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BWW Preview: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Finale, Complete with Appearance by President Obama

September 10
7:10 2013

BWW Preview: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Finale, Complete with Appearance by President Obama

Well, it all comes down to this. Four months of auditions, partnerships, All-Stars, and voting will culminate in tonight's Season 10 Finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Tonight Mary Murphy, Cat Deeley, Nigel Lythgoe, and an undoubtedly eclectic cast of assembled characters will announce "America's Favorite Dancers!"

This year, contemporary dancers Jasmine Harper and Amy Yakima are vying for the women's title, and hip hopper Fik-shun is hoping beyond hope that he can pull the biggest upset since the US Hockey Team beat Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics and steal the crown from tap dancer Aaron Turner.

Tonight's finale will include this season's entire Top-20 dancers, performances of the best routines of the year, and an estimated 15 minute speech from the President of the United States. No, the most powerful person in the world is not slumming it to appear on a low-rated reality competition show; at approximately 9:00pm ET, President Obama will address the nation regarding America's response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. I'm not sure why the President didn't consult Uncle Nigel when scheduling the speech, but SYTYCD's Executive Producer is taking the programming problem in stride, as are the other networks.

BWW Preview: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Finale, Complete with Appearance by President Obama

The plan is to take an intermission at 9pm and resume the show at 9:15. The winners are now estimated to be announced at around 10:15 according to Nigel. While viewers in the Eastern, Central, and Mountain Time Zones should check your DVRs to make sure they are recording the over-run, dance fans on the left coast should be unaffected.

In previous recaps of performance shows, I have been on record, 8-Track, cassette, CD, and MP3 that Aaron should, and will, be this season's male winner. He began the season outside of the Top-20 after Being eliminated on the Green Mile for the second season in a row. However, due to an injury to Emilio Dosal, he joined the live shows and became SYTYCD's first tapper to make it past the Top-7. Now, he is on the precipice of taking home $125,000 and the title of "America's Favorite Male Dancer."

That's not to say that Fik-shun is not a terribly talented dancer, in fact he is, but with very little technical training, he road past more well-rounded dancers with his charming personality and ri-DONK-ulous animating skills. Unfortunately for Fik-shun, he is up against a much more experienced and proficient dancer, that just so also happens to have buckets of charisma.

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Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in sports media relations, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's "Some Like it Pop" podcast. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.


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