Tomorrow night is the finale of this reality show, which I have been following carefully week by week, and blogging about on my Jenny T. Partridge blog, along with Cele, also known as CTanglefoot. I’m not much of a reality show fanatic, but as you might guess, this one lured me in, with incredible dancing and choreography, tension (hey, each week two of them go home), and as Debbie Allen said last night, the “evangelization” of dance.
To give you an idea, here is the opening number from last night.
I have a lot vested in dance. After all, my daughter dances just about 24/7, I work for the dance studio, and my series, The Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery Series, is set in this world.
I just finished the third Jenny book, and it was so much fun to write. Dance people are wild, and wacky, and crazy, and eccentric, and sometimes volatile. I know, you never thought dance could be like that, right? I promise, it is.
There has been controversy in this season’s SYTYCD (the Wade Robson anti-war routine and Jessi Peralta being sent home shortly after she recovered from a stay in the hospital), there have been STUNNING moments, like the Hok/Jaimie routine (by the PHENOMENAL aforementioned Wade Robson) featuring the bird and the flower.
Every week the dance potential has gone up, the skill GONE UP, the TALENT GONE UP…. It’s been quite a season.
If you are NOT watching this show, and you like dance at all, I suggested you tune in to the series finale, Wednesday night, 8/7c, and Thursday night, 8/7c, on Fox.
FYI, last season saw not one, but TWO Emmy nominations, one for Wade Robson and one for Mia Michaels, whose contemporary work I adore!
I have some quibbles with the final four. ONE quibble, actually. Lacey Schwimmer, sister of last year’s winner, should have gone home last night. She is cute, engaging, and talented, but in terms of SHEER talent, Lauren had her by leaps and bounds…. Literally. And Lauren is just as showy, cute, and a much better dancer. Other than that, I am content.
Tomorrow, we shall see…..