E: I don’t know about you, but that went down exactly as I guessed. Which is essentially good; we have a really worthy winner, even if it wasn’t the contestant I voted for. Most of my favorite routines were asked back, with a couple surprises and one glaring omission.
E: Well, now we know why they don’t normally ask for 4 routines a week. Or even in the finale. Because the results are going to be wildly uneven. We got some absolutely smashing contemporary and jazz routines, and some pretty decent hip hop. And I can’t say I’m sorry the All Stars are there, because those were by and large the best routines. Every time the dancers strayed out of their comfort zones, however? Not so good. All the choreographers are trying to be tricky, putting out “finale worthy” routines. You know how when you’re in high school and you have February vacation and all your teachers say “well, since you’re going to be on vacation you can read this 800 page book for me/do a 10 page report on the cotton gin/read Les Mis in the original French and then write a report on it” and you’re all “OMG, I have other classes too! You can’t all expect this much work! There’s not that much time in the day!” And you have so much to do that some of what you do ends up great, and the rest is an epic fail?
Yeah. It’s totally like that.
E: One of the most delightful parts of my delightful summer favorite So You Think You Can Dance is the finale results show. Why? Because the dancers reprise the best routines of the season. Hurrah! I just love it. So here are my thoughts about the routines the judges or producers will ask to see again. There’s lots to choose from. It’s been a good season, guys!
E: The tension is mad in the studio tonight. Who’ll be our finalists? For once the voters have decided. Will that mean any disruption in the obvious for the last month trio of Marko, Melanie and Sasha? Could Caitlynn have saved herself with that terrific jazz routine? Will Ricky beat Tadd out for the second guy slot? Cat, resplendent in yellow, wants to know, too. “So what have you done, America?”
Tonight’s dress was a bit of a departure for Ms.Deeley, and a pretty fantastic one. It was full length, and featured a strappy top with a bunch of keyholes. The bottom half had several slits in it – really, more than a continuous piece of fabric, it felt like a bunch of scarves sewn together. But in a really good way. I was less sure about the bundle of rosettes on her right shoulder, especially since some of them were beige. It reminded of Lena Lamont’s big corsage from the Dueling Cavalier, there to hide her microphone.
E: How did we get down to so few contestants already? How can that be? Three dances per contestant tonight. Unexpected All Stars, unexpected dance styles, and a surprisingly good guest judge in the celebrity fan chair. A dark, serious and weirdly particular strain runs through tonight’s dances, tense and wild. It’s some of the best dancing of the season.
And hey, tell me. Am I alone in wishing we could do away with gender parity for the finale? I mean, the girls deserve it more, right? And was it just me, or did Cat actually intimate that the choice is finally, finally, out of the judges’ hands? That’s a good long overdue. So why should that make me nervous?