Well folks, the moment of truth is upon us. Last night’s pants splitting show proved that it really is anyone’s game. It was a tough decision, but we’ve got our picks for the best dances from Season 7′s final competition night. Notice that we aren’t including the worst dances this week. That’s because at this point in the season, there are no more bad dancers, only bad choreography—right Mandy Moore? So check out a Hip Hop routine that rivals Kanye’s 90 second video masterpiece and a Cha Cha to “Not Myself Tonight” ten times better than Xtina’s music vid. Who will be walking away tonight $250,000 richer and with the title of America’s Favorite Dancer? We’ve got a pretty good idea, so click below to find out.
Lauren Froderman (a.k.a Lo Fro) and All-Star Twich‘s Hip Hop routine to Kanye West’s “Power” (choreographed by Tabitha and Napleon). Clever. Brilliantly executed. It showcased Lauren’s power as a dancer perfectly. If only politics was really like this.
Kent with All-Star Allison performed a Contemporary routine choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Who knew that Kent Boyd, the only contestant remaining who has never had to dance for his life still had room for growth in this competition? Who knew that the Wonder Boy had a darker side?
Adam Shankman was floored (as were we) and he told Kent, “You just became the artist!” Even Mia could find no “Cute Kent” to criticize in this dance.
Robert and Lauren‘s Contemporary routine to Cinematic Orchestra’s “That Home” (choreographed by Dee Caspary). Talk about bed, bath, and beyond! The judges were loving Robert last night—and so were we. We want someone to catch and then cradle us in a pillow at the end of the day.
Lauren and All-Star Pasha‘s Cha Cha to Christina Aguilera’s “Not Myself Tonight” (choreographed by Melanie and Tony). Lauren was completely herself last night, but she’s definitely not the same girl who entered this competition. She is an amazing dancer, and Nigel was right that having less competitors meant we would get to see more of their personalities. Like Kent, personality is one of the best things about Lauren. Whether she’s being silly, energetic, goofy, strong or sexy she’s always 100% herself and that’s a very admirable quality and a rare one to find in an 18-year-old.
AND NOW THE “WORST”: Lauren and Kent‘s Jazz routine to Huey Lewis & The News’ “Hip To Be Square” (choreographed by Mandy Moore). Adorable? Yes. Cute? Yes? Danced well? Heck yes! Then what was the judges problem? Well the good news is it had nothing to do with Lauren and Kent. Watching these two magnificent dancers—one of whom will most likely take the title tonight as America’s Best Dancer—perform a simple Jazz routine, is like asking M.I.T. students to perform arithmetic. Sure, they’re great at it, but they could do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind their back. There’s nothing impressive about watching two seasoned dancers perform this unchanging routine. On the bright side, Mandy, we’re sure this made Huey Lewis incredibly happy with it—he hasn’t been this relevant in pop culture since American Psycho.
So how will tonight play out? Nigel told us that it was a 2% difference in votes last week. It’s very possible that the two strong leads Lauren and Kent will end up splitting the votes, leaving the title of America’s Favorite Dancer to the most humble contestant, Robert (and we would be more than happy with that decision America). Last week we joked that Robert making it into the top three really meant that he was coming in third to Kent. While it has seemed like the Wonder Boy was the one to beat in this competition—at least based on the screams from the young girls on the SYTYCD floor we think Lauren really took it home last night. In our opinion, she sealed the deal with her solo:
Those are our predictions. If you disagree or think we missed a vital piece of the competition puzzle let us know in the comments. Here’s to Kent, Lauren, and Robert surviving Season 7 and each holding a place in our hearts as our favorite dancers.
And of course, the QUOTE OF THE NIGHT went to Nigel Lythgoe who told Lauren Froderman “I hope Sarah Palin doesn’t pick this routine up” after her NappyTabs Presidential debate.