The Thunderbolt Solo is for dancers with three or more solos. They must perform one solo of their choice in this section.
The Thunderbolt Solo does not compete with the regular solos; it performs at the end of the event as part of the Flashover Finale. It is still adjudicated and receives an adjudication plaque. Also, the dancer gets to experience live commentary from one of the adjudicators on the panel. It offers an in-depth analysis of the routine and feedback on elements of what and how to improve.
The solo selected to be in this section does not compete in the regular competition. In the solo section, all dance styles compete against each other, and only the top one solo of a dancer can qualify for awards.
For instance, if Debbie dancer has a solo in Ballet, Jazz and Tap and for argument's sake places 1st, and 2nd in the scoring (her 3rd solo is in Thunderbolt Solo section). Debbie would get adjudication plaques for each solo; however, for the Overalls, she would be awarded 1st place. We drop her other routine, so we have unique Top 10 dancers for the Overalls.
The solo in the Thunderbolt benefits from the experience of the live adjudication in addition to getting her adjudication plaque; she is in the running to become the Thunderbolt Solo Winner.
The ultimate goal is to win the Thunderbolt Solo, but this is a challenging and fantastic accomplishment. It is essential for dancers competing in this section to recognise the great value and experience in the live commentary they receive.