Back in July, the dead of summer, where there is usually no decent television to speak of, So You Think You Can Dance hit the airwaves on FOX. It followed on the heels of the highly popular Dancing With The Stars on ABC. Now if you check back on my reviews of the show I wasn’t the biggest fan of the early episodes. The audition process dragged on much longer than necessary. I’m not a dancer, but maybe someone with dance training enjoyed this coverage. However, almost six hours of auditions didn’t make for entertaining television.
Once they had the fifty dancers chosen, the process of elimination began. Only sixteen would make it. That is when things got interesting for me. That also seems to be when the rest of America began to tune. Finally, the competition truly got underway, and the phone lines were opened to allow American viewers to cast their votes. The show drew very high voting numbers – 28.5 million called in. They even beat American Idol voting numbers some nights.
Over the past two months, we’ve watched the contenders danced their way into America’s hearts. We’ve been shocked. We’ve been involved. Just look at the comments to my posts each week on Blogcritics. Viewers are caught up in the show. They jump in with their thoughts on their personal favorites, and even some thoughts on what can make this show even better in the future.
It took time, but my thoughts on this show have totally turned around. I went from almost hating it to loving it. I scream at the television each week while it’s on. I’m just as involved as anyone else. I’m actually sad to see this show come to an end, but hopefully, it will return and be even better next time.
Now let’s talk about tonight’s show.
There were many surprises in store for us. We not only had the return of the rest of the top sixteen dancers, but other special guests popped up out of nowhere. Throughout the episode, we were also taken back to past weeks to see our dancers as they grew during the competition. The show began with a performance by the entire top sixteen dancers; choreographed by Shane Sparks. These sixteen dancers owned the stage, and it was nice to see them all back for the big finale.
This performance was followed by another special guest performance from Alex Da Silva. He starts out with one female at his side, but in a total surprise, host Lauren Sanchez replaces this female as his partner and she sizzles on stage with Alex. Now, I had no idea she could dance or that she could do it so well. Perhaps this is why she was chosen as this show’s host. I had always wondered about her. She did say it took a lot of rehearsal time in order to perform, but she looked great on stage.
There was one more guest performance before we saw our final four in action. During auditions, one male dancer was put down by Nigel as being not masculine enough during his performance. This man, Anthony Bryant, returned tonight, and Nigel had to eat his words. (Another guest performance by The Groovaloo’s, a hip hop dance crew, came in near the end of tonight’s show .)
After Bryant’s performance, our dancers returned. This week they were allowed to pick one of their past performances to dance for America. Their partner for the performance also returned, and these dancers once again demonstrated to America why they were the final four. Nick chose his disco performance. Ashle performed her samba with Blake. Those that loved Jamile’s hip hop performance with Destini the first time it aired were able to see it again, and Melody chose her Broadway performance with Nick.
During and after these performances, we learned how America voted. The first one eliminated from the competition, coming in fourth with only 8.8% of the vote, was Ashle Dawson. Next to go was Jamile McGee with 24.9% of the vote. This left Melody Lacayanga and Nick Lazzarini. At the very end of tonight’s program we learned that Nick won with 37.7% of the vote. Melody came in second with 28.6%.
Each and every week, Nick had performed well. All these dancers have, though. Each and every single one of the dancers in the top sixteen will be dancing in one form or the other for some time to come. The top four do have brilliant careers ahead of them. Nick may have won, but the other top three have also won by going as far as they did in the competition. They will find work as dancers. I will miss this show. It has become a part of my regular viewing habits. As I said earlier, I became involved in the outcome. Unlike the results of Dancing With The Stars on ABC, I was quite pleased with how this show played out. Nick is an amazing dancer, and he deserved to win this competition.
I can’t wait to see So You Think You Can Dance next season. Not sure when that will be. I hope some changes are made to make this show even better than it is now. Shorter show times would be a good start. I didn’t mind the 90 minute shows so much, but the two hour long broadcasts were a bit tedious. However, I enjoyed the faster pace that came with the sixty minute programs.
What do you think America? Were you pleased with the result of this competition? What do you think could be done to make this show even better for future seasons or are you happy with this show just as it is?
For a complete list of songs used on tonight’s show and more reviews by Regina, including reviews on books, music, movies and several popular television shows, visit her review blog found at One Couch Critic. She is also the newest contributor at Media Village with her Thoughts from the couch. Her rambles on life and writing can be found on her daily blog, One Writer’s Rambles.Powered by Sidelines