In the words of Penny Lane, from Almost Famous, "It's all happening!" And it is! It's the final performance night for Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance, where we'll get to see four talented dancers take the stage one last time (multiple times) before deciding who will be named America's Favorite Dancer. We already have an idea of what will be performed tonight -- if you missed it, be sure to check out our Pocket Guide to the So You Think You Can Dance Finale.
Whatever you might think about who did or did not make the finale, there's no doubt in my mind that tonight is going to be filled with some jaw-droppingly awesome performances from the Final Four. Watch along with me tonight as we watch Brandon, Evan, Jeanine, and Kayla perform -- you can follow my live thoughts here and, of course, on BuddyTV's excellent So You Think You Can Dance Twitter. Let's see who gets the final Hot Tamale Train Ticket of the Season, the return of Adam Shankman to the judges table, and most importantly, to see who dances their way into our hearts and on to victory.
If we are to believe Shanks, and I happen to, tonight is going to be spectacular. Shanks has been all a-Twitter about tonight's performances for the entire week.
"At the Kodak prepping SYTYCD performance show. HUGE!!!!!"
"Watching the top 10 dance again is awesome."
"Crazy show. Out to dinner with the choreographers and Mary. It was very emotional for the kids. Thursday and all of the performances will be very tough. I got booed three times tonight! A first!!!"
"Spent the night with the choreogs trying to figure out who is going to win. We have idea."
Of course, we're dying to know not only who the choreographers think will win. (*cough cough* Brandon? Jeanine? Kayla? Sorry...Kasprzaktivists) And we're also curious to see what gets Shanks booed tonight. Hopefully, we'll see soon enough!
It's 10 minutes to finale time...who is everyone pulling to win tonight? I have to admit, that re-watching the routines from this season trying to determine the best dance of them all...I may have a new favorite. Miss White Lightning herself, Kayla Radomski. I was shocked by how many of my favorite routines she was in this season, and I somehow didn't even realize it. Speaking of favorite routines, save the ones that will be inevitably danced tonight, what are your favorites from the Season 5? I'd love to hear what continues to stand out and move you--and why. Comment away my fellow So You Think You Can Dance lovers!
And it's final performance time! Cat Deeley already has a case of the Deeley chills. Each of the final four take the stage and do more of a hello thank you to the crowd than a dance, but everyone looks like they're on cloud 9. Myself included. Let's get to some amazing dancing!
As we all know, tonight's finale is at the Kodak Theater, a much larger space. The crowd is going wild already. Adam Shankman (Shanks from here on out) is in awe of the Final Four, though he admits he expected some of them would make the finale. He's also amazed that 3,000 people are screaming in the Kodak Theater and 20 million are watching at home....all for dance.
Abbey was having computer issues, so I, the illustrious and Brandon-hating John Kubicek, will be here to guide you through tonight's finale.
I tuned in just to see the end of the final four doing a cheerleading routine. Oh dancers, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind.
Then we get a sneak peek at season 6, and based on the music, it is either the Second Coming or the Final Sign of the Apocalypse. I'm going with the latter, because the montage ends with an extremely obese man without a shirt dancing, and his flab will be forever jiggling in my mind.
Jeanine and Evan: Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Sonya, who clearly loves violence against men, has choreographed a routine where Evan wants Jeanine, but she just wants to beat him up (and maybe glue Little Evan to his stomach, if she's from Wisconsin).
Jeanine is hot as hell, and this is exactly in Evan's wheelhouse. He's perfect at playing comically emasculated men who lust after Randi's butt or Jeanine's hot body.
Cat sits down with Brandon for a chatwhich brings back the relatively minor Brandon-Mia feud. As a noted Brandon-hater, I kind of still want Mia to walk up and bitch slap him across the face.His solo is fine, but Brandon is the opposite of Jason, because I actually prefer it when he dances with his clothes on. The judges freak the heck out, mostly because they know that Brandon is probably going to win this whole thing.
Kayla and Brandon: Choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Yay, I love me some Tyce, and he's whipped up something wild and crazy for his final dance of the season. And yes, it's fun and whimsical. At one point Kayla sticks one leg straight up in the air and Brandon spins her around like a propeller, and it took my breath away. The Shank-Man is playing heavy favorites, saying that these are the two he thought would be in the end all along.