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No Cat on the grill, no ‘Bleeding Love’ — just Joshua getting it done on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

August 8, 2008

“And in the end the love you make is equal to the love you take.”

Beatles, anyone? Or how about the delicious karmic justice of So You Think You Can Dance, whose voters rightly rewarded Joshua as this season’s hoofing hero given his clearly superior talents, rather than going the easy route of persona, back-story, sex appeal, charm or sheer popularity.

Such elements alone would have made voters switch to Twitch, a lovable guy who truly grew throughout this competition. But just as male dancers have an unfair advantage in strength and power, making it tough for women to prevail, Joshua was the dominant male in those categories, even if Twitch mastered some amazing lifts. And Joshua’s fierce spins and barrel rolls still made me audibly gasp.

But Twitch did finish second, and Katee, by nudging Courtney for top female dancer, won an unexpected $50,000 prize, as bestowed by Cat. Joshua’s take was a quarter mil and a spot in Adam Shankman’s dance movie, which got so much free publicity via this telecast that Shankman owed the show more than that mere morsel.

Wherever he winds up, Joshua is great and deserved to win — and how often can we say that about reality TV talent competitions? So bravo, America, for getting it right — and yes, my household put our money where our big mouth was, thanks to my wife’s diligent dialing to give Joshua his voting props.

As for Thursday’s two-hour results show, it fared much better than Wednesday’s two-hour performance finale, thanks to multiple reprises of the season’s best dances, including my personal favorite, Chelsie and Mark’s Bleeding Love, and my wife’s, Will and Katee’s Imagine pas de deux and Twitch and Katee’s Mercy, a rocky romance played out through a masterfully handled door.

That’s not to mention Joshua and Katee’s No Air, an emotional lyrical hip hop routine much in the vein of the same choreographers’ (Napoleon and Tabitha’s) Bleeding Love.

From Mary and Nigel dancing on stage (you’re right, Debbie Allen — all judges on this show should dance) to Cirque du Soleil’s wonderfully eerie number to the Jonas Brothers banal pop posing, the rest was needless extra icing on a cake which already was ready to eat. For me, it was enough seeing this show’s top dancers return to revisit their best routines, all remininding us what a dance-tastic season it’s been. Now it’s over and there’s a long wait till next year, but for Joshua, Twitch, Katee, Courtney, Will, Mark, Chelsie and others, their careers from here are just beginning. My thanks to you all. You did dance — and even TV itself — proud.

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