So You Think You Can Dance 8 – The Finale – Videos & Recap

AND THE WINNER IS Melanie Moore:

4th Place Dancer: Tadd Gadduang
3rd Place Dancer: Marko Gemar
2nd Place Dancer: Sasha Mallory

I would have been OK with any of the Top 4 taking the crown tonight, so a heartfelt congratulations to Melanie Moore for her win, and to the rest of the finalists for making this season one of the best. Well, one of the best up until Finale week. Wednesday night found an exhausted group of dancers tackling too many dances. It didn’t help that some of those routines were real stink bombs, and it all added up to an underwhelming end to a fine season. At least tonight we were reminded, by reprises of some of the best dances of the competition, why Season 8 was so awesome.

Can I say that I <3 Jesse Tyler Ferguson and want desperately to be his hag? Soooo glad he returned to the judges’ panel tonight. Could not have taken another night of that stiff, Katie Holmes. And that by the end of the season I developed a wee little crush on Marko… /confession.

Did Nigel Lythgoe apologize to the boys tonight because he had a change of heart about telling them, point blank, last night that they could not win? Or was it because he got so much crap on twitter about it last night? I’d like to give Nigel the benefit of the doubt, I really really would.   Funniest tweet of the night: “I can smile & tell everyone they’re wonderful and all deserve to win or I can be honest. I believe the competitors and viewers want honesty!” If you believe that Nigel, you need to have a little sit down with the Idol judges’ panel…like stat.

IT’S THE FINALE! Who will win So You Think You Can Dance? Stick around to find out.

Tonight’s reprise routines: Statues, Caitlyn’s Tango, the Matrix Doors, Twitch and Sacha’s breakfast, the “Wall” and the “Jail” and the winner. (Per Dizzyfeet)

Tonight’s guest judges are: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Robin Antin, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio and Sonya Tayeh.

VIDEO: IdolXfactor

Group Dance – “Wanna Get Hype” by District 78 choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=petJbYJBPts

The prize is a quarter of a million dollars and be part of a G-Series print ad!

Each of the judges congratulates the Top 4, AHHH! Nigel is apologizing to the guys for dismissing their chances to take the win last night. Good for Nigel admitting he was wrong.

Now, it’s time for a recap of the season. Aw. What a great season! It was set to Coldplay.

Mary Murphy would like to see Tyce Diorio’s “Full Of Me” featuring Sasha and Kent. (It’s the routine with the wall). Standing ovation! Such a beautiful routine.

Now, we review THE KISS. Nigel and Mary…kissing in a tree! It’s a prelude to Nigel’s request to see Melanie and Marko dancing the NappyTabs “I Got You” routine. This is when I began to fall in love with Marko. LOVE THIS. Oh my god. That was even better the second time.

Nigel is sitting on Jesse’s lap!  Ha ha. Jesse gets a little peck on the cheek.  CHEEKY.

Robin chooses  the Mandy Moore routine, ” Another One Bites the Dust” with Tadd and Lauren.

Lil C chooses the Nappy Tabs Hip Hop routine with Robert and Miranda. Remember them? BUCCCC he says.

Ohhhhh Cat Deeley is choosing a routine! The Top 8 circus routine from Tyce Diorio. And roll the tape…

The UK winner of SYTYCD, Matt Flynt, dances with Jess and Nick! “Can’t Buy Me Love” by Michael Buble.  A tapper won in the UK!  Aw, both Jess and Nick should have lasted a little longer. Aw! Matt kisses Cat’s hand. Now THAT was terrific. LOVE.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlpfFpR34YE

Tap dancer, Nigel, says it was one of the most exciting tap routines he’s ever seen

It’s Mary’s turn again.  She wants to see Mandy Moore’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” featuring Melanie and Neil.

Jesse loves the All Stars! He chooses the Sonya Tayeh routine, “I Know It’s Over” from Marko and Allison. This is the routine Marko dedicated to his mother. It had Lady Gaga in tears.

