What a performance finale, the penultimate program of Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance"! The choreography was amazing and generally brought out the best of each dancer -- Amy Yakima, Du-Shant "Fik-Shun" Stegall, Jasmine Mason and Aaron Turner -- as they showed what they could do in solos, choosing a style to dance with an All-Star, and pairing up with each other.

Along with head judge Nigel Lythgoe and judge Mary Murphy, the guest judges were dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul and Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. I would have preferred another guest judge, such as Christina Applegate, Debbie Allen or Anna Kendrick, but I guess they were all busy. However, Gabby offered some original thoughts and comments and was really into the competition, plus she probably attracted a few more viewers.

Host Cat Deeley looked amazing tonight -- tanned and toned with hair all curly and clad in a bejeweled shift -- and she offered comments throughout the program. And as we learned later, it was Cat that swayed the judges to include Jasmine in the original Top 20. I wonder if she will give Cat a percentage of the $125,000 if she is crowned the favorite girl dancer.

  • Aaron and Amy -- jazz

    Dressed in slightly weird costumes that Cat likened to the wardrobe of Sonny and Cher, this routine really showed what great dancers they are. Mary said they "knocked it out of the park," Gabby called it a "great way to start" and loved their spark, and Paula said that it was "a nice departure from what I see you usually do."


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  • Fik-Shun and Jasmine -- contemporary

    When I heard the description of this routine, I expected Jasmine to tower over Fik-Shun with her long legs, but it was really a great routine, and I think Fik-Shun owes a personal thank-you to Travis Wall for his choreography. Cat said it gave her chills, Gabby said the routine gave her goosebumps and Paula called Fik-Shun's journey, "stunning." Mary said that she thought it would not work, "but boy was I wrong." Fik-Shun really outdid himself and seemed to be on the same level as Jasmine in this contemporary routine.

  • Aaron and All-Star Melinda Sullivan -- tap

    I was really looking forward to this routine, but I was disappointed. Considering his tap solo later in the show, I think this might have been better if Aaron had done the choreography, too. But the judges loved it, giving the dancers a standing ovation. Gabby thought it was incredible, Paula was thrilled to finally have a tap number and called Aaron, "the ultimate storyteller this season." Nigel thought it was a great concept and well-danced, and Mary just screamed, "I loved it!" I think Gabby was sitting a bit away from Mary to protect her hearing.

  • Jasmine and All-Star Comfort Fedoke -- hip-hop

    Jasmine took a risk in choosing hip-hop instead of her strength in contemporary. I hope it paid off, but I thought that while it showed the power of each woman, it just seemed a bit messy. And again the judges disagreed with me -- they loved it. Cat wanted to join the dancers' gang, Paula told Jasmine that there was nothing she couldn't do, and Nigel said that she was "in it to win it." Mary thought it was amazing.

  • Amy and Fik-Shun -- Argentine tango blended with paso doble

    Although this couple was together again, the dance was one that showed neither of their personalities and was out of the comfort zone of both. And the judges' comments reflected the difficulties they had. Nigel said it was Fik-Shun's toughest challenge, that it was not strong enough for Nigel, but that Amy was very strong. Mary picked apart Fik-Shun's moves and then said Amy was "one of the most dominating dancers of this season and all seasons." Gabby loved it and loved their chemistry, and Paula thought Fik-Shun was "handling your woman pretty darn well."

  • Jasmine and Aaron -- samba

    This was my least favorite routine of the night, but I'm not quite sure why. It just seemed that the pair didn't have enough time to rehearse. Mary went right to it and said that while it was great choreography, she didn't feel it was danced very well, but she did give better marks to Jasmine than Aaron. Gabby loved it but also said it wasn't their strongest. Paula agreed but said they had great chemistry, and Nigel said he wanted more from them and that both looked uncomfortable. Oh well, anyone can have a bad moment.

  • Fik-Shun and All-Star tWitch Boss -- hip-hop

    This was a great number and of course, the guys just killed it. Finally, Fik-Shun could let his personality shine and show his stuff, and Nigel called them "tWitch and tWitch Jr." Gabby liked it so much that she had trouble getting her words out and finally said, "Every time you dance, you amaze me." It was a match that everyone wanted and loved, but Paula sighed that she really wanted to dance with Nigel. Mary said that Fik-Shun made her dream come true when he asked to dance with tWitch.

  • Amy and All-Star Robert Roldan -- contemporary

    This was a truly beautiful routine, choreographed by Stacey Tookey and danced so well by both Amy and Robert. It was Paula's favorite routine of the night, Nigel said that "the combination of emotion, performance and technique from the pair of you was intoxicating." Mary "absolutely loved it" and Gabby said it was one of her favorites.

  • Aaron and Fik-Shun -- Broadway

    Rather than a brawl between the guys, it was more like a friendly challenge that really showed what great performers both guys are and earned a standing ovation. Nigel said it was a great routine that gave the guys "fun stuff" and neither stopped dancing from the start of the music to the end. Mary called it "absolutely the cutest thing ever" (I'm not sure that was a great compliment) and Gabby loved the energy. Paula named the guys as "the two top showmen of the season."

  • Amy and Jasmine -- jazz

    This was so weird, so wonderful and a terrific way to end the show. All-Star Mark Kanemura, who is a very strange person himself, choreographed the routine that set the two girls as "Siamese twins from the fierce jungles of Saturn." The girls were dressed in silver outfits with plate-like skirts and black wigs, but they were exactly in sync throughout the dance, matching move for move all the way through. Mary called it, "crazy, creative, quirky" and she loved it. Gabby said it had a lot of humor, while Paula said she felt right at home. At that point, Nigel said it was zany and "loopy, that's why I understand why Paula felt at home." He added that this year, the girls have "stolen the show," and both would be the winners if they didn't need to pick one boy and one girl. Finally, as the judges and audience stood and applauded, he said that this season had some of the best dancers ever on "So You Think You Can Dance."

    It is all up to the voting viewers now to determine "America's favorite boy dancer" and "America's favorite girl dancer." If it was "best" dancer, I would give it to Aaron and Amy, but there's no way to know who is the favorite. Guess we will all have to tune in next week and see who the two winners are for this season. See you next week -- keep dancing.