This show can often shock us with its results. In each episode, the audience has made us eat crow, and this week was no different, except our pollsters were asked to dine with us. We barely had enough to go around.
In a different approach to earlier weeks, we will cover the results first, because that is what was the focus of this show. The results were already in, the envelopes sealed and the cards dealt. But we will review the show in its entirety after this discussion, and if you didn’t see it, there were numerous surprises you will find entertaining and some important hints at what will be on the tour, so please read the entire review and vote in our polls. We put a ton of effort into it for you and would love your input. Thank you.
We could totally understand Joshua winning. After trailing in our polls by as much as 3-1, he made a major surge as the show was nearing its start. It was close enough that the telephone vote could have gone either way, but seeing Twitch there on the stage with Joshua made it surreal, like when you watch a movie and you say, “That could never happen in real life”.
Katee was offered a runner up prize of $50,000.00. We get the impression the show added this surprise when they realized how unexpected the result was. Katee took it well and followed with an excellent performance; ironically, it was with Twitch.
This has been a year where the best have often been eliminated in favor of the underdog, but in this case, whoever was dialing those phones were punching in the wrong keys. Our Polls had Twitch as dead last, out-voted 5-1!! Statistically, it all seems rather odd that the telephone dialers felt so differently.
After 35 hours of show, 167 performances and 60 million votes, for Twitch to be in the final two was farcical. We believe this demonstrates that there is something wrong with the system of voting on the show? Twitch placed in front of Katee?? Twitch is a great street dancer, but he shouldn’t have placed in front of Mark, Chelsie, Courtney or Will, let alone Katee!
But in a way, there was some justice. Katee, by being selected as the top woman performer got a $50,000.00 prize. For coming in second, Twitch got diddly.
And Now For the Show.
This was a wonderful show, well choreographed and presented. Let’s start by introducing our “jidges.” Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, Nigel Lythgoe and Little C.
The show started with a move through a number of flashbacks from the season. It was quick, but brought back some fond memories.
They then brought back the entire top 20 to dance to a set choreographed by Shane Sparks and danced to “BOOM”, by SIN feat. T-Pain. This was basic hip-hop. The choreography was fun, bringing out some of the best talent on the show. One move where Gev slides under the line of women as they each jump over him. As Little C says, it was “buck”. They then clustered into a group and everyone gradually drops to the floor leaving only the final four standing. Cute metaphor yes?
So the show moved to letting the six “jidges” choose their favorite set from the season. These are likely the sets that will be performed on the tour, so make sure you don’t miss them. Nigel Lythgoe had first pick and selected one of our favorites, and one we already said would be on the tour, “Bollywood”, which may be more appropriately spelled “Bali-Wood”.
Katee and Joshua were at the ready and began their routine. You could tell how much these two love to perform with each other. There is no point in presenting an encore of our prior review of this piece, other than to say these guys gave us goose bumps once again, and you can watch it here.
Mary selected Courtney and Gev, performing to “Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce. This piece has a richer feel than any performed to songs by Ford Taurus. The set had some of the sexiest moves in the show this year with Courtney showing how provocative she can be. Had this been a dance in her repertoire last night, the results of this competition may have been different.
Now, for a break, there was a popping championship, incorporating two of the poppers that the judges voted through to Vegas. The first, Philip Chbeeb, had to resign before going to Vegas because he contracted pneumonia. And Robert Muraine resigned after getting to Vegas when he realized that there was much more to the show than just popping. Neither could have won the competition, but their popping skills defy everything we know about physics, so they are clearly worth watching compete.
This was the first time Robert and Philip met and they went head to head. Robert went first, and did some basic moves. Philip looked unfazed and moved into a set of his own that was quite challenging. But then Robert stole the rest of the show with moves that could not be duplicated by any other human on the planet. This kid is a major freak show with the way he can move his body. Robert finished by mimicking Philip’s signature move easily. Adam Shankman concurred with what we had said to each other half way through the performance, “Robert, you are a freak of nature!”. The judges voted Robert the winner 5-1. We have no idea what he won, but it was fun.
