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. For more from the source, click here .
We already know that America has chosen a winner on So You Think You Can Dance . Read some final words and thoughts from the Final 4 as well as the judges' thoughts about them over at E!Online .
The final week of So You Think You Can Dance 's Season 4 saw Twitch Boss' big smiles and krumping style face off against Joshua Allen's power jumps and hip-hop showmanship. Each week brought Courtney Galiano's steady improvement matched up against wildly versatile Katee Shean. In the end, though, America chose Joshua as their champion. Joshua's success, and the presence of hip-hopper Twitch in the Top 4, set a new precedent for hip-hop dancers on the show. "I hope that [now street dancers] will know that they can learn all these different steps and come on [So You Think You Can Dance] and possibly win," choreographer Shane Sparks told TVGuide.com after the results were announced. "I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of other dancers come on this show, get their training in,...and represent." For more from the source, click here .
Wow. Tonight's show was packed with a lot of great dancing and some very nice personal moments on Cat's couch. Although I will admit to tearing up once or twice (or three or four times), I'm going to leave the personal stuff out because I kind of consider it filler. Very interesting and emotional filler, but filler just the same. And I want to hear what you think of tonight's performances so let's get right to it. Courtney and Twitch start the night off with a Hip-Hop piece choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. Mandy: Courtney has come so far. She has spirit and soul when she moves. Mary: She's been great throughout the season. Courtney's lived it and fought. She's an inspiration. Nigel: He's so delighted Courtney's in the Top Four. She's a bundle of joy and energizes everyone around her. Joshua and Katee dance a Lyrical routine choreographed by Wade Robson. Mandy: Beautiful. So nice to have Wade back. Very honest. They're telling a story anyone could watch and relate to. Technically she would have liked to see more work through the legs and feet. To read the rest of the Recap, click here .
The first half of the So You Think You Can Dance finale airs tonight and I cannot wait! While we're counting down, check out this interview with the finalists from People.com: SYTYCD's Final 4 on Choreography, Celebrity & Mary Murphy
This past Saturday, both of the male finalists on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance landed in the hospital and were treated for dehydration. Both guys were treated and released the same day. Practice was canceled on Sunday for all 4 finalists. Guess they are working hard to ready themselves for what will certainly be an awesome finale, airing this Wednesday and Thursday on FOX. So let's start the discussion...who will be taking home the crown of "America's Favorite Dancer" (again, not best...favorite - which explains to me how Courtney Galiano has managed to find herself in the finale...)? Source: E!Online
I've ignored them for as long as I could, but there's no denying that the Jonas Brothers are like the Backstreet Boys of the new generation. They have a bunch of hit singles out, star in the hit Disney Channel original film Camp Rock and appear on all kinds of TV shows these days (including ones that I actually watch, such as the finale of So You Think You Can Dance this Wednesday). And...it seems the Jonas exposure is only going to increase, as E!Online has confirmed that the boys are getting their very own Disney Channel original series that they describe as having similarities to HBO 's Flight of the Conchords , which they say is one of their favorite shows. Read more details here .
With its fourth season finale just around the corner, So You Think You Can Dance has been picked up for a fifth summer run on FOX. "So You Think You Can Dance" has evolved into a reliable seasonal performer for FOX, so its renewal was something of a foregone conclusion. "We're delighted to have 'Dance' back for a fifth season next year," says Mike Darnell, FOX's unscripted programming guru. "Fox is very lucky to have television's preeminent performance competitions in 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and it's no coincidence that creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe have been a part of both these successes." "So You Think You Can Dance" has also been nominated for four Emmys, including three nods in the outstanding choreography field, a category the show won last year. More At:
Thursday night's So You Think You Can Dance results show brought highs, lows and even some crazy costumery (I'm talking to you, Lady GaGa) -- plus the end of the road for Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura. Despite sizzling dance moves for almost the entire competition, the pair was voted off the show. Friday, the two spoke to press about how they're faring, what advice they'd give to future dancers, and what's next (after the tour, that is). Here's what they had to say on: How They're Faring After Being Cast Off: Mark: I know it sounds like, 'Oh, he's covering up his emotions or whatever,' but I'm feeling really, really, really happy actually. I feel everything lined up for me to leave on an awesome, awesome note. In my own aspect, I feel like I've won. Chelsie: I'm feeling great right now. I'm very grateful and so blessed to be a part of this show and make it this far. The biggest thing is, I feel like I put everything into each of my performances, and at that point it's out of your control what happens. I can't control the public, so I'm happy with myself and that's the most I could ask for. To visit the source and read more, Click Here .
You already know that Katee and Joshua are safe. Who joins them? Of course they throw in a musical performance and a few commercial breaks first.Courtney is safe. It's a bit of a surprise to me, but a very happy one. I think she was outstanding last night and I think she deserves a spot in the Top Four. That means Chelsie is out. She gets very emotional and says she's overwhelmed but so grateful. It was a pleasure to see her dance on the SYTYCD stage. She'll be missed. Twitch is also safe. This is also a bit of a surprise and a bit of a disappointment for me. I think Twitch is great and last night I said I would be happy with either guy making the Top Four. And I thought that was true until I realized I was waiting for Cat to declare Mark safe. So while I'm a little disappointed, I do think Twitch is a very good addition to the Top Four. I really can't be too upset. Mark is so happy for Twitch and expresses his gratitude. He appreciated that people kept him in the competition so he could learn and grow. To read the Full Recap, check out the source at: TV Guide So You Think You Can Dance