August 11, 2010 08:12 PM by Nancy Floyd
Season 7′s top three dancers have one last chance to prove their worth on tonight’s new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance. America’s Favorite Dancer will be crowned on tomorrow night’s season finale, but firstÂ Kent,Â Lauren andÂ Robert have to perform five times each!! Tonight’s final performances include Bollywood, Broadway, Contemporary, Cha-cha, and the show’s first ever Malevos. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s routines…
It’s time for one last performance night onÂ So You Think You Can Dance and it’s going to be a doozy. The top three finalists will be performing five times each! Each dancer will be required to do a solo in addition to four choreographed pieces. I think it’s safe to say no one on this show has slept for an entire week.Â Cat Deeley quickly introducesÂ judgesÂ Nigel Lythgoe,Â Mia Michaels, andÂ Adam Shankman before getting on with the show.
Kent‘s first performance of the night is a Bollywood piece withÂ All-StarÂ Lauren. They’re playing a couple about to be married until Kent gets cold feet at the altar. The routine has everything Kent could hope for: a hot partner, required cheesiness, cool music, and a sparkly shirt. Kent and Lauren nail it and all three judges love it. Nigel Lythgoe calls it fun, great, and terrific, Mia Michaels calls it very Kent-ish, and Adam Shankman calls Kent the feel-good dancer of the year. I give it two thumbs up!
Lauren is up next performing a Tabitha and Napoleon routine alongside All-StarÂ Twitch. The premise of the piece is a presidential debate between Lauren and Twitch. The performance is fun, hard-hitting, and totally freaking amazing! All three judges praise choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon for a great season of dances, then praise Lauren for her growth in the competition.
Next it’s time for a jazz routine withÂ Robert and All-StarÂ Mark. According to choreographer Tyce Diorio, the piece is aÂ ”power surge of electric energy.” What does that even mean? Does Tyce ever make sense when he talks?! Robert and Mark take the stage for a high energy routine set to Whip It by Devo! Amazing! I’m having a hard time figuring out which guy to watch since they’re wearing the exact same outfit and are pretty much indiscernible from one another. As if I didn’t already have enough problem telling these two guys apart in the first place. All three judges love the performance and think Robert has a great chance at winning the competition.
After Robert’s performance, Kent takes the stage for his solo. He sits down for a quick one-on-one chat with Cat Deeley beforehand to discuss his journey on the show, his many faces, and his favorite routine (Prom Dance with Lauren). His solo is what it always is: a solid contemporary routine.
Next, Robert and Lauren are teaming up for a contemporary routine choreographed by Dee Caspary. To sum it up, Robert is shirtless, Lauren’s wearing lingerie, and there’s a pillow as a prop. It’s actually really moving and beautiful to watch. Nigel Lythgoe loves the choreography and its execution, Mia Michaels calls it delicious and perfection, and Adam Shankman deems it magnificent.
Lauren is at it again, for back to back performances. This time she’s joining Kent for a wacky jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore. Playing to their quirkiness, Mandy Moore put together a fun and somewhat childish performance. Kent and Lauren play flirty geeks dancing to Huey Lewis & The News’ Hip To Be Square. Nigel didn’t think the piece challenged Kent and Lauren enough, Mia thought it was fun but didn’t like it, and Adam avoids saying much of anything.
Cat Deeley sits down for her interview with Robert before his solo. In summation, he’s shocked to be in the top three, his favorite performance was Travis Wall’s contemporary routine with Allison to Fix You, and if he wins, he plans to buy his mom whatever she wants. Afterwards, he takes the stage for a cool and quirky solo.
Next, Kent returns to the stage for a contemporary routine with All-StarÂ Allison. The piece, choreographed by Stacey Tookey, is about a seemingly perfect couple with major underlying issues. Set to Joshua Radin’s Sundrenched World (great song choice!), the piece is really moving, emotional, and heart-wrenching. The judges have nothing but rave reviews for Kent and are especially proud of his ability to embrace the story and emotion of the piece. Adam Shankman is particularly delighted by Kent’s revelation. Adam screams, claps, and nearly breaks down into tears over Kent’s transition into becoming “an artist.”
Before Lauren’s solo, it’s her turn to sit down for a chat with Cat Deeley. To sum it up, Lauren is proud to be the last girl standing, her prom dance with Kent was also her favorite, and her decision to audition this season came at the very last minute. She delivers a strong and sexy solo that shows off her strength and growth in the competition.
Robert’s next routine is a sexy Broadway piece with All-StarÂ Kathryn. In the dance, choreographed byÂ Spencer Liff, Robert is a suspect being interrogated by Kathryn. With her fishnet stockings, low-cut blouse, and a skirt slit up to her hooha, Kathryn is certainly embracing the role of sexbomb interrogator. At the end of the slinky performance, Robert has managed to split his pants up the backside. Nigel’s proud of Robert’s growth, Mia thought it was danced genius-ly, and Adam thought it was beautiful.
Lauren’s final routine of the night is a cha-cha withÂ All-StarÂ Pasha. Choreographed by Tony Meredith, the piece requires Lauren to be a sexy maneater who goes crazy when she sees Pasha. I don’t blame her. I have the same reaction. Well, maybe not that exact reaction. I feel a little uncomfortable watching this steamy routine, especially when I think about the fact that Lauren graduated from high school about three minutes ago. Not surprisingly, Nigel loved it! Mia pays one of the highest compliments to Lauren saying if she were still a dancer, she’d want to dance like Lauren. Adam follows that up by saying “if music was turned into a person, that person would be you.” Say what?! Quit smoking the crack pipe, Adam.
The final performance of the night belongs to Kent and Robert. They’re working on the first-everÂ So You Think You Can Dance Malevos. Malevos is basically a man-on-man tango that’s sort of like battling. I’m not gonna lie, it’s a little awkward. It has a few cool and powerful moments though. All three judges have nothing but praise for Kent and Robert.
After tonight’s performances, it looks like it’s still anyone’s competition. My money is on Kent but I wouldn’t be shocked if Robert or Lauren took home the crown. Who do you think will be named America’s Favorite Dancer?Â Tune intoÂ So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow night at 8pm EST onÂ FOX to find out!
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