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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Final Four Performance Finale

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: The Last Dances

I'm typically a little underwhelmed by finales of So You Think You Can Dance. I think it's a combo of my high expectations and the pressure the dancers — and choreographers — feel to deliver their very best work. And yet, the best of the show's finales still manage to deliver some memorable routines. I think Wednesday's final performance show did just that.

Though it started with a fairly lackluster routine from the top four, the night gradually picked up speed — and while there were a few other missteps along the way, it ended with a bang. One solo won me over to a certain dancer's side, while one duet got the whole crowd on its feet.


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Do you agree with Nigel that this season had some stars, after all? Let's chat — 

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Jeanine and Evan's jazz — These two suit each other as a couple, and this routine really showed off Jeanine's strength. But it also gave Evan some cool moves, as he threw himself on her shoulders and chased her around the stage. Adam apologized for underestimating Jeanine and Evan and said Sonya choreographed to their strengths, Mary said Jeanine stood out more but Evan held his own, and Nigel said Evan needs to step up and not be thrown around.

Kayla and Brandon's Broadway — I wanted to love this routine; something kept me just liking it, though. I think maybe it was the arrangement of "Bye Bye Love," because I really can't find fault with the precise, high-energy dancing, except for a few tiny moments when they were out of sync. Adam said he always thought these two would make the finale, Mary said she expects and gets the best from the two of them, and Nigel said this routine showed how strong they (and Tyce, as a choreographer) are.

Evan and Brandon's pop jazz — OK, I still don't believe Evan as tough, but at least he got some punches in this time. That said, this was definitely not my favorite top two guys' routine of all time. In keeping with the music, the moves seemed weirdly dated, and I wasn't convinced either of them was quite right for the character. Adam couldn't ignore Evan's sweetness, Mary said Brandon was a better actor, and Nigel said Brandon out-nastied and out-danced Evan.

Jeanine and Kayla's contemporary — I normally hate the top two girls' routines, so I'm glad they gave Mia this one to choreograph. Though — I get the symbolism, but was all the stripping necessary? Regardless, that routine was lovely and powerful, and both of them had a ton of great moments: If Kayla's leaps were higher, Jeanine's moves were crisper. Adam compared them to "two thoroughbreds," Mary called them the best final two girls ever, and Nigel seemed distracted by the lack of clothing.

Kayla and Evan's jive — A country jive? Wasn't expecting that. This quick routine did have some nice moments, especially for Kayla (and kudos to Evan for being able to handle her in those lifts despite their height difference). I always thought jive would be a good style for Evan; I wonder why he never quite got comfortable with it? Adam said it wasn't a finale-level routine, Mary disagreed and said it was phenomenal aside from Evan's weak kicks, and Nigel was pleased to see some personality.

Brandon and Jeanine's paso doble — Any decent routine probably would have gotten the crowd on its feet to close the show, but this dance was well beyond decent. The two of them brought fire and attitude to the paso doble, and their movements were powerful and strong. Adam praised them for dancing through their transitions, Mary said their intensity was just right, and Nigel said something fairly dirty about Jeanine before calling these two the best of the night.

The solos — Brandon performed a solo that seemed like the greatest hits of his previous routines, but all amped-up and frantic (Adam's word). Evan more or less did the same, though he didn't seem as confident as usual. Kayla's solo seemed much more put together and story-like than usual. And Jeanine's — OK, fine, I loved it. I wanted to snatch that flower out of her teeth, but other than that, she showed me more in that solo tango than I'd seen all season.


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So, who's going to win? Here's the question: How big is Evan's fan base? The harder the judges criticized him, the more the crowd got behind him. Could that be enough for him to take it? I wouldn't be shocked — but for a combo of likability and talent, I think it's going to be Jeanine. What do you think?