Adam Shankman called Twitch and Comfort back to the stage, for their set performed to “Forever” by Chris Brown. This hip-hop piece has been reviewed on our site before and will be on the tour. It is freakish how good it gets when these two fantastic hip hop dancers hook up. The finale Russian walk and heart pump are classic and only created and performed this well by artists in the top of their field.
Little C called out Chelsie and Mark to perform to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. This was a classic, and they took it another step as they continued to prove why they are champions. Had things played out differently, these two could have easily been in the finals instead of Twitch and Courtney. And we believe that this dance shows that America may have erred on calling for their elimination.
Mary Murphy then surprised even Nigel by taking the stage in a hot short red dress dancing with D’mitri from last season, with his shirt fully open. Mary demonstrated she still has the legs to move on the floor. She wore the outfit that Courtney should have worn last night in the Jive. Had Courtney worn that red, frilly dress, instead of a one-piece bathing suit, we know that dance would have been much better received.
Mia Michaels then called on Katee and Will for the classic danced to “Imagine” by David Archuleta. If you remember, earlier in the season, this dance was performed to near perfection in the competition, but Katee bumped her head moving under Will’s arm. This time, it was flawless and brought the entire crowd to its feet as well as the judges. This demonstrated that these two were the best dancers in this competition. America does not like to be told whom to vote for, but sometimes the experts really do know best. These two were perfect.
Adam Shackman called on Mark and Courtney dancing to the Garden by Mirah. This is the sexy Burlesque piece where Courtney wears a single net stocking half torn and Mark distinguishes his performance with the look of Alex Delarge, played by Malcolm McDowell, from “A Clockwork Orange”. Great set and we look forward to it on the tour.
They then brought out the four finalists to cut Courtney. She knew she wouldn’t beat Katee. She got a nice bouquet of flowers. She took the loss well, as she should, because she is a star now and will be cheered again and again on the tour and after that in every performance of which she is a part.
They then had the final five men perform Nigel’s piece choreographed to “Five Guys Named Moe” by Joe Jackson. This piece is so much fun that if you haven’t seen it, watch it; if you have, watch it again (we did, twice), and expect it live on tour.
They then presented a dance from the performers of “Cirque du Soleil” done to “Homage to the Rabbits” by Eric Serra. It is an incredibly dark piece danced with everyone in rabbit costumes and choreographed by, you guessed it, the dark man himself, Wade Robson, of “Thriller” fame.
They then leaped to the biggest mistake on the show we have ever seen, eliminating Katee and leaving Twitch. She was awarded a prize of $50,000.00 to compensate her for America’s inept analysis of dance. The judges last night tried to subdue their praise of Katee, we think to keep this from being a blow out, but they instead got America to forget how wonderful she is. They played back her prior dances from the season, and we remembered, she not only made herself the winner, she brought the male dancers to the show. Twitch’s most memorable dances were with Katee, and if not for those, he likely would not have been voted through. Will’s best performance was with Katee, and we all know how the pairing of Joshua and Katee worked out.
Sour grapes are worth eating after you saw Katee lose. It was sad, and it was wrong. We have to believe that this was an error on the part of the show; perhaps what they were inferring with the new prize for Katee is that there will be a winner on both the men and women’s side from now on, and it will not be clear if the leader in the runner-up gender finished second or third. We are thinking that Katee could have actually finished second here and we were misled by the show because they wanted to play up the final draw between the men. No clue, but if America did vote for Twitch over Katee, we know they were in the “dead zone” with their cell phones.
After the break, we found Cat Deely sitting in Nigel’s place in the judges panel. Could this be a signal something was up? Cat chatted with Debbie Allen for a little while who quipped that she stepped down (as SYTYCD judge) so Will could compete and that she was proud of Will’s performances. With that note, Cat introduced the next performers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy bringing in Debbie’s youngest and ‘oldest’ students- 19 kids tap dancing to “Boogie Wonderland” by the Earth, Wind and Fire. Oh, the oldest performer was- was that really Nigel Lythgoe taking the center stage? Yes it was! He was tap dancing his heart out along with the kids. It was a fun number.
