For the final night of competition in Season 10, Nigel and Mary had two guest judges this evening: Gabby Douglas (gold medalist in gymnastics) and Paula Abdul.
Aaron and Amy were up first in a Ray Leeper Jazz number to “Primative” by Richard Vission vs. Luciana. The dancers were great as usual but the piece itself was like something from a Vegas show with hints of technique. Nigel loved the costumes and wished them both “good luck.” Mary said they “knocked it out of the park.” Gabby said she really enjoyed the piece and the costumes. Paula was just as effusive about their technique and stage presence.
Next was a Travis Wall Contemporary piece to “Spiegel Im Spiegel” by Angela Yoffe and Vadim Gluzman for Jasmine and Fik-Shun. Travis has truly arrived as a choreographer in this piece about a couple growing apart as if being pulled away from each other by the ocean. Fik-Shun is an amazing partner and managed to hold his own against Jasmine’s long legs. The movement was extremely fluid and delicate on both dancers. Mary called Travis’ work “brilliant” and admitted to underestimating the pairing of these two dancers. Gabby said the piece gave her goose bumps. Paula said Jasmine consistently reminds her of Cyd Charisse and was so impressed with Fik-Shun’s growth as a dancer. Nigel complimented Jasmine’s extensions and said Fik-Shun did very well.
Aaron chose Tap (no surprise, here!) as his style of choice for the evening. Alongside All Star Melinda he performed an Anthony Morigerato number to “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. The two really made the choreography look light and effortless. (It was almost as though your Examiner could have recreated the dance in her kitchen but not being a tapper, she is not holding her breath.) Gabby called the piece “just incredible!” and said she was “in awe.” Paula was so pleased to see a tap number on the show and called Aaron the “ultimate storyteller” of the season. Nigel thanked Aaron for being the first tapper to make it to the finale and said the piece was “well danced.” Mary called their performance “spectacular” and “music to [her] ears.”
Up next was lady’s choice for Jasmine: the ultimate “Girl Power” routine by Nappy Tabs to “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce with resident Hip Hop All Star Comfort. As a matter of personal preference, Jasmine seems to be more suited for Contemporary or Jazz but she kept up with the indefatigable Comfort. Paula called Jasmine “ferocious.” Nigel said Jasmine really showed her versatility and was truly fighting for the win. Mary said Jasmine danced the piece as though she had choreographed the piece herself. Gabby said Jasmine should expect a call from Beyonce.
Choreographers Miriam and Leonardo returned with an Argentine Tango/Paso Doble hybrid for Amy and Fik-Shun. “Harzardous/Zero Signal” by PP Music was the background to this beautiful piece filled with passion and poignant stillness. Fik-Shun was a little out of his depth but Amy masqueraded as a Tango dancer with no exceptions. Nigel said Fik-Shun was obviously challenged by the piece and that Amy has proven her strength. Mary commented on some “little weak points” but loved Fik-Shun’s reliability as a partner and called Amy “mind-blowing.” Gabby loved their chemistry. Paula said Fik-Shun was “handling [his] woman pretty darn well” and called Amy “perfection.”
Jasmine’s frenzied Contemporary solo fraught with developpe’ a la seconde was performed to “Ready for Love” by India.Arie. Paula said Jasmine “brilliantly” found the “delicate balance” with drawing her emotions into the dance. Nigel said they are “thrilled” that she is in the finale even though at first they were uncertain about her suitability for the Top Twenty at the beginning. (Cat Deely had actually been the one to fight for her) Mary echoed Nigel’s thoughts and Gabby wished her the best.
Dmitry Chaplin choreographed a Samba for Jasmine and Aaron to “Can’t Touch It (Radio Edit)” by Ricki-Lee. It fell a little flat for your Examiner (who, sadly, got a little bored) and the struggle with the skirt (removing it) was a tad distracting. Otherwise, the stage presence was fairly consistent even if the lines and shoulders were not. Mary did not feel that the technique was really present. Gabby said they were good even if it was not as strong as their other performances. Paula said in spite of it all, they are one of her favorite couples. Nigel felt a little let down.
Fik-Shun brought the fun in his solo to “Gangnam Style” by Psy. Nigel said it was “fantastic.” Mary said “Fik-Shun” makes her “happy” and Paula and Gabby loved his display of his personality.
Amy poured her heart out on the stage in her solo to “Unchained Melody” from The Righteous Brothers. Mary said Amy has “exquisite” power and control. Gabby said it was “incredible.” Paula said Amy’s solos tend to be the most memorable. Nigel said she has amazing stamina and keeps improving at the evening progresses.
Fik-Shun’s style of choice was Hip Hop with none other than Twitch. Luther Brown choreographed the “Hello, Good Morning” (by Diddy-Dirty Money ft. T.I., Rick Ross) one of the most dynamic numbers of the evening for Twitch and “mini-Twitch” (Fik-Shun). The two really played off each other and just seemed to be having an amazing time on stage. Gabby called them “amazing!” Nigel encouraged Fik-Shun to keep growing. Mary loved the entire performance including Fik-Shun’s waves which were very fluid.
Aaron’s Tap solo was to “You and I Both (Acoustic)” by Jason Mraz and he did a wonderful job of displaying his showmanship. Gabby commended his “drive” in the competition. Paula said “I adore you.” Mary told Aaron he “killed it.”
Amy’s choice in genre was Contemporary and Stacey Tookey choreographed a piece to “Say Something” (A Great Big World) for Amy and All Star Robert. If you watch this one, prepare to get some chills. The connection between the two dancers and the passion laid out on the stage were mesmerizing. There is also an amazing point where Amy looks like she is about to jump off the stage and Robert catches her before she goes off the edge. Paula said it was her favorite routine of the evening with a great pairing. Nigel said it was “intoxicating” and Amy made it to his favorite of the evening. Mary was really struck by Amy’s soul “radiating from the stage.” Gabby also said this was her favorite performance.
Fik-Shun and Aaron’s final performance of the evening was a Broadway number to “The Jitters” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddies by Tyce Diorio. The theme was a day in the big city which brought to mind the famous scene from On The Town. The piece featured a moving sidewalk and two particularly fun performers. Nigel referenced a Michael Kidd piece in comparison. Mary called the performance “the cutest thing ever.” Gabby gave the adjectives “fantastic” and “phenomenal.” Paula called the guys “the top showmen of the season.”
For the final performance of the evening the “Siamese Twins from the Jungles of Saturn” (AKA Amy and Jasmine) landed on stage in a Mark Kanemura Jazz performance to “The Diva Dance” by Eric Serra. Amy and Jasmine took to Mark’s bizarre style with vigor, matching wigs and silver tutu skirts. The performance was entirely odd yet entirely likeable. Mary called it “crazy, creative and quirky.” Gabby enjoyed the piece as a closing number and loved the humor. Paula said she “felt right at home.” Nigel said it was “fun” and then the girls received a standing ovation as he declared the girls two of the best dancers ever to grace the SYTYCD stage.
Next week is the results show for Season 10. Albuquerque viewers can watch the show Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. on Fox Channel 2. Reruns are also available at hulu.com.