Tyce is next. He chooses the “nasty” Sonya Tayeh routine, “The Geishas” featuring the Top 10 girls!

Next…it’s a recap of last night’s Top 4 performances.

RESULTS!

Over 11 million votes came in! And Tadd Gadduang comes in 4th place. No surprise there. We say goodbye to Tadd, and he leaves with a bouquet of flowers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFODbX_DlY8

Next, Lil C chooses a routine: Spencer Liff’s “Please Mr. Jailer” feauturing Ashley and Chris.

Video package: Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr. and Naya Rivera visit the Top 4 in rehearsals to invite them to the Glee 3D premiere! Heather says her audition for SYTYCD was “awful”. Lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQTPvECadbE

Nigel chooses the Christopher Scott “Soggy Cornflakes” hip hop routine featuring Twitch and Sasha! Loved this one.

Sonya picks a routine, He wants to see the Christopher Scott piece for the Top 10 guys “The Matrix”

Jesse picks an Argentinian Tango, featuring Caitlyn and Pasha.

Mary  says this routine made the hair stick straight up on her arms, Travis Walls “Turn to Stone” featuring Melanie and Marko. The pair made their first big splash with this routine!

More RESULTS. Who came in 3rd? Marko Gemar! His goodbye video plays. And of course, he tears up. I LOVE YOU MARKO! Melanie is crying! Marko gets a bouquet of flowers.

It’s a female Top 2!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRFsJQ2boA0

The very last reprise is chosen by Nigel, who thanks his lighting director and director before going on a rampage against the New York Times.  A panel of dancers said they will never work in New York. Nigel hopes that tonight showed them what a load of crap they were talking.  He offers as proof, the Sonya Tayeh  “Beast” routine, danced by Sasha and Melanie.

Now, for the winner.

Melanie and Sasaha are already crying. We get a little video tribute to the girls. And it’s time to announce the winner…it’s Melanie! The winner got 47% of the vote, the runner-up 32%. It’s a decisive win.

  • bentley1530

    I always hate the way they hold off on announcing the winner until the last minute because it feels like the winner and runner up get less of a send off than the 3rd and 4th place finishers. I hope tonight will be better than last night.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Nigel must have gotten a lot of guff. lol

  • FoteWuth

    Melanie. Sasha. Marko. Tadd. They’re all fine dancers but pimping or no, Melanie’s technique and amazingly evocative performances, coupled with her acting chops puts her a cut above. If Kenny Ortega casts her as “Baby” in “Dirty Dancing” (opposite, say, Derek Hough) he’s got his fitting ingenue for the remake.

    Sasha is brilliant, too, but her performance was just slightly less consistent throughout the season than Melanie’s. I agree with Neil Patrick Harris’ (or was it Nigel’s) assessment that “Melanie dances with her heart and Sasha with her soul” but, for me, Melanie was the one who stunned virtually every performance. But Disco. Please! Leave that genre for DWTS.

  • sororsalsa

    Melanie in no way, shape or form is fat. Because she’s short, her body is a bit boxy, and I do remember her wearing a midriff baring top/shorts combo once that did her no favors, but she is not fat, chunky or big.

  • heidijoy

    Enjoying the numbers that they are picking. Melanie and Marko and Melanie and Neil were fabulous. enjoyed Sasha and Kent and really really enjoyed Jess and the boys tapping was fantastic.
    No need to put anyone down.
    Marko and Allison just did a beautiful number.

    ….and now for the Geisha girls. ok

  • FoteWuth

    Now I remember. It was NPH who said Melanie looks like she’s from the ’30s or ’40s but dances like she’s from the future…

    Yes, it is sad when a dancer of Melanie’s stature is viewed as fat. No she is not fashionably model-like nor anorectic-looking. She is classically beautiful and a tiny woman who has danced and trained since she was 2YO, has 0 body-fat, and developed massive thighs as a result of her dedication to her art.

  • shirley6700

    Mary chose Sasha’s routine with Kent. It was the first judge’s choice of the evening. Awesome! Some great dancing tonight.

