The votes are in and the fourth season of "So You Think You Can Dance
" has officially come to a close. One dancer came away with a quarter of a million dollars, a part in Adam Shankman's
new movie, and the recognition of their skill that will probably last them for years in the dance world. They also added a new element this year that says the highest voted dancer of the non-winning gender will get $50,000. For example, a male won this year, so the highest voted female got this prize. This is an exciting new element to the show, and it means that every year both genders will be win in some way.
The finale displayed all of the reasons that this is one of the best competition shows on television. There is something so positive and magical about that show, and the energy between the dancers and judges. The choreographers and judges are incredibly supportive and encouraging to their dancers, and Nigel has explained to the booing audience more than once that he criticizes them so they learn and so they grow. When the dancers explain how honored they were to be on the show and how much they have grown as people ... it is genuinely believable. "So You Think You Can Dance" is an entertaining and warm hearted show, plus they love to have fun! Just take the special performances from last night.
Or let us start at the beginning. Wednesday night the top four dancers performed in an exhausting and grueling pace. These four should get a medal just for staying conscious: each had to do three partner dances, one solo, and one group number, plus they had to learn all of the dances from Thursday night too!
By the end of the night, Twitch, Joshua, Katee and Courtney looked ready to fall over, but they finished. Courtney and Twitch did hip-hop, Katee and Joshua did a dance for Wade Robson (YAY!), Katee and Courtney did Broadway, Twitch and Joshua danced an insane Russian trepak, Katee and Twitch performed a foxtrot, and finally Courtney and Joshua did a jive. The final piece was a group contemporary Mia Michaels routine. If you are tired and confused just listening to what they had to do, imagine being there! There were no major criticisms. They were all superb, exhausted, and charming.
The finale began with all 20 dancers returning and six judges on the panel deciding what their favorite routines were that they wished to see again. There were montages, a return of Shane Sparks choreography (double YAY), and a handful of season routines that caught the judges' eyes. Bollywood, rumba, hip hop, and most of them involved the top four, so those kids had another night of grueling work. The extras were fantastic. They brought back two of the best poppers, Robert Muraine and Philip Chbeeb, to have a pop battle on stage! Robert got voted the King, but both perform in a way that makes you both sick and shocked.
There were some surprises, like Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe dancing too! Mary performed a very sexy Latin routine with former dancer Dmitry, and it was a lovely reminder of how talented she truly is. Despite all her screaming and insanity, the woman clearly knows what she is talking about. Nigel performed an adorable tap dance with Debbie Allen's youngest pupils, which was very similar to the "Happy Feet
" routine. It was cute and skilled, and everyone's heart grew five sizes watching it. Sniff.The Jonas Brothers
performed, and so did Cirque du Soleil, the latter of which manages to be beautiful and creepy all at once. Now to the actual dancers and the winners, as it is easy to forget in this two hour energetic finale. Courtney was the first to graciously leave the stage, and she was full of smiles all the way. Then Katee was gone, but she won the extra $50,000 prize, which is surprising for the audience and for her. It was finally down to Twitch and Joshua, the first hip hop dancers in the top four. After 60 million votes, it came down to this, and the winner is ... Joshua! Cue the confetti, the screams, and Twitch hugging his friend. Joshua advises the audience "Don't let anyone tell you you can't do something." Coming from an untrained dancer who just won a quarter of a million dollars, this is actually believable, and earnest.
Keep that in mind until next season, everyone, and check out "So You Think You Can Dance" on tour, coming to every major city in America!
Story by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer