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Jeanine Wins So You Think You Can Dance USA

Published August 7, 2009 - 3 Comments
So You Think You Can Dance Winner 2009, Jeanine

So You Think You Can Dance Winner 2009, Jeanine

Yeah I watch the show.  So what?  I blame it on my ex.  She got me into it.  It’s all her fault  🙂

I was getting pretty worried with Evan slipping through the last couple of weeks of eliminations.  He couldn’t possibly win, could he?  I really like his style, but to be America’s Favorite Dancer? Umm.. no.  But then again, I couldn’t believe when Janette got voted off a couple of weeks ago.  She wasn’t my favourite, but she’s the one who I really figured would win this thing.  I guess that it just goes to show you that when you’re dealing with the voting public, anything’s possible.  Hell, we still have Stephen Harper, don’t we?

So last night it came down to final four, Brandon, Evan, Jeanine and Kayla.  I had a standing bet that Jeanine was going to win, but I honestly would not have been overly disappointed with either Brandon or Kayla.  Brandon’s solo last week was truly amazing, and I think that his “wow” factor outshine’s the others.  Kayla is just consistently amazing.  Evan is great at what he does, but he’s a one trick pony, and it was time to send him out to the pasture.  So when Kayla was the first one eliminated, I began to fear that I might never watch this show again.  I don’t believe that the best dancer is ever the winner.  The show’s not built on that premise.  I fully accept that “most favorite” does not mean “best”, and that’s fine.  But if Evan was somehow the “most favorite” then I would seriously have to question whether or not I could continue to watch.  I’ve given up on Big Brother and Survivor because I hated watching for an entire season, only to see someone who doesn’t deserve to win ride the coat tails of someone else, and squeak in.  That frustrates the hell out of  me, and after a few seasons of each show, I decided that I’d rather pluck my eyes out than sit through that again.  SYTYCD was different somehow.  Whoever won seemed to actually be deserving.  They might not be my favourite, but there was never anyone standing there at the end (or even in the top 20) who wasn’t extremely talented, and deserving of recognition.  Had Evan won…  well… that just might have pushed this show out of reach for me too.

Thankfully that did not happen.  Evan was the next to go, coming in an overly-respectable 3rd in the contest.  Kudos to him.  Keep doing what you do best.  You’re great!

That meant that it was down to the final two.  Brandon and Jeanine.  I don’t think that anyone was really surprised.  Brandon is awesome.  Jeanine has been quiet, but flawless.  Theirs was the final dance of the night prior; a paso doble (he says as if he has any idea what he’s talking about) set to the Matrix theme.  Wow.  I said when I first saw it that it was like the Top Two dueling it out.  They were both amazing.  And in the end, that’s exactly what it was.  It came down to the two of them.  We even got to see them perform the dance again, as one of the judges’ special requests of memorable moments from the season. I found it here on YouTube.  [Edited: Apparently YouTube removed the video, which is too bad.  It was awesome]

Honestly, I was almost surprised that Jeanine won.  It just goes back to Brandon’s “wow” factor, and Jeanine being so quiet throughout the season. There’s no denying, though, that they both have long futures ahead of them.

On another note, I finally got to see the (in)famous <depends on who you ask> Melissa and Ade “This Woman’s Work” contempory piece dealing with breast cancer.  I was half-asleep when it first aired, having come off my night shifts, and I really wasn’t totally “there” for any of the routines that night.  Because of how it was received by so many people, it’s been shown repeatedly in bits and pieces, but I had not seen it from start to finish.  I suppose that I could have gone to YouTube, but I didn’t think of it.  So last night I wasn’t surprised when they left it to the last.  Just before they announced the winner.

Wow.  Had it been the first time that I had seen it, I think that I would have been more wowed than I was.  Even still, wow.  It was good.  Definitely something that people will remember, and I’d be shocked if the choreographer Tyce D’Orio didn’t win an Emmy for that. It was something special.

So now that So You Think You Can Dance is over, we have a dry spell until the new one starts, right?  Nope.  For some reason I have yet to figure out, the new season is starting next month.  Sept 2.  I’m sure that there’s a good reason for it.  It’s just beyond me, that’s all.  And for those of us who can’t wait four weeks, So You Think You Can Dance Canada starts on Tuesday.  That’s a lot of dancing this fall!

And one thing *I* know… I can’t dance.  I can barely walk in a straight line while chewing gum.