Date of Episode: Tuesday / 09/10/2013
For the final time this season, hostess Cat Deeley kicks off the show by welcoming back the Top 20: Mariah and Carlos; Jasmine Mason and Alan; Malece; Jenna and Tucker; Brittany and BluPrint; Alexis and Nico; Makenzie and Paul; Hayley and Curtis; and the Top 4 — Amy, Aaron, Jasmine Harper and Fik-Shun. Missing from ranks of the Top 20 is the injured Jade.
Tonight, along with finding out the winners, we get to reminisce on some of the best routines of the season, handpicked by the judges. To help celebrate the occasion, tWitch, Adam Shankman and Paula Abdul join Nigel and Mary at the judges' table.
Cat presents a montage of some of the season's best moments, beginning from the very first auditions. We get to relive auditions from Jade and Malece, as well as see popular favorites such as Exorcist, the Bersten brothers, and an ever-tearful Mary welling up at some heartbreaking moments. We also are treated to a fond farewell from our Top 20, who perform onstage in a number choreographed by Season 2's Ivan, set to Paul Anka's swanky, big band version of Oasis' “Wonderwall.”
Paula kicks the show off by asking to see the Week 6 Mandy Moore routine that featured Makenzie and Paul dancing to Lady Gaga's acoustic version of “The Edge of Glory” from “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.” Paula says the number was healing to watch, and in a world full of war, how can love not be the answer?
Cat makes the point that the show isn't just about the finalists, but it's also about the multitudes of hopefuls who, despite not making the cut, still manage to wow the judges. First up at number five is Mongolian Bowl Dancer Shanshan Qiao-Rothlisberger, from the Memphis auditions.
The Top 4 also get in on the act of picking their own favorite routines. Jasmine recalls some of her favorite moments that helped her to break out and transform herself, as she and All-Star Marko dance to Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” in a Ray Leeper number originating in Week 7 of the competition.
The next judge to pick a favorite number is Adam, who also agrees with Paula's commentary about the state of the world and wants to bring some joy to the crowd. That being said, Adam demands that tWitch leave the judges' table to again team up with Fik-Shun for their rousing Luther Brown Hip-Hop number from last week, set to Diddy-Dirty Money's “Hello Good Morning.” Cat jokes that if this one didn't get your pulse going, you might be dead.
The Top 4 are invited by All-Star Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval to a special screening of the dance film “Battle of the Year,” opening in 3D on September 20. As a treat, the Battle of the Year crew is also at the finale, performing to Eric B. and Rakim's “Juice (Know the Ledge).”
Nigel pauses to declare that Season 10 has been incredible and lets us all know the good news that Season 11 is on the way. Not surprisingly, he asks to see all three Tappers — Alexis, Aaron and Curtis — performing to Jason Mraz's “You Really Did It,” from Meet the Top 20 Week, choreographed by Anthony Morigerato.
Of the 109 routines performed this summer, tWitch most remembers Hayley and Nico's first Broadway number, choreographed by Sean Cheesman in Week 6. We see the pair dancing their stunning “Kiss of the Spiderwoman,” from the play of the same name, by Jeffrey Huard and Chita Rivera.
Number four among the memorable auditions is Shane Garcia from Austin, Texas, who uses dance to mask his speech impediment. Shane hoped to inspire people to not let their disabilities hold them back. After watching him perform, despite their having not said one word to each other, Mary said they had a “great conversation.”
Aaron says his own favorite performance was set to “I'm Kissing You” by Des'ree, choreographed by Stacey Tookey, as he recalls the amazing chemistry he had with All-Star Kathryn. The performance again earns a standing ovation from the judges.
The Top 10 guys reunite onstage to perform their piece to “Sand” by Nathan Lanier and Karen Whipple, choreographed by Christopher Scott, from Meet the Top 20 Week. The number was an impressive sight to see weeks ago, and it still is, considering how uncooperative sand can be as a prop.
Tiny Texan dancer Anthony Davis appears in the number three spot on the countdown of great auditions, reminding everyone that the precocious tyke is sure to be a part of the 2027 Top 10.
If the judges and dancers can pick their favorite numbers, so can the host. Cat picks the last Nappytabs number, featuring Comfort and Jasmine, performed to a version of Beyoncé's “Run the World (Girls).” Cat says when she grows up, she wants to be like these two girls.