Mary called for Mia Michael’s piece next starring Katee and Twitch and danced to “Mercy” by Duffy. This performance was not as sharp as when it was first performed, but it was still superb and should win Mia an Emmy. It was also, ironically, performed right after Katee’s elimination, the piece that brought Twitch to the forefront and gave him his chance to beat Will in the voting. Had this piece not been so wonderfully performed by Katee, we think Will would have lived on and Twitch would have gone home.
After some comic relief, Debbie Allen selected Twitch and Kherington‘s dance to “A New Day Had Come” by Celine Dion. This is a beautiful piece and it does show Twitch can dance, but it also clearly demonstrates his lack of ability in formal dance relative to the other performers in the competition. The lifts are strong, but strength is not dance. It helps, but it is not dance.
Nigel then called for the pair of the season, Joshua and Katee, dancing to “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. This was Joshua’s and Katee’s first dance together on the show and it is one of the most memorable. It was the start of what would be the best year of these two dancers’ lives, and resulted in another standing ovation from the crowd and judges.
There was a segment on “where they are now” that was fun. It showed a number of past season dancers and was primarily a promotion for the show, but it was presented professionally.
They brought performers from past seasons to refresh the audience’s memory of these great dancers. Dominic, Lauren, Travis, Ryan, Neil, Dmitri, Anya, Hok, Jaime and Benji among others came to the stage to remind us this show’s foundation is built on amazing talent. They wowed us in this set and at the end, the cast from this year joined in. This was great and had the audience going wild.
THE FINAL TWO
They then returned and crowned Joshua in the final 2 minutes of the show. Joshua and Twitch both reacted by leaping into the air, and Twitch raised Joshua’s hand in victory. Joshua’s Dad was in tears and Joshua was hugging Cat. He thanked everyone graciously, and showed he is a deserving champion.
Now, we wait for the tour and next year on SYTYCD. It was a great season with so many stunning and entertaining sets that no matter who wins, the audience always does.
Our congratulations to Joshua Allen, SYTYCD America’s Favorite Dancer!
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Courtney Galiano is a stunning brunette dancer in the finals of So You Think You Can Dance Season 4. Her specialty is contemporary dance and she turned 20 on June 12. Courtney is from Dix Hills, NY. She graduated Commack High School, and is now studying childhood education at St. Joseph’s University.
Courtney has had dance training in lyrical, tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop, so there is little that is out of her element. Her dancing throughout the competition has been phenomenal. Katee has overshadowed Courtney this year, but anything could happen in the finals. Sabra was a surprise for us last year, and we were surprised again last week as the television audience loved Courtney, pushing her past Chelsie into the final four of the contest.
Courtney auditioned in Charleston, SC and got there at 4 AM with her grandparents!! The show played her up from the get-go. It appears they recognize the talent well before the audition, and select them for the seemingly impromptu cameos we see during the auditions. So, the show already knew they had found a winner before she made it through the door.
And Courtney has NOT disappointed. She is a finalist in the show, and one of the most diverse dancers ever to appear on So You Think You Can Dance. She picked a highly competitive year to audition, and she is at the very least in the top 4 of all those talents, and at the very least number 2 of the women with an excellent shot at number 1!
Courtney looks punished of late. She has paid her dues in this competition and her legs are bruised over what looks like about 80% of the surface. She has earned her way through this competition, never giving any less than her best and never letting any one of her partners down.
She has been awesome in all her solos, and it clearly showed in her audition! Mary’s contribution to Courtney was “You are a real cutie patuti up there”. Guest Judge Tyce Diorio said she has a “beautiful face, and beautiful body”. Seems that they got so wrapped up in Courtney’s captivating appeal that they forgot it was a dance competition, but they are right, Courtney is a knock-out, and it is sometimes difficult to separate that fact from how well she dances!
Courtney said “Send me to Vegas!”. They did, and she has proven to be one of the best selections the judges have ever made!!
Know more about Courtney at Fox.
