As the finale of the season of So You Think You Can Dance gets started, all I can wonder is: Is host Cat Deeley getting attacked by fluffy racoons? Her dress is utterly ridiculous. On a two-hour finale whose point is supposed to be revealing the winner, I try to predict how much will be killer and how much will be filler.
If we have to do this for two hours, at the very least I hope we see some great dances this evening.
The Top 20 come out respelendent in white -- and with a few reminders of contestants long gone. (Oh, yeah, Jimmy! Oh, right, Ashlee!)
Cat claims there won't be only padding, and I hope she's right. The entire judging panel is in full force tonight, and guest judge Adam Shankman is in the audience. I think he might love this show as much as I do -- he was there last night.
Nigel Lythgoe name checks one of his favorite dancers, who is out in the audience -- Paula Abdul. He said there is one more loose end -- that last year a dancer named Claire Calloway was injured during Vegas and told she could return this season, but we never saw her this year. Turns out it was because she was having a baby, and she, too, is in the audience.
Then, mere moments after promises of no padding, it's a montage. Then, the Top 20 come out to dance Tyce DiOrio's Lion King routine.
Next, is Mary Murphy's favorite dance of the season -- Lauren and Pasha's Transformers inspired routine by Shane Sparks. After the reprisal, Cat has everyone give Lauren and Pasha a better sendoff since the studio was empty when they got kicked off Monday.
Hey, look, another montage. Then Brandon Norris comes out -- the hip-hop clogger. Oh, yay, he was amazing and I wondered what had happened to him. He is indescribable. I looked for a YouTube link to no avail. I hate it when that happens.
Nigel's favorite dance that he wants to see is Hok and Jamie's hummingbird and flower dance from Wade Robson. Another good choice. I'm not shocked to see that one since I had noticed Jamie's hair in the intro.
Jean-Marc Genereaux's request is Sabra and Dominic's "slow hip-hop" from Shane Sparks. I actually liked this one better the second time around.
You might not know this, because she's only mentioned it 456 times, but later, Cat Deeley is going to dance with Nigel Lythgoe. Just making sure no one misses out on this important piece of info.
Adam Shankman's favorite dance is Neil and Sara's disco to "Knock on Wood." What did they do to Sara's hair? Scary bangs! But fun dance. I won't have to save all the other shows on my Tivo if they keep doing all these great ones.
Montage of breaking.
Bryan Gaynor, a student with an extreme form of scoliosis, wowed the judges in the auditions with his unique robot/popping routine. He comes out to do it again. Did he get that movie role Shane Sparks promised him? He says he's going to introduce him to the producers soon. I hope that happens.
The Top 8 come out do reprise their Shane Sparks group dance. That's the one in which Lauren is dressed like Neo in The Matrix.
Nigel reveals that the alternates for the tour are Jesus, Anya, Shauna and Hok -- "so that means you might be able to see ... the hummingbird!"
Wade Robson says what he wants to see again is Lacey and Danny's samba. Another good choice. Sexay! Right after they finish, Cat says it's time to eliminate one of them from the competition. Lacey is out, and she seemed to know it was her, as she pointed to herself as the segment started. She smiles and cries during her montage.
Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls comes out to "sing." That's not what I'm watching for, so fast-forwarding is in order.
Shane Sparks' choice for the evening is Sara and Pasha's West Coast Swing. The first time I saw that one, I thought it was a little tricksy and gimmicky, but I've rewatched it about 15 times, and I'm glad to see it again.
Tyce DiOirio's choice is Danny and Anya's foxtrot.
Tony Meredith wants to see Sara and Jesus' routine with Wade Robson, with the newspaper and the song from The Triplets of Bellville. Hey, I'm just glad to see people with newspapers in their hands!
Mia Michaels' choice is one of my favorites -- Neil and Sabra re-enacting a business meeting (which is so much better than it sounds). After the dance, Cat calls Danny out there with them, too. So it's time for another elimination. And Neil is out, leaving Sabra and Danny as the final two. Like Lacey, Neil is just beaming. I think he saw it coming, too, and has come to terms with it.
When she's standing next to the other dancers, it's clear that Cat has been bronzed into submission. I hate that.
Next, the dancers (Top 10?) do the group Mia Michaels routine to Imogen Heap.
Mary introduces Cat and Nigel's performance. Then an animated bobblehead thing comes on. Seriously? Ah, yes, it's from JibJab. That was dumb.
Ryan Cabrera comes out to sing "I Will Remember You," one of songs they use for goodbye montages. OK.
Dan Karaty's choice for reprisal is Lacey and Neil dancing the Mia Michaels routine that was a tribute to her father.
Cat says 16 million votes were cast, and that the winner is: Sabra!
Hooray! She is amazing. And with Danny finishing second like his brother Travis did last season, that won't cause any sibling rivalry. Heh.