Please refer to this blog post where I gush about how much I love Jeanine Mason and would be completely on board if she won this season, to see how I feel about her win. Ha ha.
I am in shock with this win because never in my So You Think You Can Dance-watching history, have I actually LOVED and rooted for, the dancer that actually ends up taking the title. Never.
Season 1? Nick Lazz won. While I love Nick now, I will honestly say that I haven’t really fully seen Season 1 (whoops..) but the clips I had seen, I felt that Blake McGrath should have won for sure. Season 2? OBVIOUSLY TRAVIS WALL SHOULD HAVE WON. Season 3? Again, obvious. Danny Tidwell trumps Sabra (I don’t even know her last name? She was that forgettable…) in pretty much every aspect, and should have won, but did not. And Season 4? Do. Not. Get. Me. Started. About how set up Joshua Allen’s win was… I’m sorry if that upsets people. But Nigel pimping and over-praising Josh throughout the entire season, shoving him down my throat, and oh-so-coincidentally predicting an “untrained” hip-hop dancer would win that season, makes me want to vomit. (Mark should have won, by the way. And I have found that for most people I’ve spoken with and forums I’ve checked out, Mark is the post-Season 4 favourite dancer by far).
So anyways, that brings us back to the point that I was trying to make… I have never loved a SYTYCD winner before until now. Until Jeanine Mason took the title last night. I think this is the most well-deserved and rightful win in So You Think You Can Dance history. Of course there will always be people who don’t agree. Who say that Brandon is technically stronger or what have you, but to them I say you cannot deny Jeanine’s talent. You cannot deny her technique, you cannot deny her charisma, her personality, and her energy. Her performances have always been stellar and she has always put so much into each routine on that SYTYCD stage. Even if a partner was weaker, she was still strong. She still shone. I love Brandon as well and I think had he won, he would have deserved it too and I would have ben happy for him. Honestly, I liked the entire Top 4 this season (which is also another rare occurrence). But there is no denying that Jeanine Mason deserved to win this season and I could not be more thrilled that she did.
Looking back, I find that I really enjoyed watching this season and I’m especially glad it introduced me to Kuponohi’ipoi Aweau, Jason Glover, and Jeanine Mason.
Now let’s watch Jeanine’s finale solo that bled brilliance:
And now I will end this with a clip of the intense and incredible encore performance of Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau’s Addiction piece, choreographed by Mia Michaels. This (along with Travis Wall’s Jason & Jeanine piece) was the performance I was waiting to re-watch last night. One of the absolute best and most memorable routines of Season 5 for me.. Better, if possible, the second time around.
Thus concludes Season 5! Crazy thing is that So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2 kicks off this Tuesday… and then So You Think You Can Dance America starts back up next month with Season 6, while Season 5 starts touring next month too! That’s a LOT of SYTYCD… Maybe more than I can handle, even though I love this show to death.
Still, I’m looking forward to continued blogging about the show (both Canada and U.S. versions), along with seeing if I can squeeze in some more legitimate interviews with show dancers, judges, and choreographers for SYTYCDISM! ;)
Also, what do you think? Jeanine’s win, well-deserved? Should Brandon have taken the title? Were you surprised Kayla was 4th place instead of 3rd place even after all of the negative comments the judges gave to Evan on Wednesday night? Don’t you just love Adam Shankman as a judge? I do! And do you think there is too much SYTYCD going to be taking place in the next little while?! Will you get sick of it or can there never be enough SYTYCD?
Side note: I think it’s lame that Jeanine only gets to keep the SYTYCD title for a couple months since Season 5/6 is back-to-back this year..