So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 – Final Performance

It’s the one-hour finale performance show of So You Think You Can Dance 6. The remaining 6 dancers fight it out on the dance floor tonight, in an effort to win that $250, 000 prize!

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I’m hoping for a Russell/Ellenore Top 2, I am.

Tomorrows finale features Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige and Adam Lambert!

Recap after the JUMP…

Kathryn and Ryan – Samba by Jason Gilkinson – “Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes – Ryan! Shirtless! Tons of chemistry and sizzling hot. Nigel says, “Fantastic to see…Kathryn you were fantastic again out there.” Mary says, “Lord have mercy…just shakin it brother. Kathryn you have so much control…you were eating it up.” Adam says, “This show should now be called the Rise of Kathryn…” – VIDEO

Kathryn – 1-888-836-7601
Ryan – 1-888-836-7602

Wow, this hour-long show is too rushed! Not likin this at all!

Ellenore and Jakob – Broadway by Tyce Diorio – “I Gotcha” Fosse (original Broadway cast) – Really good Bway routine from Tyce. I’m liking this a lot, really plays to both dancer’s strengths. Ellenore is fabulous! Nigel says, “shows the pair of you off to your best.” Mary says, “Ellenore you were smoldering out there….so committed. Jakob you are tremendous…flying across that stage.” Adam says, “It made that Broadway style (fosse) relevant, current and hip….Jakob you are so committed to your partnership.” – VIDEO

Ellenore – 1-888-836-7603
Jacob – 1-888-836-7604

Ashleigh and Russell – Lyrical Jazz by Sonya Tayeh – “Angel Standing By” by Jewell – OMG Russell! The jumps, the leaps, the strength. He’s dancing rings around Ashleigh, hate to say it. Nigel says, “For me, this whole routine was about Russell, I couldn’t take my eyes off him…Ashleigh there was a great chemistry between you in that routine…Russell you were bloody incredible.” Mary says, “Ashleigh you were drop dead gorgeous tonight…passion was so right on and believable…Russell, you are definitely special, ” Mary is crying here. Adam thanks Sonya for the piece, “Ashleigh you were literally like his guardian angel. Russell, you kicked that dance’s ass.” – VIDEO

Ashleigh – 1-888-836-7605
Russell – 1-888-836-7606

Ellenore and Ryan – Jazz by Garry Stewart – “Kontact Me” by Boys Noize – The alien robots are back! But I’m liking this routine, but the lack of emotion and connection in the piece might turn viewers off. Nigel says, “The problem…it became like a technical exercise…I want to enjoy the routine…I was uncomfortable with it.” Mary says, “I loved it because it was so different…I found myself getting into it…you can beam me up, I’m on this ship.” Adam says, “Elleanor you were like Garry’s muse on that one. Ryan you were perfect in it.” – VIDEO

Gah! Could this show speed by any faster? Ridiculous.

Ashleigh and Jakob – Foxtrot by Jean-Marc Genereaux – “Let the Good Times Roll” by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy – Ashleigh gets a chance to shine here, but overall, I’m underwhelmed with this routine. Nigel says, “Ashleigh you were fantastic in that…the chemistry between these two has been fantastic…not as strong as some other dances tonight, but still worthy.” Mary says, “Ashleigh I think you do this style beautifully. Jacob, you need a little work when you go into closed hold.” Adam says, ” Ashleigh, you were totally lovely…teamwork and partnership…danced beautifully.” – VIDEO

Ellenore and Russell – Paso Doble by Jason Gilkinson – “Village Attack” Blood Diamond (original soundtrack) – Didn’t like this as much as either dancer’s previous performances, but still very good. Nigel says, “Russell, could you have been sharper with some of the steps? Yes. You were passionate and fiery. But not as firey as Ellenore.” Mary says, Ellenore, from the moment you came on…you really fired it up out there. Russell, you made [technical problems] up for in passion, you were on fire.” Adam says, “Ellenore…it was magnificent.” – VIDEO

Kathryn and Jacob – Contemporary by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden – “At This Moment” by Michael Buble – The pair get a dance in their style, and they perform beautifully. Very powerful-an emotional pas de deux Nigel says, “You guys just stopped the show. Kathryn, you are my favorite girl…you just rise to every occasion. Jakob…you have to grow even more…you will become an incredible soloist…you are outstandingly brilliant.” Mary says, “that was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen…beautiful beautiful dancing.” Adam says, “that was a game changer…you humbled me…I’m actually going to stop talking.” – VIDEO

Ashleigh and Ryan – Contemporary by Travis Wall – “I’m There Too” by Michelle Featherstone – Aw, it was nice to see the married couple finally dance together. It wasn’t spectacular, in fact, the judges are careful NOT to critique the technical details. Nigel says they acquitted themselves quite well, despite what people say about how they made the final. He jokes that Ashleigh has better chemistry with Jakob. Mary says, “It’s very rare for a married couple to have a moment on the world stage…what a great memory.” Adam says, “The hallmark was to experience the incredible tenderness, that was worth a lot to me.” Aw, Ashleigh and Ryan are both crying! – VIDEO

Kathryn and Russell – Hip Hop by Napoleon & Tabitha – “I Can Transform Ya” by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz – Russell was great, awesome in his own style, but I wasn’t as impressed with Kathryn as the judges. She could have hit it harder, imo. Nigel says, “Yes that was great! Russell it was everything I would expect from you…tremendous…Kathryn I cannot believe you were as gangster as you were.” Mary says, “I have no idea how america is going to vote, but you have my heart too.” Adam says, “Kathryn you did contemp and samba before you just tore up that dance floor. Russell, you did jazz and paso…that was so HOT you guys!” – VIDEO

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120 Comments

  1. The ending of that samba was crazy, I thought Ryan’s back was hurting?
    The slow part was great too.

  2. Who was first when they called the numbers, Kathryn or Ryan? This show is way too rushed…

  3. The samba was amazing, Kathryn and Ryan do have great chemistry.

    That broadway was really entertaining for a Type piece lol!

  4. Ryan caught my eye for the first time – I watched him instead of Kathryn and she’s one of my favorites.

    Jakob – astounding. He so outdanced Ellenore.

    I hate this rush. Did I mention that?

  5. Wow the guys are all outstanding tonight. Russell is doing a beautiful job here. Ashleigh who?

  6. Russell and Ashleigh were great too!!! I can’t pick a winner in round one!

  7. I can’t pick a winner in round one!

    I’m gonna say Jakob by a jete. Or maybe Russell by a pointed toe. Or maybe Ryan by a nipple.

    Me either.

  8. I don’t understand why they felt they had to cut into the final performance show, for god’s sake – it’s not like everything else isn’t on reruns or pulled at this point anyway! They should have let us have the full 2 hours.

    I really enjoyed all three of the first dances – everyone is bringing their A game so far!

  9. I really, really loved that Jazz routine by Sonya. It was beautiful, and I’m not gonna lie – brought tears to my eyes. I have a feeling I’ll be crying by the end of the night if I’m already tearing up.

    I miss Mia a lot, but Sonya is a good stand in, for now. ;) I have loved everything she’s done this season, no lie.

    All of the first round dances were good. The Broadway choreography wasn’t as good as the Samba and Jazz, imo, but the dancers brought it up. Honestly, Ellenore and Jakob are probably the only ones who could have done that, too.

    I’m annoyed that the show is so rushed and that there are no solos and no intro packages. And with all the “guests” tomorrow night, we probably won’t get very many (if ANY) “favorite” dances of the season, either. GRRRRRR.

  10. I really, really loved that Jazz routine by Sonya. It was beautiful, and I’m not gonna lie ‘“ brought tears to my eyes. I have a feeling I’ll be crying by the end of the night if I’m already tearing up.

    As I watched, I found myself getting teary eyed, and I didn’t understand why. If I’d heard Cat say it was a Sonya piece, I would have understood. Not to undermine the great dancing, but Sonya is a goddess. I love her work each and every time.