  • Valentin432

    Time to eliminate Tadd?

  • May

    I loved Robert and Miranda’s hip hop routine and I’m glad one of the judges picked it. I thought it was one of NappyTabs better choreographies. On the other hand, I couldn’t stand the NappyTabs routine with Marko and Melanie and wish I didn’t have to see it again. Marko did well, but Melanie was terrible…I just don’t see what the judges see (I need my rose-coloured glasses).

    The tap dancing routine was incredible. Although I think of Nick as the tap dancer of the group, I couldn’t take my eyes off Jess.
    Loved Sasha’s wall routine, although I was hoping they’d redo either Coming home, or her performance with Twitch. Tadd’s performance with Lauren was definitely one of his best performances. Lauren will continue to be one of my favorite female dancers on SYTYCD (along with Ellenore).
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Marko ended up winning. I’d be happy with him or Sasha.

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  • sororsalsa

    Didn’t know a tapper won SYTYCD UK. That routine was fabulous!

  • cher

    Tadd’s out! I like him a lot though. I like all 4 but Sasha 4 the win!!

  • sunchick

    You know, I said after the meet the top 20 show that Jess and Nick should be the top two guys, and now? I so stand by that proclamation. Nigel sometimes cuts off his nose to spite his fans face.

  • Fettes

    How about this scenario? They pick the order of the results and the dances (as well as the order of the dances). I say Sasha gets eliminated next and Melanie and Marko do the statue dance before the final results. Just a shot in the dark.

  • argie

    I’m still mad that Nigel and Co. robbed us of the possible awesomeness that could’ve been Nick. That tap routine was all kinds of awesome. If those three became a troupe, I’d totally pay to watch them.

    UGH. Can’t believe they brought back those Geishas. It’s almost Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” horrendous. This better not be on tour.

  • FoteWuth

    It’s too bad we didn’t get to see this season’s Top 10-12 in a Mia Michael’s piece. Her choreography is brilliant. Miss her.

  • desiree_chick

    That Sasha and Twitch routine just made me melt. It’s official: For me, best dance of the season. There was no other dance that I watched over 6 times. LOOOOVE IT! :)

  • Pam

    I’m enjoying the numbers the judges are picking. Tadd went out with a lot of class. What a sweet guy.

  • Valentin432

    How about this scenario? They pick the order of the results and the dances (as well as the order of the dances). I say Sasha gets eliminated next and Melanie and Marko do the statue dance before the final results. Just a shot in the dark.

    My bet is Marko goes next and they dance the Sonya routine with Mélanie/Sasha before the final result.

  • Valentin432

    Yep, no surprise, Sasha was already ready for the Sonya choreo.

    First all female top 2 in 8 seasons!

  • Pam

    Yep, all female top 2. I don’t think this was a surprise to anyone.

  • desiree_chick

    Hey….What happened to showing a routine with Jess and Clarice? Their hip hop number before top 10 and contemporary number the week before that finally put them on the map? What about Nick with Iveta and that quickstep that was the highlight of the first week? No, let’s see that overwrought, unmemorable Melanie/Marko hip hop number…once more! It just means more shafting of my three fav dancers of the season :(

  • Oksana2000

    How much can we trust dialidol?

  • desiree_chick

    I agree with someone who said there always doesn’t seem to be much time for the winner and runner up to say much. I mean, another commercial break? Don’t do this to our first top 2 females! This a great rare moment to share.

  • desiree_chick

    How much can we trust dialidol?

    I was thinking the same thing….

  • Grammie Kari

    Jess should have been in the Finale. Nick should have been in the Top Ten!

  • Oksana2000

    If Sasha is Season 8 runner-up,then….

  • Valentin432

    I’m guessing Mélanie, but this is the first real nail bitter all season long.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Oh yuck.

  • Oksana2000

    History repeated itself..

  • Oksana2000

    Pluck.

