Kent, Robert, or Lauren—who will take Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance? The competition is over, and the votes have been cast, so we thought we’d take these final hours before the SYTYCD season finale to reminisce on the high points of this roller-coaster season. We may not know who will walk away America’s Favorite Dancer, but it’s clear which routines are the winners from SYTYCD 2010. It was no easy task, but we managed to pare our list down to 10 of the best numbers from Season 7.
Check out the 10 routines we’ll be watching on repeat till our favorite dance competition returns in Season 8. Plus, see what the Top 3 had to say about last night’s performances, this season, and what they’ll do if they take home the $250,000 prize title tonight.
#10 Wade Robson kicked off the SYTYCD season 7 with a tea party to David Bowie’s “Fame” that was so memorable, it’s stuck with us all season.
#9 Lauren and Twitch’s “Presidential Debate” to Kanye West’s “Power” choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.
#8 Kent and All-Star Neil’s Broadway routine to Damn Yankees‘ “Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo” (choreographed by Tyce Diorio)
#7 “Mad World” Billy Bell and All-Star Ade gave life to this moving Stacey Tookey Contemporary routine.
#6 Adechike and All-Star Comfort’s hip-hop routine (choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon) to Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” brought us all to tears.
#5 Lauren and Billy’s Jazz routine (choreographed by Mandy Moore) to “Boogie Shoes”. This super fun number made us want to bedazzle our Chuck Taylors and dance.
#4) Robert and All-Star Courtney African Jazz routine choreographed by Sean Cheesman. This was our first taste that Robert would be real competition this season.
#3 Kent and Lauren’s “Prom Dance” to Howie Day’s “Collide” Choreographed by Travis Wall. We like to call this “The Kiss That Spawned A Thousand Jealous Hate Letters To Lauren”
#2 Mia Michaels’ opening routine to “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”. Just in case you forgot why Mia was nominated for two Emmys, she reminded you with this number.
#1) Alex Wong and All-Star Twitch’s NappyTab’s Hip Hop routine. Seriously, could there be any other at number one?
Now let’s get down to business with our three finalists.
Your contemporary routine tonight by Stacey Tookey officially made you an artist, in Nigel’s eyes. How did that feel?
That’s awesome, you know. Because I had to be an artist—there wasn’t any more dances after this so that was good that that came.
Where did this serious Kent come from?
You know, I think it’s always been there. I just think that I needed the piece and this piece really showcased it and it was awesome.
Has this experience changed you?
Nope. I’m still the same Kent that I was when I auditioned. I’m still the small-town kid. I’m just still me and I’m always gonna be me no matter what. I’m gonna keep my head on straight and I’m gonna stay grounded and I’m not gonna have an ego. That’s one of my biggest fears is just not being approachable in life.
What will you do with the money if you win?
Save it definitely, but definitely gonna give back to my school. It’s such a small school and there’s not a lot of funding there, but definitely give it to the arts and that department and I just want to see them grow so that maybe more kids can develop some kind of love that I had for it.
You’re 18 and just graduated from high school, if you hadn’t made it on to SYTYCD, what were your original plans for this summer?
I know right! I was going to go off to school in New York and it was gonna be a lot of money. And I’m so glad that it didn’t work out because it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m not the smartest kid and I didn’t have the grades, you know, I didn’t have the money. So, yeah I don’t know what I would have done, but it’s weird how things work out because I would have been so wooooo.
Favorite dance of the night?
I think the dance with Kent because it’s so different and I wasn’t expecting anything like that and he gave me great engery and I—he’s awesome.
Were you nervous at all?
There’s always nerves and I tried to keep my cool, but I really just thought to myself let’s just dance. I just want to dance and let go and not worry about what people are going to say because this is it. This is all you get. This is the last one so I wanted to go out there and dance my butt off.
Careful what you wish for. When did you feel your pants split during your Jazz routine with Kathryn?
Right as I sat down in the chair. I sat down and it was whoosh and I was like, “Crap!”.
What routine was your favorite tonight?
It would probably be my Hip Hop with Twitch. I just like being the tough girl. People look at me and they’re like, “White blonde girl. Real cool.” But I like to show them that I’m more than just that and I can get down.
What are you going to do with the money if you win?
I’m going to save it. I know that’s probably a lame answer but…I want to get a puppy, but I’m getting a puppy from the Humane Society so they’re for free. So I don’t need the money [for that] I don’t know I’m just going to save it and find something good and smart to spend it on.
How did it feel to hear Mia Michaels say that she wished she could dance like you?
I don’t really think I can explain in words how it feels to have someone you respect so much and someone you look up to. I mean, that was an amazing comment and I feel very, very honored that she would say something like that to me.
We heard about your favorite dance of this season [Prom number with Kent choreographed by Travis Wall], what routine did you wish you could have done that was assigned to another dancer?
I’ve definitely been jealous of the other contestants because being a contemporary dancer I only had two contemporary dances this whole season and all the other were like, “This is my fourth one” and I was like, “I hate you!” Any of the contemporary pieces have been so beautiful, I’ve definitely been jealous of those.
Who has been your favorite partner this season?
I’m going to have to say Pasha because I danced with him a lot and he is an amazing, amazing partner and teacher. He’s just great. I love dancing with that guy.
Any advice for young dancers or any dancers out there?
Yes, I do. I think that the weirdest thing about dancers is that we love dance so much that sometimes we do it constantly and constantly. And I think that sometimes you need to step away from what you’re used to doing by taking new styles or doing a type of dance you’ve never done before and it really reignites the fire. I think that being on this show and doing the different styles that I’ve done has really inspired me to keep dancing. I feel like a brand new dancer, honestly, because of this show and I’m so, so grateful.
Who’s walking away a winner? What surprised you about this season? What dance did you think deserved a slot in our Top 10 list? Comment at us below.