The Final Four dance. Fans vote. Next week, we find out who America chose.
Cat update...rocking the curls and funky frock.
Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are joined on the panel by Paula Abdul and Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas.
Lots of dancing for our Final Four so they get a full chance to show off the talent...solo, with each other, and with an All Star as they choose the style they want to interpret.
Aaron chooses to tap alongside All Star Melinda Sullivan from Season 7, choreographed by Anthony Morigerato. This is really interesting. The music tempo is slow, which to an untrained observer such as myself would make a tap routine difficult to appreciate and understand. But this one had passion and style and so much control. This really showed me how talented Aaron is as a performer. Not just as a tap dancer. It was good to see Melinda again. It is remarkable to see a tap dancer in the finale and to see the art form done to perfection. Their feet spoke to us. The music and the tap rhythms were so complex and yet understandable. I knew what was being said to me through the tapping. They interpreted a wonderful story coming from the music and the choreography. That's a tribute to the talent of the choreographer and both dancers.
Jasmine chooses Hip Hop alongside All Star Comfort Fedoke from Season 4, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo. I think it's great that she chose this, because she's damn good at it. And we get to see two strong women ratchet up the intensity. I thought that was right in the pocket gang. It was down in the floor. It was mean. You find me a word to describe some slammin' Hip Hop and I'll put it right here in this recap. It had energy and flash and style. What a great choice for Jasmine to do this. She got a chance to have a great time in a style that she has mastered. She proved her versatility. She understands the different kind of attitude needed for Hip Hop. Paula had the word...ferocious. After watching her all season, I think I've got Jasmine figured out. She lives in the routines. They become part of her. So when she performs, the performance is Jasmine no matter the style.
Jasmine dances solo. Gosh gang. She is having a splendid evening.
Fik-Shun dances solo. I really like this kid. He's a show.
Amy dances solo. That was genius.
Fik-Shun chooses Hip Hop alongside All Star tWitch Boss from Season 4, choreographed by Luther Brown. Well of course! If you were a Hip Hop dancer and got to choose an All Star in the finale, wouldn't you pick tWitch? Fik-Shun himself said that dancing with tWitch would make his life awesome. I've been waiting to see this all season. That was too much fun. They both have a similar style, and they both have excess personality. Luther put down the basics and these two made the routine live and breathe. I don't know what all those Hip Hop steps are called, but it doesn't matter. I appreciate that the routine started out in a style that I enjoy. Then I could just sit back and watch the magic. And that's what I thought it was...magic.
Aaron dances solo. He knows how to make his feet converse with an audience.
Amy chooses Contemporary alongside All Star Robert Roldan from Season 7, choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Gosh gang. I'm running out of ways to describe the amazing things I'm seeing on this stage. This was a professional grade performance. Sometimes lifts are in a dance because you put lifts in a dance. But the lifts in this piece were enhancements to the story. They just flowed naturally from the way the rest of the dance connected. The raw emotion in this routine built from the first pose to the first breath to the first step. It was soft then it was harsh. Then the whole thing breathed. Both Amy and Robert were enveloped in the moment and we got to watch it. I don't know what else to say. This piece was the equal to the piece Amy got to dance with Travis Wall earlier in the season. Wow.
Amy and Jasmine dance Jazz choreographed by Mark Kanemura. Interesting. That's a lot of responsibility they gave to Mark to bring his wackiness for the final dance for these two ladies. It's so good to see them side by side in something so odd. Amy is small and explosive, while Jasmine is long and extended. They are both incredibly powerful. I have no idea what this piece was supposed to represent, but Mark put it in excellent hands. I thought the gals embraced the quirkiness of the choreography and brought something strange and unusual to life. The piece was so creative and I thought both Amy and Jasmine looked like they had so much fun with it. I was impressed with how synchronized their movements were. I can't pick between them.
Amy or Jasmine. Jasmine or Amy.
Aaron or Fik-Shun. Fik-Shun or Aaron.
I don't know how it's going to go. I only know that America's Favorite Female dancer is going to be Amy Yakima or Jasmine Harper, and America's Favorite Male dancer is going to be Aaron Turner or Du-Shaunt Stegall.
Tune in next week gang.