I cannot even believe we’ve been through this season with not real breakout stars. Here are the top 4:
The Kodak Theater is packed with 3000 fans for the finale of this competition. This is bigger than other years – even though the dancers aren’t near my fave from past years.
But Wade Robson’s idea for their top 4 dance looks cool though. I love cheerleaders. Love watching cheerleading. And this is probably my fave look for Jeanine. Nice piece, even though I’m not into Lady Gaga at all…
Jeanine and Evan work with Sonya and get a pretty high energy piece that I’m not really into. This piece totally spotlights for me that I’m not really into either one of these dancers. I’ve been on the fence with Jeanine all season really – and I’m still not sold on her. Evan is fun to watch in solos and in his genre, but I wasn’t so much into this. Nigel is right that they’ve got to live up to this stage.
I so much miss Janette. Brandon is really a great dancer, and he’s super-strong. And I could see him winning…but I have no idea. This year’s a complete toss-up for me. As for his solo: it was strong, but suffered from an extremely poor choice in music. Wooo – stinky music. I agree with Adam that it felt a lil bit frantic. (In non sequitur news, I’d really like to see the rest of Mary’s dress, cuz I think it might be really pretty.) I feel that his solo last week was actually better, but wev.
Now it’s Brandon and Kayla with TyceD and Bye Bye Love from ‘All That Jazz’. I love Tyce and I love Broadway – I’m hoping for good things. And I noticed that Kayla’s legs definitely get higher than Brandon’s…so I’m thinking it’s possible that a girl could win. Funnily enough, Adam didn’t see Jeanine or Evan in the finale at all – but everyone saw Brandon and Kayla in the finale from week 1. Well, well. High praise for Evan and Jeanine, through-the-roof praise for Kayla and Brandon. Not surprising who the judges want to win.
Ooooh…I forgot how hot that dance was with Jason. He was really great! Miss him, too. But you know what? Jeanine needs help with her solos. She’s only had one this summer that I actually wanted to keep going. I agree with Adam that her pirouettes were awesome, but the rest…not enough. Nigel shocked me with the comment about top 2 – we haven’t even seen the other two solos yet.
Now Laurieann Gibson gets to choreograph the two guys in a pop-jazz number. I love how she uses what’s actually going on in the dancers lives for the inspiration. And I LOVE that she is using Nasty for this piece. Janet’s music is SO danceable. Even if it’s old – it should get used more, I think. But wow – Evan got outdanced from the very first moment on this one. In fact, it’s not until the very last moments that I’m even drawn to look at him on the stage. This piece did *NOT* play to his strengths, and he just couldn’t raise his game. He’s obviously outmatched in Brandon, and I might have almost rathered to have seen them do a Broadway number together, to see if Brandon could live up to Evan’s style. Is Mary high? “What’s the nastiest thing you’ve ever done?” Evan began his answer with “That’s a toughie..” If you say the word ‘toughie’, you don’t do ‘nasty’.
Kayla and Jeanine work with Mia Michaels for a contemporary journey of shedded encumbrances. It was beautiful. Both girls were great – there was no standout. Noone was outperformed, and they were completely in sync. Brilliantly done, really. These girls are very well matched. Nigel’s a tad creepy sometimes. But I can’t see a frontrunner between these two – not from this dance anyway.
Evan’s interview reminded me that I actually liked his brother more than I liked him. I still can’t believe he’s in the top 4! He definitely does entertaining solos – and this one is no exception. I just wanted it to keep going. And I think that’s part of the deal with solos – I think we *should* want the solos to continue. If it’s ugly, or repetitive – if the music stinks – blech. I understand and agree with the comments about the strength of his dancing – the growth of him as a dancer – he’s NOT the best, NOT the strongest. But he does good solos. And who knows – maybe he wanted to take it easy before his dance with Kayla.
So Tony and Melanie are working with Kayla and Evan on the jive, and i think I’m seeing a method in Evan’s madness. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. is a big number for them. Very fun. And I think Evan was definitely there for Kayla throughout that piece. I thought his kicks were great, but the arms definitely could’ve been better. Evan’s gotten trashed by Mary on this piece, but Nigel pulls it back by commenting on the personality – for both of them. And really, each of them did well on this, but not as good as they should have.
Kayla’s grandparents are so cute. The addiction piece was definitely awesome. I love Kayla’s lines, but I dunno. And the solo is more of the same, blah. There was no heart for me – no personality. I don’t get anything from her. But that’s just me.
Louis van Amstel does a paso doble for Brandon and Jeanine. And that is positively the B E S T paso doble I have ever seen. Ever ever. EVER. They *killed* this. The routine was on it, the choreo unbelievable, and I truly don’t believe that Kayla could have carried this piece the way Jeanine did. And Nigel is really freakin’ me out, now. I think he’s officially crossed the line into dirty-old-man category.
Jeanine and Brandon deserve the top two spots. Kayla was close, but she just doesn’t cut it for me. And Evan is tired. He hasn’t been able to grow outside his genre and while sad, that is the truth. From Nigel’s mouth to our ears: the winner = Brandon or Jeanine.