  • Valentin432

    46%? That’s a blow out.
    Congrats Mélanie

  • chrislongisland

    47% for Melanie, 32% for Sasha… WOW!!!!

    So happy for Melanie, she deserved the victory but I love Sasha too.

  • sororsalsa

    Hmmm…Dial Idol has picked the winner correctly in every season except Season 5.

  • Montavilla

    Well, good for my pool picks, but I would have been cheering no matter who won tonight. That was a great top four.

    Now Sasha and Adam can commiserate over being runners-up… all the way to the bank. And Sutan can gloat over both of them. :)

  • Tera

    Melanie’s constant crying was getting old fast. I expect it at the win, but good grief, the girl has been crying all week long! Get over it! The girl who can’t dance anything but her own style ends up winning. What a crappy, crappy season this ended up being. And it started out with so much promise. Blah!

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  • cassie87

    :( I really wanted Sasha to win.

  • desiree_chick

    46%? That’s a blow out.
    Congrats Mélanie

    Yeah, and Sasha go 32%? Boy, the boys were completely ruined. Heh, I think that’s a first!

    But yeah, congrats Melanie, and how did you get an accent on the “e”?

  • Oksana2000

    Well, both Adam and Sasha are runners-up in Season 8. And we know how it ended-up.. :-D

  • Grammie Kari

    (Why do I keep getting the message about posting too quickly? Second time again.)

    I did pick Sasha to win, but am happy for Melanie. This is not America’s Best Dancer. It is America’s Favorite Dancer. I just wish Nigel would keep out of it. He just pushed so hard for Melanie. That is not right. Boo.

    Congratulations to both girls!

  • chrislongisland

    This season turned out just right for me. The three best dancers made the top 3, and the best dancer this season won. The only female dancer in the history of this show I like more than Melanie is Allison Holker, and Sasha is fourth all-time behind Lauren F.

  • sr4mjc

    Not surprised but disappointed anyway. Oh well. Sasha will be fine.

  • desiree_chick

    I really wanted Sasha to win.

    Me too. I myself is kinda disappointed. This was the most anti-climatic feeling I’ve had throughout the entire series.

  • Oksana2000

    Only 22% voted for the boys? Wow! But Melanie and Sasha were much,much better than them. JMO.

  • cassie87

    Well, both Adam and Sasha are runners-up in Season 8. And we know how it ended-up..

    Good point…and sort of strange. I’m sure Sasha will have a great career.

  • Grammie Kari

    So, is Kenny going to keep his commitment to Melanie about appearing in the revised, “Dirty Dancing”? Does Melanie have acting experience? I just don’t want a remake. Period.

  • jpfan

    First time ever my favorite has won this show.. Ironic that Nigel mentioned the NY Times article critical of the show. The only one they said could make it with a dance company was Melanie.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Lol I so saw that coming.
    Congratulations to ever fierce and inspiring Sasha!
    Ah… Sasha and Adam… my two favorite losers.))

    And I have not seen the whole season yet, but charging on what I have gathered during last 2 hours congrats to Melanie, definitely a deserving winner.
    Now off to the torrents, to see what a great season I have missed. %)

  • Buffynut

    So sadddzzz! :(

  • cantkick

    Why are people saying Melanie can only dance her style? She danced jazz, she danced hip hop, she danced ballroom, and excelled at them all. When Sasha did ballroom she had problems. And most of her routines were in her own style, too.

  • Listening

    Yippie! I wanted Melanie to win she was just so graceful, technical and emotional. Sasha was good but my clear favorite was Melanie which is weird b/c at the auditions I wasn’t feeling her but right after the statue routine I took a favorable shine to her. And all of Melanie’s stellar performances during the show just cemented my love of her, pure and simple she’s talent.

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    Melanie has cat muscles.

  • cjinsd

    My first winner, too, jpfan! I’m thrilled Melanie won, tho’ I liked the whole Top 4.

    And, on another happy note; I came in 6th in the pool…my highest finish ever (and I even got stuck with default picks at least one week).

