One thing is certain: By the end of Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance," there could be no doubt that one DeShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall is a tried-and-true winner. Although the final decision on who will ultimately win "America's Favorite Dancer" among the two finalists left -- Fik-Shun is up against the very talented Aaron Turner for the title -- the diminutive animation dancer has proven that there is little he can do if asked. So, regardless of the final vote, this young dancer has already won.
The "So You Think You Can Dance" finale airing on Sept. 10 is just icing on the cake for the final four dancers in this season's competition. As Entertainment Weekly reported Sept. 10, of those four, two will walk away the winners of the popular reality competition -- one guy, one girl. (Amy Yakima and Jasmine Harper are vying for the female title of "America's Favorite Dancer.") But their skill at handling anything the various choreographers have thrown at them during Season 10, not to mention the exposure they've received by being on the show, will guarantee future work in the industry.
But beyond that, Fik-Shun has also garnered the respect of dancers and choreographers alike. He's shown amazing versatility and adaptability. Having no formal training in dance, he's taken natural talent and the ability to assimilate to a level that transcends just his ability to perform the dance routines. He's been able to project himself and make the audience care.
He has entertained...
Earlier in the year, guest judge Danny Ortega noted that Fik-Shun seemed to be the type of dancer that would try to find a way to actually fly if a choreographer asked it of him. High praise...
Judge Nigel Lythgoe said after his solo performance on Sept. 3, as noted by Lyndsey Parker at "Reality Rocks" (Yahoo News), that he was the best performer of the season. And Lythoge was correct, and Fik-Shun's carefree solo routine to the catchy K-pop tune "Gangnam Style" proved it.
Fik-Shun came to the show a talented animation performer and was totally shocked when the judges put him straight through to the Vegas Round based solely on his audition. But over the weeks, through choreography and solo routines, he's risen to the challenge of whatever's been handed him -- from contemporary to the regimented paso doble -- and he has shown through. But when he's been asked to perform his solo material is when he's really burned brightest.
On the final performance episode, when the final four performed for America's votes for the last time, all four had a solo routine to display to exemplify their distinct styles. But whereas there was beauty, precision, timing, and emotion brought to the other three performances, Fik-Shun's hybrid hip-hop and animation routine to PSY's "Gangnam Style" was all those things as well, it was also magnetic and fun. Who does some rump-shaking, horsey-prancing when they've got a title on the line? Someone who wants to show that dancing is not just style but an art and an evocative form of stimulus.
But will Fik-Shun win the coveted "America's Favorite Dancer" title? Perhaps.
But after doing his animation bit to "Gangnam Style," there's little doubt that many agreed with Nigel Lythgoe's review of him being "best performer" of Season 10.
He's already won...
The winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 will be announced Sept. 10, with the finale beginning at 8 p.m. (EST). The winning dancers will be named around 10:30 p.m. due to a delay involving a special television announcement by President Barack Obama at 9 p.m.