  11. Ehh, not really a fan of gay stewart’s stuff. Not really Ellenore or Ryan’s fault though.

  12. Everything so far has been really nice. I guess the Sonya piece is my favorite so far. Russell just pops for me. I also thought Ellenore really popped in the goofy roboto piece.

    (And, no, Fred and Ginger were not primarily fox trotting. They did everything from tapping on roller skates to Charleston, with their own goofy Carioca and Continental and the Castle Walk in the movie about Vernon and Irene Castle. With a lot of tapping. I just watched Holiday Inn last night, and Fred was fox trotting with Marjorie Reynolds.)

  13. We definitely need to let Fox know that it was an IDIOTIC decision to force this show into an hour format for the last performance night of the season.

  14. That Paso was really, really good. Russell’s technique wasn’t perfect, but the dance was eye-catching and exciting.

    Jason Gilkison is a keeper. For sure.

    The dancing has been great tonight. Seriously.

    ETA: WOW, Jakob. And Kathryn. But wow. That D&D routine was beautiful.

    Danny Tidwell is still my favorite male dancer ever on this show, but Jakob is completely AMAZING, too. He’s definitely in the upper echelon of technical dancers this show has ever had. I LOVE watching him dance. LOVE. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  15. Wow Ellenore is catching my eye tonite, but they are all so good.

  16. omg, that contemporary number with kathryn and jakob was unbelievable! I’m so glad we got to see them dance together in their genre – absolutely gorgeous.

  17. The pas de deus was beautiful, but… All I could think of was how much I wanted to see Danny Tidwell dance that piece. (Hangs head in shame for being a butthead. I should just be able to enjoy it for what it is, but instead I want DANNY. Sob.)

  18. That contemporary was amzing.

    How many shows that have had 1 or 2 good routines were 2 hours long? This is driving me crazy

  19. The pas de deus was beautiful, but’ ¦ All I could think of was how much I wanted to see Danny Tidwell dance that piece.

    OMG smartcookie, we’re totally mindmelding on this season, I think. LOL. I couldn’t help but think about Danny during that too. And Melissa’s pas de deux last year. And Will & Katee’s pas de deux the year before. FU, show, for not giving Danny a pas de deux, when he would have NAILED it.

    Can you tell I love Danny? lol. His finale solo and Jeanine’s finale solo from last year are what are making me so pissed that we have no solos this year.

    Stupid show.

  20. JACOB!!!! Wow, what a phenomenal dancer. I can’t believe someone so young is that good. He’s by far the best dancer.

  21. Kathryn is pure magic! She deserves to win; however, it looks like Russell has it locked up.

    (I still enjoy Ryan!)

  22. Kathryn is pure magic! She deserves to win; however, it looks like Russell has it locked up.

    I agree, she just did an amazing hard hitting hip hop, a sexy samba, and a superb contemporary dance, she is just so versatile, but I am at peace that Russell or Jakob will win tomorrow because they are amazing too.

  23. I think the judges are pushing hard for Kathryn, though. It was all “Russell, you were as good as we knew you’d be in your own style, but KATHRYN was magic in all these different styles!!!”

    Yeah, we get it, we get it. I love Kathryn, too, but… There’s just something about Russell I can’t not watch.

    I’m glad we’re mindmelding, Sarah. I like feeling like my crazy is at least a shared crazy!

  24. Wow … even the stupid recap w/ the numbers was rushed :( I hate this show in the fall.

  25. Jakob was amazing with Kathryn. My eyes were on Jakob the whole time during their dance and I love Kathryn too. However I think Jakob and Russell have it locked up for final 2.

  26. There is such beauty and chemistry in Ryan and Ashleigh’s dance; however, I wanted some Latin fire!

    I’d like to believe Kathryn can come in second place. She deserves to work with Adam for the Academy Awards show!

  27. Orlando is FINALLY voting for their hometown boy, Jakob. Last week when I was voting for him, I didn’t get a single busy signal, even at the beginning of voting. This week, that’s all I’ve gotten so far.

    Kathryn will definitely be the top girl, even if she doesn’t win, so she automatically has a job with Adam at the Oscars. Since he’s hiring the top placing boy and girl.

    I love love love Ellenore, and enjoy both Ashleigh and Ryan a lot too. But this is gonna come down to Kathryn, Russell, and Jakob. And I won’t care who wins out of that group. I really like this top 6. I still feel robbed of a proper finale performance show, though.

    ETA: Grammie Kari, Adam is hiring the top boy and the top girl. No matter if the top girl is the winner and the top boy comes in 3rd place. Like say, Kathryn and Ashleigh are the final two with Kathryn winning, and Jakob comes in third place. Adam would be hiring Kathryn and Jakob. Or, the more likely scenario – Russell and Jakob are the top two, with whoever winning, and Kathryn coming in third place. Adam would be hiring Jakob OR Russell (whoever wins) and Kathryn.

  28. Kathryn FTW!

    Ok, so I know it’s going to probably be one of the guys, and while I’m not entirely at peace with that, I’m prepared well enough. But, seriously, I think Kathryn deserves this win, especially after tonight. She really was just phenomenal in everything she did.

  29. Jakob is fantastic! I do love Jakob and Ashleigh together but the season is complete for me seeing Ashleigh and Ryan dance together. I wish it would have been doing the cha cha but the contemporary was beautiful. The cha cha would have scared Nigel to have to give praise to them.
    The tenderness in the contemporary was so subtle it was powerful!

    Loved Ryan in the Samba – first time he was the main attraction IMO.

    Boo Nigel on the Ashleigh and Ryan making it to the finale only on sympathy. Way to reinforce your favorites. Ryan hands down showcased every partner he had -expertly.
    Made all the girl’s moves look effortless. When Ashleigh propelled backwards into his arms, that was amazing! And Ashleigh is so graceful and elegant. I love watching her fluidity – Ellenore and Kathryn to me are more syncopated.

    Kathryn was great tonight but if Jakob or Russell don’t win, I’ll eat my hat.

  30. Anyone else think Nigel gave Katherine the kiss of death by pimping her so hard, like the judges on AI did with Lambert? I like either her or Russell to win though..

  31. my ranking
    1.russell
    2.Ashleigh
    3.Ryan
    4.ellenore
    5.Jakob
    6.Kathryn

    I was pissed when Nigel made the chemistry joke.stupid thing to be pissed at,but it was their “moment”.

  32. I really liked this group and I’m bummed that we had the super speedy 1 hour crammed in Cliff Notes final dance show. Bah, I want more! I adore Russell, Kathryn is amazing, Jakob is amazing… ah, hell, I love them all. Not sure I’m thrilled with so many singers tomorrow – how about dance? I think I’ll be cool with whoever wins, though Russell remains my favorite (that SMILE, I love it).

  33. Kathryn was incredible as was Jakob. But I’ll be happy with whoever wins. This is one show where winning really doesn’t matter as many runners up have gone on to wonderful careers (often outshining the winners)

  34. It was a good show dancing-wise, albeit very, very rushed.

    Based on the entire season I would still give it to Jakob if I could have my way.

  35. Very hard to pick the best, they are all so good! I was most impressed by Kathryn and Ellenore and Russell and Jacob. They are right, Jacob has a nice future as a soloist, he has much grace and is a very skilled and powerful dancer.
    aww… loved the tender contemporary dance of the married couple. simple but beautiful and intimate

  36. We definitely need to let Fox know that it was an IDIOTIC decision to force this show into an hour format for the last performance night of the season.

    Let me know where I can complain!

    I thought Ellenore and Rayn’s performance was inadequate for a final round of competition. Of course, this was a deliberate move, IMO. Ryan is one of the best partners to have ever appeared on the show. There was no change to see that quality here.

  37. My ranking

    1. Jacob
    2. Ellenore
    3. Kathryn
    4. Russell
    5. Ryan
    6. Ashleigh

  38. GO Jakob! Def the best dancer on the show this season. But is he America’s favorite I don’t know. I hope so.

    I could live with Katherine winning but no other male is worthy.

