It’s hard to believe we’re already at this stage of the competition, but with the end of the summer, so too must So You Think You Can Dance Canada come to a close. At the end of the finale performance show, it’s up to you Canada to vote for the dancer that you want to walk away with the crown of Canada’s Favourite Dancer for season four of SYTYCDC. I am SO pumped to see how this year’s competition wraps up, and which of these amazing performers will earn their rightfully deserved title. In my opinion, the remaining three girls have the competition in the bag. If Lindsay, Melissa or Jordan doesn’t walk away with the win I will be genuinely surprised. While Christian and Matt have been extremely solid throughout the year, they just haven’t rose to the level that the ladies have been showcasing week after week.
After Lead introduced the ridiculously large judging panel once again, including Jean-Marc, Tre, Blake, Luther and screaming Mary Murphy, we were quickly into the details of the finale. First of all, I’m choked that we have to wait until Sunday, September 11th to learn the fates of this year’s contestants, and who will be crowned the winner. Really? Almost an entire week!? Sigh…this is getting to be too drawn out for my liking. Enough already!
Lindsay Leuschner & Matt Marr
Song: “Tell Me If It’s LIke That” – Memphis Bleek
The first dance of the night was a couple routine with Lindsay and Matt tackling a Sho-tyme Hip Hop routine. Wow, these two KILLED this piece. I was a little nervous going into this routine, as I didn’t know if these two would be able to explode right out of the gate, but they did! Matt and Lindsay were slamming each and every step, and I was in love with Lindsay’s swagger throughout the routine. She sat back into every step and looked like a true hip-hop girl. Matt struggled with a few of the steps but I definitely think he rose to Lindsay’s level in this piece. I wish his outfit had been put together a little differently; however, since that’s out of the dancer’s control I won’t fault him for it. Overall, I think this was a great way to open the show. With the dancers get the votes? I’m on the fence. If the performance had been done to a different musical choice, then I think it would have resonated with the audience a little more. But that’s what you get from a Sho-tyme piece: hard hitting hip-hop to a dirty underground beat.
Jordan Clark & Christian Millette
Song: “All In Love Is Fair” – Stevie Wonder
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Up next to perform were Jordan and Christian taking on a Stacey Tookey Contemporary piece. YES. I was shrieking with excitement for this piece, and can’t wait to see Jordan once again dance her style. I love that Jordan began the competition with a Stacey Tookey piece at the beginning of the year, and it’s wrapping up with one as well. It feels like fate is aligning to help Jordan in her quest for the win. Wow, was this some amazing choreography from Stacey. The lifts were incredible, including the jump-split into Christian’s arms, where he then carried Jordan across the stage. Absolutely stunning. Jordan was gorgeous in this routine. Sadly, Christian wasn’t the partner he needed to be, and almost dropped Jordan in the lift I just described. That’s some scary shit, and goes to show how incredible Jordan is as a dancer.
Melissa Mitro & Shane Simpson
Song: “Salsa Y Sabor” – Tito Puente
Choreographer: Gustavo Vargas
The third performance of the night included the last couple from the top six, Melissa and Shane, taking on a Salsa routine from Gustavo Vargas. I was pretty stoked to see Melissa dance a salsa; however, I don’t think Shane is the right partner to truly showcase her talents (I really wish it had been Christian dancing with her). Okay, I’m not sure what happened in the costume department. Melissa looked fantastic and was truly dressed the part, Shane on the other hand looked absolutely ridiculous. The white pants were a huge mistake and I felt his outfit distracted me throughout the entire piece. And holy lift disasters batman! Clearly Shane wasn’t strong enough to lift Melissa and it showed throughout almost ever lift. Once again Melissa received a standing ovation for her performance – the SEVENTH week in a row. Well done Melissa, well done.
Top 3 Girls Number: Melissa, Jordan and Lindsay
Song: “What About Us” – ATB
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
HOLY SHIT!! The top three girls were up next performing a MIA MICHAELS contemporary routine!! MIA, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THIS PAST YEAR?!?! I was so excited to have her back as choreographer, I nearly peed myself in anticipation for this performance. Seriously, losing my mind. Lindsay, Jordan and Melissa are the perfect trio for this piece. Oh. My. Goodness. Canada, did you watch this routine?! THAT is how you choreograph a fucking dance performance! This routine was out-of-this-world brilliant, and the BEST routine of the entire season. I will honestly remember this one performance for the rest of my So You Think You Can Dance watching days. Each girl performed to her maximum level of dance, and all three of them dominated the stage. I was consistently looking back and forth between all three of them, in awe, wishing I had their raw talent. Hands down the highlight of the night, and I was reminded of the brilliance of Mia Michaels and why I love her so much. Mary Murphy referred to this piece as the most memorable moment of the season. I couldn’t agree more.
Top 3 Boys Number: Christian, Matt and Shane
Song: “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Choreographer: Melissa Williams
The three boys were up next, to follow the brilliant routine from the ladies, and this was their opportunity to rise to their level and show Canada that they are even moderate contenders. Christian, Matt and Shane were tasked with a Melissa Williams’ Jazz routine, and I believe me, I was skeptical watching the intro clip. To start, the song choice was ridiculous. Ugh, I just didn’t love this number. A large part of it was due to my coming down from the high following the Mia Michaels routine, and the other part was the lack of power in this routine. Matt definitely stood out as the front-runner in the pack, as Christian looked ridiculous out of his style and Shane is so far out of his league next to the other two guys. Also, I’ll say it would be ridiculously had to walk out on stage after every judge announced that they feel it would be a girl winning the competition this year, so I’ll give them props for giving the performance all they had. Sadly, this year, it just won’t be enough.
Top 6 Group Number
Song: “Sail” – Awolnation
Choreographer: Sabrina Matthews
The next performance of the night was a group routine with all six remaining contestants, taking on a Sabrina Matthews Contemporary piece. The theme was angel warriors in battle. At first I thoughts to myself, seriously?! Then I saw how the piece was choreographed together, combined with the music and I absolutely loved it. The gritty, rough song was a nice change to the typical ethereal contemporary musical styling. As for the dancing, there were a few standout performers in the pack, naturally, and my eyes were constantly drawn to Lindsay, Melissa and Matt. I absolutely loved how one dancer was always broken and dropping to the ground. It’s hard to explain when writing it, but if you saw this dance then you know what I’m talking about and it was superb. I absolutely loved everything about this routine, and I am once again on the Sabrina Matthews (group) contemporary bandwagon!
Following all the group performances each dancer took to the stage once last time to perform their solos. At this point in the night, I decided to sit back and enjoy their dancing without adding my sassiness to the mix. I was thankful that I did, as it allowed me to appreciate how hard each of these six dancers have work over the course of the season. Job well done to everyone. At the end of the day, I truly believe it will be Melissa, Lindsay or Jordan taking home the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer in the finale results show this Sunday.