Due in part to a special appearance by talk queen and dancing machine Ellen DeGeneres, it was ladies’ night as Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.’ Oh yeah, and at the end of the Season 7 finale, the lone dancer standing… America’s Favorite Dancer… drum roll… was Lauren Froderman.
Curious factoid: Save for Season 1 champ Nick Lazzarini, a woman has won ‘SYTYCD’s top honor in the odd-numbered seasons. Odd, eh?
“There are a ton of things I’d like to say,” Lauren effused after winning, as she giggled and clutched a Gator-Ade bottle with her photo on it. She might not have said much on the show, but we caught up with her post-show and she had this to say: “I cannot believe it. I’ve been the last girl standing for quite some time and to be able to win, oh my goodness, it’s just crazy. I feel like it’s a dream. I never want to wake up if this is a dream.”
As for her future plans, she said, “I want to get into acting.” And added that she’ll take Adam Shankman’s advice and get an acting coach. As for that $250,000 prize money, she said, “I’m actually going to save it because I’m 18 and I’ll do crazy things if I have that much money. But I might actually spend a little bit of it for something for my parents because they supported me and they believed in me this whole time.”
As for the runners-up, Kent Boyd placed second and, as expected, Robert Roldan, the 20-year-old contemporary dancer from Thousand Oaks, California, came in third. “I’m so thankful to be a part of the top three. It was never something I expected,” said a genuinely happy Robert. Kent, on the other hand, didn’t do much to disguise the look of disappointment on his face. “Yeah, I think anyone would be disappointed if they didn’t win because I worked hard too. But, you know, it’s okay,” said Kent.
When Lauren’s name was called, Kent said he thought, “‘Aww shucks. I didn’t win.’ But Lauren is an incredible dancer and not only is she an incredible dancer, she is an amazing person, which is awesome because that just makes her a great role model for kids. She deserved it as much as Robert and me to be in the top three.”
The finale was filled with the judges’ favorite routines of the whole season, and while Alex Wong’s injury prohibited him from doing his amazing hip-hop routine with tWitch, someone just as (or not quite, you decide) as exciting took his place instead: Ellen DeGeneres.
News about Ellen’s appearance first floated through Wednesday night’s backstage area, and when I heard it I thought it would be just a silly little segment. But I shouldn’t have underestimated DeGeneres.
Was it a “shocking performance from a world superstar,” as host Cat Deeley teased?
However, as Ellen has shown countless times on her daytime talker, the lady can dance… and act. Her turn lacked a bit of energy, but she got the choreography down pretty decently and injected some real laugh-out-loud moments. It was definitely a Must-See TV moment. After the show, Mia Michaels gushed about her performance, calling her “hip hop goddess.”
If you DVR’d it, gather the family and friends around and replay it a few times. Don’t let them make fun of you. It was cool.
Alex had a good sense of humor about it. He claimed not to have known about the surprise but said as soon as he heard “dance legend,” he thought, “Ellen.”
And what brought Ellen back to Fox soon soon after she left the network’s top-rated show, ‘American Idol’? She said it was was because of National Dance Day.
It was a finale filled with surprises, amazing dancing and funny moments. Take a look at the best of the best…
My top 10 favorite finale moments:
1. Alex Wong’s return! Albeit he was sitting down, but it was awesome to see him on stage in the opening group number! Great chair-dancing!
2. Mary Murphy’s return to the judges’ table! Might she be back next season as Cat hinted to this week? We’ll see. Best thing out of Mary’s mouth? “Waaaaaaa!“
3. The Nigel Lythgoe hair montage. Wow. He sported some crazy locks – from shags, to near-mullets, to the ’70s feathered look. Much better than the Farrah Fawcett, or “The Rachel.”
4. Lauren’s big win, of course! Well deserved!
5. Ellen DeGeneres and tWitch’s hip hop routine to Lil Jon & LM*AO’s “Outta Your Mine” – the performance that made the world fall in love with Alex Wong. I missed him in this one!
6. Robert and Allison’s contemporary dance to Coldplay’s “Fix You” by choreographer Travis Wall. It was just as chilling and emotional as the first time they danced it.
7. Billy Bell and Ade’s contemporary dance to “Mad World” by choreographer Stacey Tookey. Damn, Billy should’ve, could’ve, would’ve won this thing is America wasn’t so lame. I mean, really. This performance had it all and it was truly a treat to see it again.
8. Guest dancer Quest’s performance to “Suzy.” This sported some of the best breaking I’ve seen in a long time. Sorry, Jose.
9. Executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe coming out in a cast and crutches because of “Season 7 curse” as a way to introduce 7-year-old tap dancer Luke Spring who was quite possibly the cutest little boy on the planet! He could’ve given Melinda a run for her money.
10. Brooklyn-based indie rock duo Black Gold’s performance of their single, “Shine,” which is the song played as the send-off each week all this season. But, uh, why just one musical performer for the night?
Do you think the right dancer won? What do you think of the show? Discuss amongst yourselves in the comments below.