Tonight’s the night – two champions will be crowned, amazing dancing will happen, and then I’ll go into withdrawal for another year. Dance Show! Don’t leave me!
First, some quick highlights from last week’s show: did you notice, when the boys came out for the intro part, that they each did another dancer’s style? Chehon did some kung fu moves, Cyrus posed with ballet arms, and then Cole did the robot. Possibly my most favourite moment of the entire season. Second, I was just super thrilled to see Jean-Marc Genereux in the house, and the number he did for Benji (Benji!!) and Tiffany was a highlight of the night. Third, Ray Leeper is still creepy but the dance he did for Witney and Marko (the wedding that didn’t happen) was, I thought, the best work he’s done on this show. Lastly, Eliana and Cole were marvelous in the Mia Michaels number, making me sad that Cole didn’t get more choreographers who didn’t want him to be evil, and also making me ask, yet again, why Mia does not have her own show. Why, TV Gods, why?
As fits with this season, when I have been off-kilter and out-of-sync and unbalanced and other words that mean TOTALLY WRONG, I find it almost impossible to predict the tonight’s winners. Both the boys’ race and the girls’ race seem, at least to me, to be too close to call. Let’s discuss.
Eliana over Tiffany
Although I have a feeling she is the underdog, I want Eliana to win, so I’m putting her on top. I think she’s the best dancer this season, and also has the most winning personality. She’s had some great moments, held her own with the all-stars, and shown that she can handle pretty much any old style. Tiffany, while popular, is missing something for me. She’s a great dancer but I find her forgettable – she does not have the stage presence of past champions like Lauren, Janeane, Melanie, and Sabra. She’s dynamic and beautiful, but I would say that this entire season she has not shown a lot of maturity (like say, Chehon’s tango with Anya); depth of emotion (like say, Lindsay’s recreation of Mia Micheal’s addiction number); or personification of a character that is completely different than her own personality (like say, Witney’s bad ass hip hop vixen with Twitch two weeks ago). So although Eliana perhaps hasn’t shown the kind of growth we usually see from a winner, I think she deserves to come out on top and I’ll be rooting for her.
Chehon over Cyrus
I just changed that title about 10 times, back and forth. This one is seriously SO close. I am putting Chehon’s name down (in very light pencil) because I think he’s surged ahead with the back story these past few weeks. His family history is adorable, he’s shown a lot of emotion in both his dancing and in his personal moments on stage. Plus, he’s a kick-ass dancer and I think the SYTYCD audience, in the end, really respects that. On the other hand, Cyrus had an amazing week last week, with his Dubstep with Comfort (I admit I am not cool enough to know what the hell that is, but it was awesome), and his super sweet Broadway number with Tiffany (Spencer Liff, you super cutie, call me!). So this one really could go either way – your guess is as good as mine!
Who do you think will win?
[Edited to add: The show as on last night, and it was performance only - they didn't pick the winners! I could not be MORE out of sync with this season. In any case, I stick by my original predictions - the winners will be announced next week, presumably during their usual "best of" show. GAH.]