It’s finals week on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the last two girls and two guys will battle it out on the dance floor with performances with an All Star and with each other one night before the champion is crowned.
Joining Ballroom expert Mary Murphy and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe are Emmy Award winning choreographer Kenny Ortega, and mom and movie star Katie Holmes.
Melanie and Marko kicked off the night with a disco routine to “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer. Kenny said the pair looked like they had jumped out of the screen from “Saturday Night Fever”. Katie loved the performance; calling it strong and beautiful and that their expression made her want to dance. Katie said she felt like she was watching “Saturday Night Fever”. Mary said that she adored the pair but felt they went in and out of the disco style and that some of the lifts were a bit of a struggle. Nigel agreed with Mary; adding that he hoped their other routines would be better.
Sasha paired up with All Star – anddancer – Mark for a Sonya Tayeh routine that Sonya called an Ode to Sasha. Katie loved it calling the performance powerful; saying that Sasha is a pleasure to watch dance. After a scream Mary said that Sasha looked great and is a star. Nigel said there is no question Sasha is a warrior and that she has thrown down the gauntlet to the other dancers. Kenny said the dance was art imitating life and called Sasha a warrior princess.
It was all about the hustle for Tadd and All Star season four winner Joshua when the pair performed a hip-hop routine by Lil C. Mary called the performance a hard hitting solid hip-hop; and noted that Tadd has been hustling hard since the start of the season. Nigel felt that Tadd was a little too sweet and wondered whether Tadd would be the champ of season four but said that his performance was not quite as strong as he would like. Kenny noted that the all stars have elevated the show this season and thought the pairing of Tadd and Joshua was perfect. Katie called the performance terrific and said that she loved Tadd’s smile and sweetness.
Melanie and Robert perform a Stacey Tookey Contemporary routine that Nigel said had beautiful choreography and was beautifully done. Nigel told Melanie that she had captured his heart and noted that Melanie had accepted Sasha’s challenge. Kenny said that he would push himself to the front of the line to have the opportunity to work with Melanie; adding that Melanie is incredible to watch. Katie said that Melanie blew her away; adding that Melanie is a beautiful dancer. Mary said something special happens when Melanie dances saying that Melanie is in a class of her own.
Sasha and Marko perform a Spencer Liff Broadway routine to “Whatever Lola Wants” by Ella Fitzgerald. Kenny called the routine great fun noting that the pair had great transition in their characters. Katie loved the routine saying that Sasha reminded her of Cyd Charise. Mary said the pair pulled it off; adding that it was tremendous. Nigel said that it didn’t knock him out and he wanted more character in a Broadway performance.
Melanie performs the first solo of the night,
Marko is next to perform a solo.
Sasha and Tadd performed a Mark Ballas Cha Cha that left the judges a bit disappointed. Katie thanked the pair and said that they were a pleasure to watch. Mary said it didn’t work noting that they missed connections. Nigel agreed with Mary, adding that it was uncomfortable to watch. Kenny felt that the piece was too ambitious for tonight when the dancers had four routines plus a solo to perform.
Marko pairs up with season seven winner Lauren for a Contemporary routine about a failed love story. Mary said that Marko was just living it and was beautiful with honest communication. Nigel has been a little disappointed with the performances tonight but called Marko’s performance brilliant. Kenny called the choreography a gift, saying that Marko and Lauren were made for each other and Marko swept him away. Katie called Marko amazing; adding that she loved the little moments and glad that she got to see the performance live. Both of Marko’s parents were in the audience this week.
It was Tadd’s turn to perform a solo.
Tadd had only a few moments to catch his breath and change his costume before he took the stage with Melanie for a steamy routine about a guy who was caught cheating that left Tadd missing some of his clothes. Nigel said they brought his evening back to life; adding that the performance was stunning and tremendous. Kenny said that Melanie had him gripped to the stage before she even started dancing; he noted that the personalities worked beautiful together and Tadd redeemed himself. Katie loved the performance calling it fun and a breath of fresh air. Mary said that Tadd brought the sexy back; calling the performance beautiful.
Sasha performs the last solo of the night.
It’s the girls turn to perform together as Sasha and Melanie perform a Stacey Tookey routine as a couple of sheltered housewives longing to be free. Kenny noted that Sasha and Melanie were two actresses who can dance. Kenny called per performance beautiful and powerful. Katie loved seeing the two dance together. Mary said the performance was beautiful to watch and enjoyed every second of it; adding that the performance was gorgeous. Nigel said that both girls would grace any dance company and urged them to join a company once the tour was over.
The final performance of the night came from Marko and Tadd when came out of the mines to performa a gunboot stepping routine. Katie said the guys are great. Mary loved the routine calling it sold gold and amazing. Nigel said that he is pleased the guys are there and the boys stood up for themselves but he has felt all season that a girl would win the competition. Kenny said the dancers did their job and congratulated them; telling them good luck.