Pass The Popcorn is a sporadic feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I discuss various aspects of some of my favourite films and/or television shows.
The television landscape during the summer can be a bit of a wasteland. With the majority of scripted television on hiatus in preparation for its return in the fall, viewers are left with little more than less-than-reality programming to watch. But if you don’t like bachelors looking for love or housebound housemates under constant surveillance there are plenty of other options, one of which I’ll be highlighting in today’s post. Hosted by the ever-delightful Cat Deeley and judged presently by Nigel Lythgoe, Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul (I know. I know. Stay with me here), So You Think You Can Dance offers the perfect combination of talent and creativity in a fun and colourful package. For those of you who aren’t aware, So You Think You Can Dance recently commemorated twelve seasons and a decade on the air with a special anniversary episode last Monday. So, I thought it might be nice to mark such a special occasion and celebrate one of my favourite summer series by choosing my twelve favourite dance routines that has been performed over the course of the past ten years.
Please note: This is not intended as a definitive list of the twelve ‘best’ dances ever performed on So You Think You Can Dance or the most complex in either concept or choreography. Rather, these are the twelve routines that I enjoyed most personally and that have remained with me over the years.
12. “GET LOW”
Season: 11 ● Performed By: Jasmine Harper & Emilio Dosal ● Choreographed By: Tabitha D’umo & Napoleon D’umo
11. “HIP HIP CHIN CHIN”
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Season: 3 ● Performed By: Lacey Schwimmer & Danny Tidwell ● Choreographed By: Dmitry Chaplin
Season: 10 ● Performed By: Jenna Johnson & Tucker Knox ● Choreographed By: Keone Madrid & Mari Madrid
09. “U GOT ME UP”
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Season: 11 ● Performed By: Jessica Richens & Stephen “tWitch” Boss ● Choreographed By: Tabitha D’umo & Napoleon D’umo
08. “DIRTY DIANA”
Season: 11 ● Performed By: Allison Holker & Rudy Abreu ● Choreographed By: Ray Leeper
07. “I WON’T GIVE UP”
Season: 11 ● Performed By: Valerie Rockey & Ricky Ubeda ● Choreographed By: Lacey Schwimmer
06. “WICKED GAME”
Season: 10 ● Performed By: Amy Yakima & Travis Wall ● Choreographed By: Travis Wall
05. “LIKE REAL PEOPLE DO”
Season: 11 ● Performed By: Jessica Richens & Casey Askew ● Choreographed By: Travis Wall
04. “OUTTA YOUR MIND”
Season: 7 ● Performed By: Alex Wong & Stephen “Twitch” Boss ● Choreographed By: Napoleon and & Tabitha D’umo
03. “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU”
Season: 9 ● Performed By: Tiffany Maher & Benji Schwimmer ● Choreographed By: Jean-Marc Généreux
02. “AFTER PARTY”
Season: 10 ● Performed By: Amy Yakima & Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall ● Choreographed By: Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo
01. “I AM THE BEST”
Season: 10 ● Performed By: Jenna Johnson & Mark Kanemura ● Choreographed By: Mark Kanemura
Now it’s your turn! Are you (or have you ever been) a fan of the show? What are some of your favourite routines? Who are you rooting for this season? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!