Twitch is the shocker of the season 4, busting into the finale on personality and talent. Last year, Twitch auditioned, but was sent home. “Hok” was selected instead. “Hok” had a very interesting season, and made the tour as a runner up for his hummingbird dance.
“Hok” was strong enough to perform wonderfully in the final 20, but did not even make the final 10!! Twitch is in the finale this year!!
Twitch’s real name is Stephen Laurel Boss, and is the eldest of the dancers in the finale at age 25. He is from Montgomery Alabama and considers himself a freestyle dancer. Hip Hop is his specialty, but he has proven he can act!! And he has also demonstrated this season he can dance contemporary on par with the best in the business.
During the season, Twitch has taken a bit of commercial advantage, creating a new line of clothing. The clever logo of a T in the Superman symbol is a winner!!
Robson was involved in the Michael Jackson trial at about the same time based on alleged relations he had with Michael Jackson, but Robson testified at Jackson’s trial that none of the allegations were true and Jackson was acquitted. According to wikipedia, in 2007, Robson won an Emmy in Outstanding Choreography for the routine Ramalama (Bang Bang), which was a sensational piece, and, it was no accident it reflected the same style that made the “Thriller” video a huge hit.
We cannot prove it, nor has there been reference to it, but we believe Twitch was initially discovered by Robson in 2002, when he initiated a nation-wide search for Hip Hop talent.
The most interesting aspect of Twitch is he made the finals with almost no training, although one site said he has had formal training. He is a street trained dancer as far as we know. Raw talent with buff body and amazing expression. He drew a huge crowd at his audition.
Nigel, before the interview, said, “Twitch, let’s be honest, if you don’t make it through to Vegas this year, I am going to kick yo’ ass.” He had the judges laughing and applauding by the end. Mary exclaimed, “Twitch, you are sick”. This year there was no doubt in putting him through to the top 20. But who knew that this “sick” raw talent would make it to the finale with his incredible dance and acting ability?
Some of Twitch’ Solo performances
Chelsie Hightower (Is that her real name?) is a strikingly beautiful dancer born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom, and she has the fastest legs we have ever seen. Last year, a Russian dancer named Anya struck us because of her incredible leg speed. Chelsie is faster.
Chelsie has danced since she was just 9 years old, and there are pictures of her from competitive dances from an age where most of us were being challenged by hide and seek. But in the world of dance, to be as great as Chelsie, most have to start very young.
We were very disappointed this week because Chelsie was eliminated from the finals, despite not once being in the bottom prior to this week. We think she beat Courtney this week and, while we love Courtney and think she is another incredible talent, we believe that Chelsie was dealt a bad hand. She received Twitch as a partner and he could not dance the Mambo well enough, and it hurt their performance. To boot, while Courtney got two dances that catered to her style, Chelsie got thrown Hip Hop. She still was fantastic, but Hip Hop was about as far from Latin Ballroom as it could be.
Chelsie graduated from Timpanagos High School in 2007 and is 19 years old, born July 21, 1989. She just celebrated her 19th birthday!!! Happy Birthday Chelsie!!! She is going to college at Utah Valley University.
Chelsie was discovered in Salt Lake City and wowed the judges with her audition. They played her up right away on that show and knew even before she danced she was special. Her partner was relatively good, certainly better than Twitch was last week in the Mambo, but he paled in comparison and was little more than a prop. Nigel said, at the audition, “I have to say you are truly tremendous.” Mary followed with “You are one hot tamale, that is for sure!” Of course, she was sent straight through to Vegas. Or is that back to Vegas?
In 2005, Chelsie was a finalist in the US Worlds Dance Competition as a member of Team USA. A scant 16 years old, and she was already tearing up the floor. She started dancing at the age of 9. In just two years, at the age of 11, she won her first national title. From what we gather, she is a talented singer as well.
Chelsie currently resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah, was raised in Orem, Utah, and born in Las Vegas, but she was no gamble for this show. You could tell from the outset she was on her way to the top 20 at the very least, and the top 6 wasn’t good enough; we think she should have made the finale.
