After three months of impressive performances, everything from hip-hop to jazz funk to contemporary and krump, Canada’s favourite dancer was finally announced in a two-hour finale last night.
And, like I have secretly predicted since the Top 20 were revealed, Nico Archambault– the 24-year-old sexy contemporary and hip-hop dancer from Montreal, Quebec–was crowned the winner.
“It’s too much,” he said the moment the results were revealed. “I can’t find words strong enough to express it – I’m just so happy.”
“I’m so proud of you,” said host Leah Miller. “You deserve this.”
And she is right. Sure it’s painstakingly obvious that Nico has it all physically (the smile, the body, the hair). On top of that, the boy is humble. But, most importantly, he CAN dance.
Every week, since his audition in Montreal, he impressed the judges and audiences alike. He was versatile, artistic and passionate. And, in the last few weeks, he performed every routine effortlessly.
For all those boys who get teased for taking dance lessons instead of hockey—Nico just made them super cool among their peers.
Nico also proved boys with Mohawks are still sexy. But besides carrying the title of Canada’s first favourite dancer, he also receives the prize of $100,000 and a brand new Mercedes C230.
Doesn’t get sweeter that, does it?
While Natalli Reznik won fourth place and Miles Faber won third, Allie Bertram, 19, made it to the bottom two. The second place winner was happy that Nico won. “I’m just so proud of Nico. He’s been so amazing since the beginning and he hasn’t had a bad week. He totally deserves it!”
Nearly 3.5 million Canadians cast votes to choose the winner. Earlier in the evening, the Top 20 reunited to perform two all-new group routines with the season’s top duets.
Special guest judges Mary Murphy, Rex Harrington, Mia Michaels joined judges Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Blake McGrath and Luther Brown.
In the end, Nico took a bow to a huge standing ovation from the audience.
And he deserved it. The win. The money. And the car. Although I wouldn’t mind a piece of it all.
It only seemed like a few weeks ago that Canada’s Top 20 dancers were announced. Now, in a few short days (Sunday to be exact), the country’s top dancer will be crowned.
This week, the Top 4 had to give it their final best. Not only would they perform duets as in previous shows, but also the girls would dance together, the guys would perform as a duet and each contestant would perform a solo.
It was time to bring it on.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux with guest judges, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.
Up to perform the first duet of the night were Natalli Reznik and Miles Faber. The two hit the hard-hitting hip-hop choreography but, halfway through, Miles forgot the movement and looked liked he knew he blew it.
“Do not get defeated. Wipe that look off your face right now,” Blake said to Miles. “You have two routines to come out here and blow it out of the water.”
The pair received a standing ovation from both the judges and the choreographers. “Canada loves you,” said Jean Marc.
And if you want to prove that love, vote for your favourite dancer.
Nico Archambault and Allie Bertram were up next. The lovely pair performed a beautiful contemporary piece, emulating the story of a male character going off to war while his lover shares special news with him.
Blake called it Stacey’s best piece yet. “It was just a breath of fresh air,” said Blake. “It was moving and effortless and technical and real.” Blake also said that he believed that one of them would win the competition.
I agree. Fingers and toes crossed.
“You got me going today, Allie,” Tré said, overcome by emotion. “You guys are brilliant. Thank you,” she said.
After performing their solos, Allie and Miles were paired up for a theatre routine. While Miles showed off some of his tight b-boy moves; Allie displayed her ballerina-flexibility abilities.
“Miles, thank you for rising and getting yourself back in the game,” Blake said. “I enjoyed myself a little bit, but I didn’t enjoy myself enough. Bring it harder next time,” he told the pair.
The girls took their duet to the stage with a go-go routine.
With both dancers dressed in sparkled bra tops, skirts and white knee-high boots, they looked the part but did they dance and act the part?
Luther wasn’t convinced. Nor was Blake or Tré.
“I thought it was pretty good,” said Jean Marc. “It was fantastic for me.”
Miles and Nico ended the night off with a capoeira routine. After the performance, which included energetic kicks and cartwheels, the two hugged each other. Aw, so cute. Bromantic love.
“I hope you guys inspire so many young male dancers,” Blake said, impressed.
“That was a lot of fun,” Tré said next. “You did it pure justice.”
SO WHO WILL COME OUT ON TO? Tune in for a live Finale show on Sunday, December 7 at 9pm (ET/PT). The rest of the Top will return to join the finalists to perform group pieces.