Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SYTYCD S8 Finale Falls Flat

After what was, prior to this week anyway, a well-danced season, the choreographers and dancers suffered a major let-down in the finale this week. No doubt exhausted with performing four dances each, there were few highlights and way more train wrecks than we should have seen this late in the game. I put most of the blame on whoever chose these styles of dances. Disco? Gumboot Stepping? Cha cha for two dancers who have no Latin experience? What even?!

Marko/Melanie - Disco, choreographed by Dorianna Sanchez
"I Feel Love (12" version)" by Donna Summer
Dorianna wanted to make this the "best disco ever". Her choreography made that impossible. That, and Melanie looked so awkward and unnatural doing this type of dance. Marko seemed to have a few issues with the lifts as well. This was easily the worst routine they've done this season.

Sasha, with Mark Kanemura - Jazz, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
"Raise Your Weapon" by Deadmau5
Sasha is such a Sonya-type of dancer. Pair her with Mark, and you've got Sonya's ultimate partnership.

Tadd, with Joshua Allen - Hip-Hop, choreographed by Lil' C
"Hustle Hard" by Ace Hood
JOSHUA. So much swag. God damn. Tadd's a little too pretty boy to match up with that. Although Joshua is adorably sweet and still managed to hit this so crazy hard. This routine would have been RIDICULOUS with Russell omg.

Melanie, with Robert Roldan - Contemporary, choreographed by Stacey Tookey
"Sacrifice" by Sinead O'Connor
Lovely routine by both of them. Like the judges were saying, she tells stories so well. And her dancing is just exquisite.

Sasha/Marko - Broadway, choreographed by Spencer Liff
"Whatever Lola Wants" by Ella Fitzgerald
I cannot ever buy Sasha as the sophisticated, elegant dancer she's supposed to be here. I don't care what the judges say. She is a powerful, strong dancer, yes, but elegant? No way. Her legs and feet are not pretty. Marko played his nerdy, timid waiter role very well. His facial expressions were hilarious.

Melanie solo -
"Song For Viola" by Peter Bradley Adams
I think she was going for the emotions here, but it was a big let-down after last week's solo stunner.

Marko solo -
"The Fear You Won't Fall" by Joshua Radin
I adore his music choices. It was lovely but not one I'd rank amongst the most memorable ones in the show's history.

Sasha/Tadd - Cha Cha, choreographed by Mark Ballas
"Raindrops" by Basement Jaxx
OOF. They were missing quite a few connections, the dance was clunky, and the chemistry was a big zero. They were both equally bad.

Marko, with Lauren Froderman - choreographed by Tessandra Chavez
"Shirk" by Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Holy crap. Lauren grabbed me the second they put the camera on her in the opening shot with her quivering lip. It was beautiful and emotional and easily the best routine of the night, and I'd put it up there with his dance with Alison.

Tadd solo - 
"Mamma Knows Best" by Jessie J
His solos always crack me up. And, boy, is he adorbs! This was the most enjoyable solo of the night for me.

Tadd/Melanie - choreographed by Ray Leeper
"Show Me What You're Working With" by Sista Monica
Shirtless Tadd? I approve! I also approve of the fun and playful routine. Tadd had a good back-to-back series of dances there. Unfortunately, his first and last routines were not so hot.

Sasha solo - 
"Be Be Your Love" by Rachael Yamagata
She has interesting movements and is so long-limbed. I just wish she had better flexibility in her feet. She'd be unbelievable if she didn't have such flexed feet. I think I'd rank her solo second on the night behind Tadd.

Sasha/Melanie - Contemporary, choreographed by Stacey Tookey
"Heart Asks Pleasure First" by Ahn Trio
I like how this routine let both dancers shine equally and also at their own style. The theme was a little odd, but it was well-crafted.

Marko/Tadd - Gumboot Stepping, choreographed by Chuck Maldonado
"B.O.B" by Outkast
Wow. That was a train wreck. They both looked sooooo tired.

I'm not sure that anyone seized the title, a la Jeanine Mason, with their dances tonight. Nigel made a point of saying on the show that a girl is going to win, which, if this were Idol, would totally backfire on him. But it's not implausible that Melanie and Sasha could split votes, opening the door for Marko. I'm still convinced that is what happened in Season 3 when Sabra beat Danny, Lacey and Neil.

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