This is it, fans. The final chance for the three remaining contestants on “So You Think You Can Dance” to score a victory. Based on Wednesday night’s (August 11) episode, it’s difficult to tell just who will stand tall when the results are revealed tonight (August 12), though there were a few clues.
The sentimental favorite would have to be Lauren, though she may have also had the spottiest night of the three contestants. Though Lauren’s NappyTabs hip-hop number was strong and nuanced, her duet with Kent (set to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Hip to Be Square”) was sort of spastic and off, and her contemporary tag-team with Robert was well-executed but empty. Though her cha-cha was pretty good, it’s hard to think that she will be able to emerge the victor with that sort of batting average. (Though she did get the highest praise of the night from Mia Michaels: “If I was still dancing, I would want to dance just like you,” she told Lauren.)
Then there was Kent, who looked strong during his contemporary routine and held his own during the unusual malevos number choreographed by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo (even the judges didn’t know what to do with the latter dance, which was strangely chosen as the show-closing number). Kent’s Bollywood number seemed a little broad (even for that style), and the less said about that “Hip to Be Square” dance, the better off we all are.
Robert probably had the best dance of the night with his Broadway performance (set to “Cool” from “West Side Story,” one of the finest pieces of music ever written for the musical theater). And his all star jazz duet (birthed by Tyce DiOrio) was also pretty stunning. Though the judges sometimes talked as though Kent had this competition all sewn up, it seems like Robert should be the victor. It’s a shame this season has been done in by so many injuries, but this version of the finals offers up an intriguing mix of styles and contrasts. No matter who takes the crown, that performer will have certainly earned it.
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