Variety Is the Spice of Dance


As we gear up for the biggest and truest reality extravaganza of the summer, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a few thoughts on my other favorite competition of TV's off-season: Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, which wrapped its fourth season Thursday night with a smashing display of dancing versatility, flexibility, passion and unabashed emotion that puts the summer's other reality contests (including the cheesy-beyond-belief America's Got Talent) to shame.


Now this is how you produce a finale. First, reprise the greatest hits from the season--did anyone else notice how many numbers Katee was asked to recreate, making me think she probably would have been the judges' pick. She certainly was mine. Kudos for rewarding her a surprise $50,000 bonus for being the top-ranked female. (Making me even more OK with Joshua winning; that charmer was my runner-up.) The Bollywood number rocked. The pas de deux was near perfection. The door routine sizzled.


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