E: Cat tried a new dance style! Do I really need to say more than that? Okay, fine. What Mary said: “gonna be a good episode – hee hee hee.”
E: YES! They’re back, baby! Summer is officially here. The judges are back and wearing bow ties for Jesse Tyler Ferguson. They’re back with pirouettes and headstands and flips and pot stirrers and every good thing. (And that’s part of the joy – the worst we got from 2013′s first episode of So You Think were a few dancers who were more sweet or inspiring than brilliant. Sign me up for the mockery-free dance extravaganza! My impressions of the first batch of candidates are after the jump.
Big, big sigh of happy everything. How great was that? I did not expect those results, but I could not be happier.
E: Sigh. That was so wonderful I still feel sated. Not sated enough to stop watching the show over and over, but just blissful and floaty and grand. I’m so sorry this has to end, but I’m just loving the quality of the routines now, aren’t you? Now, I genuinely don’t know who’s going to win. I know who I want. I know who the judges want. But the rest of America? Will the judges preferences affect theirs? What a lot of good questions. So let’s get down to them!
Cat opens the show in a red lace dress with a tiered knee length skirt and short sleeves. She looks great, of course, but it’s not one of my favorite looks; it feels a little dowdy for the finale. But I don’t care. She’s Cat, and we only have two nights left with her until next summer! Sorry for that unpleasant thought. Not looking forward to that drought. There’s no artificial shortages tonight, however; we get five performances from each dancer! Wow. A solo, a group dance, an All Star dance (clearly designed to show off the best of each individual) and then a pairing with each of their fellow finalists. Excellent. (Although – what did Cat not count? Because that actually adds up to six.) And check it out – cheerful, effusive Rob Marshall (director of Oscar winning musical Chicago) has joined the judging panel. Let the dancing begin!
E: One of the best things about the So You Think You Can Dance finale is getting to see the season’s best routines reprized. How much fun is that? I will tell you. It’s fun. It’s so much fun. It’s get up and dance along at home fun. Whether it’s truly the judges who do the picking or if it’s the producers, the entire season is distilled to a beautiful highlight reel. This is the one to watch.
Below I list my best guesses (usually pretty on point) for the judges’ picks, divided by genre: