So You Think You Can Dance Canada: Your finalists are ... (spoiler alert)
Way to keep us on our toes, So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Leah Miller started Tuesday's results show by saying that "the journey ends for two more guys and two more girls."
No surprise, I thought, since we knew the final performance show would air next Monday and they needed to get down from top eight to the final four.
All eight danced solos, even though they didn't count for anything since the votes were already in (and Leah confirmed that it was votes determining who went, not the judges). Then one by one, the dancers got either the good or bad news: a spot in the finale or elimination.
Denitsa Ikonomova was the first girl to leave. Then Christian Millette learned he was in the finale, so excited he was rolling on the stage and then wiping tears from his eyes. Jordan Clark was the next to get good news. Then it was bad news for Adam LoPapa. Then Matt Marr got a spot in the finale, followed by Lindsay Leuschner, and only Shane Simpson and Melissa Mitro were left onstage.
"I'm sorry, guys, I'm so sorry," Leah told them.
I was still trying to wrap my head around the fact that front-runner Melissa had not made the top four when judge Jean-Marc Genereux said, "We love you and guess what? In Season 4 we gonna have a top six!"
Melissa and Shane fell to the stage clutching each other and the other dancers piled on top of them. It was a touching and exhilarating moment (see the photo at the bottom of the post).
My only question is whether Melissa and Shane were the bottom vote getters out of the top six or whether the finalists were announced in no particular order.
I'll tell you one thing, it's going to be a really interesting last performance show and finale.
Last week, I would have said it was between Melissa and Jordan for the Season 4 championship, and it still may be, but I can't count Lindsay out. She had a fantastic night on Monday's show and delivered another gorgeous solo on Tuesday.
And then again, Matt has never, ever been in bottom three, so who's to say he doesn't sneak past those three amazing young women and scoop the title? On the other hand, Christian's long been my favourite male dancer and he's been strong all season long. Shane, meanwhile, has been a judges' favourite and has recently displayed a confidence to match his great technique.
You see what I mean? It's a tough call.
All I know is I'm going to have a fabulous time watching these six dance at Saturday's taping.
There was a more jubilant tone than I would have expected during Tuesday's show, likely because all the dancers were so proud and happy just to be in top eight.
Jean-Marc called them "real athletes, warriors and true artists," and thanked them for representing Canada.
"Each and every one of you on that stage has treated us to some amazing, amazing dancing this season. I just want to say Canada rocks," said guest judge Mary Murphy, ending with prolonged screaming (poor Blake McGrath's ears).
Blake said all of the top eight would have bright, bright futures no matter what happened with the results and Tre Armstrong called them "the most fantastic top eight ever to grace our stage."
Both Denitsa and Adam focused on their fellow dancers in their farewell remarks.
"Thank you so much, you guys," Denitsa told them. "Honestly, it's been such a pleasure ... you have become my family. All the top 22 dancers have become my family and all the judges, thank you so much for the opportunity. It's been such a pleasure for a ballroom girl to make the top eight. I can't even express how happy I am and how proud I am."
Said Adam, "It's meant the world to me being here with all these great dancers. The time that I had to spend with them, they've all become my really close family and I just want to say, guys, I'm proud of you."
I'd say they all have something to be proud of.
And there's more to come. You can catch the final performance show Monday at 8 p.m. on CTV (it's a 90-minute show), then catch the recap here and my videos with the top six dancers.
And I'd love your feedback. Were you surprised to see a top six? Did you think Adam would get a spot in the finale (I thought there was a chance)? Who do you think will win?