The number two favorite audition comes from Will Green at the Detroit tryouts, as he boarded Mary's personal Hot Tamale Train. Nigel joked that he'd brought the blood back to parts of her body that she hadn't had in years.
Cat praises the choreographers and the riveting tales they have created all season long, including stories about Paso Doble pirates, boy-meets-girl, fights, arguments, super-Krumpers and Siamese Twins from the fierce jungles of Saturn. You don't have to be crazy to work on this show, but it sure helps.
Speaking of great choreographers, Travis Wall created a wonderfully uplifting piece for Tucker and All-Star Robert about second chances, set to “Medicine” by Daughter, appearing in Week 7. This piece was Mary's choice for favorite of the year and, much like the first time, the number left her in tears.
Cat introduces via clip the most ambitious routine the show has ever seen — the very first of the competition season. Choreographed by the Nappytabs duo of Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, the entire Top 20 along with Nigel, Mary, choreographers and crew members sauntered around the backstage area then made their way to the stage, accompanied by the sounds of “Puttin' on the Ritz.”
Several weeks ago the All-Stars were invited to choreograph numbers for themselves and partners from this season's Top 8. Noticeably absent from the montage was Mark Kanemura's piece, set to 2NE1's “I Am the Best” and danced with Jenna, now brought to mind.
Fik-Shun and Amy were in lockstep together as partners throughout the competition. So it was no surprise they both picked the same routine to perform — Nappytabs' Hip-Hop number set to “After Party” by Dorrough Music, which saw the pair as wacky hotel bellhops.
The show is about bringing dancers together, which has made for some interesting pairings, including at the judges' table. Nigel and Mary came together ten years ago from oceans apart; Nigel from the U.K., and Mary from Ohio. After a season of bickering, the judging power couple made up onstage, dancing to Marvin Gaye's “Let's Get it On,” choreographed by Christopher Scott, in a surprise performance which even has Adam getting in on the act too.
The number one favorite audition is announced, coming from the beat box dance team known as Movement Box, who perform onstage for the crowd.
Last week, besides voting for a favorite contestant, fans got to vote for their favorite Travis Wall routine of the season. Of course, James Vincent McMorrow's rendition of Chris Isaak's “Wicked Game,” choreographed and danced by Travis and Amy, was the piece fans voted to see again, edging out Malece and Jade's performance to Felix da Housecat's “Silver Screen Shower Scene.”
In another surprise performance, the Top 4 also got to have an enjoyable day at the beach, dancing with the All-Stars and the rest of the Top 10 to District 78's remix of The B-52's “Rock Lobster,” choreographed by Wade Robson.
Mary thanks the Top 4 for a remarkable season. At the beginning of the season, Mary wanted to see stars, and there are certainly four stars on the stage right now. Nigel notes that the critique he has heard most this year was that the show was too artistic, but he says he'd be a happy man if he received that critique for the rest of his life. Cat then informs us that the person who has received the most votes overall is a girl.
First we relive crucial stages in Fik-Shun and Aaron's journeys to the finale, until the moment of truth arrives for the guys: America's Favorite Male Dancer for the year is Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall. Overwhelmed, Fik-Shun says this means everything to him, and he sheds tears of joy and thanks his friends and family and the fans for having his back the whole way through.
Next up, Jasmine and Amy's journey to the top is recalled, until Cat lets the girls know that America's new Favorite Female Dancer for the year is . . . Amy Yakima! For the first time since Season 4, the top male and female finalists started their journey out together as partners.
It's the end of a long and arduous journey to the top, but hats off the Amy and Fik-Shun for finally claiming their well-deserved victories, and best wishes to all the contestants as we move into the next exciting season of So You Think You Can Dance.
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"The Edge of Glory"Buy on iTunes
"Blurred Lines"Buy on iTunes
Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell
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Diddy - Dirty Money ft. Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross
"Rest of My Life"Buy on iTunes
Ludacris ft. Usher and David Guetta
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Jeffrey Huard and Chita Rivera
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"Sand"Buy on iTunes
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"Puttin' On The Ritz"Buy on iTunes
Herb Alpert ft. Lani Hall
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James Vincent McMorrow
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