I know what you’re thinking. How can I suggest in my preview of tonight’s finale of So You Think You Can Dance that Lauren will win the title of America’s Favorite Dancer? After all, just last week I suggested that she wouldn’t make the finale at all – that she would be cut. So, what gives?
Well, sometimes, I need to listen to myself. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article suggesting that Cat Deeley skewed Lauren’s votes with an injury announcement. Then, I ignored it when I wrote my preview of who would be cut the following week. I had always believed Lauren would make the finale, but I ignored that gut instinct for some reason.
Not this time. I think Lauren’s going to win the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on this season of So You Think You Can Dance.
But Kent is the favorite, right?
Nah, I don’t think so – not anymore. Kent had a rough time last night, though it wasn’t entirely his fault; two of Kent’s four routines were dreadfully choreographed. The usually terrific Mandy Moore crafted an awful jazz routine for Kent and Lauren, and whatever happened at the end of the competition show with the weird tango fight-thingy between Kent and Robert was a disaster.
So, it’s not necessarily Kent’s fault, but he had maybe his weakest competition show to date last night.
Robert, on the other hand, was brilliant. The SYTYCD judges weren’t wowed by his Broadway number with Kathryn, but I thought he was incredible. Loved his number with Mark, too. All the way around last night, Robert was terrific, and he’s got such a winsome personality.
But, Robert did end with that horrible male tango – what was that, and please never do it again, SYTYCD – so that might leave a bitter taste in the mouths of viewers. It left one in mine.
Lauren had the most difficult evening, I felt, of the three finalists – she danced hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, and ballroom (a brilliant Cha-Cha with the marvelously sexy Pasha), which is the full round of stalwart styles on SYTYCD. She excelled at each, she had a beautiful solo, and she was thoughtful and well-spoken (and very pre-possessed for a nineteen-year-old) in her interview with Cat.
Plus, Lauren was incredibly gracious when Cat asked her and Kent to address how they felt about getting their horrible Mandy Moore number for the finale – right after the judges made it clear that it was bad and that it was Moore’s fault (and they were right). It was clear when the camera flashed back to Moore in the audience that she appreciated Lauren’s kindness.
And how about the compliment that Mia Michaels paid Lauren after her Cha-Cha? Michaels said that if she was still dancing, she would want to dance just like Lauren – she would aspire to that. I think it’s the highest praise Michaels has ever dished out on SYTYCD – especially to a female dancer. It was heartfelt, and well deserved. I would want to dance like Lauren, too.
So, after yet another terrific season of So You Think You Can Dance, I think that Lauren will win the $250,000 and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on tonight’s finale. I hope so. Lauren would be only the third girl to win in seven seasons (Sabra and Janine won previously), so I am rooting for her.
And she deserves it.