Your guest judge is Tasty Oreo, who is amusingly bewildered when Jason Coleman leads the crowd in a round of “Aussie Aussie Aussie/Oi Oi Oi,” which is not coincidentally also the cheer for Osgoode Hall law school students. (We stole it, of course.)
Top four: Broadway. And of course we start off with a Tasty Oreo Broadway, because that is what Tasty does and this is a final competition episode don’t you know. This was perfectly fine and decent and not nearly so cliched as a lot of Tasty’s routines can be. That is all.
Ivy and Robbie: rumba. It’s odd because I liked this, but on the other hand, throughout the whole routine as I was watching it and enjoying it, I kept thinking how un-Latin Robbie’s dancing was, and I think I peg that more on the choreo – which was really reminiscent a lot more of a smooth waltz with some ballet overtones than a rumba – than on Robbie, because really it was seamless. But a lot less Latin. Ivy’s flourishes were lovely, but Tasty makes a very good point noting the lack of resistance in the movements. So this was good, but not quite a proper rumba, to say the least.
Jessie and Philippe: jazz. Philippe is one of the best forklifts I’ve ever seen: he’s just seamless in his lifts, utterly without flaw. I liked this routine but I thought the choreo got just a bit frenetic in a few points, and the first unison section did suffer just a bit with a couple of very small missteps. Still, on the whole this was very good and I have little else to say.
Philippe and Robbie: hip-hop. GRATITUOUS SHIRT REMOVAL FOR ALL THE LADIES! This was probably the best two-man hip-hop routine out of all the SYTYCDs ever – even better than Benji/Travis from season 2. The judges were all over Robbie, but honestly, I think Philippe danced this better: it wasn’t that Robbie was bad – he was probably just about at his best all season and his improvement continues apace – but Philippe was just so completely confident that he didn’t need to up the intensity because he was able to dance the routine with pure cool.
Jessie and Robbie: contemporary. And it’s the Avatar-themed routine that the Twitters were telling me about in advance. Robbie makes me sad by saying how Avatar is his favourite movie of all time. This was… okay. Kind of bland, to be honest, and given that the choreography was obviously very difficult in its physicality that doesn’t really say too much for what was being done with it. Good unison, but I felt at points that both Jessie and Robbie were letting their exhaustion show. I wanted to like this and I didn’t.
Ivy and Philippe: contemporary. A lovely little number that three weeks ago would have been remarkable and at this point is just sort of in the middle. (It doesn’t help that this season has been really, really heavy on contemporary and jazz: there’s a reason you want to mix genres, it keeps them from getting stale.) Absolutely nothing else to say about this.
Ivy and Jessie: jazz. I will first express appreciation for the lack of a “hey look at the girls they are so pretty” contemporary routine where the two girls do a dance about feelings or rainbows. This was rough and dirty and brutal (good brutal) and a lot of fun. I thought Jessie danced this a hair better than Ivy did, relying more on her moves than facial expressions where Ivy occasionally did the opposite (Ivy unfortunately does have a tendency to be a bit of a ham). But it was a very slim difference and this was very good.
Philippe’s solo: Smooth and cool. The cane was perhaps a bit awkward for a few bars, but that is a minor complaint for a solo that was really very good.
Ivy’s solo: Unfortunately boring and sort of predictable. Dancing to “Missionary Man” by the Eurythmics should especially not be boring, and yet this was.
Jessie’s solo: A very good contemporary solo without anything that especially distinguished it from most other contemporary solos.
Robbie’s solo: Skillful controlled thrashing combined with solid technique: a strong piece of work.
Top four should be: 1.) Robbie 2.) Jessie 3.) Philippe 4.) Ivy
Top four will be: 1.) Robbie 2.) Philippe 3.) Jessie 4.) Ivy