My pick for the winners of this year’s Season 10 So You Think You Can Dance is Fik-Shun and Amy. I loved Fik-Shun’s statement that he might not be the best dancer this year, but he could be America’s favorite dancer. I also loved that he gave his partner Amy the credit for his improved style. His performance with Jasmine, against all odds, is a keeper, and he and Amy also gave the best solo performances. I also love Jasmine and Aaron, but I think Amy and Fik-Shun had a slight edge on them last night.
As for the performances, I was uncomfortable with everything about the jazz fusion by Ray Leeper. which was performed by Aaron Turner and Amy Yakima. I was uncomfortable with the music, the choreography, and Amy’s costume — that far-from-skeletal nude bodysuit. I wonder how her dad loved it? Mary loved it, but called it “animalistic”. Another word was “primal”. Yeah. Both those words. That’s what I didn’t like about it. Yes, Miley Cyrus was disgusting. And this routine may not have been in Miley’s ballpark, but it was in the neighborhood from what I was seeing. Aaron’s hand placements in this routine were more than a little out of line.
The Samba routine conjured up by Dmitry failed to work its magic with Aaron and Jasmine. There were missteps, they were sometimes not in time with each other, and the skirt wrap was a fiasco. The judges called it “awkward”. Jasmine’s costume looked great and she did some great samba shaking in it. But I think there were just too many dances for these kids to perform last night. Aaron and Jasmine have never failed to “connect” emotionally or physically before. They have been an awesome team to watch all season, but I think that performance hurt their chances for the top slot.
I don’t think anybody believed Fik-Shun could pull off a dance with the long-legged Jasmine Harper, me included. I groaned and shook my head. Like Travis said, just Jasmine’s legs are as long as he is. But between Travis Wall’s brilliance at making his dancers look good as well as his choreography — and Fik-Shun’s do-or-die attitude — by George, he and Jasmine not only pulled it off, they gave one beautiful and memorable performance. The flowing, underwater-look worked, and the height of the partners never got in the way of this gorgeous contemporary routine.
Amy looked fantastic in the Argentine Tango by that awesome Latin choreograpy duo Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo. If Fik-Shun didn’t quite make it in the technical department, I’ve got to give the young man an A for effort in supporting his partner. His lifts were absolutely spot on, and he helped Amy look super good.
I’m going to step out of the ring of tap admirers this go-round. I love tap. The old versions with Gene Kelly, Cyd Cherisse, Donald O’Conner. In this Anthony Morgerato routine with Aaron and All-Star Melinda Sullivan, I didn’t think the music, or the choreography went with tap, and instead made it look slightly ridiculous. In order to watch the performance I muted the music and that made it a little bit better. The modern tap just doesn’t go anywhere for me. It’s clunky next to the old greats, and the musicality isn’t even there. Teach them the old styles, Nigel. Then I’ll gladly watch and rave.
I loved everything about Jasmine and Comfort’s performance of Tabitha and Napolean’s hip-hop routine. It was different, it was fast, it was everything the NappyTabs ordered on their shopping list of performance requirements — strong, hot, empowering, and feminine. They didn’t add “fun”, but it was definitely that. And Jasmine wowed. She not only moved out of her comfort zone, she moved out of Comfort’s zone. Yeah. She’s good. Move over Comfort. You’ve got competition.
The hip-hop routine by Luther Brown was absolutely performed to perfection by Fik-Shun and Twitch. Their in-sync, coordinated movements were fun to watch and highly entertaining. I laughed out loud when Nigel said they looked like Twitch and Twitch Junior. It was so dead on the mark. And his droll comment about the old man’s step. “I think that was for me,” he said. Nigel also said it brought out both their personalities, which sold Twitch to his audiences in the fourth season of SYTYCD, and is selling Fik-Shun to the audiences of Season 10. Great job, and Fik-Shun can indeed be proud.
What is it about All-Star Robert Roldan? How is he different from even some of the best of dance performers? Every body movement he makes speaks volumes. He wrings my heart. He makes me cry. What comes through those arm and leg extensions? It’s like his soul reaches beyond them and into my heart. It’s as if he projects everything there is inside and he holds nothing back. And at the end all the pain and sorrow and just pure, unadulterated emotion are written across his face, because he has lived it for those few moments. Amy Yakima was a match for him in that wonderful contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey, about a man in love with a girl who does not love him in return. And the music, “Say Something, before I walk away”, blended the whole performance with perfect harmony. I loved the part where Amy was almost off the stage and he pulls her back; the part where he does the one-arm lift; and the heartbreak when he walks away just as she turns and looks at him. How beautiful was that. What a wonderful performance.
Tyce Diorio outdid himself on the Broadway routine to the music of “The Jitters”. It was brilliant and so original. Fik-Shun and Aaron Turner had the pizzaz and charisma to pull it off, though it might have been even the slightest bit better if they both had not exhausted themselves on so many other dances. I don’t see how they had the stamina to go the distance. I loved how they maneuvered about that sliding walkway, leaping back and forth. And the lighting and background for this routine was outstanding.
Jasmine and Amy’s ‘Diva Dance” choreographed by that handsome carnivore Mark Kanemura, was simply bizarrely cute. The premise was that the girls were Siamese twin divas from Saturn (not Mars, Nigel). Nothing to write home about, but it did have flair, especially in the skirts of the costumes.
All four solo performances were wonderful, but especially Amy’s as she danced to “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers. The judges talked about her strength. All I knew was it brought a lump to my throat and I could watch it over and over again. It was an awesome performance. I would vote Fik-Shun to be runner-up as he brought his style and personality up front and center to Gangnum Style. How fun and refreshing was that!!!
Okay. We can guess all we want, but we won’t know for sure until the fat lady sings — or the next show airs. See you then.