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So You Think You Can Dance: Season Finale

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 8th 2008 7:41AM
(S04E23) It all comes down to this. The season has been a bit underwhelming at times compared to seasons past, but it did indeed have its fantastic moments. I'm sure I won't soon forget Twitch and Kherrington's Viennese waltz or Katee and Will's pas de deux.

Still standing at the end is a girl who is the ultimate underdog, a girl who would've quit, a guy with absolutely no formal training, and a guy who was #21 last season, just shy of making the top 20 dancers. Let's talk about the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance. For Real!

We got some more information about the prizes from Adam Shankman. He will be putting the winner in his new movie as a featured dancer. The movie is the first 3-D dance film, Step Up 3-D. We also found out later in the show that the top girl / guy would also get $50,000 in prize money. Not too shabby.


The top 20 dancers got together again for the finale with a Shane Sparks hip-hop piece to "Boom" by Sin featuring T-Pain. You know I was happy. Two magical words. Shane. Sparks. The piece was electric. He did a great job of using the 20 dancers, alternating with different size groups and solos. As for the performance, I have to give it to Kherrington who stood out the most for me. Gev was also great. I like how Shane spotlighted him. The freeze he did was dead on and his crazy jiggle underneath the girls' feet was fantastic.


It was long finale. An entertaining finale, yes, but a long one. And some of these acts I didn't need to see again. Let's go through them briefly. Mary Murphy, Lil C, Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, and Adam Shankman were all on hand to pick some favorite dances as is customary for the SYTYCD finale. However, (and correct me if I'm wrong) I seem to remember that the judges and the final four got to pick their favorites in past finales. I remember particularly in season two when Benji said that he wanted to perform that mambo with Heidi again. Am I just completely mistaken?

Here are the judges' picks:

  • Nigel picked Katee and Joshua's Bollywood dance. This one has such energy. I was happy to see it again. And any chance to watch Katee and Joshua as partners is always welcome.
  • Mary picked Courtney and Gev's rumba. She said they mixed innocence and maturity perfectly in this performance. But where was Courtney's blue dress?
  • Adam picked Comfort and Twitch's hip-hop number by Dave Scott.
  • Lil C picked Mark and Chelsie's hip-hop performance choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. I didn't really like this dance the first time. And I just fast-forwarded through it this time. I didn't think that we needed to see it again.
  • Mia picked the pas de deux with Katee and Will. As she put it, the dance was a magical combination of legendary choreographers and brilliant dancers.
  • Adam picked the Sonya jazz dance with Courtney and Mark.
  • Mary picked the Katee and Twitch contemporary routine to "Mercy," choreographed by Mia Michaels. Another fast-forward for me.
  • Debbie picked the Viennese waltz by Twitch and Kherrington. This number was so truly beautiful. The song, the story, the performance all made this so touching.
  • They also did a repeat of "Five Guys Named Moe." Thank goodness they got better costumes this time.
  • Nigel picked the first routine that Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed for the show, "No Air" danced by Katee and Joshua. The part when Katee pulls Joshua up and he propels himself off the floor never gets old for me.

This was a great addition to the finale. Robert Moraine and Philip Chbeeb engaged in an all out popping battle to Kanye West's "Stronger." It was very entertaining to say the least. I have to agree with the judges -- Robert is slightly better than Philip (at least this time around). All but Mia voted for Robert Moraine to win the battle. Debbie Allen pointed out that while Philip has incredible musicality, Robert has theatrics and theatrics always wins. I agree. But I will say that if Philip just worked on the theatrics a bit more, he could take Robert Moraine to school.


