For practically three years, it appeared unlikely that So You Suppose You Can Dance would ever return — and as soon as it did, the present arguably wasn’t the identical.
The early weeks of Season 17 blew by way of audition and choreography rounds at a breakneck tempo. The efficiency exhibits have been pre-taped as an alternative of dwell, and the one voters with any company in weekly eliminations have been these within the studio viewers. And, in fact, the season’s greatest headline was Matthew Morrison’s abrupt exit as decide, with Leah Remini (?!) stepping in as his substitute.
So, it was an odd cycle, and the jury’s nonetheless out on whether or not SYTYCD can be again once more in any respect. However regardless of these artistic hiccups, Season 17’s final dancers standing — Keaton Kermode and Alexis Warr — felt like the proper Remaining Two, and both of ’em have been worthy victors heading into Wednesday night time’s finale.
Earlier than the winner might be topped, although, Alexis and Keaton had one final marathon of dancing forward of them, as they have been every tasked with delivering 4 extra (!) performances forward of the studio viewers’s vote. That, sadly, left no time for any reprises of this season’s most memorable routines, which is actually the spotlight of any SYTYCD finale, however alas. (Absolutely Alexis and Keaton would have reprised their “Rome” up to date anyway, so this was the subsequent neatest thing!)
Up subsequent, Alexis and Keaton danced outdoors of their kinds with an All-Star: For Keaton, it was a good-not-great hip-hop subsequent to Season 14 winner Lex Ishimoto; for Alexis, it was a beautiful up to date with Season 5 contestant Jason Glover, he of the long-lasting necklace routine with Jeanine Mason again within the day.
Our Remaining Two additionally carried out collectively one final time — a jazz during which Keaton performed a treasure hunter, and Alexis was the sultry snake guarding the loot — and took the stage for one solo every. Whew.
However on the finish of the hour, it was time for the studio viewers to do its factor, and the winner was revealed to be… Alexis! Tears, hugs and confetti throughout — plus, Alexis turned the primary feminine SYTYCD winner to focus on ballroom. If the present in the end ends with this seventeenth season, that’s pretty much as good a be aware as any to exit on, no?
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