Because of her extensive background, according to TV.com, Chelsie has worked with many world-renowned choreographers such as Louis VanAmstel, Goran Nordin, Vibeka Taus, Paul Green, Karina Sminoff, Jonathon Wilkins, and Katusha Demidova. The exposure she has already received would comprise an entire career for most dancers.
We will miss Chelsie and we know that all of her fans are destroyed by her elimination. Last week just turned out incredibly unfair for her as a dancer, seemingly being targeted for elimination by lady luck and her pairing with Twitch. She was our huge favorite to win. For more on Chelsie, videos and pictures, please read our review of the show.
Chelsie Goes Home tribute
Some of Chelsie’s solos on the show
Joshua is America’s Favorite Dancer in 2008 for Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance
Joshua Allen was born in Fort Worth Texas. He says he started dancing at 8, but who could ever really know? He is now an ancient 19 years old, so old for a dancer his age. Joshua didn’t grab us at the audition; it was later, when he was paired with Katee, and no matter what they threw at this couple, they not only mastered it, they killed it.
Bollywood is a classic that will definitely be on the tour. It is amazing and a prime example of how shockingly great this man is. His strength as he suspends Katee in his arms is alarming. She barely moves. The strength in his arms to catch her that way is astonishing.
Joshua has dance training, so he is no accident, but it appears much less extensive than the other dancers. He believes he can sing, because he wants to become a recording artist. Maybe he will make next year’s American Idol as well. Wow, now that would be a major first!!
One has to believe that Katee and Joshua drew the biggest lucky card in the competition when paired with each other. While both are great, their styles and strengths augmented each other and kept them out of the bottom three repeatedly, never to have to dance a solo for the judges to stay in the competition.
We have tried to find out where Joshua studied dance because the “So You Think You Can Dance” web site says he has had dance training.
We know he graduated from North Crowley High School. Apparently, from what we can garner, Joshua’s family did not have the money to pursue the traditional avenue of dance training, but in the 3rd grade, got introduced to the Debbie Allen Institute workshop. Dance captivated him right there and then, and he began to seek out any dance scholarship he could find. And in the process, got to where he is today.
Joshua is raw talent. Someone you love for his technique and quality as a person as well as talent as a dancer. How can you not love this dance with Courtney? Another dance that proves that his strength and diversity are universal.
Joshua is everything every leading lady could want. Strong, guided, and magical. If he does not take this competition, we will be quite surprised.
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JUST IN: This is a pic of Joshua and a high school bud of his, Charles Nolen, following their senior blowout taken at Putt Putt Miniature Golf and Arcade. Charles wanted us to send this wish to Joshua for the finale:
“GO JOSHUA!!!! I’m proud of ya!”
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The first dance of the night was Will and Courtney’s Samba
The movement was fluid, and that frilly dress on Courtney doesn’t hurt. The judges loved it, but the Samba is an older style dance, first becoming popular in the US in the 1920’s and 30’s. Will and Courtney danced it incredibly, but despite what was an amazingly well-synchronized performance, this dance style could be forgettable relative to a more modern dance style, especially having gone first. And indeed, Courtney and Will ended up in the bottom. This could have been why. Or it could have been that Mary overdid her criticism of the dance, praising it, but making sure everyone knew that Courtney was her favorite. We think Mary may have talked just a tad too much.
Twitch and Katee Contemporary
This dance is outrageous. The choreography is fantastic, but what stands out are the emotions. There was a door in the piece used as a prop, but it felt like there were actually two independent rooms. Both Twitch and Katee pulled off a memorable piece here but Katee kicking and pounding on the door brought out the emotion best. The anger was palpable. Twitch was so cool throughout. Smooth moves, leaps over Katee’s moving body were timed with precision, and his strength was clearly conveyed. This was, without question, our favorite dance of the night, and possibly ever on this show.
Mark and Comfort Hip Hop
The lady of Hip Hop and Mark took the beat and energy on this song and hit it. It was an all out effort. The story conveyed is two kids in detention and erupting into expressive dance to squelch the boredom. Mark was not left behind here and danced step for step with Comfort. The prize move, about half way through is a split by Comfort followed by a lift over Mark’s back in which Comfort pulls a back-flip to finish it off. That move made us remember the dance, and memory in a voting competition is everything. Comfort had a shot here. The judges loved it and we did as well.