  • Grammie Kari

    You know, I said after the meet the top 20 show that Jess and Nick should be the top two guys, and now? I so stand by that proclamation. Nigel sometimes cuts off his nose to spite his fans face.

    Sunchick, I was right there with you! I did pick Nick to win in the beginning, and when he didn’t make the tour, I was shocked. I have tweeted Nigel about 25 times to add Nick as a Wild Card to the tour. Nigel indicated there may be one or two.

    The three guy tap routine was my favorite of the night, and in the TOP 3 for the season! I absolutely loved it!

  • heidijoy

    Congrats! Happy for Melanie. Best wishes to her and the others.

  • Grammie Kari

    Melanie is built like a gymnast. I bet she took classes in that field, too. She’s a terrific dancer; however, I have not been overly thrilled with the season, and Nigel got on my nerves several times.

  • karenc

    I really liked Sasha, I have since I saw her on Glamnation, and actually this is the first season I watched SYTYCD, and I did like it.

    Both she and Melanie did a wonderful job.

  • Listening

    Also I don’t get why people act like Sasha was more unique than Melanie. Yeah she had a shaved head but that’s no biggie I thought Melanie went against the norm w/ her boyish short hair too. I just never saw Sasha do anything that made her different from the norm. Oh well one person’s norm is another person’s mold breaker I guess.

  • heidijoy

    Jess and Nick were favorites of mine.
    I think Nick getting paired with the older ballroom dancer made it difficult to get votes. She was good but probably didn’t attract younger voters. Nick should have been a judges choice as Jess should have too. Just my opinion.
    Loved Jess in that group number with the red suit on. He definitely stood out.
    Great season except for some of last evening numbers.

  • sunchick

    First time ever my favorite has won this show..

    Mel was my co-favorite, really, but it’s a first for me, too. \o/

  • shirley6700

    I’m happy for Melanie–although I was pulling so hard for Sasha. Congrats to all four finalists. I wish all of them the absolute best. It’s so great to see young people work so diligently toward their dreams. So many of us, young and old, can learn so much from their discipline and dedication!

    BTW, tonight’s show was so much better than last night’s.

  • Allison

    I thought Melanie would win from the beginning, but I was really getting into Sasha. Wouldn’t have minded if she won. This season had too many contemp and no Mia Michaels to choreograph. Maybe that’s why this season’s routines were not consistently outstanding. Tap dance number was great – Nick should have been kept instead of one of the many contemporary dancers.

  • kmd

    I actually thought it was a very good show tonight and I have not watched much this season. Some really outstanding routines. Glad that Melanie won.

  • Truthiness

    Yawwwn.

    Well that was an expected and boring finish to even more machinations than usual (which is usually VERY high) season.

    She danced jazz, she danced hip hop, she danced ballroom, and excelled at them all.

    Jazz is in the contempo wheelhouse. Ballroom? She had a “ballroom” that was really lyrical contempo and had very little actual ballroom content. Oh with the little ballroom content? she wasn’t very good. And her hip hop blew chunks. Terrible. Same for her disco.

    The only thing Melanie excelled at was the contempo scene. And even thereI think past contempo girls like Alison, Jamie, Kayla, Ellenore, Jeanine, LoFro, smoke her ass.

    I think that the title of worst. winner. of. the. show. has been passed to Melanie.

    Which to be fair, isn’t entirely her fault. She wasn’t responsible for not being given dances that could have challenged her. Or like with last night when she was, it was terrible choreo and not given a chance to grow throughout the season. And also to be fair to her, she had that in common with Sasha and others this season. Which is why it’s a disappointing season overall, and the ratings reflect, rightly I think, the general apathy to what Nigel wrought.

    So yeah, we’ll see if Nigel fixes things. I hope he does, the show needs it.

  • Tera

    Why are people saying Melanie can only dance her style? She danced jazz, she danced hip hop, she danced ballroom, and excelled at them all.

