August 12th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
On Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," we saw a final three who really gave it everything they could in hopes of becoming America's favorite dancer, and though two of them grew as performers right before our eyes, one emerged as the most deserving of the title.
Let's size them up one by one, shall we?
First up, Kent: He's come a long way from Wapakoneta, and his contemporary routine with Allison was one of the highlights of the night. The last time we saw him dance this well was probably his routine with Lauren (the one that was sealed with a kiss), so he's certainly in great position going into the finale.
As the judges acknowledged, he had a sort of breakthrough, truly getting swallowed up into his character in this routine. He also did a splendid job in his Bollywood routine, probably the best of those routines this season. However, I wasn't too much of a fan of his Malevos "fight" with Robert, and his Mandy Moore jazz routine with Lauren, as much fun as it was, didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the finale. Plus, his solo was not the best we've seen from him. Despite all that, he's still got a great shot at winning. Odds of winning – 2:1
Moving on to Lauren: As the judges said last night, time and time again, she has been perfection. She's been the most consistent performer all season, and she truly deserves it.
Lauren had the best night overall, with only that Mandy Moore routine being sub-par. She nailed her "debate" with tWitch, hitting it as hard as any hip-hop dancer we've seen. She also pulled off all of the lifts and tricks in her scorching cha-cha with Pasha as well as any ballroom dancer we've seen, save Anya or Chelsie.
Mia Michaels paid her the ultimate compliment, saying that she would love to be able to dance like her. And, of course, her contemporary routine with Robert was beautifully performed. Top it off with an extraordinary solo, and the only reason she might not walk away with it all is that she's up against Kent. Odds of winning – 3:1
And lastly, Robert: The judges made it clear that he wins the "Most Improved" award for the season, and that's certainly true. As I mentioned before, I really liked his Dee Caspary contemporary routine with Lauren involving pillows, and most impressive of all, he "played it cool" as well as any cast member of "West Side Story" in one of the best Broadway routines all season with Kathryn.
His solo was one of the best I've seen from him, as well. But, there were certainly a few signs of weakness. His Tyce Diorio jazz routine with Mark had some great moments, yet kind of petered out for me at the end. And like I said, the Malevos dance just didn't work for me, as well danced as it was. (As daring as it was to finish the season on a brand new style, I think Lauren's cha-cha would have been a better choice, but then the producers like to put the favorite to win at the end.) Robert has certainly earned his spot in the top three, something that seemed extremely unlikely when he was one of the most unknown performers in the top 11, and he should be very proud that he got that far. Odds of winning – 5:1
So, do you agree with my picks? Who had your vote last night? And shouldn't Lauren at least get a consolation prize for being the top female this year (hey, they did it for Katee)? Share your views on video, or in the comments below.
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