Joshua Allen, the 19-year-old hip-hopper from Fort Worth, Texas, won the title of ”America’s Favorite Dancer” for season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance.
The season finale kicked off with the season’s top 20 dancers reunited on stage for a hip-hop routine that ended with the final four contestants — Allen, Stephen ”Twitch” Boss, Courtney Galiano, and Katee Shean — standing above the rest. Courtney, pegged as the underdog early on, was the first to be dismissed. Katee was next, finishing in third place overall, but receiving a $50,000 prize as the top female finisher. That left Joshua and Twitch, the two hip-hop performers who joked during Wednesday night’s show about their rivalry, as the finalists for the title, $250,000, and a role in Step Up 3D.
Highlights of the two-hour finale included an appearance by the Jonas Brothers, who performed ”Burning Up” to a sea of squeals, and a ”Best Of” dance that incorporated contestants from seasons past. Judge-producer Nigel Lythgoe also got into the act, performing a routine with the children from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, while judge Mary Murphy partnered up with season 2’s Dmitry Chaplin for a sultry ballroom routine. Finally, guest judges and choreographers Adam Shankman, Lil C, Debbie Allen, and Mia Michaels picked their favorite dances of the season, including Katee and Joshua’s hip-hop routine to ”No Air,” and Twitch and Kherington’s waltz.
For the full recap and commentary on the finale and the season that preceded it, see Adam B. Vary’s So You Think You Can Dance TV Watch.