    The jazz she danced may as well have been contemporary…it was close enough. The ballroom was also very contemporary-ish. The hip hop she was terrible at and many people agreed on that. And of course last night’s disco was a disaster. She looked pained the entire time while making stupid faces.

  • Tera

    The All Stars put this Top 4 to shame in a big way.

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  • alonzo7

    The right top two-surprised that Melanie won by that much-she’s from Marietta, Ga about 10 miles from where I live.
    I favored Sasha just a bit more but happy with the results.
    Good season-first top 2 girls!!

  • Jae

    The right dancer won. Sasha is excellent but she only connects with routines that allow her to be broken or strong. Melanie is the more versatile dancer and I think she connects better with the audience. I didn’t connect this year with this group as much as last years but they were all pretty good.

  • Pam

    I would have to say on a technical level, that the girls were better than the guys this year. I do think we had an exceptional top 4 here and the right two people were the last two standing. I’m really happy about Melanie’s win but I think Sasha has bright future ahead of her as well.

  • Chris Tine

    Enjoyed the final night – loved the suit dance with the doors. I had missed that some how. No surprise on the placings – though I personally favored Sasha. Melanie was great too. It is so moving to see how much being on the show has meant to the contestants and see how they bond with each other. Beautiful dancers and beautiful souls. Hope they all go on to dance their hearts out. Wish one of the post performances was closer so I could go. It would be spectacular to see them live.

  • juniemarie

    I loved all four of the finalists, but Melanie was my favorite. For me, it was like magic to watch her. I’m so glad she won! But, like I said, that is MY personal taste.

    Did she have some performances that I didn’t like? Of course! The disco routine was a huge disaster. I thought the choreography & the song choice were atrocious. And both dancers really struggled with it. Would she have done better with better choreography? I don’t know.

    But I do know that there were several routines during the season where the dancers were dressed down for their performances when it was clearly the fault of the choreographer.

    On tonight’s show: I usually hate watching tap routines because I generally find them incredibly boring – but that routine tonight was fabulous! When they announced it was going to be a tap routine, I had my finger poised over the fast forward button; but right from the beginning, I could see that THIS tap routine was going to be special. Did you see that? THREE clicks in mid air – love that Jess! All three of those guys were great. And it was a tap routine with actual choreography. It was definitely the best tap routine I’ve seen on that show. (IMO, of course.)

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  • Truthiness

    I could see that THIS tap routine was going to be special. Did you see that? THREE clicks in mid air – love that Jess! All three of those guys were great. And it was a tap routine with actual choreography.

    Interestingly, supposedly this was done just by the guys. They came up with the number themselves. So no (bad) choreographer to get in the way. Which yes, is one of my take-aways from this season. Medicore choreo + overpimping = dull season/dull winner.

  • cheese

    I actually loved the whole top 4 and would have been happy to see any of them win. Although, I think tonight was a little heavy on the Melanie encores. ..

    It was wonderful to see Nick again (damn, he left too soon) and disappointing that Tadd only got one encore performance (I would have taken the Vulture dance over some of the other repeat contemporary routines).

  • Eileen99

    Still watching the finale on the west coast, but tonight is so much better than last night, which was pretty lackluster. They’ve chosen some of the most awesome routines to reprise, and I love seeing the all-stars back. I think my favorites were Marko, Jordan & Jess, but Melanie was awesome, too.

    It’s a good show tonight.

  • sweetmm

    I’m so happy; at last my fav wins this thing <3

  • butterbean

    Not happy.

    Sasha :(

  • Grammie Kari

    Interestingly, supposedly this was done just by the guys. They came up with the number themselves. So no (bad) choreographer to get in the way. Which yes, is one of my take-aways from this season. Medicore choreo + overpimping = dull season/dull winner.

    That’s interesting, Truthiness. One of the best numbers of the entire season was done by these three guys. Loved it! I hope Nick is picked as a wild card. I think he would have been good in other genres. Jess should have been in the Finale. What a great talent!

    For me, Disco and Jive are favorites. There have been some terrific Disco routines in the past. This one was not great. Someone said awkward. Indeed.