  39. I hate the format tonight. HATE. So, since I feel like I blinked and missed about half of the dances, here’s my impression of tonight’s show…

    I always have thought it ridiculous that Mary breaks into tears at the drop of a hat, but dayum, Jakob and Kathryn. I’m freakin still verklempt, plus I have chills. The final close up. Ugg, I haven’t felt this weepy after a dance since Travis and Heidi’s calling you in season 2. Damn damn damn. Jakob!

    I love Danny too, guys, and I’m still ticked he lost to whatsherface, but I think Jakob connects somehow on a deeper level for me. Like Travis, he’s more emmotionally naked when he dances, and then there’s this needy element there that is surprising, like he almost doesn’t believe he’s as good as he’s been told. I guess that just guts me more. The beauty of Danny’s dancing was a more otherworldly, regal type of beauty. Like, bow down, bitches, cuz I’m Danny effing Tidwell and I am gonna rock your world. But my fab four are for sure Travis, Jakob, Mark, and Danny… Anyway, freakin Jakob. How insane must it have been to have Desmond Richardson and Dwight Roden giving him a standing O. (Especially after having to dance a freakin foxtrot, grumble grumble…)

    The only other piece that I remember right now is the robot dance. I’m sorry, Nigel, but you suck, that was cool as shit, and Ellenore rocked it.

    Everything else is a big blur. Jakob FTW, Ellenore FTW. Producers FTL.

  40. I think the top female imo is Kathryn and the top male between Russell or Jacob.

    It was nice to see Ryan and Ashleigh finally dance together. <3 The show did seem awful rushed though.

    This is one show where winning really doesn’t matter as many runners up have gone on to wonderful careers (often outshining the winners)

    Travis Wall is a great example of that.

  41. Just a beautiful show and dancers, EVEN THO IT WAS SO RUSHED!!!!!Damn Nigel you couldnt have paid for the second hour?? Those poor dancers rushing so fast back to back, you have to give them all credit, they all did a beautiful job. The best season ever, and we got cheated on it going down to a final with less dancers in it.

  42. My ranking (while power-voting):

    1. Jakob!!!
    2. Russell
    3. Kathryn
    4. Ellenore
    5. Ashleigh
    6. Ryan

    Actually, besides the show being ridiculously rushed, I found the ending to be anticlimatic. You know that the producers were loving the storyline – ballroom husband and wife team make it into the finale and close out the show. Yes, Ryan and Ashleigh were emotional wrecks after the routine, but their dancing really wasn’t all that great. I don’t think Nigel was kidding when he said that Ashleigh had more chemistry with Jakob. I was thinking the same thing as I was watching the routine.

    The contemporary routine with Jakob and Kathryn was mindblowingly incredible. Melt…Melt… They both are great dancers and I cannot wait to follow Jakob’s career as I totally agree with Nigel that he is an astoundingly talented dancer and needs to join a company right away. I’ll be buying tickets to see him dance, no question about it.

    Speaking of buying tickets, I didn’t catch any mention of a tour. Will there be one? If so, I’d definitely go. This was an excellent group of dancers. Now, got to get back to running my fingers ragged voting for Jakob. I don’t know if he can win against Russell, but I’ll be doing my part to increase the likelihood.

  43. i love EllENORE SCOTT.

    She is so unique with her dancing.

    i would love to see her win or be in the top 2.

    My way-
    1. Ellenore
    2. Jacob
    3.Russell
    4. Kathryn
    5. Ashleigh
    6.Ryan

  44. Blake is another.

    Mark is another. He’s working like crazy and popping up in all kinds of places. Last I read he was on tour with GaGa.

    And Lacey and Chelsie Hightower and Dreamy on DWTS, too.

    ETA: I haven’t gotten through once yet. WTF?

  45. sunchick, I totally agree on the Fab 4: Travis, Jakob, Mark and Danny. Wouldn’t it be incredible if SYTYCD manages to get them all on stage together?

  46. I’m with you, SOcal_idol – Ellenore has been my favorite since the auditions, and she’s done nothing to disappoint me for the entire season. I think she and Jakob are the most technically gifted, with Kathryn following closely behind, but Ellenore is able to adapt to any style with absolute devotion and deliver on anything thrown her way, and does it all with that quirky charm.

    For me, the order is:
    1. Ellenore
    2. Jakob
    3. Kathryn
    4. Russell
    5. Ryan
    6. Ashleigh

  47. So who do you think will win, if you had to pick one person? I missed the show tonight. :(

  48. My only quibble with Jakob tonight was that during the Broadway, I thought he danced a little too feminine. I know Nigel gets in trouble for comments like that all the time, and it is hard to describe without sounding like an asshole LOL. But, it’s a dance thing – the masculine and the feminine role in the piece – and Jackob was a little on the wrong side of that for me tonight.

    He’s not my favorite, but I can clearly see that he’s extremely talented. I thought he was excellent throughout the rest of the night.

    I adore Elenore, and she’s been my favorite girl, but I thought she lacked a little spunk tonight. She did look gorgeous, and her technique was superb. Something was just missing for me. I don’t know what.

    Russell was off the charts awesome to me. He came out fighting for the win, and I love to see that. Adam was right – Kathryn has peaked at the right time. From an objective dance standpoint, I’d never be able to choose who was “better” between her and Elenore tonight.

    I adore the marrieds. I really, really do. Ashleigh is such a hard worker, and she has such beautiful lines. Ryan is the world’s greatest partner. Not to mention Adam, it is RYAN who is the most selfless partner out there. He’s strong, reliable, and he makes it his duty to see his partner shine every dance. If I were producing a show, I’d hire that guy in a second.

    So much good dancing, it really was difficult for me to decide who to vote for. And – if kk’s lurking – I did vote a little for Ryan tonight, as promised :). I couldn’t choose an individual winner in my head, so I worked a strategy just to throw some votes to the people I want to see in top 3. I know that’s pointless, but it made sense to me LOL.

  49. movin2thabeet, I’m pretty sure I would like spend money on a pay per view special to see Travis, Mark, Danny, and Jakob dance on TV for an hour.

    Course, I would not complain if there were like guest duet appearances by Natalie and Ellenore. And Chelsie. And Mia, Wade, and Sonya choreographed. To David Cook music, LOL.

  50. I’d really love to see Mark dance with Ellenore. And Danny dance with anybody. Okay, not Kayla from last season. No Kayla near Danny. But Jeanine or Janette or Katee or Jaimie…

    I’m trying to decide who the best ever female contemporary dancer on the show has been, and I think it’s probably Jaimie. But maybe Katee or Allison. I think Allison’s style might’ve been really cool with Danny. Or, for that matter, Melissa the ballerina from last season. Danny with somebody slim and tall and balletic…

    Sorry. I’m not in the right season.

    Okay, I think based on tonight, I would want Russell to win, Ellenore second, Kathryn third and Jakob fourth, with Ryan fifth and Ashleigh sixth. But Nigel was pimping Kathryn pretty hard, plus Ashleigh and Ryan might get backlash (I mean more votes for them and backlash against Nigel, for being an idiot), Jakob got the magic pas de deux, Russell got the pimp spot, and… The only thing I’m pretty sure of is that Ellenore is not going to win. She got the Mr. Roboto Dance that Nigel didn’t find emotionally interesting, her last dance was in 6th position out of 9 (meaning everybody else danced after her, and Kathryn danced *twice* after Ellenore’s last dance) and the big marquee dances (the pas de deux, the married couple tender puppies dance and the hard-hitting, splashy hip hop) did not include her. So I’m pretty sure Ellenore isn’t winning. I sent her 50 votes, though, while I was trying to vote for Russell and the line was constantly busy.

  51. Oh, and right now DialIdol thinks Russell is going to win, because he has a ton of busies, but Kathryn actually has the most raw votes, with Jakob in second. Last season, the person with DialIdol’s most raw votes (Jeanine) won over the person with the most busies (Brandon).

  52. Miight be a stupid question, but how accurate is DialIdol for this stuff? >_>.

    I will DIE of happiness if Russell wins.

    Also, DI has him killing the other contestants. However, they also had Jeanine as second last season and in the red.

