Well, this is it, Gasmi. Tonight we find out who has won the coveted title “America’s Favorite Dancer”. That person will win $250,000 and bragging rights for the three hours before season six begins. Welcome! To So You Think You Can Dance (dance…………dance)!
Cat must have been doing a little too much celebrating before show time, because she’s come out on stage with only a sheet wrapped around her.
Satin sheets are so classy.
Tonight’s opening number is a reprise of “A Brand New Day” from the top fourteen results show. But it looks like they’ve added in the rest of the top twenty this time around. I don’t like it any better with more people. Still meh.
The best parts of that dance were the beginning and ending “pictures”.
There are a crapload of judges at the table tonight. Lil C is here, Mia, Tyce, Debbie Allen (thank GOD), Adam Shankman, and of course, Mary and Nigel. Great. More than double the bullshit that we usually get. Can’t wait.
Why does Mia always clap for herself?
And I don’t even know what to say about this. The hair. The jewelry. The eye makeup. Did she hire a stylist to put together this look?
Cat talks about the level of talent that showed up at the auditions this year, and how they all kept getting better and better. You know what that means, right? You got it! Time for a montage.
That inexplicably opens with this image
Can anyone explain to me why they keep showing that loser? I really really hope he doesn’t show up for season’s six auditions, but it’s almost like they’re sending him an invitation with all the times they include him in their montages. UGH.
So we see various clips of the auditions, including Tyce being a bitch, people falling, same sex ballroom guys, that idiot Sex AGAIN, and the top twenty getting put through to Vegas. From there we move on to Vegas week and Mia being a complete asshole to Brandon. Really? Didn’t we just see this last night? Maybe Nigel is trying to rub in her face just how wrong she was. I still wish Mary had bitchslapped her.
Then we see the top twenty being told they are the top twenty which is some riveting stuff. And then dancing, Ellen, Phillip’s split pants, more dancing, the breast cancer dance and Mia crying about her daddy, Mia backpedaling and calling Brandon amazing, all the way up through last night’s show. Well, that killed about six minutes.
Tonight we will be revisiting some of the judges’ favorite routines from the season. But before we see any of that, Cat wants us to take a look back at last night’s performances. Is that really necessary? I’m fast forwarding through this part.
Okay. Time to see one of the judges’ favorites. Cat is starting with Adam; what dance would he like to see again? One of his favorites was choreographed by two of his favorite choreographers; Tabitha and Napoleon. It kicked off the season showing fan favorite Phillip Chbeeb and it started Jeanine’s rise to dominate in the top four. It is “Mad”.
I remember being impressed at how well Jeanine kept up with Phillip in his own style. It actually makes me sad that he wasn’t good outside of his own style. I really hope they get some good hip hoppers next year.
Time for Nigel’s pick. He’s going to choose Brandon and Janette’s Argentine tango. He thinks their chemistry was magical.
Janette’s in a different costume this time around, something a little sexier. This is a great dance, though I did feel like it wasn’t as smooth this time around. But considering they probably didn’t have long to rehearse, I’m not going to hold it against them too much. It was still very very good.
After some commercials, Cat wants to know what Debbie Allen’s favorite routine of the season was. You know what she picks? Vitolio and Asuka’s waltz. WHA?!?!? Debbie! Are you cuckoo?
Is that a rhetorical question?
These two were never among my favorite dancers this season, so I’m not really psyched to see this dance again. Asuka does that thing with her hands that a lot of ballroom dancers seem to do, you know, the overly tense hands? Plus Enya is singing which is even worse than Celine Dion.
Cat jokingly covers her eyes to protect her from Mary’s shiny
face jewelry. She says one her favorite numbers had a lot of firsts going on. The first time this couple danced together, the first time they drew their own style, and a brand new choreographer to the show but not new to her heart. She’s talking about Travis’ piece for Jeanine and Jason.
I love this dance. They had a little bit of a locket malfunction, but they danced it just as well as the first time around. I’m so glad I got to see that one again.
