After weeks of spectacular performances So You Think You Can Dance has crowned its champion, and named Matt Flint as Britain’s Favourite Dancer 2011!
The four finalists – Luke Jackson, Matt Flint, Katie Love and Kirsty Swain – all fought valiantly for the title, performing in group routines, duets and solos, and regularly brought the judges to their feet, with standing ovation after standing ovation. But only one of them could take the title, and after all performances were done and the votes were counted, Matt was named as overall champion and will quickstep away with £50,000 and a ticket to Hollywood to perform as a special guest on the American So You Think You Can Dance finale, and tap his way into the hearts of the American public…
Summing up the Grand Finale, Head Judge Nigel Lythgoe said “I was thoroughly entertained, I would like to say I’m going to be true to myself and keep my own integrity, that dancing is 50% performance, but it’s also 50% technique. And I think we’ve all got to remember tonight, that it isn’t just performance that we’re voting on. It is so-you-think-you-can-‘dance’, and dance needs technique as well.”
Arlene Phillips on who really stood out in the final, “You know what I think: the boys, and their tapping really just made my heart beat in the rhythm of their feet.”
For Louise Redknapp, on the standout performances, “It is so tough to have a front runner or to say who is a front runner at this stage in the competition. I think you’re all deserving to be up there. Luckily for us, it’s the public that decide tonight, so it’s a bit of an easy job for us. I’m pleased to say I’m happy to take that role of sitting back and letting them decide! ”
And Sisco Gomez said “I’m so proud of all of you guys. You guys have done such a great job. To be honest, everyone’s journey stood out for me. You’ve all done well, and you’re all deserving”
And reflecting on their success, Britain’s Favourite Dancer 2011, Matt Flint, said “Whatr a wonderful stage to do what I love, and have a massive passion for. And for everyone to vote for me and support me, it’s been wonderful. I just feel amazing, it’s amazing… thank you for voting for me every single week, it’s amazing. I was never in the bottom two because of everybody.”
On Matt’s victory, Head Judge Nigel Lythgoe said: “It’s going to be a delight for me to take Matt to Hollywood and see him dance there. He’s got great character, he’s got great style, he’s going to fit right in”
The live results show also featured a spectacular performance from international pop superstar Jennifer Lopez with the first UK performance of her global smash-hit single On The Floor. All 20 finalists were reunited for a spectacular Ascot themed routine choreographed by Mandy Moore to Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.