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Wednesday, September 11


Last night we watched the finale of the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance, with Fik-shun and Amy named as America’s favorite male and female dancers. Notice that they were favorite dancers, not necessarily best dancers. It didn’t really matter who won. The four finalists—Amy Yakima, Jasmine Harper, Aaron Turner, and Du Shaunt Stegall (Fik-Shun) were equally good. In fact, any of the top ten could have won. That’s how good the dancers were this year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Anyone who thinks they’re watching dancing on Dancing with the Stars doesn’t know dancing from a mid-winter shiver. Even St. Vitus would agree with that. Both Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy thought that this year’s top twenty dancers were better than any of the top twenties from the first nine seasons. And this finale topped all previous finales, with the top twenty joining Nigel, Mary, Twitch, Adam Shankman, and some of the choreographers in a three-minute routine to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” If you didn’t get to see it, check it out on this YouTube video.

The four judges—Nigel, Mary, Paula Abdul, and Twitch—and Cat Deeley each chose their favorite routine for the dancers to reprise. And the four finalists each chose one of their routines to do again. Those nine routines plus two other group dances filled out the two-hour show. Whoa! Was it ever good. If you aren’t already a faithful viewer as my wife and I are, make it a point to watch Season Eleven. You won’t be disappointed. And you probably won’t care to watch any more of Dancing with the Stars.
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