  53. This season for me has lacked a little something. Not sure what it is but I didn’t get into it like I usually do…I did miss Mia Micheals maybe that had something to do with it.

    Anyway…this is how I would rank the final 6:
    1- Jakob
    2- Katherine
    3- Elenore
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    4. Ashleigh
    5- Russell
    6- Ryan

  54. sunchick, Right there with you, all the way, including the DC music. Maybe throw Courtney in there too! It has been great seeing Mark pop up here and there. I just love to see him dance. Anyone know what Danny is up to?

  55. Okay, since I can’t get a damn call in for all the busy signals, went back and ranked everyone…

    1) Jakob…Jakob in the D&D contemporary was the best performance tonight for me
    2) Ellenore…Ellenore in the GS contemporary was the second best performance for me
    3) Kathryn…good solid showing
    4 &5) The marrieds, for dancing their hearts out with total grace and class even though the bus was a comin
    6) Russell…I expected to put him higher, but the Sonya choreo that was basically a solo showcase for Russell with poor Ashleigh in the background really annoyed me. I dunno, I felt like he was overpimped just a skoch and I didn’t feel much of a connection between him and any of his partners tonight.

  56. i wanted jakob to win so bad. But based on dial idol russell will easily win and Katherine will be the runner up !!!! Lets vote for jakob people !!

  57. I hope to see Memphis over the holiday. I was so excited to find out he was in a show. Broadway is full of SYTYCD alumni…Pasha & Anya (and now Mary Murphy) in “Burn the Floor”, Will in “In the Heights” and now Danny!

  58. First this finally there really wasn’t a bad dance or dancer. They were all great IMHO. Ranking is going to be difficult. Which has never before been an issue with me. But here it goes..UGH…

    6) Ashleigh
    5) Russell
    4) Ellenore
    3) Ryan
    2) Jacob
    1) Kathryn

    I really don’t think it is fair to even rank them just pick a winner Anyway Iput Ryan third because he is the best partner dancer they have or have had in such a long time and I think that gets wiped away when decisions are made on the winner and it is an important part of partner dancing. The have them dance as partners but were are suppose to vote as individuals without a solo. So Ryan moves up on my list. I think Russell is wonderful but I think they other are better technically and more consistent. Remember 2 of his partners were injured. That is a reflection of him. I picked Kathryn as the winner because I think she best embodied the essence of the show as far as I remember it originally, Taking a dancer and seeing them improve week after week and she did that better then any of them. The rest of the rankings is mostly filler they could be interchanged.

    By the way Blake McGrath is one of the best dancers that has ever been on this show IMHO. He would be my choice as someone I would love see dance on the show again. He is an alternate Judge and Choreographer on SYTYCD Canada going into its Third year!

  59. i wanted jakob to win so bad. But based on dial idol russell will easily win and Katherine will be the runner up !!!! Lets vote for jakob people !!

    Not necessarily…last year they predicted Brandon would win and he finished second…although he really should have won.

  60. 6) Russell’ ¦I expected to put him higher, but the Sonya choreo that was basically a solo showcase for Russell with poor Ashleigh in the background really annoyed me. I dunno, I felt like he was overpimped just a skoch and I didn’t feel much of a connection between him and any of his partners tonight.

    Just a skoch? My husband has never watched and he said flat out that that dance was choreographed for Russell only. And quite frankly I think Ryan or Jakob could have danced it better. I’m so over Russell. He got the pimp spot. The judges lavish praise. And special choreo. I hate that.

    Contemporary really isn’t Ryan and Ashliegh’s thing and it was lame choreo, imho. If the choreographers can throw in a jump in every dance for Jakob they could’ve thrown in a little latin spice for Ryan and Ashliegh. I really disliked them both in the beginning but Ryan has really won me over. And Ashliegh is a better dancer than I gave her credit for.

    Ellenore got lame chreo again with the Robot dance but that Paso was amazing. As was the broadway. And speaking of Broadway I’d written it off because it was Tyce but it was really good!

    Katheryn was stunning tonight. Nailed all of her dances.

    Tonight was the first night during his contemporary routine that I finally REALLY got Jakob. I actually hurt for him when he pounded the floor and huddled in that routine. I love that song (not that version though) and the choreo nailed the song.

    Great performances tonight. Adam tomorrow! Yay!

  61. Just a skoch? My husband has never watched and he said flat out that that dance was choreographed for Russell only. And quite frankly I think Ryan or Jakob could have danced it better. I’m so over Russell. He got the pimp spot. The judges lavish praise. And special choreo. I hate that.

    I so agree with this. Russell has been so pimped each week unnecessarily and undeservingly so IMO. I honestly do not get it. Whatever though…

  62. DialIdol is scaring me… that seems like a HUGE lead that Russell has. Maybe I’ll actually vote tonight.

  63. So much good dancing, it really was difficult for me to decide who to vote for. And ‘“ if kk’s lurking ‘“ I did vote a little for Ryan tonight, as promised :) .

    Well, I’m a bad person. I watched the show with my mom and then got to talking to her afterward and not voting. Oops. But thanks for throwing in a few for Ryan. I appreciate it :)

    Kathryn has been my favorite all season, but tonight, I really REALLY enjoyed watching Ryan and Ashleigh dance together. It certainly wasn’t technically great, but it was so, SO touching to watch. I’m a SUCKER for lovey-dovey stuff!!!

    Oh and one other thing, I really really really like all 6 of these people. So yay for America for putting the right people in the finale! Loved the whole show tonight.

  64. Russell is in third place in raw votes, and last season, raw votes told the story. You can’t believe DialIdol for SYTYCD, anyway, because there aren’t enough votes to make it work. It’s weird to me that about half of Russell’s potential votes are busy signals, though. It reminds me of the olden days with American Idol when I was convinced that Nigel told the phone company to block people’s lines with nothing but busy signals so votes couldn’t get through.

    Anyway, Kathryn is winning in raw votes, with Jakob not far behind and Russell a distant third.

    I don’t think Russell has been pimped all that much this season, btw. Nigel stuck him in the B3 the first week, when he had to dance with Melanie LaPatin instead of his partner, he never got krump (his own style) although Ryan has had multiple Latin dances, Jakob, Kathryn and Ellnore have all had tons of contemp and jazz, and even Ashleigh, the other unpimped, got one cha cha. Yes, he had some hip hop, which is not his specialty, but as close as the fox trot for Ashleigh, I suppose. But he got hip hop with freakin’ tennis rackets.

  65. I speed-dialed for Russel and after 1 hour had been able to vote — count it! — twice. On speed dial. All the rest were busy’s and “your call cannot be completed”, worser and worser.

    So here’s my theory. If you want someone to win, you vote a few times quickly for them, fast as possible, then dial all the others and vote once each but keep the connection as long as possible, blocking other callers. Thus the inconsistent predictions and results from DI?

    All I know is, if the show is about growth as Nigel says, then talented as he is Jakob doesn’t win, Russell does by a long shot, and yes I admit that I like his dancing (A LOT) too. Yes its the choreographers’ collective fault, but did Jakob do anything at the end that he wasn’t already doing when he came in? (Did we see Jakob do anything like street dancing? Honestly, I don’t remember, but we certainly saw Russell stretch in every conceivable direction and stretch beyond all possible expectation.)

    Kathryn — as you say, good solid dancing, but narrower range if you ask me than Ellenore. I guess I’m a fan of quirk. But I would be happy if the two of them were #1 female and #2 female in any order.

    Ryan and Ashleigh I wish hadn’t made it this far, and I apologize: but I agree, aw cute, how sweet that the married couple got to dance together, weep, weep — but if we had to wait for them to dance together to get them off the show, then I really wish they’d gotten that dance a few shows back. But that’s my opinion. Great dancers, don’t get me wrong, and Ashleigh did surprise me with her range, and did grow, but for me she smirks constantly. No range of facial expression at all! Whereas Ryan just didn’t grow one iota as far as I could tell. He should have been voted off long ago but I guess working out in the gym sways voters’ opinion about his dancing ability. (This opinion comes from a hetero woman, for the record. One swayed by growth and dancing, in that order.)

