So You Think You Can Dance named its Final Four Thursday evening. In a results show loaded with the some of the best dances from So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, including an Emmy winning Mia Michaels’ routine, two more dancers left the show. And if dance wasn’t enough for a dance show, Sean Paul performed his latest hit song for the So You Think You Can Dance audience.
The one thing that can be said about So You Think You Can Dance is that it is an exercise in artistic endeavor. And one tends to forget just how good or great past performances were when faced with the present group of contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. And after a Tyce Diorio choreographed Broadway routine performed to “Send In The Clowns” by this season’s Final 6 contestants, last year’s dancers helped us remember just how good they were.
Host Cat Deeley gets straight to the business of elimination, or rather, she tells us who is going to be in the Final Four. First up, Jeanine gets the call, which means that Kayla and Melissa will dance solos, although the voting is set and their dancing does not change the outcome. At this point, this writer is hoping that all the praise that has been lavished on Kayla has not backfired.
Jessica and Will from So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 perform the Tyce Diorio routine, “Silence,” which was nominated for an Emmy. Simply a beautiful number and worth a return visit to the SYTYCD stage.
Cat brings the guys to the stage next and tells Brandon he’s made it to the Final Four.
Although Cat Deeley is quick to remind us that her announcement of those going through may not actually indicate the number of votes they received, I would hope that America had enough of an artistic eye to give Brandon the most votes for this week’s performances, especially his solo.
Mia Michaels’ Emmy-winning “Mercy” was then performed by Twitch and Katee. This may have been the most entertaining performance of last year’s routines. It was certainly one of the most memorable, especially with the use of the door at center stage as a prop. That is a routine that never grows old. Mia Michaels deserved the Emmy.
Next up was the Chelsie and Joshua, last year’s “Favorite Dancer,” performed the Emmy-nominated tango to “Los Amigos.” Very sharp. Very sexy.
Jabawockeez, the winner of “America’s Best Dance Crew, performed a very hypnotic routine to “Freakazoid.” It’s easy to see why they won the Randy Jackson (“American Idol”) produced competition, their movements are so precise. They’re a bit eerie to watch, somewhat mechanical and distant with their trademark theatre masks in place. But it seems to be that mystery — that “what’s behind the mask” attraction — that makes Jabawockeez’ routines so magnetic.
Then Chelsie is back with Mark and a Nappy Tabs choreographed hip hop dance. This Emmy-nominated routine features the two bouncing around a briefcase to “Bleeding Love,” a great number that leads into the musical guest for the night, Sean Paul.
The reggae rap artist Sean Paul sings his hit, “So Fine,” complete with a shameful of dancers. Although I find reggae rap a bit much at times, Sean Paul seems to be able to effectively meld the two genres surprisingly well. His performance leads the show into the announcement of the last two going into the Final Four.
When Cat Deeley announces that Kayla has made the Final Four, I feel relieved. I thought she was going to go down to the “Adam Lambert Effect” — being hyped and/or praised until you incur a popular backlash and lose votes.
And then Evan is chosen as the last of the Final Four… What? Unbelievable. He totally deserves it but one can’t help but wonder if he didn’t make it into the Final Four because of So You Think You Can Dance judge Lil C’s less than flattering “praise” for all his performances on Wednesday evening’s show. In other words: the sympathy vote.
It doesn’t matter. Evan made the Final Four.
Truly, this viewer is a bit shocked. All my favorite dancers were in the Final Four, but it was not what was expected. In fact, I had fully expected the Final Four to consist of Brandon, Kayla, Ade, and Melissa.
So where does this leave us? No doubt with a phenomenal Final Four show for the Season 5 So You Think You Can Dance finale. With Kayla’s beautiful lines and Jeanine’s sexy energy, Evan’s playful kicks and Brandon’s overall strength, the Final Four dance-off should be well worth watching.
But if there is any justice, Brandon will dance away with the “America’s Favorite Dancer” title this year. His performances leave the viewer feeling inspired. And that is the essence of artistic dance, for the creators, the performers, and the audiences — inspiration.
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