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Fox is staging the ultimate dance battle with $100,000 on the line. Who'll get served, and who'll be the last dancer standing?

Recaps by Pierre Kelly, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Host:
Lauren Sanchez
Judges: Brian Friedman, Mia Michels, Nigel Lythgoe, Dan Karaty
Announcer: Mark Thompson
Creators: Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe
EP: Simon Fuller, Allen Shapiro, Nigel Lythgoe
Packager: 19 Entertainment, dick clark productions
Airs:
Wednesdays at 8pm ET on Fox


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"The Round of 6 (or 'A Tar Heel, A Fighting Illini, A Spartan and A Cardinal Walk Into a Bar...')" - September 28

Pierre Kelly here with the moment you've all been waiting for...the final competition of So You Think You Can Dance. All 4 dancers are out to battle proving once and for all that they can dance. Viewers vote who will be the best dancer, and the one with the best moves gets $100,000 cash, A 1-year stay in a New York apartment and national exposure. The stage is set, and we are ready for battle.

THE ELIMINATION OF DOOM
6 dancers performed, and now only 2 won't make it to the next phase of the round. We start with the girls. Kamilah, Ashle & Melody are the 3, and the one being safe is...Melody! Then, it's the guys turn. Jamile, Blake & Nick are up. Who was safe for sure? It was...Jamile! Now we go to the girls this time, and the one going home is...Kamilah Barrett! She gets a tribute video and it's now back to the guys. Who was going home? It was...Blake McGrath! He gets a tribute video as well, too. So now, it's Melody, Nick, Jamile and Ashle battle it out as the final 4 dance one last time for your votes. Let's get the party rockin'!

Melody & Nick are best friends and they're up first doing a paso doble done by Mary Murphy. The song started when they made a grand entrance to the stage and Nick played the role of bullfighter as he did some moves with a cape and threw it away. Melody did some moves of her own throughout the song by doing some twirls, a mid-air move and a slink down to end the song. Now let's get our first glance at the judges. Brian said it was excellent, Mia said a curse word (Yikes!) and gave the performance flawlessness, Nigel said they're still the favorite and Dan said it was the most aggresive routine ever devised. So, the Paso Doble made them open the show and we go next to another couple.

Ashle & Jamile are adding a little spice by doing a salsa dance. To start off, Ashle did her own spinning across the floor and did her own leg hang & drop. They both did some mambo work throughout the song, but getting near the end, Ashle did her own crawl through and a leg dip to end it. Will their salsa get red hot? Brian said it started high, but fell a bit low, Mia said it felt like missing something, Nigel said it carried off very well, Mary said Jamile let partner down, but Ashle is a little salsa queen around here and Dan said Jamile was cool, but Ashle got through it despite the bad stuff. So their salsa was a little mild this week as we go to our next segment.

Let's break now for the solo segment. Each dancer will have 30 seconds to impress America. Up first, Melody dancing to DHT's "Listen to your Heart." She listened and responded beautifully with ballet kicks, twirls and arm work to run the clock out.

Now we go back to the couples...this time on gender alone. First, the guys of Jamile and Nick doing a Dan Karaty-choreographed hip-hop number to Young'n by Fabolous. Both did some fine leg work, along with a drop & rise move, and it was Nick all alone doign a flip. Throughout the song, they did their own style including a slow-mo move. How did their hip-hop go? Brian said it had timing problems early, but it caught on later. Mia said it was like a choreographer's dream, Nigel said Jamile wants to pull his socks up, because he's a little better....mm-hmm, and Mary said Nick was a little bit jazzy, but Jamile delivered it. So, that ends part 1 of the gender couples round as we get another solo.

Ashle is up for her big solo number doing "Endangered Species" by Dianne Reeves. She did a leg hold, some jumps and leg spins for her time. Up next, Jamile doing "Early In the Morning" by the Gap Band. He did a spacewalk, some arm work and robotic work to drain out the clock.


The girls will now take the stage for their gender couple routine doing a contemporary number that Mia Michaels did. The song they'll dance to is "Message in a Bottle" by The Police. Ashle did her own floor tumble, and both did some kicks and head bangs in the opening seconds. By midway, they went to the stairs and did a little leg work on the railings. When they got back to the stage, they did some ballet kicks, and getting near the end, they did a running slide and a lie down to end it. Let's hope their routine doesn't go flat as a pancake. Brian said it was outstanding, Nigel was asked to show the women their bruises and said it was like a dance version of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," Mary said it was like running a 4-minute mile in 60 seconds and Dan said no one else can oull that routine off. Yes, no one can do that routine quite like Melody & Ashle, but we got another hot solo ready in the wings.

Nick will be doing "Pardon Me" by Incubus. He did some flips, a figure skating move and some floor tumbles all before the bell rings. That's one more solo in the can as we go back to the couples portion of our show.

We get to another couples round...this time, it's back to normal. Melody & Jamile are up doing a Brian Friedman-jazzy number to "Cold Hearted Snake" by Paula Abdul. (She should've been on the show.) Both went downstairs to the stage to start off the song, and Melody did a few hangs and took off her white coat. Getting to the bridge part, Melody pointed to Jamile's chest and he fell down, but she used her foot to get her back up. Both did some body shakes, and the song ended with Melody getting on top of Jamile. Was it all that jazz? Mia said Jamile really went for it, Nigel said they were very proud and makes a silly AI reference to the song, Mary said Jamile did that leap well and Dan said Melody did exactly what he wanted and Jamile nailed it. So, their routine lived up to the hype of Brian as we go to another couple.

Ashle & Nick are last up doing a hip-hop solo that Shane Sparks taught them to do. The song they'll do is "Feel The Girl" by Ms. Jade. They started off doing a solo with their hoods on their heads, but Nick made sense by raising up Ashle's shirt to show the crowd her belly. (Whee!) Both did some leg work on the floor, and they impressed the crowd with a School Daze-like move. Both did some shaking, but Ashle perfected it with a flip tumble. The song ended when both sneezed and bowed their heads. Will their routine be nothing to sneeze at? Brian said it slid very well, Mia said it was nasty, Nigel said it was bloody great, Mary said it was sensational and Dan said it mixed things perfectly. And that'll end the couples portion, but we got a special round in store for them.

BONUS STAGE
All 4 will perform to a piece of music never heard before. All 4 will randomly dance one last time all together. It's something you don't miss...as we go a little something like this...Hit it!
"Music" by John Miles is cued up and we're off and running. Ashle went first and did an artistic presentation with some kicks, Melody went next and did her own leg lift, jumps and everything else, Jamile went up next and did kicks, jumps and robotic work. Last up, Nick doing a leg lift, a slide and leg spinning. When the song reached its end, all 4 did their own style. Before we end, we go to the judges. Brian said the public doesn't need to judge on personality alone, Mia said all 4 are so unique, Nick said it's a popularity contest, Mary sais she's proud of all 4 and Dan said all 4 deserve to be here. And all 4 deserve to win the crown, but only one can win. To figure it out, the public will dial 1-866-TEMPO-0# (position based on tonight's solo performances) for 2 hours, and vote for the winner.

Next week, we crown a wnner. Is it Nick, Melody, Jamile, or Ashle? Keep your eyes glued next Wednesday to find out. Until then, I'm Pierre Kelly saying dots & power pellets, i'm out.

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