It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and we find ourselves tuning in for the So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Finale! At the end of this epically long two-hour event, Skeletor will hand pick SLASH America will decide who their top favorite female and male dancers are from this year’s fresh round of contestants. While this season has been sluggish at best, and it seems inevitable that this will be the last season for the Fox hit that has slowly declined in the ratings over the past few seasons, I am quite excited for tonight’s episode. First off, it was announced on Facebook that pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen would be performing during tonight’s episode, and that’s reason enough to tune in!!
Let’s get on with the show! Actually, wait! Who do you think is going to win this co-crown?! I think it’s been too obviously set up for Cyrus NOT to take home the male prize, sorry Chehon. For the ladies, it’s been a much tighter race to the finish; however, I think Eliana is going to sneak out the win even though I truly feel Tiffany deserves the crown as well. We’ll know soon enough!
The show opened with a recap of all the past winners for the last 8 seasons, including the nonsense that was Russell’s season. That still makes my blood boil…
Following that, the top twenty were re-introduced for some reason, and I was instantly reminded that I have no idea who most of these people are. This really wasn’t a memorable season AT ALL. Am I wrong? The introductions ended with the top four; Eliana, Tiffany, Chehon and Cyrus followed by Cat Deeley’s strut on stage and the judges’ announcement. Once again the panel was packed with a slew of judges to call out their favourite routines to have performed once again on the SYTYCD stage. The panel included: Lil’ C, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Screamin’ Mary Murphy and Skeletor (Nigel Lythgo). Speaking of Skeletor, it looked like he accidentally walked in front of a fan before heading out on stage tonight and no one took the time to tell him! What. A. Hot. Mess.
The first routine of the night was a NEW routine jointly choreographed by TWO OF MY FAVOURITE choreographers, Christopher Scott and Sonya Tayeh.
Style: Jazz fused with Hip Hop
Choreographer: Christopher Scott and Sonya Tayeh
Music: “Torn” by Nathan Lanier
Prior to the dancers taking to the stage Nigel called this routine out for being one of the best ever show openers, in the history of the show. While that accolade is definitely a stretch, I wasn’t able to take my eyes off the screen and did recognize the true brilliance that was these two choreographers coming together, and utilizing this set of dancers the best way possible. The routine REEKED of league of extraordinary dancers, and possessed some remarkable leaps from the boys and synchronicity from the women. This routine really is worth going back and watching all over again from the beginning! Definitely a great start to the night.
Following the group routine Cat turned to the judges to start taking their picks for the favourite dances of the season. I’m not going to re-critique them for you; however, I will summarize them at least for you to re-enjoy if you didn’t get a chance to watch the episode.
Dancers: Matthew and Audrey
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Music: “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
Dancers: Whitney and all-star Twitch
Style: East Coast Hip Hop
Choreographer: Luther Brown
Music: “My Homies Still” by Lil Wayne ft. Big Sean
Dancers: Tiffany and George
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Music: “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last
Cat then through a wrench into the program with a massive filler-content announcement, stating that we would be forced to look back at the top five audition moments for contestants who didn’t have what it took to be on the show, but inspired the audience. WHAT?! Is this a joke?! I’m sorry, I’m not giving this any writing time in this blog. It’s nice in theory, but we’ve already sat through this nonsense once.
Dancers: Cole and Lindsay
Style: Paso Doble
Choreographer: Jason Gilkinson
Music: “Unstoppable” by E.S. Posthumos
Dancers: Amelia and Will
Style: Lyrical Hip Hop
Choreographer: Tabitha and Napolean
Music: “The Lovecats” by The Cure
Dancers: Chehon and all-star Katherine
Style: Contemporary (The Halocast Routine)
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Music: “Eli, Eli (A Walk to Caesarea)” by Sophie Milman
From there we had a little turn of events, as the top four were then allowed to choose a routine that they wanted to perform again, starting with Eliana! Cool idea!
Dancers: Her routine with Alex Wong
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Music: “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra
Dancers: Tiffany and all-star Brandon
Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez
Music: “You Make Me Feel…(Disco Fries Remix)” by Cobra Starship ft. Sabi
Dancers: Chehon and Anya
Style: Argentine Tango
Music: “Breathing Below Surface” by Jesse Cook
Up next on the roster was another new routine for the night – a Hip Hop routine!
Style: Hip Hop/Street/Breaking
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Music: “Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown & Sluggo Remix)” by Messinian
Okay. While I couldn’t stop myself from loving this routine and thinking to myself, DAMN IT THAT WAS BRILLIANT, I was a little peeved that Cyrus was handed a new routine built specifically to show him off while I’m willing to best the rest of the remaining contestants won’t be getting the same luxury. Then again, I would do anything to watch hottie Christopher Scott dance on any stage! This routine was EPIC!
Tiffany was up next to pick her favourite moment of the season to relive.
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Music: “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
Following another one of the filler moments from the auditions earlier in the season, another dance troop took to the stage; Dragon House.
Style: Street and Breaking
Choreographer: Dragon House
Music: “Cryosleep” by Cyberoptics
If I’m not mistaken, aren’t these guys Cyrus’ roommates? Didn’t two of them try out for the competition and make it through to Vegas? Oh, that’s right. We’re pimping Cyrus and desperately trying to win back the young voters who have stopped watching by pumping this show full of one style (which Nigel can’t relate to IN THE SLIGHTEST). While these boys had some mad skill, I just didn’t see the rational for bringing these guys back. I did like that Brian Gainer was brought back as well, with his unique dance style.
The an ALL out screamfest started in my living room as my Canadian home-girl, Carly Rae Jepsen, took to the stage. I LOVE CARLY RAE! I was also stocked to see her sing a new song, “This Kiss“, and really kill it. For so long she has been forced to sing her song-of-the-summer, “Call Me Maybe”, and it was refreshing to see her take her career to the next level with a new tune.
The final duet of the night featured Cyrus, picking his favourite routine of the night.
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Music: Like a Criminal by District 78
NOTE: At this point in the night I was really getting tired of seeing Cyrus on stage and watching this style of dance…
The last performance of the night brought together the fresh faces from this year’s top ten and a slew of all-stars for one “SMASHING” performance (according to Cat Deeley)
Music: “Circle of Life/Nants Ingomyama (District 78 Remix)” from The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Yes, you heard that song right. This performance was choreographed and danced to THE LION KING. I don’t even know what to say about this routine. The ladies looked like grown-up, trampy versions of Pebbles Flintstone, and the men were ALL over the map with their outfits and performance. I really one saw a few faces from the top ten, as the all-stars completely stole the show on this performance. What an incredibly weird wrap up the performances…
After ALL THAT HOT MESS we are finally at the end of the night, and the announcements are just around the corner (and one more commercial break). Up first were the ladies, with Tiffany and Eliana brought out on the stage together. After a moving video of what being on this season of So You Think You Can Dance has meant to both girls, Cat was ready to announce the female winner. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that ELIANA walked away with the win! My heart broke for Tiffany who was a gracious runner up…
Up next were the boys, and once again Chehon and Cyrus came out on stage together to learn their fate. After a similar video showcasing each dancer’s journey throughout the season, Cat was once again ready to deliver the news. In an UNBELIEVABLE twist of fate, CHEHON wins! WHAT?! How did this happen? The blatant showing-off of Cyrus throughout the night was for nothing?! This. Show. Is. Ridiculous.
There you have it folks! The winners of So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 are Chehon and Eliana!
I’m still in shock. Wow, America. You refused to bend to Skeletor’s wishes and manipulations!
What do you think folks? Will you be hitting up one of the tour stops this fall?!