves. I get the feeling that his journey is going to end in the next few weeks. Whilst Henry has grown on me, Anthony has diminished due to his one dimensionality.
Kate’s solo was the stand out of the night it was fantastic, it had everything in it. She gingerly touched her neck to remind everyone she is injured. She must be very happy about the easter break.
Last was Graeme whose solo was ok but unmemorable. All the teenage girls are hoping he would get voted off so he can start door knocking in his black pants and white shirt as the mormons do and convert them to a polygamous lifestyle.
After listening to a dull KD Tunstall song, which was a shame consider her “Suddenly I See” song is just fantastic the judges were back to give their verdict.
First up the girls were to learn their fate. I found it frustrating that Jason did not outline what they had based their decision on and whether it had been a unanimous decision.
Kate was told she was safe. Then it was down to Camilla and Rhiannon. My money was on Rhiannon to go, as she had just had so many weeks in the bottom 3, none of them her fault mind you. Also I think her solo’s are lame.
But just as well I don’t bet as Camilla was given the bad news. The only reason I can think of is because her technique wasn’t as strong as Rhiannons, or they decided to give Rhiannon a break and see how she danced with a different partner.
At this stage all the judges were teared up and it was not helped by Camilla’s articulate and heart warming speech. Maybe Camilla could host next year as at least she knows how to talk into a camera.
Also Camilla can take heart that her post SYTYCD body is different from her pre–SYTYCD body, and she did not have to go on the Biggest Loser.
The boys were up next. Graeme was first to be told he was safe. Then it was down to JD and Anthony. Again they did not give a criteria on what they based their decision or if the decision was unanimous, but it was time to go JD. His nine lives had just finished.
His speech was not quite as good but it was heartfelt. “He just wanted to show people how beautiful and expressive hip hop was,” This is a goal I am not sure he achieved.
Rhiannon will come up to Anthony’s waist so that will be interesting if they are still with their original partners in a fortnight.
Now it is our time to decide who will be Australia’s favourite dancer.