    So, for me: Russell, {Jakob, Ellenore, Kathryn in a tight clump more or less in that order}, Ashleigh, …………Ryan.

    Still busy.

  66. Just a skoch? My husband has never watched and he said flat out that that dance was choreographed for Russell only. And quite frankly I think Ryan or Jakob could have danced it better.

    I was trying to be diplomatic. ;) If you want to hear the whole truth, watching the show back again, I’m actually kind of disgusted with the emphasis of the wonderful inspirational growth tonight with Kathryn and Russell. Gag. It made me feel like pure dance talent doesn’t matter, like I was watching DWTS. OMG, when Nigel was like, “Good for you! You pointed your toes, Russell!” Eyes. rolling. Yeah, I imagine they teach you that in a performing arts dance program, which, you know, Russell took for a couple years. Cuz as I recall, Miss Julie taught us that in dance class when we were five. But isn’t that nifty! And then there was the waste of the Jakob & Ashleigh reunion on that foxtrot and the Jakob & Ellenore reunion on Tyce. And the marrieds with that contemporary when they could have done a romantic rumba. I’m also a little bit peeved that Ellenore didn’t get the contemporary with Jakob. I don’t think Kathryn could have pulled off the Gerry Stewart piece half as well, but I think Ellenore would have been better in the D&D. Her technique is far superior. Thank heavens for Adam complimenting Jakob on his caring and giving partnerships. I think he understands that Jakob could have made it the Jakob show, but that’s not how he rolls. Nor, sadly, was it in the script. But, you know, reality shows. 99% of the time, the finale of this show annoys the piss outta me, so this was no different.

  67. (P.S. I’m sorry. I didn’t get to join the conversation all season, working Tuesday & Wednesday nights, I guess I saved it all up, sorry for the flood!)

  68. Ryan is the world’s greatest partner. Not to mention Adam, it is RYAN who is the most selfless partner out there. He’s strong, reliable, and he makes it his duty to see his partner shine every dance. If I were producing a show, I’d hire that guy in a second.

    I couldn’t have said it any better. I also find Ryan to be very attractive. I have been trying to think of another in his class, and Pasha comes to mind. There must have been others, but I cannot think of them right now. I did like Benji and Nick. Hmmmm…

    Russell did have a good night, but others were better. Now, I need to figure out the SYTYCD pool. :wink:

  69. I want Jakob to win, so he won’t. I always go for the best dancers and not the sappy backstories, or the “underdog story”. That explains why I wanted Travis and Danny to win in their seasons. I think Kathryn is the next best dancer and I can’t remember her having a bad routine. She is my next favorite.
    However, I think Russell is a very fine dancer and I have enjoyed his dancing and wonderful attitude all season. Ellenor is wildly talented and brings something different to the dances. She fully buys into every dance that is given to her. So I won’t mind seeing either of them win either.

    sunchick, I totally agree on the Fab 4: Travis, Jakob, Mark and Danny.

    Yes! My fab 4 also!

  70. I guess this is just based on personal experience, but I (and several friends) were able to vote for Russell 500+ times tonight. I only got that “your call cannot be completed message” twice.

    Also, I’m not sure what you’re seeing in the raw votes section is a true representation. Because if you look at last week’s results, the same thing happened – Russell was lagging behind in the raw vote, but still obtained a DI score way above all the other guys. He was safe, so…….hmmm.

  71. Oh and one other thing, I really really really like all 6 of these people. So yay for America for putting the right people in the finale!

    Just wanted to ditto this to check out on a high note. They’re a great bunch overall and Nigel should thank his lucky stars that he had these dancers who could carry the season successfully despite the bad production decisions and shenanigans.

  72. Russell is my favorite guy and Ellenore is my favorite girl. I hope Russell wins. but we shall see soon enough! Its a shame they weren’t able to do their solos. :(

  73. I actually picked up the phone tonight and voted for the first time this season . . . for Jakob. And I have to disagree with whomever said they didn’t think he’d grown at all this season. He started off technically outstanding, but I thought he grew into a star during the course of the season. He was also an exceptionally gracious partner and an amazingly consistent performer. I got weepy on that dance he did with Kathryn tonight. Stunning.

    Sadly, I never saw Danny or Travis dance since I only started watching in S4, but Jakob is the first dancer who has moved me emotionally since Will. I know Will didn’t have many fans, but I loved him. I’m a sucker for the beautiful, elegant dancers.

    I do love everybody in the final six, however, so I’ll be okay with any of my favorite four (Jakob, Kathryn, Russell & Ellenore) taking the crown.

  74. I do want to ditto sunchick’s ditto: This season was extremely talented overall, and I’m so thankful that Tivo was invented just so I could watch every minute of SYTYCD. I have to say I never felt that bonded to Season 5. Season 4 was my favorite so far, I’m sorry. Different strokes. (But oh, Katee is my favorite dancer I’ve ever watched, by far, of all time.) (To think I didn’t like her at first.)

  75. I don’t think Russell has been pimped all that much this season, btw. Nigel stuck him in the B3 the first week, when he had to dance with Melanie LaPatin instead of his partner, he never got krump (his own style) although Ryan has had multiple Latin dances, Jakob, Kathryn and Ellnore have all had tons of contemp and jazz, and even Ashleigh, the other unpimped, got one cha cha. Yes, he had some hip hop, which is not his specialty, but as close as the fox trot for Ashleigh, I suppose. But he got hip hop with freakin’ tennis rackets.

    FOR. REAL.

    Even last week, when he did finally get a marquee and generally well loved choreographer (Shane Sparks) plus a crowd pleasing dance (Bollywood) and danced his heart out, he got subdued praise. Not the screaming “OMGHOTTAMALETRAINBESTDANCEEVAH” critique that Nigel & Mary typically give their favorites.

    Obviously, as a producer, Nigel is going to see the vote totals. If Russell appeared to be “overpimped” tonight, I can’t help but wonder if he’s been getting a significant number of votes, more than TPTB had expected. And consequently, the past two weeks, TPTB started grudgingly acknowledging his popularity and that he has a shot to win by finally giving him standout routines.

    Also? IMO, he wasn’t overpimped tonight. As Spense said, he came out fighting for his place and dancing to win.

    I love both Jakob and Russell, and between the two of them, I wouldn’t care who won. I think both have their strengths. And while I love dancers who are technically excellent and all that jazz, I also love to watch dancers who have SOME training but are exactly what this show is about – growing and stretching and learning. I voted for Jakob, because he’s the hometown boy, but if they end up as the top two, I’d be happy either way.

  76. Just now dropping by to check out this thread. Haven’t read everything, so apologies if this has already been mentioned. Was just checking my e-mail and noticed an article on Yahoo News about Nigel and tomorrow night’s SYTYCD TWO-hour finale and that he expected Adam Lambert to be well-behaved. I was under the impression that this was to be a one-hour finale–or maybe I was wrong there. Don’t know how to link, but the article was on Yahoo News if someone wants to check it out.

  77. So if you’re already an exceptional dancer with innate talent, you shouldn’t even audition for this show if all Nigel cares about is “growth”. If that’s the case, I would win this show because surely I would get better after several weeks and show the most improvement. LOL But if you are already kick-butt awesome, forget it. This is also what annoys me about American Idol, too. Sometimes the thinking is that it should be about who “improved” the most over the season. I mean, everyone always has room to get better, but COME ON!

  78. NVM, about my 1:07 post. I see that I hurriedly confused the one hour final Performance with the two-hour final show. Sorry.

    Off to bed now.

  79. i love Ellenore!.

    she brings something new to the table!.

    i hope she wins or in the top 2

  80. Clearly THE standout performance of the night and maybe of the SEASON was Kathryn and Jakob’s contemporary. Holy cow, I got chills and my friend and I were just stunned by how breathtaking it was well before the judges even uttered a word about it. Thank God they agreed. The next best was the fun and fabulous hip hip by Kathryn and Russell. Incredible! I would go see the tour just to see those two performances live. Those two routines alone saved an otherwise dreary season for me.

