Fik-Shun is America’s top favorite male dancer, but Amy packed in the most votes overall. Fik-Shun, the smiling, upbeat animator who stole the hearts of America, was overcome with emotion as he stood beside a smiling Cat Deeley. For the first time his shining eyes were filled with tears, but they were tears of sheer joy as the implications of the announcement of his win began to overwhelm him. Amy was overjoyed and wreathed in smiles. In the audience her father was proudly sobbing.
But I think Nigel had it right when he said we had four winners this season, and no one could be too disappointed whoever made the win. Jasmine and Aaron were awesome from beginning to end, and will surely take their place among the dancing superstars from this innovative reality show — which, Nigel announced, has been given the thumbs up from FOX for Season 11.
Guest judges tonight were — the ever lovely Paula Abdul, sporting some very big hair for such a petite little head; the mighty Twitch, who has essentially become an icon from the show, though it initially took him three tries to get through to the top twenty; and the ever-popular Adam Shankman, who has served through the years as a judge and choreographer.
If you didn’t catch the show tonight and missed the dance routine with Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe, you missed a good one. I loved it. First they took us down memory lane with Mary and Nigel, then spotlighted them onstage in a real-time dance routine. It was so much fun my mouth hurt from grinning. And then Adam Shankman shows up during the last few seconds doing his schtick and we’re laughing out loud.
Mary’s hair was stunning tonight, by the way, and Cat actually looked decent. The make-up department didn’t turn her into a zombie, or put her into a shapeless Roaring Twenties flour sack. She’s gorgeous already. Why can’t they just go with that.
Travis and Amy performed Travis Wall’s contemporary “Wicked Game”, which was the number viewers most wanted to see on the finale, and garnered another standing ovation from judges and audience alike. It was still as emotional and beautiful as the first time.
I loved that they re-ran “Puttin’ On The Ritz” and that it was announced as the best opening number ever, because it definitely is. That routine by NappyTabs will still be re-played years from now. It was in instant classic.
Other favorites were the heart-rending “brother” routine performed by Tucker and All-Star Robert and choreographed by Travis Wall, as well as the very original, fun, and quirky jazz routine performed and choreographed by All-Star Mark Kanemura, with his partner Jenna. This go-round, however, Mark sported his five o’clock shadow, which I thought detracted from the look of the performance.
The four finalists also got to pick a favorite routine, but I was disappointed in Jasmine’s choice of the jazz number with All-Star Marko. Jasmine looked oddly manly in the high-water black stovepipes and just looked overall weird and gangly. Marko, however, was in his element, and I loved watching him throughout the performance. I also was disappointed that Amy and Fik-Shun chose the cutesy bell-boy routine rather than one of their better, prettier performances. However, I applauded Aaron on his choice of the beautiful contemporary routine with All-Star Kathryn McCormick.
All in all, it was an excellent finale. It’s well after midnight here now and I’ve been using the word “tonight”, which is now technically last night, but I’m sure you can figure it out.
It was a little odd to have the President’s speech right in the middle, like an intermission. I almost expected to see him dance down the red carpet. I listened all the way through, but was slightly distracted by the fact he had on too much make-up. Mike said President Obama’s make-up artist was probably a Republican. 🙂
Nighty-Night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.