Cat kicks off this live finale by introducing the top 20 and when she introduces the final four, the cheer that erupts for Fik-Shun makes me think I might know how the guys' results are going tonight, but we'll see. Cat then tells us that before we learn the results we'll get the best of Season 10, overseen by a very crowded jidges' table. tWitch, Adam Shankman, Paula Abdul (with hair that is defying gravity as in such a way that I want to know what kind of structural foundation she is hiding inside her 'do), Mary, and Nigel are all in their finery for the evening's festivities. Cat then kicks off an audition montage to
fill time remind us of how the season began: dancing, crying, and cheering.
Cat then instructs everyone to stand up for a top-20 routine choreographed by Ivan from Season 2. It's a speakeasy setting set to "Wonderwall" by Paul Anka (a very cool cover that I've always enjoyed). It's a very smooth, cool mix of styles including jazz, ballroom, tap, and hip-hop. Interestingly, Melece really stands out to me and I don't think it's just that she looks like Daisy Buchanan in her sequins -- there's something about her that kept drawing my eye.
Cat reminds us that there will be both a favorite male and female dancer crowned tonight, and that they'll be on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and will get over $100,000 each. I'm not sure how it works out that they aren't getting an even hundred grand, but getting to say "more than" seems to add a little bit of extra excitement, I guess. But first, each judge gets to pick a favorite routine from the season.
Paula's hair is big enough to be a hat worn by one of the Windsor princesses to a royal wedding. I am so hypnotized by it that it takes me a minute to focus on what she's saying, which is that she picked "Edge of Glory" by Mackenzie and Paul. On a night when the episode is going to be paused for a speech by the President about horrible goings-on in the world, she wanted to see a dance about love. This was a dance that gave Joe R chills and while it didn't grab me super emotionally this time, I always love Mandy Moore's choreography and music choices and Paul and Mackenzie seemed super happy to be dancing together again.
Cat then explains that the show is about all of the dancers that audition, not just those who make the show, and introduces the top five auditions. Whose top five, I have no idea, but that adds a saucy air of mystery to this padded two hours! It's easier to just present them all here rather than to scatter them throughout the weecap: 5) The Mongolian bowl dance, which was made extra memorable by the whole horse/whore's milk mix-up. 4) Shane Garcia from Austin, who suffers from a stutter but dances like liquid. 3) Ridiculously adorable little Anthony from Texas, who should be old enough to audition for Season 24 or so. 2) Mary's near lap dance in Detroit. 1) Movement Box, who I somehow missed the first time around, are called the top audition from the season. They are in the studio and doing amazing beat boxing and crazy dance moves, and it's pretty awesome.