The finale was full of special guests and numbers. I'm going to make a list.
  • Mary Murphy did a Latin ballroom number to "Baila, Baila" with Dimitri from season two. It was nice to see her dance. I actually wish that she would still choreograph for the show. Then I wouldn't have to listen to her incessant screaming and twitty remarks. However, I wish she wouldn't smile so big. She looked half-way decent when she didn't open her mouth. And what was with that awkward ending pose?
  • The Jonas Bros. were there. Whatever.
  • We got to see a Wade Robson piece from his new project, Believe. It's a Criss Angel show in Vegas with Cirque du Soleil dancers. The piece was long. I was like, "Enough with the dancing rabbits. I'm going to have bad dreams." It was called "Homage to the Rabbits" by Eric Serra. Wade's choreography is wonderfully stylized though.
  • The Debbie Allen Dance Academy performed a tap dance to "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind, and Fire. It was very good. And guess who showed up in the middle of it? Nigel Lythgoe. He looked like a giant dancing with all those kids. Do you think that those taps were pre-recorded? I know they can set up floor mics on the stage, but the taps were just too perfect.
  • Finally, we caught up with some of the dancers from seasons past. After a video package, Cat said we were about to see "The Best of So You Think You Can Dance." And it certainly was the best. The alums danced to "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna. All of their solos were amazing. What energy. At the end, season four came walking through and danced with them a bit. I think this was my favorite of the night. Totally worth waiting for.

Courtney was eliminated first. Then Katee. I can't believe Twitch beat Katee. Twitch was the runner-up and Joshua is America's Favorite Dancer. I'm so happy for him. He made an inspiring speech about being able to do anything. I also liked how they did the eliminations this year. It's how they should have done it all along.

Which season of SYTYCD did you like the best?
Season One19 (2.4%)
Season Two173 (21.7%)
Season Three165 (20.7%)
Season Four439 (55.2%)

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not to cause a fight or anything but the american version kind of copied the australian one. coz in the australian one mary was a special guest and we had the bollywood routine so i guess she told some choreographers to put that in the show and in the australian finale we used the song "dont stop the music" and we got the top 20 to go around the whole stage dancing. [if you wanna see it go to youtube and search for it it is amazing!!] and our judges danced in that too so. so so far the americans kind of copied us. [and in kath and kim too]

October 25 2008 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been out of the country and my recorder went on the fritz..... does any one know where I can get a copy of the finale?? I still don't know who won so don't tell me!!

August 20 2008 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My crummy DVR did not record the last two shows of the final week of So You Think You Can Dance. Does anyone know where I can download the last shows? I wish FOX would offer the show, even for a fee, on the website.

Thanks for your help.

August 13 2008 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think with a lineup like the final 4, there should have been a Plan B - no final individual wins - they ALL should've won, for different reasons. Courtney because she just kept getting better; Katee because she WAS each dance, not just performing the choreography; Twitch because he transmuted into everything called for and shone each time even tho' he wasn't professionally trained; and Joshua because he could do it all, even with the body of a linebacker - another untrained talent who could take our breath away each time he was out there.

August 12 2008 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You must be nuts to not love the Bleeding Love Hip Hop it was one of the best dances of the season, and you watch it will recieve an emmy nomination next year. NUTS!!!

August 10 2008 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ashley's comment

Yeah I doubt it.

August 11 2008 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I suppose there isn't much of a chance that TVSquad will review SYTYCD Canada when it airs this fall?

August 09 2008 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved most of the choreography this season. The slow/easy hip hop from T&N, and Air! OMG! Will they have a DVD set for Season 4? I certainly hope so.
My inclination for the winner was either Katee or Josh. I too am suprised that Twitch beat out Katee. I think Katee and Josh were absolutely born to dance!! Kudos to both!! Josh... For Real!! dude.

August 08 2008 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I was in the audience for this finale live taping, Shane Sparks sat in the audience for the popping dance-off, sitting several rows behind the choreographers, which was weird because America's Best Dance crew was filming that nite. is ABDC filmed live or pretaped?

August 08 2008 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Nelson

Twitch was robbed of his retrospective.

Joshua cheapened the entire series by bringing up god after his win.

August 08 2008 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Doug Nelson's comment

You cheapen this comment thread with your cynical comments. Who are you to belittle what someone believes?

August 09 2008 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not sure the thanks to God comment by Joshua exactly cheapened the end of the show, but I wondered why he made no reference to the great partner he had in Katee, and I was annoyed with him to see that it was Twitch who first reached out to hug Katee when she was yanked from the final 3. These two guys exhibit two different kinds of heart beating under their talents.

August 12 2008 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe we did not see Sabre one time this season. Danny definitely should have won, but they pushed for a female to win. Now where is Sabre? I think this is the first year, the previous year's winner has not been seen.

Season four dancers were great. Loved the season. Hooray for Joshua.

August 08 2008 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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