News: So You Think You Can Dance

Thursday 11 February 2010

Charlie Bruce – * at 19 the youngest competitor in *BBC1’s show So You Think You Can Dance won the audience phone vote and became ‘Britain’s favourite dancer’ on Saturday night (13 February). She receives £100,000 and a potentially career boosting trip to Los Angeles.

Street dancers Tommy Franzen and Lizzie Gough came second and third respectively. Robbie White, the fourth finalist, couldn’t take part in the show having dislocated his shoulder in rehearsals earlier in the week and as a result other competitors Alastair Postlethwaite,Mark Calape and Drew McOnie returned to take part in routines partnered with the competing finalists – which included pop jazz, tango, hip hop, samba, lyrical, Broadway, jazz and contemporary routines.

All three finalists surpassed themselves – but arguably Charlie had come furthest over the course of the competition and became the audience ‘favourite’. Head judge Nigel Lythgoe certainly thought so. Arlene Phillips thought the evening was all about girl power and that Lizzie had the edge on Charlie – Louise Redknapp agreed, but preferred Charlie. Tommy remained Sisco Gomez’ favourite.

Although Lizzie said she’ll still be going to America to “kick ass over there”, London audiences will have the chance to see her and Tommy in *Blaze* _a new street dance being created by West End choreographer and director Anthony Van Laast (_Mamma Mia!, Sister Act) at the Peacock Theatre from 11 – 28 March. Although the judges had no say in the final outcome, they did choose a routine that they wanted to see again from earlier in the series – and Rafael Bonachela’s contemporarypiece for Hayley Newton and Drew McOnie was the winner.

Watch a clip of the three finalists:

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