Friday, August 12, 2011

SYTYCD Front-Runner Actually Wins!

In a reality show rarity, a front-runner from the beginning of the season actually won. Pixie-haired dancer Melanie Moore captured the title of America's Favorite Dancer on So You Think You Can Dance Season 8, winning 47% of the vote in a decisive victory over runner-up Sasha Mallory, third-place finisher Marko Germar and fourth-place finisher Tadd Gadduan.

Melanie was featured in the first episode of the season, and she grabbed me from the second she started dancing. I called her one of my early favorites then, and she remained at the top for me throughout the entire show. I've seen people complaining about how she was never challenged, but I would like to point out that nearly the entire season was contemporary/jazz-based, and the only ones in the Top 10 who were really forced out of their box more often than not were Tadd, Jess and Ricky and Caitlynn to an extent. Whether or not Melanie was only given her style all the time is irrelevant. For the most part, the people on the show are judged on how well they do in their style most of the time anyway. Melanie is an EXQUISITE dancer. Besides, disco was the only style she flopped in. 

In addition to crowning the winner, Thursday's grand finale showcased some of the top dances from the season, including Marko and Melanie's "Turn to Stone" number, choreographed by Travis Wall, and their Nappy Tabs hip-hop to "I Got You"; Sasha and Twitch's awesome hip-hop (soggy Corn Flakes), choreographed by Christopher Scott; Sasha and Kent's wall dance; Melanie and Neil's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"; Marko and Allison Holker's contemporary; Tadd and Lauren Froderman's "Another One Bites the Dust" (with no hat fail!); Caitlynn and Pasha's Argentine tango; Robert and Melinda's hip-hop (which was FANTASTIC this time!); and Ashley and Chris's jail routine. A bunch of group routines were showcased as well, but I would have tossed a few of those in favor of Caitlynn and Mitchell's contemporary that Stacey Tookey choreographed and given Ricky a spotlight dance since he was one week shy of the finale. Jordan didn't get one either.

My favorite dance of the night, though, was the tap number done by Jess, gone-too-soon tapper Nick, and SYTYCD UK winner Matt Flint. It was thrilling and fun, and I watched it back like 3 times in a row. And I don't even like tap!!!

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