Welcome to the grand finale! It’s hard to believe it’s already time for it. Wasting no time, the show quickly reintroduced us to the original Top 20. My husband asked, “Who’s that guy in the front?” when they did their group dance. It was Jamie, of course, but it’s always hard to remember the first few dancers to be eliminated. So it was nice that Jamie, Rayven, Susie, and Marquis got to have a few more moments in the spotlight.
I figured the best way to assess the finale was by dividing it into segments. So, below you will find the various highlights, the judges’ favorite dances, and the slow reveal of the winner.
- The Top 20 performed a Shane Sparks hip hop routine.
- We witnessed a face off between Robert Moraine and Philip Chbeeb, the “best poppers the show has ever seen.” I agree with most of the judges that Robert was the best.
- Mary and Dmitri danced together – She still has the legs and the moves!
- The top five guys performed the Nigel-choreographed “Five Guys Named Moe” (Joshua, Twitch, Mark, Will, and Gev)
- The cast of Criss Angel “Believe” performed a Wade Robson dance that was an “Homage to all the rabbits who died in the hands of incompetent magicians.” The song was “Homage to the Rabbits” by Eric Serra – I was reminded of Donnie Darko when all the creepy rabbits came out on stage. Leave it to Wade Robson to make dancing rabbits seem scary and weird.
- Some of the oldest and youngest performers from Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy performed. Nigel joined in the fun.
- The Jonas Brothers made pre-teen girls all across America squeal with joy when they performed a song from their new album. I just don’t get what the big deal is. Maybe you have to be younger than 15 to “get it”?
- Some of the best performers from the past seasons of the show performed to “Please Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna, after they gave some updates about what they are up to. Notably missing were Sabra and Danny. We did see Hok, Dominic, Jesus, Sara, Lacey, and Anya from last season. It’s nice to know that they are having success in the world of dance.
- Nigel – Joshua and Katee’s Bollywood routine; Katee and Joshua’s “No Air” hip hop routine. These were two of my favorites this season as well.
- Mary – Courtney and Gev’s Rumba; Katee and Twitch’s Mia Michael-choreographed contemporary routine with the door.
- Adam – Comfort and Twitch’s “Futuristic Studio 54” Hip Hop; Courtney and Mark’s Jazz routine to Mirah’s “The Garden”
- Lil’ C – Mark and Chelsie’s “Bleeding Love” hip hop routine
- Mia – Will and Katee’s Pas de Deux – This was amazing to see again!
- Debbie – Twitch and Kherington’s smooth waltz (the one dedicated to Jean-Marc’s daughter)
Countdown to the Champion
- Courtney is the first to learn she isn’t the winner – This comes as no surprise to me, or probably to any one else either. She was very gracious, though, and sweet.
- Katee was the second to learn she wasn’t “America’s favorite dancer.” When I heard her name called, my response was “Awwww.” I really liked Katee and think she was the best female dancer in the Top 20. But, I am rather confident now that Joshua will win, which makes me excited! But wait, she gets a prize as the top girl: $50,000. Not bad for second runner up.
- The Big Reveal: As Twitch and Joshua stand side by side, Cat lets us know that the winner is…. JOSHUA! I was very excited and happy when his name was called. And unlike last season, they gave the winner a chance to take in the moment and say a few words.
Closing Thoughts: This season was really fun to watch, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Joshua was my favorite from the early auditions until now. He totally deserves the win. I just hope that, unlike Sabra, we will see more of him on upcoming seasons. I don’t know how I will get my dance fix now until next summer. I don’t know if I can stomach Dancing with the Stars. Any suggestions?