Joshua and Chelsie Tango
The Tango is a difficult dance to pull off in front of a modern audience. Ballroom is tough to perform and wow the audience. It requires major personality, and a performer that can pull it off is an instant star. Benji was the master and won the second season. Chelsie’s first kick set’s the stage. It builds slowly at first as Chelsie emerges from a chair and her legs start to do the impossible. There is a reverse kick where Chelsie practically kicked herself in the back of the head. Then the fast leg movement starts only to slow again into a lift. Then the couple uses slow foot movement to draw us in, and each move is dead on perfect. Chelsie was the star in this one. But Joshua was excellent, and they weren’t done yet!!
Will and Courtney Slow Hip Hop
This is not the type of Hip Hop we expect. The theme is to have the chance to turn back time. Will plays the role of a deceased lover, and the theatrics in this piece were reminiscent of the movie “Ghost.” The song was “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys. The emotion conveyed is beautiful from the start as Courtney holds an hourglass, and as she turns it over, the spot light appears on Will. They break into more what looks like a synchronized contemporary dance. Your heart aches as Will reaches for Courtney but cannot touch her, and as Courtney falls to the floor to look at his photograph. At the end Courtney drops Will’s picture and our hearts cracked just a bit. Will is amazing. His elimination was a shocker, but it could be that the audience did not remember this slower dance when it came time to make the call.
Katee and Twitch Broadway
The word was to be spread here, as “Sweet Georgia Brown” was about to be sung. Katee holds up a sign saying “Looking for Mr. Right”. The song was from the original Broadway cast and performed by Bubbling Brown Sugar. Katee dances masterfully, and all her points, as usual, are perfect. Katee’s specialty is the movement and positioning of her feet and hands, always graceful and expressive. Never a flat-footed moment. When they break into the fast dance, it reminds of the Charleston. The chase scene is humorous and the finale lift is classic. The only criticism is that Katee seemed too bubbly in this piece. But hey, we loved it!! And if we saw this on Broadway, we would have been standing.
Mark and Comfort Fox Trot
Danced to Lady Luck, by The Brian Setzer Orchestra, this piece was criticized heavily by the judges. We think the judges already had Comfort going home, and Nigel’s quip at the end seemed rehearsed. That said, the dance was a top-notch performance, at least by Mark, and the judges missed it. Mark starts off with flare and works into some very timely steps with Comfort. As usual, his expression is priceless, like when Comfort grabs him with her feather sash. We loved both Mark’s and Comfort’s footwork in the middle of the dance. And the first lift was fantastic with a perfect point by Comfort. The rest was a bit slow and some of the hand movement looked too exaggerated, but the final steps and lift were great. Considering what they were dealt, Mark and Comfort finished like pros.
Joshua and Chelsie Disco
The last dance of the night brought Disco to the floor. Watch this dance and you get exhausted. There are so many spins, twirls and lifts. There was no single move here that was the key memorable moment, but only because there were so many incredible moves. Like when Joshua lays Chelsie down on the floor, grabs her arm and leg and starts to spin her five times, actually inverting her body as he does. Seems impossible. And the final lift and drop made us gasp. Chelsie looks destined for a concussion on her way to the floor and yet stops safely in Joshua’s arms still smiling, but upside down. This was number two of the night for us and we are not disco fans!!
Will Solo: Get Up Offa That Thing!!
Our only solo reviewed here is a classic done by Will that should have won him the night. But the time limit did not allow Will to exploit the performance all the way. It was over way too quickly. Even he seems to stumble a bit at the end, surprised by the cue to finish. But we were shocked to see him go down to the bottom two let alone get eliminated. Danced to James Browns classic “Get Up Offa That Thing”, this performance speaks for itself. But hostess Cat (“Here are your jidges”) Deeley spoke for it too, bowing down to the master at the very end. We loved this piece. We will miss you Will, but look forward to seeing you on tour.
We hope you loved the show and each performance, we did.