BWW Recap: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Crowns New Champions w/ Photos!

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BWW Recap: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Crowns New Champions w/ Photos!

Well holy hoofers! That was one of the most joyous two hours and 20 minutes of television that I have witnessed in a long time; the fifteen minute real-life respite notwithstanding. From start to shocking finish, Uncle Nigel and his panel of experts gave So You Think You Can Dance fans a proper celebratory sendoff to Season 10.

I will go through each of the night's highlights, but without further ado, as the show ended, Cat announced that America's Favorite Dancers (this year) were supercouple Fik-shun and Amy Yakima.

As Nigel said before the announcements, I am happy for all four finalists, and had no problem, going in, with any of them winning, but I have to say, I am thoroughly shocked by Fik-shun's victory. With a Bottom-Two appearance just a few weeks ago, I felt like Aaron Turner's momentum was much stronger. That being said, Fik-shun's tearful thank yous were enough to show just how likeable this animator is. There is little doubt that both Fik-shun and Aaron have very promising careers ahead of them.

Amy's win was much less surprising to me, but what was surprising was that she garnered the most votes of all of the finalists. I tabbed her as the favorite from the first moment we saw her on screen, and even though I was not at all confident that she would win, I am going to cling to this fact for So You Think You Can Dance bragging rights until Season 11 (which Nigel confirmed mid-show) starts next May.

Like the men, I am positive that both Amy and Jasmine will have great careers. In fact, I would not be surprised if this isn't the most successful final four in show's history.

Now with the formalities of winners and runners-up out of the way, I am going to run through the highlights of this year's finale and give a few random, parting thoughts.

Top-20 Performance
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Ivan Koumaev
Music: "Wonderwall" by Paul Anka

It took me a minute to realize that this was not an original Paul Anka composition, but it really worked for this sexy Flapper era Broadway number. While I don't know that Paul Anka should ever be considered sexy, this was a great way to start the finale.

Paula's Performance Pick
Makenzie Dustman and Paul Karmiryan
Style:
Contemporary
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Music: "Edge of Glory (A Very Gaga Thanksgiving)" by Lady Gaga

This was one of the season's most beautiful routines, fueled by the incredible chemistry between Makenzie and Paul. On twitter this season, Mary Murphy has hinted that there were a number of on-stage partnerships that have turned into real-life relationships; I wonder if this might be one of them (more on this later).

Jasmine's Performance Pick
Jasmine and All-Star Marko Germar (Season Eight)
Style:
Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Music: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell

In my mind, with little hints of Michael Jackson sprinkled in, this routine was the one that catapulted Jasmine to finalist status, and seeing it again only made it better. The side-step while grabbing the lapels was one of the coolest images of the entire season.

Adam's Performance Pick
Fik-shun and All-Star: tWitch (Season Four)
Choreographer:
Luther Brown
Style: Hip Hop
Music: "Hello Good Morning (remix)" by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Nicki Manaj and Rick Ross

Despite the very accurate nickname that Cat bestowed on it, the "Uncle Dance at the Wedding" is one of the most memorable visuals in the recent history of the show. While Fik-shun still has a long ways to go to reach tWitch's star power, performances like these prove that he is well on his way.

Next we were treated to a performance from the cast of the upcoming dance movie BATTLE OF THE YEAR featuring SYTYCD Season Three Alum Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval. Choreographed by Dave Scott, the number did its job... despite the nearly offensive suspension of disbelief required to watch a movie in which Josh Holloway plays a hip hop choreographer, I'm actually now interested in this movie.

Nigel's Performance Pick
The Tappers: Aaron Turner, Alexis Juliano, Curtis Holland
Choreographer:
Anthony Morigerato
Style: Tap
Music: "You Really Did It (Live)" by Jason Mraz

I'm going to go ahead and say it; I love tap dancing. I don't know if it is because one of the first dancers that really impressed me was Gene Kelley, or if it's because the first Broadway show that I ever saw was BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK, but I love tap dancing, and especially tap dancing that works within the rhythms of the music, and doesn't just spastically throw in as many taps in as short amount of times as possible. This was a beautifully artistic and musical routine.

tWitch's Performance Pick
Hayley Erbert and Nico Greetham
Choreographer:
John Cheesman
Style: Broadway
Music: "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" by Chita Rivera

Despite my love for nearly all things Kander and Ebb, this routine didn't do much for me the first time, nor the second, but I have to say, that straight-leg partner flip that Niko and Hayley pulled off was simply one of the most stunning tricks that the choreographers gave us all year.

Aaron's Performance Pick
Aaron and All-Star Kathryn McCormick (Season Six)
Style:
Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Music: "I'm Kissing You" by Des'ree




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Matt Tamanini Matt writes across numerous BWW sites and works behind the scenes as well. In addition, he is currently working on two plays "Was Lost and Is Found" and "I Live You." He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.



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