Jeanine Mason is America’s Favorite Dancer! Congratulations Jeanine! – VIDEO
OK, so my powers of prediction were way off as usual, but I’m cool with it. Jeanine was one of my favorite dancers this season (loved Janette too) so I’m happy with tonight’s results.
It’s probably too much for the dancers to learn new routines for the finale on top of what they’re mastering for the competition. I enjoyed watching Randi and Evan (his best non solo dancing on the show) “Butt Dance”, Janette and Brandon throw down a fast and furious disco, and Jeanine and Jason get hot and heavy during a Travis Wall contemporary, but a two-hour show full of 99% recycled material is a bit anti-climatic. The Idol finale is way more entertaining.
See you next season–in just 4 weeks! Season 6 premiers on September 9. Mark your calenders!
Who is America’s Favorite Dancer? We’ll finally know in a couple of hours…
Live blog and VIDEOS after the JUMP…
Here comes Cat Deeley welcoming everyone to the Kodak theater. 21.6 million votes came in last night. The champion will take home a cool 250K.
Sitting on the panel tonight: Lil C, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy (dripping in diamonds!), Nigel Lythgoe. More choreographers are sitting in the audience.
First, a video retrospective of the entire season. Time filler.
Cat says we’ll see the judges favorite routines of the season, and “a couple of surprises”.
More video stuff: A recap of last night’s performances. More Time filler.
The judges pick their favorite routines:
- Adam Shankman: “Mad” by Ne Yo – Hip Hop by Tabitha and Napoleon – Jeanine and Philip. (Top 20) – VIDEO
- Nigel Lythgoe – “Libertango” from Forever Tango – Argentine Tango by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo – Janette and Brandon. (Top 12). – VIDEO
- Debbie Allen: “Dreams are More Precious” by Enya – Waltz by Louis Van Amstel – Asuka and Vitolio. (Top 18). – VIDEO
- Mary Murphy: “If It Kills Me” By Jason Mraz – Contemporary by Travis Wall – Jeanine and Jason – (finished with a long smooch!) (Top 10) – VIDEO
- Mia Michaels: “Jum Bah Day” by House of Gypsies – Samba by Louis Van Amstel – Kayla and Max. (Top 20). – VIDEO
Video: The Top 4 head out for a “surprise” – Kherrington Payne takes them to the movies. Oh pshaw, just an excuse to pimp the upcoming movie Fame. Some surprise. Debbie Allen recites a bit of her “Sweat” speech from original flavah Fame… – VIDEO
- Debbie Allen: “I Know You Want Me” (Calle Ocho) by Pit Bull – Top 16 group routine by Dmitry Chaplin, Napoleon and Tabitha. – VIDEO
Next, it’s the winner of Australian So You Think You Can Dance, ballerina, Talia Fowler – “Shot You Down” by Audio Bullys, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. – VIDEO
- Lil C: “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire – Bollywood by Nakul Dev Mahajan – Caitlin and Jason – (More kissing!) (Top 20) – VIDEO
Cat welcomes the Top 4 to the stage. Time for some results! In 4th place: Kayla. No big surprise there. Kayla’s goodbye video plays… Kayla thanks Mia Michaels especially and all her fellow dancers.
- Adam Shankman: “Koop Island Blues” – The butt dance! Contemporary by Mia Michaels – Randi and Evan. (Top 16) – VIDEO
- Mary Murphy: “Tetsujin” from The Matrix Revolutions – Paso Doble by Louis Van Amstel – Jeanine and Brandon. (Final) – VIDEO
Evan joins Jeanine and Brandon on stage. The dancer in 3rd place is…Evan. His goodbye video plays. Evan says last night’s audience chanting his name was breathtaking. He gets a little choked up talking about his journey.
- Nigel Lythgoe: “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles (Addiction) Contemporary by Mia Michaels – Kayla and Kupono. (Top 12). – VIDEO
(Mia is crying, standing o from the judges, the audience)
The adorable Rage Boyz Crew are back: “Feel It”‘â€Colby O’Donis & Mauli-b choreographed by Tiffany Burton -Seven year old TJ lost a tooth. Too cute. – VIDEO
- Tyce Diorio: “Loving Is Really My Game” by Brainstorm – Disco by Doriana Sanchez – Janette and Brandon. (Top 18) – VIDEO
- Mia Michaels: “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell (Breast Cancer dance) – Melissa and Ade – Tyce’s friend–who he choreographed the dance for–found out she was cancer free today. (Top 8) – VIDEO
Next, the Top 8 perform “One” from A Chorus line by Mia Michaels. Surprise! Near the end, Tyce, Mia, Mary, Debbie, Alan and Nigel come out from behind the mirrors and perform a few steps! (Top 8 – 100th episode). – VIDEO
Time for the results! Nigel says both Jeanine and Brandon deserve to be there. When he found out who the winner was this morning, he was delighted, he says.
Jeanine is America’s favorite dancer! She’s crying and a little incoherent…but happy! Yay for Jeanine! “Thank you academy!” she jokes. She thanks her mom for making her take dance lessons. The dancers carry Jeanine on their shoulders, the confetti flies and we’re out.