Wow. I knew she was a great dancer before Monday night's So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 finale, but Jenna Dewan-Tatum's contemporary routine with former SYTYCD contestant-turned-choreographer Travis Wall proved that she is remarkable both in technique and performance. Not only was the number impressive in the danceability, it was also smoking hot. Seriously guys, sizzling from start to finish. The routine, which was scored with the sultry Alabama Shakes single "Gimme All Your Love," was originally danced at the Dizzy Feet Foundation's 5th Annual Celebration of Dance gala in Los Angeles in August, and the two dancers brought down the house on that stage as well. But beyond the sexy moves, something else was extremely apparent thanks to the performance: Jenna Dewan-Tatum should absolutely be a permanent SYTYCD dance if the series is renewed for Season 13.
Think about it, Jason Derulo was able to sit in as a permanent judge for Season 12, despite some amazing guest judges in the last few years including Christina Applegate, Misty Copeland, Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Dewan-Tatum herself. No offense to Derulo as he is a great dancer himself, but many of his critiques were offensive at worst and repetitive at best. When Dewan-Tatum guest judged, on the other hand, she was concise, smart, and had legitimately helpful comments for the dancers.
What I found so incredible about Dewan-Tatum and Travis Wall's performance that would make her an excellent judge is not only her expertise in technique and versatility of dance, — which she's shown in both Step Up and Take The Lead — it's that she could also help the dancer find passion and characters in each of their performances. Dewan-Tatum committed 110% to Monday night's routine and that's why it was so well-received. Many of the dancers this season and in season's past have had trouble finding the passion and chemistry with their fellow dancers, they've had trouble finding the performance in the dance. But with Dewan-Tatum's constructive criticism, they would absolutely improve. Plus it would be nice to have another judge who will give actual intelligent and helpful advice on a regular basis like Paula Abdul did this season.
But alas, it might be impossible to see Dewan-Tatum in the SYTYCD judge's chair as she has a role on CBS' Supergirl . But a girl can dream and if the show returns to a revolving third judge for the not-yet-announced though inevitable Season 13, perhaps Dewan-Tatum can step in at some point.