I’m not sure there’s much more to add to what’s already out there, but here’s my thoughts on last night’s finale anyways.
Yes, the show fell a little flat and ended up being kind of disappointing. I mean with such a strong Final 4, you couldn’t help but wish they had gotten more to work with. Obviously yes, we can chalk it up to fatigue, because with 4 dances a piece plus a solo, they were definitely going to be tired. However, that’s always been the case with the finales: all the contestants dance with each other and then in this year’s case, they dance a routine with an all-star (the 4th number was a group routine in previous years). But for some reason, it feels like this year’s group got it the hardest as far as all the things they have to do for these finale shows. Maybe that’s just me, but it seems that way.
At the same time though, the dancer’s fatigue is one part, but the other part is what they’re given to dance. I don’t just mean the choreography, but the dance style and choreographer as well. Yes, it applies for the whole season, the whole luck of the draw, but it’s particularly important for the finale. From the way I see it, having watched every season of SYTYCD, there are things that should not be in the finale.
- Don’t bring in a dance style that has not already been featured this season. Sure, we’ve seen disco and stepping before on the show, but not this season. I honestly thought we were gonna make it through this entire season without a disco routine, and I was perfectly fine with that because there haven’t been that many great disco routines in the run of the show. And only on the very rare occasion has a new style actually worked in the finale (to be precise, that’d be Season 4, Joshua & Twitch’s trepak, but if I remember correctly, they ended up incredibly dehydrated after that).
- Use choreographers who have a solid rep with the show. This is sort of an extension of the first point. But also no offense to the choreographers. I would think that it would make more sense for the dancers to be working with choreographers, who they’ve already worked with on the show; there’s a better connection there. I say this with love, but as surprised as I was to see Mark Ballas choreographing for SYTYCD last night, I was disappointed by what he brought. He was asked to choreograph a cha-cha, but I have to ask where all the fun was? If they didn’t say anything, I don’t think I would’ve known it was a cha cha. On the other hand though, Tessandra Chavez, who only choreographed her 2nd routine for the show last night (and first of the season) did an incredible job. So I guess it’s hit and miss as well, but still. And I also know a lot of the other choreographers (NappyTabs, Travis Wall, Melanie LePatin & Tony Meredith) are busy doing other projects which made them unavailable for the finale, so it’s not their fault either.
- This sounds really stupid but, boots are not acceptable dance footwear. Season 4, Courtney & Joshua’s Jive, she wore boots, it didn’t work. Season 5, Kayla & Evan’s Jive, she wore cowboy boots, which was good for the song that was used but still no. Yesterday, Tadd & Marko’s Gumboot Stepping routine, which called for gumboots, but still, it’s just wrong.
I think overall, we just needed a lot more excitement in the routines, and that also stems from the music being used.
Now, as far as choosing a winner, it’s a little hard. If we look at who got the most variety in styles, Marko should take it – he got Disco, Broadway, Contemporary, Stepping. Melanie, Sasha & Tadd all got at least 2 routines that were firmly in their wheelhouse (or in Tadd’s case, pretty damn close). But if a girl should win (and probably will) it has to be Melanie, bias aside.
Anyways, still looking forward to the finale tonight, despite a lackluster performance show.