  81. ellenore was ok for me tonight, nothing special. i think ive grown tired of her “quirky’ ways, she is no longer interesting. ryan and ash will probably be voted off first, w. the top 4 consisting of jakob, russ, kathryn and ellenore. there is no way kathryn will not finish as the top girl after killing each peformance, she was on fire. plus she’s hot, so you know that will help :) argh, jakob vs russ, who will it be??? i voted like crazy for jakob and kathryn, although i did give jakob more votes. he is not only the best dancer but he is my favorite dancer :) love russ and his hip hop, but he’s not in the same league as jakob, not in his wildest dreams.

  82. must say, despite the rush job, this show was outstanding. each performance was beautiful to watch. and although some were considerably stronger than others, it was a great way to end the season. all top 6 dancers are extremely worthy of being up there on that stage.

  83. but I wasn’t as impressed with Kathryn as the judges. She could have hit it harder, imo.

    Really? Well we were clearly watching different shows then tonight at least on that routine. My eyes were mainly on her during this routine…she was more hardhitting than any other chick on hip hop this season. Shankman was right, she’s this year’s Jeanine.

  84. ellenore was ok for me tonight, nothing special. i think ive grown tired of her ‘quirky’ ways, she is no longer interesting.

    Exactly, it’s like the more ya TRY to be different, the fast it becomes stale. I get no sense of authenticity from her. AT ALL.

  85. West coast girl finally got to see it on tv.

    It was really different. I didn’t notice this much of a difference last time I went to a taping. I don’t know if it’s part of the choppy editing I saw in various places tonight or because this time I was sitting a few feet above Adam Shankman’s head. There may be a reason they put the judges on the side instead of in the center of the studio. I really enjoyed seeing the dancing from that height and angle (right up against the jumbotron). When they moved everyone to the floor for the last take of the group dance, it looked completely different. You lost all the depth. So ???

    Jakob and Kathryn’s PDD/Contemporary had me in tears in person. On television, it looked good, but lacked the same wallop. I think the moving cameras sometimes alter the sensation of the dancer’s actual movement. That was some breathtaking dancing in person.

    In person, Ryan and Ashleigh’s dance didn’t have nearly the emotional impact of Jakob and Kathryn’s number, but tonight (for me for you) it had more than J & K’s. Interesting. I’m going to watch again tomorrow.

    If anyone ever gets the opportunity, I highly recommend attending a taping. Free and fun.

  86. For the speed, blame Fox. I highly doubt Nigel wanted a top 6 finale much less a one hour, top 6 finale. It’s insane really. Back to the summer…please.

  87. I like all of them, so whoever wins I’ll be happy for them. MJ, I see that you favor Russell and Ellenore, I think you’re probably more likely to get your wish with Russell rather than Ellenore. She’s great, she didn’t have a very good week last week I don’t think, and Kathryn was given some great routines with Ryan last week and got one again this week. I’m not sure who would get Mollee’s votes, other than that it would NOT be Ashleigh! I’m guessing Kathryn will come out on top for the girls, but I’d be just as pleased if it was Ellenore.

    The boys…I’d say Jakob is the best dancer, but Russell has a lot of personality/warmth that comes across. I’m not sure what to think about the fact that two of his partners got injured, I don’t know if it was bad luck or poor partnering on his part. I really like Ryan, someone said they could see him on DWTS and I think he would be fantastic there. He’s great to look at, and he seems like such a sweet person. If people who voted for Legacy are still voting, I guess they’d move to Russell, and Russell has great charisma, so I’ll give him the predicted edge. I think Jakob and Ryan should have great futures anyway.

    I was disappointed that Ryan and Ashleigh didn’t get a ballroom routine. But Ashleigh was very lucky to still be in this week after not getting to perform last week, so I guess it’s nice that they got to perform together at all.

    The contemporary routine that everyone was raving about…I don’t understand why Mary would say it was one of the best performances she had ever seen, or why Adam would feel “humbled”, but what do I know.

  88. Jakob should clearly win as he is the best dancer. He may struggle getting the ‘tween vote.

  89. The sad part about this show is that even if they win they tend to fade into obscurity. Unlike Idol, dancers don’t sell records. Also, dancers make no money.

    I have a friend who dances for the America Ballet. She makes less than my secretary.

    Talented dancers? Watch MJ’s “This is it!” movie. LA is bursting at the seams with amazing dancers that didn’t even make the cut for that gig.

  90. Re: clarifying what I meant by overpimping, now that the initial annoyance has worn off… Russell is talented and earned his props. It’s just a few things made the B.S. meter go wonky. Like “I couldn’t take my eyes off of you in a piece that was specifically choreographed with you dancing in front of and around your partner 99% of the time.” Sonya hasn’t ever really choreo’d something that blatantly favorable to one partner before and Nigel unsurprisingly ran with it. Hey, dancing without Ashleigh worked so well for Russell last week. Let’s do it again! And “I can’t believe you can do this stuff that you were actually extensively trained to do because I am totally pretending that your performing arts background never happened,” This got old during Season 4. Now it just sets my teeth on edge. Of course Russell had to step up to the plate or it all would have backfired, but still, why the manufactured storyline, show? Speaking of storyline…”What will your homeboys think of that, Russell?” Okay, that one made me laugh. Seriously, Adam? Russell is Tyler Gage now? Do you think I have never seen Step It Up? SERIOUSLY?

    Maybe Nigel was just feeling extra douchey and machiavellian due to the lower ratings, because casually mentioning Ashleigh’s chemistry with Jakob while she was standing there with her hubby crying happy tears was so not classy, even though I think it was supposed to be a joke.

    Vorona, I think everyone is invested in Ashleigh and Ryan’s lovestory at this point, so the sweet simplicity of that dance and the real life connection between those two plus the tighter framing totally appealed to anyone who has ever cried over The Notebook. LOL Personally I was more moved by the physical beauty inherrent in the PDD. The physicality of it kind of juxtaposed with the gracefulness. And in that last close up it went beyond the storyline of the dance for me. You could see it all over their faces that they were so touched and honored to be dancing D%D’s work and the heaviness of that moment got to me. It reminded me of the time that Heidi nailed her Mia choreography with Travis and broke down. And made me extra sad that we didn’t get the pre dance packages. I bet they were trippin out.

  91. Well, I’m glad that is over. I bumped into a rerun of the “top 15 of all time yesterday and this year the routines just didn’t have the pizazz of past years. I really hope they find a way to get it back on track next season.

    The whole season builds to that great 4 way last show – with the boy/boy and girl/girl dances often being the most interesting – I really didn’t like this top six finale.

    I loved the rotating 3rd judge – no idea why they had the same 3 all season – as big a mistake as the 4 judge AI panel.

    I missed Mia SO MUCH – her routines were so special – without them the show really lost a lot of spark.

    So many things wrong this season – great dancing – but something was just missing all season and then this sad excuse for a final.

    I feel bad for the dancers – who truly seem like a nice lot of folk and they can dance well – but this will not be a season to remember.

  92. Boy – do I get tired of Nigel pretending that Russel just walked in off the street… “unlike Legacy Russell can point his toes…” After four years of dance training (even if it was in high school) I *hope* he learned to point those toes….

    Why do the judges always seem to think we are too stupid to look up a dancer’s backstory?

    “Russell Ferguson, a 2007 graduate of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), is one of the Top 20 finalists on Fox TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  Russell came to BAA with no formal dance training. During his four years at the school, he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, African, Repertory, Choreography, and Dance History”

  93. We definitely need to let Fox know that it was an IDIOTIC decision to force this show into an hour format for the last performance night of the season.

    Yes.
    This last episode suffered terribly for being rushed and we were all cheated. We had no “all boy” and “all girl” numbers, no final group number, no intro packages at all, and a few of the routines were so good as to require some actual reflection during the judges comments. Cutting away so immediately left me feeling like the performance was unfinished- I needed those extra moments to absorb all the goodness I had just witnessed.
    It could have been an awesome finale- a Jakob/Russell/Ryan pas de trois?
    It would have been epic.

