Eclaire Fare

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So You Think You Can Dance: The Final Four Perform August 6, 2008

Cat has an Egyptian princess thing going on tonight in her shiny gold dress. I like the look. Mandy Moore is tonight’s guest judge – her first time this season as far as I can recall. Well, there’s lots of dancing to be done tonight, so let’s get started.

Courtney and Twitch – Hip Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon) – “Church” by T-Pain feat. Teddy Verseti

This is a character piece about “a crazy deranged girl who goes looking for her boyfriend at the club.” I wasn’t loving the vintage 1970 outfits, particularly Courtney’s tight plaid pants. But, there were some cool moves, and some fun interplay between the two of them. The judges were crazy about it.

Joshua and Katee – Contemporary (Wade Robson) – “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer

This dance is about the theme “love is hard work but it’s the best thing that you’ll ever work for in your life.” Sounds potentially moving. And it was! Interesting choreography, well-executed by Joshua and Katee. I loved the sudden bursts of energy and strength, mixed in with slow moves in unison. These two are magical on the stage. The judges thought they were brilliant and showered them with praise.

Katee and Courtney – Broadway (Tyce Diorio) – “The Trolley Song” by Rufus Wainwright

It’s a journey of ups and downs and excitement! Woo hoo! The parasols and poofy dresses seemed right out of Oklahoma or Music Man. It was cute, and it was fun to see these two girls dance together. It was not, however, one of my favorite Broadway routines.

Joshua and Twitch – Russian Trepak (Youri Nelzine) – “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite

Um, I was totally expecting their dance to be hip hop after all the talk about settling their feud, and then we saw a guy doing Russian kicks on the floor. Should be interesting. Those puffy white shirts and balloon pants are a new look for these guys. It takes the cool quotient down a couple of notches. The dancing was fun. I liked the dueling guys motif, although it can’t compare to Danny and Neil’s similarly themed dance during last year’s finale, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Still, no one can leap into the splits like Joshua, and Twitch was moving across the floor on his knees in impressive fashion. This is a dance worth watching a few more times, if only to see these guys do their respective thing.

Katee and Twitch – Foxtrot (Tony Meredith and Melanie La Patin) – “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

When I heard they were doing the foxtrot, I rolled my eyes, but to my surprise, I enjoyed it! Katee looked beautiful, and I thought Twitch pulled off debonair (unlike Nigel, who thought he needed to be “more American, less British.”). The choreography had more flair than most foxtrots that I’ve seen.

Courtney & Joshua – Jive (Jason Gilkison) – “The Dirty Boogie” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

This was my least favorite dance of the night. Courtney and Joshua didn’t have great chemistry together, so much of the routine felt like they were going through the motions. They also appeared a bit tired – not surprising, given the warp speed of their dancing. The Jive just isn’t one of my favorites. It’s kind of a bummer that it is what closed out the couple dances.

Courtney, Katee, Joshua, and Twitch – Contemporary (Mia Michaels) – “Hallelujah” by The Vitamin String Quartet

How strange to see the final four dressed in kilts. I agree with Nigel that it’s hard to know what this dance was about, but the celebratory, victorious feel definitely came across. I loved all the running across the stage, the jump roping moves, and the leaping throws that they pulled off.

Solo

  • Courtney – “They Weren’t There” by Missy Higgins – She did a couple of moves that I hadn’t seen before, which I appreciated. Branching out is always good. I’ve always liked her better in her solos than in her couples performances.
  • Twitch – “It Was All in Your Mind” by Wade Robson – I prefer intense Twitch to goofy Twitch, so this was probably my favorite solo of his all season.
  • Katee – “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap – I liked her dress, and felt it matched the mood of the piece, which was hopeful and expectant.
  • Joshua – “(Not Just) Knee Deep” – Funkadelic – Funky fun

My Favorites

  • Joshua and Katee’s Contemporary
  • Joshua and Twitch’s Russian Trepak

My Least Favorites

  • Twitch and Courtney’s hip hop
  • Courtney and Joshua’s Jive

The Way I Hope It Goes:

4. Courtney – For whatever reason, she is my least favorite of these final four, so it makes sense that I’d like to see her go next.

3. Twitch – I really like Twitch, and am impressed by his dancing, but I don’t think he’s proved as versatile as Joshua and Katee this season. His commitment to the routines has been hit or miss as well.

2. Katee – I think it’s silly to dwell on one little statement that she made at the beginning of the season about whether she would try out again. People say things they don’t mean when they are under pressure. She has been a pleasure to watch, and I would be thrilled to see her win. But…

1. Joshua – From his first audition in Dallas, I have loved this guy! His personality, his energy level, his enthusiasm, and his ability to adapt to whatever dance style he is given (from bollywood to Russian trepka!) – all of these factors make him the most deserving winner for this season. I will be ecstatic if he is pronounced this year’s champion.

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