The “Street Dance of China 4” (这就是街舞4) finale was streamed live on October 30. The show was streamed for almost 12 hours starting at 2:30pm with a segment that featured the finalists as they prepared for the finale, the final episode of “Let’s Chat”, and then the grand finale started at 5:30 and didn’t end around 2:30am on October 31.
This year’s show featured many already well-established and international artists from like Acky-san, Hilty & Bosch, GoGo Brothers, Poppin C, and more, and the return of previous contestants such as Ye Yin, Han Yu, Bouboo, Keven Yang Kai, Qiao Zhi (George), Huang Xiao, Li Chunlin, Xiao Jie, and more.
The captains for this season saw the return of Han Geng, Lay Zhang, and Wang Yibo and the new addition of Henry Lau.
The following contestants from each captain’s team made it to the finale:
Hangeng’s team: Eleven, Acky-san (Japan), and Ibuki (Japan)
Henry Lau’s team: Rochka (France), Mr. Three (San’er), and Li Chunlin
Wang Yibo’s team: David Ye Yin, Keven Yang Kai, Bouboo (France), and Hilty & Bosch (Japan)
Lay Zhang’s team: Qiao Zhi (George), Huang Xiao, Poppin C (Switzerland), and GoGo Brothers (Japan)
Acky-san was actually eliminated in episode 11, but was revived in the repechage episode.
Aside from the captain’s solo dances, YOUKU invited special guests to perform such as, Ding Zeren, Han Yu, Wang Chenyi, Vanness Wu, Jackson Wang and PANTHEPACK, and Jason Fu Feilong. Actor, Huang Bo, who was a special guest from last year’s show, returned for the finale.
Each finalist had a solo performance and gained votes by having the 164 judges, which included reporters and media personnel, throw their towels on stage. The top 8 finalists would make it the battle round. As the latter finalists battled, they would go against the lowest ranked finalist.
The final 8 contestants were:
Ye Yin: 162
Yang Kai: 160
Hilty & Bosch: 154
Mr. Three: 147
Qiao Zhi: 136
Boubou’s solo performance paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther. After the performance, Wang Yibo revealed Bouboo had to take two cortisone shots for his neck injury.
Chun Lin: 132
GoGo Brothers: 115
Poppin C: 114
Huang Xiao: 87
It was particularly sad when Rochka got eliminated as he has grown quite a following in China where fans have embraced him for his sweet and genuine personality. Rochka told everyone, “For sure, trust me, I’ll be back. Trust me.” Henry, who is Rochka’s captain, was visibly upset during his speech to Rochka. He asked if Rochka could have another opportunity. The host reminded Henry that Rochka previously said that he would definitely be back.
After a long intermission that featured interviews with the eliminated guests and some other staff members, the show resumed a little prior to midnight. The top 8 battle dance offs were determined by spinning the bottle. The winners of these battles moved onto the next round.
1st Battle: Qiao Zhi (31) vs. Bouboo (131 – Winner)
2nd Battle: Ye Yin (129 – Winner) vs. YOU-san of Hilty & Bosch (35)
3rd Battle: Acky-san (111 – Winner) vs. Mr. Three (52)
4th Battle: Yang Kai (122 – Winner) vs. Ibuki (42)
After last year’s controversial drawing of lots to determine the 4 to 2 battle, they brought back the bottle spin for this segment. As fate would have it, Ye Yin and Acky-san were battling each other, leaving Bouboo and Yang Kai, who are both from Wang Yibo’s team, battling each other again in the same round.
In the final 4 battle to advance to the final 2:
Ye Yin (123 – Winner) vs. Acky-san (39)
Yang Kai (97 – Winner) vs. Bouboo (66)
In the final battle, the two dancers will battle in best of 3 rounds.
1st round: Yang Kai (53) vs. Ye Yin (111 – Winner)
2nd round: Yang Kai (54) vs. Ye Yin (111 – Winner)
In two rounds of battle, Ye Yin is crowned champion for the second time on “Street Dance of China 4”.
Both Ye Yin and Yang Kai are from Wang Yibo’s team and both were the previous champions from seasons 2 and 3, respectively. While both dancers were very strong in their performances, many viewers couldn’t help but feel the show was rigged with how the international dancers scored so low in their solo performances and none of them made it to the final round.