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Amy Yakima and DuShaunt ‘Fik-Shun’ Stegall! Leaving the tall squad, Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner, to be abruptly escorted away by an executive/robot adorned with flowers. His face was kind but he meant business. I was not a fan of his.
Tonight’s season finale ran about 20 minutes long (Fox aired the presidential address on the conflict in Syria at 9 p.m. ET) so I hope you’d re-set your DVR; otherwise the lasting SYTYCD image you’d have to get you through ’til next summer — yes! there’ll be a season 11! — would be Nigel Lythgoe and Mehhhhhhhhhh-ry Murphy reenacting a “Let’s Get It On” hip hop routine originally performed by 19-year-olds.
(I’m sure many super fans dug this, but it was like the worst time-filler ever aired, right? Are Nigel and Mary even considered rivals? They’ve always seemed like two pea brains in a pod to me. I say this all with love, I hope you know. Love and the utmost impatience.)
Anyway, as I said yesterday over in PopWatch, I — and the rest of Ameriker, according to Nigel — would have been happy with any possible outcome among final four dancers Amy, Fik-Shun, Jasmine Harper, and Aaron Turner. I did think Aaron had the edge over Fik-Shun in the end, but what do I know? I’m not even wearing a wig right now!
I spoke to Amy and Fik-Shun right after the show as they wove their way through elevators and adoring fans — check out their post-finale thoughts on our Inside TV blog.
The two-hour(-plus) finale was plumped up by a bunch of montages, some callbacks to bizarre season 10 auditions no one really cares about, and reprises of some of the best routines of the summer. The standout for me: Tucker and Robert’s “seize the day” routine by Travis Wall was way more poignant this time around. The lack of backstory and buildup probably helped here; I was able to let the power of their simple black and white outfits and the rise and fall of their shared movement wash over me. Yeah, I said wash. This is where I CRIED. It’s like I’d never even seen the original! Breathtaking.
Other notes: I had not remembered Jenna’s big-ass braid as such a villain (and practically a third member of the dance) in her crazy K-Pop routine with Mark Kanemura — that thing gave me so much anxiety I couldn’t properly focus my attention on Mark’s fierceness. Aaron lit up the entire stage despite being surrounded by fellow tappers Alexis and Curtis in that trio. And if I never make it to weekend beach yoga in Santa Monica, I can always watch the Top 10 Guys’ sand number in bed and possibly feel just as invigorated.