August 5, 2009
I love the excitement of the finals! The fact that tonight's show is at the Kodak Theatre speaks to how much this show has grown over five seasons. Let's see what the dancers have in store...
Top 4 | "Boys Boys Boys"
I was not expecting a cheerleader-themed routine from Wade Robson. Not my favorite Wade number... I guess it was cute and had some good moves, but it felt very bubblegummy and un-Wade-like. Come on, choreographers... don't screw this up!
Jeanine and Evan | Jazz | "Heartbreaker"
If you don't know by now, I am 100% Team Jeanine. I think Sonya's choreography is perfect for her so I was really excited to see this number. I have to agree with Mary (I know, I don't believe it either) that Jeanine definitely outshone Evan, but they both did a great job.
Kayla and Brandon | Broadway | "Bye Bye Love"
THIS is what Broadway routines should look like! More dancing, less theatrics. I like the theatrics and all, but this is a dance show!!! Sometime Tyce forgets that. Their turns got really out of sync at one point and a jump after that wasn't together, but otherwise it was pretty incredible. Certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Evan and Brandon | Hip Hop | "Nasty"
Laurieann Gibson choreography for the finale? Okaaaaaay. Anyway.... We've already established that Evan looks ridiculous in leather. And I just thought this choreography was not up to par for the finale. I think I saw a grapevine in there. And this whole "dueling boys" thing was done so much better in the last two seasons. This did nothing for either of their chances. Ick.
Kayla and Jeanine | Contemporary | I have no idea what the song was because...
MY FREAKING CABLE WAS ALL MESSED UP AND LOST 90% OF THIS NUMBER! Just gone. Went from commercial right into the last 15 seconds of the dance. I am PISSED. GRRRRRR. According to the judges reviews, it was amazing. This better show up on YouTube ASAP!
UPDATE: fellow-Philly peeps, I found a video here!
Kayla and Evan | Jive | "T.R.O.U.B.L.E."
I thought Kalya looked extremely desperate in this number. Not sure what it was but I think she kind of overdid it to the point of being obnoxious, despite how much Nigel loved it. Evan did a nice job and he did great with the lifts, but overall it was "meh." The damn lighting was also so bright that half the time they were both glowing (but they're also both extremely pale?).
Jeanine and Brandon | Paso Doblé | "Tetsujin"
Kind of telling that they saved this number for last... but maybe that's me just being biased! The Paso Doblé can be a kiss of death for some couples, but I think they totally killed it. The two of them with their intensity and their sex appeal and their outright awesomeness... just stunning!
S O L O S
Brandon | "Dies Irae"
His body is made of steel! And his solos make more use out of 30 seconds than I have ever seen before. There is no question that he is an incredible dancer, and an equally convincing performer.
Jeanine | "Por Una Cabeza"
Her control is unbelievable. I think that is what always impresses me about her solos... she just has complete control over every movement. I love that she got so emotional after her solo and that the judges never saw her coming a few months ago. TEAM JEANINE!
Evan | "The Best is Yet to Come"
Let's face it: Evan is not going to win this competition. But the boy is SO likable — and talented, to boot — and I still love watching him. He is nowhere near Brandon's level, but he's exceptionally good at what he does. I'm glad he has made it this far.
Kayla | "Sweet Dreams"
I've said it before and I'll say it again — her solos are not that strong. She does well with the choreography that is given to her but I did not think this was her best and she didn't make great use of those 30 seconds. We all know she's a phenomenal dancer. But her solos don't give me chills like Jeanine's and Brandon's.
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Who I'm voting for:
Starts with a "J" and ends with a "neen." :-)