    And while we are complaining to FOX can we mention the shoddy camerawork yet again? They cut away during the most necessary moments and it takes you right out of the performance. I think that every dance should be filmed full view at all times- anything less damages the performance and the essence of the number is lost IMO.

    This was a good season for me- for the first time in any voting I have ever done I could not choose a favorite. So last night I voted equally for Jakob and Russell just as I have done all season. Either would be fine by me. I use DialIdol and got several busy signals for Russell and none for Jakob. I know DI is not dependable for SYTYCD but I bet Russell takes it.

    As someone upthread said he fought for it and Jakob will have a stellar career without it. Not that Russell would not, but he needs more training.

    Can’t wait for tonight!

  94. I want Jakob to win, so he won’t. I always go for the best dancers and not the sappy backstories, or the ‘underdog story’ . That explains why I wanted Travis and Danny to win in their seasons. I think Kathryn is the next best dancer and I can’t remember her having a bad routine. She is my next favorite.

    I usually go for the underdog, actually, but Jakob has been so incredible this season that I’ve been a fan of him for this whole competition. I could watch him dance for hours and hours.

    I really hope he wins, but it seems like Russell has it in the bag. I hope Adam hires him for the Oscars thing anyway – or at least SOMEONE hire him for something – because he deserves to be continually seen by everyone.

  95. It’s just a few things made the B.S. meter go wonky. Like ‘I couldn’t take my eyes off of you in a piece that was specifically choreographed with you dancing in front of and around your partner 99% of the time.’  Sonya hasn’t ever really choreo’d something that blatantly favorable to one partner before and Nigel unsurprisingly ran with it. Hey, dancing without Ashleigh worked so well for Russell last week. Let’s do it again! And ‘I can’t believe you can do this stuff that you were actually extensively trained to do because I am totally pretending that your performing arts background never happened,’ 

    ITA. Was it you who said earlier about Russell always having some sort of excuse? Bad choreo (the hip hop this season was bad I have to admit) no partner, less skilled than some of the other dancers. And his big draw? A great personality? Ellenore has a great personality and didn’t have to make a gimmick out of Santa to prove it. I thought Legacy, Victor and Peter all had great personalities and they killed in their respective styles as much as Russell. There’s no accounting for who is popular and why but Sonya’s choreo was wrong on so many levels…

    Boy ‘“ do I get tired of Nigel pretending that Russel just walked in off the street’ ¦ ‘unlike Legacy Russell can point his toes’ ¦’  After four years of dance training (even if it was in high school) I *hope* he learned to point those toes’ ¦.

    Why do the judges always seem to think we are too stupid to look up a dancer’s backstory?

    ‘Russell Ferguson, a 2007 graduate of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), is one of the Top 20 finalists on Fox TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  Russell came to BAA with no formal dance training. During his four years at the school, he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, African, Repertory, Choreography, and Dance History’ 

    Yes, I think that was mentioned every show. And Mary crying over him? Please.

    And while we are complaining to FOX can we mention the shoddy camerawork yet again? They cut away during the most necessary moments and it takes you right out of the performance. I think that every dance should be filmed full view at all times- anything less damages the performance and the essence of the number is lost IMO.

    I tend to agree. This season more than any others the dancers have been judged on things beyond their control. Props, costumes, choreo routines etc. Then to add in shoddy camera work? Not cool.

  96. Standout numbers for me were Jakob and Ellinore’s Broadways and Jakob and Kathryn’s contemporary. YES!!! Ellinore was wonderful, Kathryn was great, but the common denominator here is my man Jakob. He’s my favorite, always has been, and I want him to take it ALL tonight. I can’t wait! Even just the last part of his contemporary number, when he threw himself on the floor and smashed down with both fists into the ground – that moment ALONE crystallized what I love about him and how his dancing has moved and thrilled me this season. The end.

    The crazy, rushed, no-solos, one-hour Top 6 show was SUPER lame, and I really hope SYTYCD forgets this nonsense of trying to be a Fall show and moves back to the Summer poste haste.

    Nothing is ever going to make me like the paso doble. Ugh. I can’t think of a paso that I’ve ever liked, not on SYTYCD or on DWTS. Legacy and Kathryn’s was the first dance that didn’t make me cringe – okay, fine, I sort of liked it – but in general I just. hate. that. dance.

    I agree with MJ, I was underwhelmed by the foxtrot. Since Jakob and Ashleigh were pretty much my favorite couple this season, and I was sad when the partnership broke apart, I was hoping for something really amazing for their final dance together. Oh, well. Still nice to see them together one last time.

    And it was nice to see Ryan and Ashleigh dance together, too. I still feel happy for Ashleigh and the journey she has taken; I remember the auditions and how her dancing and he chemistry with Ryan came across is pushed, forced and fake, but I think she has really learned how to settle into the emotional center of a dance without needing to project it so much. I definitely think her partnership with Jakob is what allowed that to happen, which is awesome. Truthfully, I thought Ryan and Ellinore had more chemistry and magic with the Travis Wall piece they did earlier this season. Once again, this along with the double-assasin piece from last week have not been my favorite Travis Wall numbers, but I’m not unhappy with what Ryan and Ashleigh did, and I’m glad they got to experience this journey together. :)

  97. I voted exlcusively for Jakob. He is a brilliant dancer. Although, I believe Russell will take top prize. He has proven himself immensely. He’s definitely not just a ‘krumper’ anymore.

    I loathed the Ashleigh & Ryan ‘soap opera’. I like them as dancers but last night was just too melodramatic. Yes, everyone can see that they are in love, we don’t need to be reminded of that throughout the evening and their routine was so, so. For awhile it seemed as if it was the Ashleigh & Ryan show.

    I loved, loved Jakob’s & Kathryn’s contemporary routine. Wow! Standing ovation, indeed and well deserved.

    Loved Kathryn’s & Ryan’s samba routine, very hot.

    I also enjoyed Russell’s & Ellenore’s paso doble. Bravo.

    Dial Idol Predictions are as follows:

    Russell – 35.477 (overall score)

    Kathryn – 9.111

    Jakob – 6.92

    Ellenore – 1.541

    Ryan – 1.079

    Ashleigh – 0.025

    Also, last week Dial Idol’s predictions were correct in placing Russell, Jakob, Kathryn, and Ashleigh within the top 4. We’ll see tonight if DI is correct yet again. I will not be surprised if Russell takes the top honors. :-)

  98. What I would have liked to seen, David Cook, live ,singing “Lie” with Jackob and Kathryn dancing. Wow!!!

  99. One more thing: While I have enjoyed seeing Kathryn’s growth and have enjoyed just about all her performances, there is something lacking for me in terms of fire and passion. I always see her commitment in her body, but I don’t see it enough in her face. When I think back over the seasons to gals who have just got up there and performed the sh*t out of a number, not just danced it beautifully, I don’t think Kathryn reaches the levels of Donyelle, Lauren and Katee for instance. Kathryn still has a way to go to be a true performer, more than a wonderful dancer. That’s what I think.

    I thought I would be okay with just about anybody winning tonight, because I think they are all great and worthy, but I now realize that I’ll be unhappy if Kathryn, Asleigh, or Ryan win over Jakob. Jakob is too amazing. Please, let me be happy tonight, and let Jakob win!!!

  100. It seems like all the past winners, with the exception of Jeanine, fade away from the spot light after the show is over. Dominic, Mark, Lacey, Chelsea are dancers that continually show up in videos, tours, or other dance shows. Just keep that in mind tonight, if the person you’re hoping to win doesn’t make it. When Nigel was encouraging Jakob to join a dance company, I wonder if the winners contract entered his mind.

  101. Congratulations to all the dancers this season and thank you. Although, I must say that I missed the group routine and the entire ‘ambiance’ of Season 5. Last night was great but nowhere near last season. I can only give my opinion on Season 5, since it was # 5 that I stated watching SYTYCD.

