Joshua Allen wins 'So You Think You Can Dance's fourth-season title
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/08/2008
Joshua Allen was crowned So You Think You Can Dance's fourth-season champ during last night's live finale broadcast of the Fox reality competition series.
The 19-year-old hip hop/popping dancer from Fort Worth, TX took home the fourth-season title based on the "nearly 60 million votes" cast after Wednesday night's final performance episode.
"I want to say never let anybody tell you that you can't do anything," said Joshua after he was revealed to be the winner.
"No matter what you do, you can always go for it. The sky's the limit. Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something because God is in control and with God you can do anything."
For winning So You Think You Can Dance, Joshua received a $250,000 cash prize and a "featured dancing role" in Hairspray director Adam Shankman's new Step Up 3D film.
During Wednesday night's performance episode, each of the Top 4 finalists -- Joshua; Twitch Boss, a 25-year-old freestyle dancer from Montgomery, AL; Courtney Galiano, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Commack, NY; and Katee Shean, a 20-year-old contemporary dancer from San Jose, CA-- performed three couples routines, a group number and a solo.
Joshua -- who never found himself among the bottom vote getters during his So You Think You Can Dance journey -- was largely praised following his Wednesday night solo routine.
"I put you on the hot tamale train the very first week and you've been riding first class all the way to this finale. I said that you would be in this finale, and you're standing right up there and you deserve to be there. You brought it on with your fire, your heart and your soul. You've got it all."
"Joshua, you have set the standard for next season with untrained dancers," added So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe.
"You've set the standard. If you come on this show now, we'll always say, 'Joshua didn't get training, and look at how brilliant he was.' So they're going to have to go up to your standard next year. You've been absolutely superb."
Courtney was the first finalist to learn her fate during last night's live finale broadcast, and she took the ouster in stride.
"I'm not sad, I'm not upset," said Courtney. "I'm so proud and honored to have danced with these guys. I'm privileged and I'm fortunate that I got to look into the audience and see my family every single week. They're the reason why I got where I am. Thank you guys so much for this opportunity."
Katee -- who was partnered with Joshua for the first five weeks of the season and was the only other Top 20 finalist to never land among the bottom vote getters -- was the next to be eliminated.
"This entire experience has changed my life and I could not be more grateful," said Katee. "The memories we've created and all the dancers, I can't thank everybody enough for just pushing me and making me grow. I will never forget any of this. I feel so blessed to even be here and this is the most amazing thing in my life."
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley then revealed that for the first time on the show, the "top girl" would also receive a prize.
"So therefore, you are going away with $50,000," Cat told Katee.
At the conclusion of last night's live broadcast, Cat revealed that Joshua had defeated Twitch.
Last night's bloated two-hour broadcast also included a video montage of the fourth season; Mary dancing a Latin duet with second-season finalist Dmitry Chaplin; Nigel dancing with students from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy; a pop battle between fourth-season hopefuls Robert Muraine and Phillip Chbeeb; encore performances of the judges' and choreographers' favorite couples dances of the season; a musical performance by The Jonas Brothers; and a dance routine by the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Criss AngelBelieve.