After a break for commercials, Cat talks up the tour telling us we’d better getting tickets soon because they are selling out all over the place.
Then it’s time for Mia to pick her favorite routine. It’s the samba from the first show, danced by Max and Kayla. Mia thinks it was fantabulous.
I’m glad for Max that he got to come back and dance in the finale. This wasn’t one of my favorite routines, but that is probably because of the tongue bathing I cannot help but associate with it. This was the routine that really turned me off Kayla because of the over the top praise the judges piled on her. It took a long time for me to get to a place where I actually like her.
Would you have ever imagined that this has been a tense and incredibly demanding week for the top four? Well, it has. So on Sunday they decided to give the top four a night on the town. They had no idea where they were going, but they were going there in style.
Poor Evan has to sit all alone
They arrive at MGM Tower and are greeted by Kherington Payne (in the ass).
Who let this girl back on my TV?
Their “treat” is that they get to listen to her give a corporate presentation on how awesome the new fame movie is and then sit through a screening with the people that are in it. I’m guessing they’re contractually obligated to say how much they love it.
Jeanine totally cracks me up. “If you like singing, dancing, acting, and sitting in a chair, you will love it!”
Nigel, is this a big enough smile?
We’ve already discussed what pisses me off and what my fears are about this new version of the movie. But I’m going there again. I still want to know who thought it was a good idea to make this into a PG movie?!?! They are going to lose so much of what made the original so good. I will bet money that the TV show was edgier than this movie will be. It just irritates the shit out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll totally end up seeing it, but I will be shocked if I am not completely annoyed afterward. I’ll have to go home and watch the original.
Kherington is all giggly and proud of herself in the audience and I fight the urge to puke. Cat tells us that Debbie Allen is also in the film. No surprise there.
Cat asks her what it was like working on the movie. Debbie loved it. They’ve been wanting to remake the movie for the past ten years, and finally the time was right. She thinks it’s going to inspire a whole new generation of people to really invest in the education of the arts. Not if it’s shitty it won’t.
She then gives a shout out to Marguerite Derricks, choreographer for this movie and a performer in the original TV series. She thinks they’re going to have to bring an Oscar for dance after this. And then. She cannot remember the director’s name beyond “Kevin”.
Bacon? Kline? Costner? Oh! Smith?!? That might be it!
Cat then gets her to say her famous line from the movie. Sort of. She actually botches it, adding a bunch of “honey”s that weren’t in there originally. After all this, Cat wants to know what another one of her favorite routines is. She says after that hot samba she needs some water. I knew then that she was going to pick “Calle Ocho”. LOVE this dance.
Yum. That’s even better the second time around.
Thank you Debbie Allen! I knew you were my favorite judge for a reason!
Time for one of the special guests. This one is the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Talia Fowler. She’s young ballerina who Nigel says was remarkable because she did everything they asked her to do brilliantly. I thought that was the point of the show.
She’s dancing a solo to “Shot You Down” by Audio Bullys and choreographed by Sonya.
She’s quite good. You can tell that this is a Sonya piece; it has her style stamped all over it. I thought it was danced well. That would be something nice to see in future seasons; dancers from the other versions of the show. The winners, yes, but maybe also some of the group numbers (if they do that). More dancing is always a good thing.
Cat now goes over to Lil C for his favorite dance. He’s going with the Jai Ho all day. Cat wants to know why. Oh he’s gonna tell us why. In the longest way he possibly can.
“The Jai Ho, pronounced J Ho, which means “victory be yours” was one of the most complicated, the most intricate of Bollywood numbers that we ever had featured on this show. Anytime you’re blessed to be aboard a vessel that facilitates education of world dance to the mass public, that’s a victory to me, and it’s also a victory for these two dancers ’cause you’ll see em on tour, Caitlin and Jason doing some of Nakul’s most fabulous work!”
You know what would be a victory to me? If someone could get him to shut the fuck up.
