If we never do get another season of SYTYCD, I could honestly deal with this being the final group routine we ever get. I think the producers knew it, the dancers knew it, and everyone watching knew it, and all together, it created something so powerful that I got a little choked up when I watched it the first few times, and and even now, I can’t watch without the biggest wistful grin on my face.
I knew when I heard The Temper Trap that we were probably going to get something amazing, but I had no idea how well they would utilize the song. Usually choreographers on this show tend to disregard lyrics, but everything about this routine embodies the song. And I would be here all day and this post would be an actual novel if I talked about everything I liked individually, so I’ll try my best to keep it short.
The amount of detail in here is insane. Sonya and Chris Scott are magic together because I don’t know how they did this in such a short amount of time. There’s a different story on every bench in the beginning, and Kathryn and Robert keep up their roles for the entire routine, a bit like they’re the kind, happy people sprinkling fairy dust on everyone to share their love or something, and even though I wish some people would have been seen at all (like poor Jacque), I think how everyone was split up was done excellently.
But my favorite part of the whole routine is when Will is leading the group because he’s Will Wingfield and everything he does has an insane amount of heart in it, and also for that part where he turns around and gives a rallying cry because I’m not even sure if that’s choreographed. It looks like they were all just feeling the togetherness, and Emilio even said on Afterbuzz that he started to cry a bit during this because it was the last dance he was doing and it was such a great moment together.
And Zack with all the hip-hop dancers (and Marco and Will) and keeping up with them, and the part where Kathryn and Robert are under the clock, and Jessica and Fik-shun in the beginning, and Dominic and Emilio even though Emilio isn’t even a breaker, and Amy and Fik-shun being partners on the bench, and the part where they all stop and Robert partners Ricky, and the end where they all run around and hug each other, and I could go on all day someone stop me
This is legit my favorite routine of the whole season. In case you couldn’t tell. Because this season was weird as hell, but because this is a piece of art and I can’t coherently explain my love for it. So I’ll shut up, seriously.