It began with 20…then the top 10…only 4 remain…who will be Canada’s next favorite dancer?!
Tonight is going to be a night of exclamation points!!!!!!! Oh my goodness, another season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada is coming to a close and we’re only a few performances and a couple million votes away from naming Canada’s Favorite! I have to say that my heart is set on Tara-Jean winning the competition based on performances to-date, but that may all change tonight!!
It’s important to note right off the start that the finale is NOT tomorrow night, but instead has been moved to Sunday night on CTV to ensure there are enough practice times to create an amazing 2-hour finale, complete with confetti – make sure to check your local listings so you don’t miss it!!
Once again Leah brought out the bobble-head judges and for once I didn’t fast forward through this excruciatingly painful set.
There are a variety of different numbers being crammed into last night’s show, starting with a number with all four dancers; Jayme Rae, Tara-Jean, Everett and Vincent. Neat! They all performed a Tony and Meredith Theatre-style Cabaret. It was a cute number that definitely helped to sell the girls’ sex appeal and the boys’ awkwardness!
Vincent & Everett – Hip-Hop
Up next in the night of dance mayhem was guy-on-guy routine with Everett and Vincent. Surprizingly, they danced a Sho-Tyme Hip Hop, which I wouldn’t have pegged to show these boys strengths. Danced to B.O.B. by Outkast, it was definitely a blast to the past! I loved this song back in 2001!! Anyways, I’ll saw that Vincent did an okay job, definitely better than Everett! THEN the boys jumped off the stage and did a mock round circle freestyle set, and I secretly wish Vincent had thrown out a back handspring to add a little flare, but once again I probably ask too much. Or do I? NO!
Tara-Jean & Everett – Jazz
Tara-Jean and Everett were next to hit the stage dancing a Jazz routine with Sean Cheesman to Say (All I Need) by OneRepublic. This routine was ALL over the map for me. The HUGE fan blowing Tara-Jean’s hair all over the place?! I don’t know what to think!! Then, unfortunately Tara-Jean slipped up mid routine and the synchronicity fell off for a few seconds. Dang. I pray that she pulls it together as I would hate to see her crack in the final performances and wind up losing her well deserved title! I have to give Everett kudos on this routine as he partnered her so well, especially the solid lift above her head, spinning, as the fan blew in his face. Pretty, and well done kids!
Jayme-Rae & Tara-Jean – Mambo
Jayme Rae and Tara-Jean were partnered next and selected Mambo with Tony and Meredith, danced to Ran Kan Kan by Tito Puente. Hot dang this is the routine of my dreams! Fierce hooker heels, feather skirts, sequined tops, and SHIMMEE SHAKES galore! I definitely feel like this routine was lacking a little ‘Dirty Dancing’ roughness that I would have liked to see, and as for Jayme Rae ending up in Jean-Marc’s lap…UH OH! Overall the routine was just okay for me. I don’t think there should have been two numbers by Tony and Meredith in the finale, as I was REALLY hoping for a wide range of styles and right now I’m just not feeling it.
Jayme-Ray & Vincent – Contemporary
Jayme Rae and Vincent were next to the stage dancing a Contemporary piece with Stacey Tookey danced to Can’t Stop Thinking ‘Bout You by Martin Sexton. Darn it Stacey Tookey, I wanted this piece to be INCREDIBLE and it was just okay. Truthful, the piece wasn’t the standard Contemporary piece danced to somber melodramatic music, but I just didn’t feel the typical passion I’m used to in dances past. I will admit that Vincent looked pretty dapper in his vest and hat, little cutie! That’s all though really, just a little lack luster critic.
Tara-Jean & Vincent – The Hustle
Tara-Jean and Vincent were up next to dance the Hustle with Maria Torres to Last Dance by Donna Summer. Seriously, this song was the PERFECT choice for this number. It was the ideal compliment for the style and Vincent’s ballroom was definitely a positive as well. Unfortunately some of the lifts have a few clunky endings/dismounts, but overall this was pretty well done for so late in the night’s performance ranks and the required speed. Again, nothing amazing, but I like to disagree with the judges and keep it real.
I don’t like in the land of positivity, I live in the real world – where we can say mean things in Canada and not be sent to Alaska.
Jayme-Rae & Everett – Samba
The final pairing to take to the stage was Jayme Rae and Everett dancing a Samba to Run the Show by Kat DeLuna. Definitely not how I wanted to end the couples pairings for the night…where was Bollywood?! I will admit that I LOVED Jayme Rae’s red-spaghetti dress I didn’t love it enough to grove along to the routine. After this piece I definitely think this year’s season will be a race to the end for Jayme Rae and Tara-Jean. Everett was lost in this routine next to Jayme Rae and Blake McGrath (on the judging panel) saw it like I did. PHEW! No surprise, Tre came out and tried to raise the sun by complimenting Everett. Ugh, enough. NEXT!
Everett – Solo
After all of the couple routines, the last solos were the only thing left to showcase each dancer’s individual talent. Everett was up first, doing a jacked-up tap routine staying true to his roots. Danced to Style by Cameo, his solo was pretty standard to what we’ve seen before. Kudos to you buddy, but I just don’t see you being crowned Canada’s favourite dancer.
Jayme-Rae – Solo
Jayme Rae was up next to perform her solo, slamming Contemporary meets Salsa in our face dancing to Radiaciones Arrabaleras by Bailongo! Very reminiscent of SYTYCD US Season Five winner Jeanine’s last solo only a few months back, and similarly, Jayme Rae nailed it! Definitely a solid performer throughout the entire night.
Vincent – Solo
Vincent was next in line to dance his ballroom solo to Land of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett. Unfortunately, I just don’t think the Canadian audience is looking for a ballroom hero even though he made it this far. I think it’s the shoes. Seriously!
Tara-Jean – Solo
Tara-Jean was next to the stage performing a stunning Contemporary solo to Bleeding Love by Boyce Avenue – HOT DANG WHERE DID THIS SONG COME FROM?! I am so proud of this little sprite from Lethbridge!! Hands down she is my favourite girl in the competition and if she doesn’t win, Canada just doesn’t know good dance when they see it.
Heck, who knows, maybe somehow Emanuel will sweep back into the competition and win the whole thing simply based on remnant votes!
Seriously Canada. Vote for Tara-Jean. Don’t be American and get this wrong, and wind up with a George Bush-style situation. Vote Tara-Jean, vote for change.