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SYTYCD recap September 10, 2013: Season 10 finale

The Top Twenty dancers were reunited in tonight’s finale featuring guest judges Adam Shankman, Paula Abdul and Twitch. The evening featured a montage of some of the most memorable moments of the season and the judges and the Top Four were asked to choose reprisals of their favorite performances.

First up, however, was a new performance created by Ivan of Season 2. The piece was a jazzy 1920’s speakeasy number for the Top Twenty to “Wonderwall” by Paul Anka. The flapper dresses and shoes with spats were a nice accompaniment to this performance which showcased a few different technical strengths including the tappers. The movement in unison was the strongest and looked overall like the performance of a professional Broadway cast.

Paula’s choice was the “Edge of Glory” piece from choreographer Mandy Moore with Makenzie and Paul. It was nice to see these two back together. Taking away the pressure of the competition-as we saw with nearly all the performances of the evening-added a new dimension to the dance. There was a carefree serenity and the shared smiles appeared more genuine the second time around.

For her “replay dance,” Jasmine chose “Blurred Lines” by Ray Leeper with All Star Marco. It was a good choice considering this was likely her best performance of the season. However, Marco still dominated the stage and your Examiner’s attention.

For Adam Shankman no other performance would do but Luther Brown’s “Hello Good Morning” with Twitch and Fik-Shun. It was a nice touch for Twitch to rip off his tux shirt like a superhero and take to the stage straight from the judges’ table. The performance was just as fun the second time around and worth attempting the “old man walk” in your living room.

And what would a finale be without a plug for a dance movie? Battle of the Year is coming to theaters September 20, 2013 starring SYTYCD alum Dominic Sandoval. The dance crew from the film also took to the stage with choreography from Dave Scott and some insane b-boy moves.

On the tale end of the Battle of the Year crew performance was all the news that Fox has renewed SYTYCD for an 11th season!

Nigel’s choice was Anthony Morigerato’s “You Really Did It” choreography for the tappers Alexis, Aaron and Curtis. The performance was definitely more dynamic the second time around and really worth revisiting.

Surprisingly, Twitch’s choice was Sean Cheesman’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman” for Haley and Nico. The two appeared to have recreated the performance and yet made it appear livelier somehow.

Aaron wanted to dance “I’m Kissing You” again with Kathryn and choreographed by Stacey Tookey. The beauty of reviewing this piece was seeing some little elements as though for the first time including Kathryn balancing on the tops of her feet rather than her toes.

The Top Ten guys performed the amazing Christopher Scott’s "Sand" dance again which was gorgeous beyond words. This is definitely one of the must-see performances of the season.

Cat’s choice was “Run the World” by Nappy Tabs for Jasmine and Comfort. It was “girl power” at its finest once again.

Mary’s favorite routine of the season was Travis Wall’s “Medicine” for Tucker and Robert. The performance was not only a reminder of Travis’ fine work as a choreographer but also how incredibly difficult it was to choose a favorite performer this season which such amazing talent.

Happily, the evening also included a video of the incredible opening number by Nappy Tabs: “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This one never gets old!

Mark Kanemura’s “I Am The Best” with Jenna was up next in all its bizarre glory. Another must-see performance which does leave one oddly wanting to dance one of Mark’s strange creations.

Amy and Fik-Shun picked the same favorite routine: “After Party” by Nappy Tabs. The “Hip Hop Bell Hops” lived again with this legendary partnership.

Mary and Nigel-another legendary pairing of SYTYCD fame-performed their own version of “Let’s Get It On” with Adam Shankman sliding in at the last moment to play the ham and steal the show. Very cute!

The performers of Movement Box from the audition days were asked to grace the stage with some of their unique brand of beatboxing and dance.

Amy and Travis Wall performed Travis’ exquisitely fluid “Wicked Game” again per audience request. (Nice choice, everyone!)

The last performance of the evening was the Top 10 and the All Stars in a surfer/beach babe performance to “Rock Lobster” by the B52s. Though the costumes were reminiscent of the 1960’s beach movies, these were certainly not Annette Funicello’s dance moves with elements of Hip Hop and Jazzy Broadway. The piece was quite fun to watch and appeared equally fun to perform.

And America’s Favorite Dancers are: Fik-Shun and Amy who garnered the most votes overall.

What did you think of the results? And are you going to see the Top Ten on the tour starting October 1st?

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