Youth won out during the Season 10 finale of So You Think You Can Dance Tuesday night.
An 18-year old Las Vegas hip-hop dancer named Fik-Shun and a 19-year-old jazz dancer from the Detroit area named Amy Yakima were crowned the male and female winners.
Fik-Shun beat out 25-year Las Vegas tap dancer Aaron Turner and Amy trumped 20-year-old contemporary dancer Jasmine Harper from Atlanta, both winning $100,000 each and the cover of Dance Spirit magazine in the process.
“This means everything to me, I’m so happy everybody,” said a tearful Fik-Shun.
Added Amy: “I can’t believe it. I never thought I’d be here.”
A two-hour-plus show full of season highlights and dancing by the season’s Top 20, various pairs or groups preceded the winners’ announcement.
Most memorably, resident judge Mary Murphy was shown getting a lap dance of sorts on stage from a male dancer: “Is there a medic in the house?” she screamed afterwards.
Murphy and resident judge Nigel Lythgoe, who announced during the finale that SYTYCD would be back for Season 11, was joined by host Cat Deeley, guest judges all-star dancer tWitch, director-choregrapher Adam Shankman and Paula Abdul.
“I think this is the first season where people will turn round and say, ‘I’m really happy for whoever has won the title,’” said Lythgoe.
Also, in the audience was dance legend Ben Vereen.