They’re actually more together this time around from a synchronization perspective, but they’re still off style wise. They just dance a little differently, hit it differently in a way that stands out (not in a good way) in this routine. I’m still MEH about this one.
Time to lose some dead weight. Cat calls the top four out onto the stage.
She says they’ve all been amazing competitors, but she’s now going to tell one of them that they are done. The person in fourth place is………..
Cat tells the other three that they can leave the stage. Cat tells Kayla that she has been incredible in this competition, so cue the good-bye montage. After the montage, Cat asks her what she’s going to remember the most. Working with all the choreographers, especially with Mia. She’s going to miss everyone and she thinks they’re all winners for getting up on that stage and sharing their dream with America every day.
How about some more favorites from the judges? We’re circling back to Adam now who’s going to give it up to Mia. He says that Mia’s work is often very dark and emotional BUT(T) in this particular piece we got to see a fun and lighter side of Mia. Adam tells Mia he is a butt man tonight.
Just tonight, Adam??
Of course he’s talking about the butt dance with Randi and Evan. I always thought this was a cute piece. It’s still a lot of fun and they dance it very well.
Mary’s turn to pick again. She picks yet another Louis Van Amstel piece, and I think they must really want him back next season because this brings the favorites count that are his up to three. This one is the paso doble from just last night. I actually can’t argue with that one because I really loved this dance.
When they’re done Cat asks them to stay put and calls Evan out to join them on stage. It’s time for more results. The dancer in third place is………
Cat knows the audience wants to see some of his best bits. Phew! She means the good-bye montage; I was worried there for a sec. Afterward Cat asks him what it was like last night when the audience was chanting his name. He says it was breathtaking and amazing. He thanks everyone for their support and says that it has been an amazing journey. He never thought when he auditioned that he’d end up standing here.
Cat asks him if he’s glad he took part in the journey and what he’s going to remember about it. He’s ecstatic to have been here and he’s going to try and take as much as he can with him. From getting to work with amazing choreographers to making new friends.
I can’t say I’m sad that he didn’t win, but I think he’s a real sweet kid and I wish him the best. I hope to see him dancing on Broadway very very soon.
Time for another one of Nigel’s favorite moments. He says it was when Mary admitted she uses botox.
She of course screeches and screams at him, and then he asks her if her necklace used to be a mirror that shattered when she screamed. Hee. I’ll give that to him, it was pretty funny.
All joking aside, he says every season Mia manages to touch him with her choreography in an extremely profound way. This season the addiction routine did that. And how.
I cannot say enough how much I love this dance. I think it was even more powerful this time around. Maybe Kayla was channeling her emotion from placing fourth. All I know is that it made me cry. I felt her pain, and Kupono, well he is creepy as hell in this number.
But just as annoying as before when it is over
I’m guessing that since Kayla has already performed two routines that were judges’ favorites and been cut that that is it for her routines. Which makes me sad because I was really hoping they would show the zombie dance again. Since it looks like they aren’t going to, I will.
And while we’re watching past routines, I also want to see Crash Test Dummies again. And you sure as hell know that’s not going to happen, so for those of you like me that loved this dance, here you go….
Cat says they have had many special guests performers over the course of the show, but none have gotten the response that the next act did. Back by popular demand, it’s the Rage Boys Crew.
What the fuck was going on with the lights during that routine? I swear they were giving me motion sickness, and I don’t actually ever get motion sickness. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…..the lighting crew for this and last night’s show suck donkey balls. Awful, awful lighting. Better tonight than last night, but not by much.
Okay, back to the Rage Boys Crew. You know, I really don’t want to be mean about little kids dancing, but they’re not all that. Yes, they are adorable. The little guy is cute as hell. But they are doing the same exact dance they did before. I know, I know all the dances we’re seeing tonight are repeats. But I don’t want to see a repeat from a guest performer.
Let’s move along, shall we? Time for Tyce’s favorite routine. He says it’s fast, it’s furious, it’s fan-freaking-tastic with two snaps and a smile….
