‘SYTYCD’ Top 4 Finals Recap: Girl Power, Gangnam Style, and Gabby Douglas
The final four of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 (Jasmine Harper, DuShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall, Aaron Turner, and Amy Yakima) competed for the last time this Tuesday, and it's not hyperbole when I say that this may be the closest "SYTYCD" finale yet. Next week, one girl and one boy will be jointly crowned America's Favorite Dancers, and really, all of them have a shot.
All of them have the kind of unique underdog stories that captivate viewers. Jasmine is the ex-girlfriend of last year's fan favorite Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer; their relationship fell apart while he was competing on the show. Fik-Shun is an untrained Vegas street performer who only two years ago couldn't make it past the semifinals on Paula Abdul's failed CBS series "Live to Dance." Aaron is the first tap dancer to ever make it to a "SYTYCD" finale, and he wasn't even supposed to make it to this year's top 20 (he only squeezed in at the last minute, as an alternate). And Amy was overshadowed by her original personality-plus partner, Fik-Shun, before she finally came into her own over the past few weeks. And of course, all of them can dance like nobody's bizness.
So this week, each dancer had multiple opportunities to literally strut his or her stuff: dancing with each other, dancing solo, and dancing with allstars in genres of their choice. Not all of these routines were equally great (there were a couple mildly disappointing moments), but in the end, all four dancers proved that they deserved to be in this year's finale.
Here's how everyone did in the last showdown for the Season 10 title:
ALLSTAR PARTNER ROUTINES
Aaron Turner with Melinda Sullivan – Tap
Tapping is a rarity on "SYTYCD," obviously due to the miniscule number of contestants who specialize in this dying art. Sassy tapper Melinda only made it to ninth place in her season, but Aaron may be the first tapper to actually win this show (which would no doubt thrill Nigel Lythgoe). So it was great to see Aaron choose to dance in his own style with Melinda back on the show and by his side. This Anthony Morigerato-choreographed number was hardly a typical tap routine, set to the ballad "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars, but the song's relaxed pace really allowed this couple to tell the emotional tale of warring lovers. They convincingly emoted and really held the audience's attention; at the end, all four judges (Nigel, Mary Murphy, and guest panelists Paula Abdul and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas) gave them a standing ovation. Paula called Aaron "the ultimate storyteller of this season." Mary called this routine's intricate rhythms "music to my ears!" And Nigel shouted happily, "I love that people love tap! We mustn't lose tap, people!" Don't worry, Nigel: Young, exciting talents like Aaron and Melinda are definitely the type of dancers that can keep tap alive.
Jasmine Harper with Comfort Fedoke – Hip-Hop
Jasmine is a contemporary dancer by trade, but unlike Aaron, when she got to choose her style for her allstar routine, she ventured outside her comfort zone, no pun intended. Instead of going with contemporary, she chose some Nappytabs hip-hop. This was definitely a risk, but one that paid off: Not only did she end up getting one of the most delightful, fun, and funky routines of the night, but she really showcased her versatility. She even got to ride a bicycle onstage! Yes, Jasmine and Comfort were total biker babes on wheels, and even hostess Cat Deeley wanted to join their gang. So did I! These two hit the stage hard to Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)," and Jasmine matched Comfort step for every swaggy step. By the end, the crowd was roaring. The judges were barely audible over the undying applause, but I did hear Paula say something like, "If these two girls ran the world, our lives would be really fun!" Mary told Jasmine, "You danced that like you choreographed it," which was a huge compliment. And Nigel namechecked his old "American Idol" friend Randy Jackson and told Jasmine, "You are in it to win it!" Nigel was right, dawg.