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Allyace Allyace 6 years
And can someone please explain to me why Nigel always complements Kayla on her beauty in a way that doesn't make me cringe, but when it comes to Jeanine he turns into a dirty old man??
Allyace Allyace 6 years
I LOVE Jeanine and I am so upset that I was out and couldn't vote for her last night. I'll have my fingers crossed for her this evening.
Fellora Fellora 6 years
I hope Jeanine wins. I do not understand what people see in Evan...he should not even be in the final four. Pretty much if anyone else wins besides Evan I'll be ok because Brandon and Kayla are very talented. But so help me if Even wins ...i will lose it.
gr8gossipqueen gr8gossipqueen 6 years
GO JEANINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
popcorn19 popcorn19 6 years
I realized last night why this finale was so lack-luster... because when we view the dances, we're used to viewing them with funky camera angles, spinning around the stage and getting all sides of the dance. On this stage, the only camera angles were straight on or angled down. On that note though-- LOVE Jeanine. I wish Kayla did better though! She had been so consistent this entire season and last night she just appeared tired. Evan was overall very weak last night and I love how the judges try to put him down and convince us that he shouldn't win. Brandon is amazing-- but I would like a girl to win this year.
popcorn19 popcorn19 6 years
I realized last night why this finale was so lack-luster... because when we view the dances, we're used to viewing them with funky camera angles, spinning around the stage and getting all sides of the dance. On this stage, the only camera angles were straight on or angled down.On that note though-- LOVE Jeanine. I wish Kayla did better though! She had been so consistent this entire season and last night she just appeared tired. Evan was overall very weak last night and I love how the judges try to put him down and convince us that he shouldn't win. Brandon is amazing-- but I would like a girl to win this year.
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
I know Evan isn't the best dancer, but I keep wanting to root for him hoping he'll pull out some greatness. The more the judges ripped him apart yesterday, the more I wanted to pick up the phone and vote for him. However, I voted for Jeanine. She deserves it.
mswender mswender 6 years
I voted for Brandon. I just love him. I think both girls are amazing too. Jeanine's solo was phenomenal! I was really disappointed in her solos before so this was amazing. I didn't get into Mia's dance at all and I love Mia. Evan tried real hard, but he is not the dancer that the other three are. I do miss Jeanette still...
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I sooo want Jeanine to win! But I was heartbroken when the audience started chanting "Evan! Evan! Evan!" What a sad moment for me, considering all I do is trash him on these boards haha. Loved Mia's contemporary and the paso doble...but why does Nigel have to be such a perv! Poor Jeanine...it seems like she's taken the brunt of his skeeviness.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I sooo want Jeanine to win! But I was heartbroken when the audience started chanting "Evan! Evan! Evan!" What a sad moment for me, considering all I do is trash him on these boards haha.Loved Mia's contemporary and the paso doble...but why does Nigel have to be such a perv! Poor Jeanine...it seems like she's taken the brunt of his skeeviness.
sumbum sumbum 6 years
I was really happy to hear the jidges loved Brandon & Jeanine, they've been my favs the whole season. And I also concur that Jeanine peaked at the right time, she totally killed it last night!! Kayla seemed off her game a bit and even though I think he has no business being in the finale, I felt really bad for Evan that he wasn't getting any love at all. But it was all true.I also thought the guys dance was weak, especially compared with the previous finales...the russian dance, the dueling princes, the geeks in the club. LaurieAnne's routine was nothing memorable..yawn!
sumbum sumbum 6 years
I was really happy to hear the jidges loved Brandon & Jeanine, they've been my favs the whole season. And I also concur that Jeanine peaked at the right time, she totally killed it last night!! Kayla seemed off her game a bit and even though I think he has no business being in the finale, I felt really bad for Evan that he wasn't getting any love at all. But it was all true. I also thought the guys dance was weak, especially compared with the previous finales...the russian dance, the dueling princes, the geeks in the club. LaurieAnne's routine was nothing memorable..yawn!
iknowitall iknowitall 6 years
While I do not think Jeanine should win because she is not as good as Kayla, I will admit she had a great solo. I'm pretty sure she has the title in the bag now. Ugh, I would really like Brandon to beat her though. I always hope the most talented people will win, but I get it, it's "America's Favorite Dancer," and it seems thats what Jeanine is.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 6 years
Go Jeanine!
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 6 years
Go Jeanine!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 6 years
Your rundown is spot on, Buzz. I totally agree with your assessment of Jeanine last night; she was a real standout for me. I'd love to see her win and, if not Jeanine, then Brandon (or Kayla, who has great technique.) It's not that I don't like Evan (I do), but he just doesn't rank as # 1 (or 2 or 3 ) for me. But his fan base is big and they could react to the judges' criticisms big time. Honestly, nothing would surprise me. Looking forward to the finale tonight.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I'm agreeing with Nigel either Brandon or Jeanine will take it home. I'm really hoping Evan's fanbase isn't big enough to give him the win. Brandon's my choice, but I'm thinking Jeanine will take it home.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I'm agreeing with Nigel either Brandon or Jeanine will take it home. I'm really hoping Evan's fanbase isn't big enough to give him the win. Brandon's my choice, but I'm thinking Jeanine will take it home.
ldekosky ldekosky 6 years
I thought Jeanine was absolutely amazing last night, solo, the Mia dance... just fantastic.
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