Make that two smacks, and I’ll smile
It requires two well-oiled machines named Brandon and Janette. It resonated with him because he danced to this actual song when he was twelve. He wants to see disco, baby.
You know, this may have been the best disco routine of the season, but I’m disappointed. I would have rather seen the piece that Wade choreographed for them. The thieves piece. Do you want to see that one? Here you go!
We’ve only got time for one more of the judges’ favorite picks. Cat goes over to Mia. Oh LORD. I think we all know where this is going, don’t we? She says this was a very tender piece for her. Of course it’s the breast cancer piece. You didn’t really think we were going to escape seeing that this evening, did you?
Mia says it broke her down in front of millions of people and in fact broke down many millions of other people and opened our eyes to see what is really going on. What the fuck is she talking about? Is there a huge population of people in America who were unaware that breast cancer exists?
Mia says they have some amazing news and turns it over to Tyce. He tells us today is amazing because his friend that he choreographed this for learned that she is cancer free today. It was probably because of the dance somehow. I’m sure of it. I wonder how many other people will be cured just by watching. Millions probably.
I don’t want to be a jerk about his friend, I’m really happy for her that she is cancer free. It just irritates me that they try to turn this dance into something that it’s not.
The announcement of this season’s winner is just around the corner, but first Cat tells us they have something very very special planned for us.
I wonder what it could be?
It’s a reprise of the top eight’s group number, “One” choreographed by Mia Michaels. With some special guests. I get really excited for a minute because I think that the judges are going to dance maybe a tweaked version of the routine. Sadly, that is not the case. This is basically what we get from the judges…..
Are you fucking kidding me? A couple of kicks and then poses? And for that they get a standing ovation?!? HUH??? I was hoping for so much more than that. I mean, each and every one of them can dance, we all know that. So show it off a little bit. I didn’t expect them to dance the number Mia choreographed for the top eight, hell they’re kids, but I would have loved if they had done something. And then to act like they just gave us a super special treat? Puh-lease.
We’re almost there. Jeanine and Brandon are center stage with Cat.
After a montage of their time in the competition, Cat asks Nigel if there’s anything he’d like to say. He thinks they justly deserve to there and he’s not going to say they’re both winners because that takes away from the actual winner. He already knows who the winner is (of course) and is delighted. Then he tells Cat to get on with it.
After the biggest vote in So You Think You Can Dance history, America’s Favorite Dancer is…………
That is awesome! I am so happy about this. Cat asks Jeanine if there’s anything she’d like to say. She never thought that auditioning for the show would lead her to such amazing people, she’s crying and overwhelmed and adorable. Then she thanks the Academy. Love her. I love that sense of humor.
Cat asks what she is going to remember most about this whole experience. “Um, okay. Right now.” That’s her first one. Followed by her fellow dancers, the piece that Travis did for her and Jason, Cat, just everything. It’s all been amazing.
Cat reminds us that we’re kicking off a brand new season this fall which apparently starts September 2nd with a special look back at the routines of So You Think You Can Dance history. Great. I bet we get to see the cancer dance AGAIN. Can’t wait.
But wait!! What about the second place prize? Does Brandon get $50,000 like Katee did last year? Hello?? You know what really sucks on this show? Coming in second. You don’t get a good-bye montage, you don’t get to say what you’re going to miss about everyone; you’re just shoved over to the side.
At least he got some flowers.
So that’s it Gasmi. What did you think? Are you happy with the results? Did you like the judges’ picks for favorite dances? Did you enjoy the judges “dancing”?
I have had a blast with you all this season. I’ve looked forward each week to hearing what you all have to say. Thanks for making this such a fun season, and I hope you’ll join me for season six. If you need to get your dance fix on before then, I’ll be watching and recapping America’s Best Dance Crew. Come check it out! Otherwise Hugh and I will see you in September. Right?
I thought this was a one season deal?!?
Ha! He’s so silly. Escape is not an option. Until next season………..