    I really hope that the producers decide to bring Season 7 during the summer. This season was deserving of a decent time slot schedule.

    I also noticed that Season 6 did not have Mary Murphy giving her yells of woohoo as much as last season nor did she provide too many ‘hot tamale trains’ remarks. Most of the time the judges seemed blah, good opinions, but not anything remarkable or extraordinary, as in Season 5, my favorite was Jeanette. I recall that Mia Michaels mentioned during the beginning of Season 6 that it was this season that would throw Season 5 out of the park, or something close to that. Not! So far, Season 5 is my favorite. We’ll see what Season 7 brings. ;-)

  102. Dial Idol Predictions are as follows:

    Russell ‘“ 35.477 (overall score)

    Kathryn ‘“ 9.111

    Jakob ‘“ 6.92

    Ellenore ‘“ 1.541

    Ryan ‘“ 1.079

    Ashleigh ‘“ 0.025

    Also, last week Dial Idol’s predictions were correct in placing Russell, Jakob, Kathryn, and Ashleigh within the top 4. We’ll see tonight if DI is correct yet again. I will not be surprised if Russell takes the top honors

    What’s interesting about DI is that when looking at raw numbers, which I think is total calls, Kathryn and Jakob are way ahead of Russell. There appear to be only 21,000 callers in this survey, which is probably a very small percentage of the total. When looking at raw numbers from the week prior, both Mollee and Legacy were in the very bottom, and they were the ones voted off. I agree it will be interesting to see. Personally, I love watching Russell dance, so I hope he does take the crown; however, I would not be the least bit surprised if Kathryn or Jakob won.

  103. I voted most for Jakob last night, and threw 5 or 6 votes at Russell, but now I’m not sure why. Did he grow this season? Yes. Did I enjoy many of his performances? Yes. But did he blow me away, give me chills, exhilirate me, bring me to tears? Not once. I love what Nigel said about Jakob really giving it up to his partner, and I agree with those who said that Ryan did the same, which is really a very special thing. Russell on the other hand did not have believable chemistry with anybody, and I think that says something about…something. You know? It’s just like life. In order to really have something magical and special with somebody, you have to care deeply about them, take care of them, want them to succeed and to look good. It can’t just be about you. I guess I never felt that from Russell, that he wanted as much for his partner as he did for himself.

    Wish I could take back my 5 votes and put them where they belong – ALL ON JAKOB. Jakob, I love you. Thank you for making me happy. =)

  104. Why do the judges always seem to think we are too stupid to look up a dancer’s backstory?

    ‘Russell Ferguson, a 2007 graduate of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), is one of the Top 20 finalists on Fox TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  Russell came to BAA with no formal dance training. During his four years at the school, he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, African, Repertory, Choreography, and Dance History’ 

    Ha, yeah, my biggest issues w. the judges. the BS on the any dancer’s training…..this year it was Russ. saying that he shouldnt have been able to do some of those routines is incredibly misleading. yes, he should have! he’s had years, YEARS of training. just because krump/hip hop is his PREFERED style, doesnt mean he hasnt had great exposure to the others. doesnt take away from what a wonderful dancer he is, or how personable and sweet he comes across the tv screen….but it does matter in terms of certian viewers who vote for the dancer they feel is growing or is an underdog.

  105. Finally getting to comment on SYTYCD from last night:

    I thought all the dancers did a great job, and really stepped it up for the finale. I was even impressed with Ryan and Ashleigh, who were probably my least fav going into it.

    I think Russell will win based on some great routines last night, a lot of growth all season, and his winning, fun personality. Jakob is my personal fav, but I think he got a little screwed over with the broadway and foxtrot dances (not big voting pieces, typically). The contemporary piece between him and Kathryn, though, was by far the best of the night, and very poignant. Technically he’s the best, and I think, win or lose, he will have a very successful career after the show. Kathryn would probably be my 3rd pick, and she has been doing so amazingly well lately.

    All of the routines were interesting, even the robot one, which I liked for its quirkiness. Though I think they picked one too many similar contemporary pieces for the show. The Jakob/Kathryn and Ashleigh/Ryan ones, in particular, were somewhat similar in tone, and performed right after each other, no less! Could have used a bollywood or another latin number to spice things up, I think.

    Also hated the timing for the show – that was just terrible! They really needed a full 2 hrs to give these dancers a fair break. They are all so talented, and deserved a chance to show their solos and group dances, which can highlight how unique they all are.

    Looking forward to tonight! Part of me wishes Adam would bust out FYE, complete with SYTYCD backup dancers, Jakob filling in for Tommy…ok, nvm, getting mind out of gutter, lol – but I know that ain’t gonna happen. ;-) Think it’s weird, though, that there are SO many music guests tonight – that is very unusual for SYTYCD, which usually (no surprise) focuses way more on dancers than singers. I could do without Leona Lewis and J. Lo (and maybe have more Adam instead ;-) )

  106. Jakob, I love you. Thank you for making me happy. =)

    He is really one of the most gifted and extraordinary dancers I’ve ever seen on that stage! I’ve watched SYTYCD since S2, and don’t remember anyone effecting me like that, purely in terms of his physical presence on stage. He is like this pure embodiment of elegance and grace – amazing to watch. Very much reminds me of Joel Gray, or even Fred Estaire. Yeah, I think he’ll do ok for himself, win or lose ;-)

  107. I also want Jakob to win.

    but in Russell’s defense, 4 years of dance training is nothing, unless you are dedicated to it 24/7/365, and even then you would be behind most dancers.

  108. I don’t understand why the viewers and the judges aren’t biased against russell for having 2 partners get injured while paired with him?! Were we ever told why/how those 2 partners got injured? Was it just dumb luck, or was he involved in those injuries in some way? My guess is the ashleigh/russell sonya piece featured russell cuz no one wanted ashleigh’s arm anywhere near russell!

    I threw all my votes to the ladies. Jacob would have been fine even if he never came on SYTYCD. Ryan needed the exposure more than the win… DWTS should pick him up stat! Russell seems to injure his partners, plus his solos are really his strong point. Eleanor is a star – ppl complain that Eleanor is quirky, but she only brought quirk when it was needed – she definitely danced “sans quirk” most of the time. Both Kathryn & Ashleigh are strong versatile utility players that can be part of any team of dancers doing a performance show (like academy awards or backup dancers for a singing act or broadway chorus).

    Best dancer? Jacob. Favorite dancer? Eleanore.

  109. Russell Ferguson started dancing when he was 3 years old and began dancing professionally at age 6. He trained at the Boston Art Academy and has worked with Boston City Lights……..thats not just a fluke, “oh ive been dancing for the past 4 yrs and look at me now”. umm, no, he’s had as much experience if not more than the other 5. so based on that…

    Best dancer: jakob……..Favorite Dancer: Jakob, with kathryn coming in second

  110. Reflections On Life
    12/16/2009 at 4:06 pm
    I don’t understand why the viewers and the judges aren’t biased against russell for having 2 partners get injured while paired with him?! Were we ever told why/how those 2 partners got injured? Was it just dumb luck, or was he involved in those injuries in some way?

    I believe that Nigel said Ashleigh’s shoulder was injured while she did the upside down drop during the Bollywood number, while rehearsing the day of the show. Russell’s job is to make sure she doesn’t fall (hold her by the hands), and Ashleigh’s job is to use her core and keep arms bent slightly at elbows so her arms don’t get “pulled out” – so it is fairly clear that it was Ashleigh’s fault that her shoulder “popped out.” Yes, I imagine that given her shoulder was injured and she was voted to continue dancing, the choreographers and dancers did what they had to so she didn’t re-injure herself.

    Noelle hurt her knee, so I seriously doubt Russell had anything to do with that.

    On the other hand, Russell had to dance with substitutes more than once, with virtually no practice time, and performed tremendously well each time, so I think he should receive kudos.

  111. i love russell and kathryn but, i don’t think ashley should have been in the top six. i think molly should have been there, she was amazing the previous week. aaaah, i hope russell wins though, he is absolutely amazing and has a great personality, he’s such a nice guy.

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