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“So You Think You Can Dance”, a Hip-Hop Heavy Finale?
The search for America’s favorite dancer on Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” narrowed Thursday night to a surprisingly strong showing from the hip-hop league.
After Mark Kanemura’s elimination, Twitch (Stephen Laurel Boss) and Joshua Allen advanced to next week’s finale, marking the first time hip-hop dancers will represent the top-two male performers and half of the final four — spots reserved in previous seasons for classically-trained dancers.
Hip-hop head spinners typically have the most difficult time demonstrating their versatility on the show as they transition from poppin’ and lockin’ to the Argentine tango and contemporary routines.
Joshua proved on Wednesday night he could hold his own against partner Katee Shean, a very technically-sound dancer, as the pair performed a contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Judge Adam Shankman raved about the divine nature of the pair, calling them the “Holy Trinity of dance.”
But even years of training and more than one million votes couldn’t save Chelsie Hightower, who has been a favorite of the judges this season. She was knocked out of contention, advancing Courtney Ann Galiano and Katee to the final round.
Chelsie danced a red-hot fire around her partner Twitch during a Mambo choreographed by Toni Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. Shankman gushed, calling Chelsie an “animal” on the dance floor. But as last week’s shocking elimination of Will Wingfield demonstrated, the competition determines America’s favorite dancer – not necessarily America’s best.
(Reporting and Writing by Ashleigh Patterson)