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So You Think You Can Dance – Top 4

Posted by g3tech on August 16, 2007

Welcome to part one of our SYTYCD finale! At the end of the four hours of the two part finale, either Lacey, Sabra, Danny or Neil will have won the crown of “America’s Favorite Dancer”. Time to begin….

The judging panel who began the show in New York, will be the same panel ending it, in other words, Dan Karaty is on the panel.

Nigel tells us that SYTYCD will be back for another season!! Whoo!!

BLAH BLAH BLAH…. (more useless judge talk)

We get to watch a video of the top 4’s best moments.

To start the night, the top 4 are going to be dancing a Tyce DiOrio broadway routine. He describes it as “slick and sophisticated”. Apparently, they only had an hour and a half to learn this routine, or at least, that’s what Sabra tells us. Tyce expects them to be “Brilliant” (with a capital B), let’s hope so, this is the top 4 after all. The song is “Mein Herr” by Liza Minnelli (Cabaret soundtrack).

All the dancers will be dancing with each other, which includes guys with guys and girls with girls.

First, we find out a bit about Lacey, and then Lacey takes to the floor with a solo to the song “Technologic” by Daft Punk.

Sabra & Neil get together with Shane Sparks for a hip hop routine. And it’s supposed to be as sexy as Nigel is british. The song is “Whine Up” by Kat DeLuna. I liked it but it just wasn’t great, it wasn’t finale-worthy dancing. Nigel thought that it wasn’t as funky as he would’ve liked and Neil was a bit too stiff and he felt that Sabra wasn’t strong enough. Mary expected more and was disappointed. Dan thought that it was a bit too bouncy, there shouldn’t be so many faces.

Commercial break time!

Lacey & Danny will be dancing a Jean Marc Genereux viennese waltz. Lacey & Danny are apparently good friends and they have a lot of inside jokes and they talk a lot. With all the talking, Jean Marc felt like they were in kindergarten and he’s a french teacher trying to teach english and then he tells them “YOU GET THE RYDEM IN YOR BODAY!” There’s some really funny stuff in their video. They’re dancing to the song “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne. I thought it was excellent, both the dancing and the performance. Nigel thought it was soo good, it was like they were ice skating. Mary thought it was effortless and they got a standing ovation and a scream from her. Dan felt that they were both incredible and amazing.

Next, we find out a bit more about Neil, and then he dances a solo to the song “Gravity” by Shawn McDonald.

Lacey & Sabra are taking on a Wade Robson routine, where they’re a mother fox (Lacey) and a baby fox (Sabra). The song is “Koyal (Songbird)” by Nitin Sawhney. It was an interesting routine, not exceptional, but not bad either. Nigel called it “extraordinary… Thank goodness he told us they were two little foxes”. He felt that Lacey could have been a “velociraptor”. He says he didn’t get it, and finds it difficult to judge the dancers, with that routine. He’s not sure this was the right time for Wade (whom Nigel says is one of his favourite choreographers) to experiment. Mary agrees. Dan says that there are going to be people who loved that and people who hated it.

Now, we find out some stuff about Danny, and then he does a solo (which involved a record amount of jumps and spins) to the song “We Are The Champions” by Gavin DeGraw.

Now that the girls have danced together it’s the guys turn. They’re going to be doing a Mia Michaels’ routine. This should be crazy since both of them dance contemporary. They’re both going to be princes battling for the throne. Since Nigel like masculine dances, they’re doing it for him. The song is “Are You The One” by the Presets. I really enjoyed this routine, especially the part where Danny claps in Neil’s face, the look on Neil’s face was priceless. Nigel loved it and sait that it was indeed very masculine. Mary also loved it and thought that it was very believable. Dan also enjoyed it.

Sabra’s last, and of course, we learn stuff about her, like that she’s travelled a lot, and then she performs her solo to the song “Wonderful World” by James Morrison.

More commercials (and a commercial for “American Band” — the show that’s like American Idol, but with, you won’t believe it, BANDS!)

Lacey & Neil are now going to perform a lindy hop, choreographed by Nick Williams, which involves lots of flips and lifts and all that fun stuff. Their song is “Bill’s Bounce” by the Big Elliot Swing Orchestra. It’s going to be really hard. It started really strong, but then they started to lose energy. It was fun, don’t get me wrong but it kinda lacked a bit but, in the end, I still enjoyed it. Nigel tells them how hard the dance is, especially in keeping the energy up all the way through it. He also says Lacey used her partner a whole lot better. Mary loved it. And they’re on the hot tamale train, and then she screams. Dan thought the dance was awesome, and anyone who didn’t enjoy it is just a boring person.

Final performance of the night is Sabra & Danny doing a cha cha, and their choreographer is Melanie LaPatin. The song is “Gotta Get Done” by Celia Cruz. It was awesome! And I loved it. Nigel felt that it was a shame they haven’t partnered before, since they work so well together. Mary critiqued the first half of their performancce but about halfway through, they started to relax and show off their personalities and, by the end, she thought they’d nailed it. Dan thought the beginning was okay, and the second half was waaayy better.

Tomorrow: the top 20 are featured, there will be special guests, and Cat will be…dancing…with Nigel?

Stay tuned.

See your top 10 faves on the SYTYCD tour.


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