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So You Think You Can Dance: Closing Thoughts August 17, 2007

Filed under: So You Think You Can Dance,Television — Emily @ 10:57 am

I’m so glad I watched this show this summer!  It has given me a new appreciation for dance, and perhaps even a passion for it.  The season finale was nearly perfect – let’s pretend like the “Cat and Nigel dancing” fiasco never happened.  What a total waste of valuable time that was. 

A Deserving Top Two 

For once, a reality show got things right – or rather the viewers did.  In the end, this season wasn’t a popularity contest, or a good looks contest.  It was about who deserved to win based on their talent and charisma.  I believe that Danny and Sabra truly were the two most talented, well-rounded, and genuinely entertaining dancers on the show this season, so I was thrilled that they were the Top Two. 

The Moment of Truth 

When Sabra was announced the winner, I was momentarily disappointed – only because the momentum seemed to have shifted in Danny’s favor after his fantastic performances this week.  I guess I was expecting to hear his name, and hearing Sabra’s instead took me by surprise.  But, after my initial disappointment, I felt very excited for Sabra.  Who wouldn’t be, with her joyful reaction – all tears and screaming. 

The Runners-Up 

Danny will be just fine without the label of So You Think You Can Dance champion under his belt, and there was nothing artifical in the huge hug he gave Sabra when she won.  All these dancers seemed very supportive of each other – further proof that they are all diva-free, decent human beings.

As for Lacey and Neil, their reactions to being voted off were humble and gracious.  I’m sure Lacey will win many more national competitions, and Neil would do well as a dancer on Broadway (a good place for him to display his theatrics) or perhaps in a Cirque du Soleil type production. 

Best Finale Moments 

As for the “nothing filler about it” filler on the two hour finale, we the viewers were able to relive some of the show’s best moments.  I was thrilled to see Sara and Jesus’ “vagabond cabaret” performance again, Lacey and Danny’s “Hip Hip Chin Chin” samba, and the Mia Michaels contemporary group routine to the Imogen Heap song.  I also found it very satisfying to watch clogger Brandon Norris and robot pop-locker Brian Gaynor have much-deserved moments in the national spotlight to showcase their unique talents.

A Couple of Complaints 

The routine I was most disappointed in was the Mia Michael’s “tribute to her father” performed by Lacey and Neil.  I wasn’t impressed or moved by it the first time, so it was a big letdown for me that they chose it as the final performance of the night.  Maybe I’m just coldhearted, or maybe this routine really was overrated.  I suppose the producers decided to end with this dance because it was a gentle, respectful way for Lacey and Neil to give a final performance – rather than a loud, brash hip hop routine or a raucous Broadway number.  But still, there were plenty of better Mia Michaels routines to choose from.

Finally, a couple of performances that I thought should have been included in this parade of encores: 

  • Sara and Pasha’s July 18 jazz routine (the ’80s “Let’s Get Physical”-style dance to Queen’s “Body Language) – I personally liked this one even more than their West Coast Swing.
  • Jessi and Pasha’s “jungle birds” jazz piece from June 20. 

Overall, though, I have few complaints about the dances performed last night.  It was great that Pasha and Sara had so much stage time.  Just more proof how much many of us loved them.

Final Word 

Congrats to Sabra, and well done Danny!  I guess that’s about all there is to say.  I will be back next summer for a new batch of dancers to cheer for.  And in November, I’ll post my reaction to seeing the Top Ten live, when the tour makes its stop in my area.

Don’t Be a Stranger! 

Keep stopping by Eclaire Fare.  This fall I’ll be reviewing shows like 30 Rock, The Office, and Heroes (really looking forward to seeing what part David Anders will play!).  Further out, I’ll be commenting on Lost, 24, and Battlestar Galactica when they return in early 2008.  And coming soon, I’ll be previewing the new fall shows, followed by my thoughts on several of the pilots.

Before you go, comment on your favorite So You Think You Can Dance moments below.


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5 Responses to “So You Think You Can Dance: Closing Thoughts”

  1. Natasha Says:

    I partially agree with you about the Mia Michaels tribute number. The first time I saw it, I was disappointed. Last night, however, I enjoyed it.

    I only wish Lauren had danced all season the way she danced last night. If she had, I think she could have knocked Lacey out of the top 4.

  2. Leah Says:

    How are they going to make up for leaving out Sabra and Danny’s recap videos? Maybe they should do a one-hour special just for them (seriously, there’s nothing else on in the summer). Im so sad it’s over!

  3. Belle Book Says:

    As a Sabra fan, I was absolutely DELIGHTED when she won the competition! She truly deserved to be named America’s Favorite Dancer, because she had it all — talent, performance skills, consistency, versatility, uniqueness, memorability, and above all *heart*. And I’m glad Danny was such a class act, as was *all* the final four dancers. Congratulations, Sabra! I wish you all the best!

    Belle Book

  4. Sheldon Says:

    Glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who loved Pasha/Jessi’s jazz dance by Tyce DiOrio. Another I wouldn’t have minded seeing again was Neil/Lauren’s miners-in-goggles routine by Mia Michaels from 18 July.

  5. Danny hugging and lifting Sabra when the annoucement was made, to me, was a wonderful moment of the night… He actually has a very sweet personality, it’s unfortunate people thought he was arrogant in the begining.

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