Last Monday’s So You Think You Can Dance season finale saw stage dancer Gaby Diaz crowned as America’s Favorite Dancer over street dancer Jaja Vankova.
The reality series underwent a dramatic overhaul in its 12th season as the traditional format was changed to pit classically trained dancers against performers with street dancing experience. The show also introduced pop article Jason Derulo as a formal member of the judging panel and brought in former SYTYCD competitors Travis Wall and tWitch as coaches for the stage and street teams.
At the finale, I had the opportunity to catch up with street dancers Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge and Megan “Megz” Alfonso. We chatted about how Team Stage pulled off the final victory over Team Street with Gaby Diaz being crowned as this season’s winner and if they were surprised by the result. We also talked about the format changes to the program this year and how the dancers felt about the classically trained dancers taking on the street dancers in a head-to-head competition (as that is usually what happens anyway). Finally, with Megz being a self-professed shoe expert, I asked her to evaluate my kicks.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.