On Tuesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance" finale, Amy Yakima and DuShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall were crowned the Season 10 co-champions. But the real winners of the night were co-judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, who stole the show with their own ridiculous remake of a famous Amy/Fik-Shun "SYTYCD" routine.
Amy and Fik-Shun's original number was choreographed by Christopher Scott, but really, not even kooky, quirky choreographers Sonya Tayeh or Mark Kanemura could have created something as delightfully bizarre as what Nigel and Mary came up with this week.
The whole idea to do the surprise spoof was came from Mary. "The fans have been asking us to dance together, everywhere I go, and I always said we never would," she told Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks backstage after the finale. "But when I saw Amy and Fik-Shun do that number, immediately I turned to Nigel and said, 'We've got to dance that.' He was like, 'What?' I don't know what it was, but it was so cute, and the humor in it was so great."
"I think we wanted to show that we take to heart that we know what it's like to get in front of a camera and sometimes embarrass yourself," said Nigel. "The annoying thing for me was I always tell the kids every week, 'Don't dance with your shoulders up' — but when watching it back, I saw that my shoulders were up! I did feel like the drunken uncle at a wedding, but it was fun."
Compare Nigel and Mary's "Let's Get It On" above with the original version below. Who danced it best? Mary insisted, "Without a doubt, Amy and Fik-Shun put us to shame"...but I think it's a tie.
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