On September 3rd, the last remaining dancers in season 10 of SYTYCD took to the stage for five dances each to show viewers why one female and one male dancer deserve to win. Contemporary dancers Amy Yakima and Jasmine Harper, tapper Aaron Turner and hip-hop dancer Fik-Shun have already made it this far, but what did they bring to last night?
It's an interesting group. Both the male and female finalists are a study in contrasts. Yakima is a technical wiz whose strength and control is jaw-dropping. Harper has tons of stage presence and flexibility. Similarly, Turner is a long-limbed dancer who's at his best (oddly for a tap dancer) when the choreography calls for more relaxed movement, while Fik-Shun is a firecracker dancer and performer who shines in sharp, definite steps.
While the dancers are diverse in their techniques and styles, last night all four of them pulled off some amazing pieces, some solid work and a few missteps. Each contestant danced with all three of the others, with one of the show's all-stars and performed a solo in their own style. All the solos were praised by the judges. The pieces that the two men and the two women performed with each other were also given a good critique. The two dances that missed the mark--at least to the judges--were the ballroom pieces. Nigel Lythgoe didn't feel Fik-Shun was up to the tango he danced with Amy. Few of the judges felt that Harper and Turner did a good job in their samba, with Mary Murphy commenting that the basic samba steps weren't good. Overall, it was one of the harsher critiques I've seen on a finale.
Who do think will win? Who should win? Why?