Skip Nav
27 Quotes From Supernatural's Crowley That You'll Definitely Need in Your 20s
Finally, Good News: Bonnie Tyler Will Perform "Total Eclipse of the Heart" During the Total Eclipse
Elvis Presley
36 Photos of Elvis Presley Lookin' Mighty Fine in Movies

Interviews with So You Think You Can Dance Final Four Dancers and Judges About Performance Finale

SYTYCD: the Final Four and Judges Dish on the Last Dances

You've seen how the dancers performed and what the judges had to say. Now, what did the talent behind So You Think You Can Dance really think about their final performance show? After the show's taping this week, I chatted with judges Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe and all of the final four. What were the highlights and lowlights of the night for them? Read on!

  • Nigel finally thinks there are some stars. "I think tonight was the first time that Kayla's personality really shone," he said. "Maybe it was those 3,000 people out there cheering and everything. She really sort of came out of herself, and she needed to. I think Jeanine's solo brought her up on a par with Brandon tonight. I think Brandon started it last week with probably the best solo we've had this season — outstanding. So I was asking for them to step up and I think certainly Brandon did, Jeanine did, and I believe Kayla did."
  • Notice a name missing from that list? "Evan, for me, I thought was slightly overwhelmed tonight," Lythgoe said. "I've seen him do his solo better than he did it tonight."
  • Of course, Mary's always thought Brandon was a star. "When we saw him audition — to this day, for me, in all five seasons, that was one of the strongest solos I have ever seen," she said. "Obviously everybody knows how much it affected me and brought me to tears without any backstory going on whatsoever. It was the pure dance, the dynamics of it, the energy of it. His talent just could not be denied."
  • Half of the final four were a surprise to Adam. "In Vegas, I just didn't really notice Jeanine that much," he said. "Evan, we always knew was going to be a great asset to the show, but we never saw coming his overwhelming popularity. And the 'pinch-cheek factor,' you know what I mean, has really played in his favor."
  • Nigel still misses Janette. "I thought Janette was certainly a little star," he said. "I thought whatever we threw at Janette she coped with — and a great personality as well."
  • But that doesn't mean the other girls didn't earn their spots. "Watching how Kayla and Jeanine handle themselves, they justly deserved being part of the finale," he said. "And I think they were the two strongest girls, the both of them, that I've seen in a finale to date."

But what did the dancers think? To hear about their highlights — and check out video of what they had to say — just


  • Jeanine wanted her solo to show a different side. "I chose to do the tango solo because I'm a Latina myself and I love Latin music. I think it's very strong and powerful, and I think contemporary is always considered just this slow and lyrical-esque feel and it doesn't have to be that," she said. "So I brought a little bit of Spanish fire tonight — and I'm glad I did."
  • Kayla and Brandon loved their duet. "I thought that our Broadway was a showstopper," Brandon said. Kayla had similar praise: "It was perfect for the finale."
  • Sonya Tayeh got Evan to branch out. "I really enjoyed Sonya's piece," he said. "It pushed me to a new place in terms of dancing."

There's lots more from those four — including how it felt to dance in the huge Kodak Theatre — in the videos below. Enjoy!

Join The Conversation
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Team Jeanine all the way! Also, is it just me, or is Nigel totally pervy, like every episode?
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 8 years
I just want either of the girls to win. I've been a Kayla fan since the very beginning, and I voted for her, but if either her or Jeanine won I'd be happy.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 8 years
I LIKE Jeanine the most, though I think Kayla can be a stronger dancer in certain styles. That said, I don't like Kayla. The guys are kinda meh to me.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Last night's show was a bit of a letdown for me. The Mia routine with the girls was great but everything else was just ok. Jeanine's solo was awesome but the rest of the solos were just not finale material.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Loved the interviews, Buzz! Thanks for posting these. Can't wait to watch tonight's finale!
care0531 care0531 8 years
I think it will come down to Kayla and Brandon as the final 2 and I am pulling for my boy Brandon! They are both great dancers but I think Brandon is a little more humble where Kayla has let it all go to her head.
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
And I agree with you Nigel, I still miss Janette she was the best! Good luck Brandon!
Joanna Gaines's Favorite Paint Colors
How to Do a Kitchen Renovation on a Budget
How to Give Back When Traveling
What Makes a Relationship Last?
From Our Partners
Latest Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds