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So You Think You Can Dance recap: Season 10 Winners Are...

It's the fin-ah-lee! A guy and girl win, the president speaks, and... Nigel and Mary hip hop?!

SYTYCD Recap

LET'S GET ON WITH IT Look at these clowns!

(Fox)

So You Think You Can Dance

Ep. 18 | Aired Sep 10

President Obama would like to tell you something. UNRELATED: The season 10 winners of So You Think You Can Dance are….

Amy Yakima and DuShaunt ‘Fik-Shun’ Stegall! Leaving the tall squad, Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner, to be abruptly escorted away by an executive/robot adorned with flowers. His face was kind but he meant business. I was not a fan of his.

Tonight’s season finale ran about 20 minutes long (Fox aired the presidential address on the conflict in Syria at 9 p.m. ET) so I hope you’d re-set your DVR; otherwise the lasting SYTYCD image you’d have to get you through ‘til next summer – yes! there’ll be a season 11! – would be Nigel Lythgoe and Mehhhhhhhhhh-ry Murphy reenacting a “Let’s Get It On” hip hop routine originally performed by 19-year-olds.

(I’m sure many super fans dug this, but it was like the worst time-filler ever aired, right? Are Nigel and Mary even considered rivals? They’ve always seemed like two pea brains in a pod to me. I say this all with love, I hope you know. Love and the utmost impatience.)

Anyway, as I said yesterday over in PopWatch, I – and the rest of Ameriker, according to Nigel – would have been happy with any possible outcome among final four dancers Amy, Fik-Shun, Jasmine Harper, and Aaron Turner. I did think Aaron had the edge over Fik-Shun in the end, but what do I know? I’m not even wearing a wig right now!

I spoke to Amy and Fik-Shun right after the show as they wove their way through elevators and adoring fans – check out their post-finale thoughts on our Inside TV blog.

The two-hour(-plus) finale was plumped up by a bunch of montages, some callbacks to bizarre season 10 auditions no one really cares about, and reprises of some of the best routines of the summer. The standout for me: Tucker and Robert’s “seize the day” routine by Travis Wall was way more poignant this time around. The lack of backstory and buildup probably helped here; I was able to let the power of their simple black and white outfits and the rise and fall of their shared movement wash over me. Yeah, I said wash. This is where I CRIED. It’s like I’d never even seen the original! Breathtaking.

Other notes: I had not remembered Jenna’s big-ass braid as such a villain (and practically a third member of the dance) in her crazy K-Pop routine with Mark Kanemura – that thing gave me so much anxiety I couldn’t properly focus my attention on Mark’s fierceness. Aaron lit up the entire stage despite being surrounded by fellow tappers Alexis and Curtis in that trio. And if I never make it to weekend beach yoga in Santa Monica, I can always watch the Top 10 Guys’ sand number in bed and possibly feel just as invigorated.

NEXT: Lob-stah!

Originally posted September 11 2013 — 1:51 AM EDT

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