  • hayes

    Jordan did not get an encore. That sucks. I think the black swan or her routine with Brandon shoulda been there instead of the jail routine.

    Congrats to Melanie. But as much as I like her, I have to strongly disagree with Nigel’s comment that she’s the best female dancer the show has ever had. Allison takes that title.

    Sasha wanted it so bad, she put up a good fight. She’ll be fine though. Congrats to Tadd and Marko too. Had to laugh at Marko having to hear his results in his tightie whities. 21% for both boys though? That’s some asswhoopin.

  • Renee in CA

    LOVED the tap dance – there’s the fun and joy missing from last night. Nick left way too soon, and I still am amazed at Jesse – his high leaps with what – 3 taps? All in all, the night was a great redemption to last night’s downer.

    Totally ok and a bit surprised that Melanie won – usually the high-tech dancer doesn’t.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    Surprised but happy. I was sure Sasha was going to win – after all she got the benefit of killer choreo last night. Not that I could see a lick of difference between either woman. Stylistically, yes – but overall talent/ability? Both fantastic. I liked Tadd and Marko too – so it was a win/win all ’round whoever snagged the title. I did miss not seeing Mark Kanemura tonight, however. :( I was hoping his and Sasha’s dance would be one of those reprized. Guess he wasn’t available. *sigh* Seeing him dance again would have made my night. :)

  • cwm

    Awww, I’m sorry Sasha didn’t win. I was pulling hard for Sasha and hoping it would go to her. I had a sneaking suspicion that Melanie would take the win, though.

  • Grammie Kari

    Does everyone know that Nick Young auditioned for Glee? Yep, he tweeted the message. Yes, the Tap routine was fun and joyful! I wish I had taped it. It was that great!

  • hayes

    Ok a quick youtube search of Matt Flint turned up this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX4JNOyMB84

    How did I not know that Neil and Melanie’s “Total Eclipse” was only a rehash?? I feel jipped. I think Neil and Melanie did a better job though. Her leap was much more breathtaking.

  • theonlygirl

    I’m so happy Melanie won :D

  • chrislongisland

    Melanie is gorgeous and a very deserving champion. We now have four female winners (Sabra, Janine, Lauren F., Melanie) and four male winners (Nick L., Benji, Josh, Russell) across the 8 seasons of this show.

    My personal top 5 all-time girls:
    1. Allison H.
    2. Melanie
    3. Lauren F.
    4. Sasha
    5. Heidi

    My personal top 5 guys all-time:
    1. Twitch
    2. Mark
    3. Travis
    4. Josh
    5. Pasha

    Yup, that sounds about right…

  • sunchick

    Oh, that’s a hard list to make. Hmmm…

    My top 5 Girls, all-time…

    1. Ellenore
    2. Melanie
    3. Natalie
    4. Allison
    5. Donyelle
    5 and 1/2. Lacey

    Top 5 (ish) Guys, All Time…

    1. Travis
    2. Mark
    3. Jakob
    4. Neil
    5. Danny
    5 and 1/2. Jess
    5 and 3/4. Alex

    but also have to mention…

    6. Dmitry
    7. Billy Bell
    8. Hok
    9. Ryan Conferido
    10. Ade

  • lucy

    Well, that was pretty fore-ordained, it seems. I really like Melanie and think she’s stunning at what she does best, but I’ve always wanted the show to be about versatility and expanding your horizons, so I would have picked one of the others as my winner. I wonder whether Nigel has been hyping the girls so much because he’s just dying to have one of them chosen as the lead in Dirty Dancing. Would be a feather in the show’s cap of a kind that they haven’t had anything close to before. … I don’t really see it happening, though. I don’t see Melanie having the acting chops or range to do that part, despite her abilities as an expressive dancer. She proved pretty conclusively with her disco and hip-hop that she might not make much of a *dirty* dancer, either.

    My guess for Season 8’s biggest name in the dance/theater world some years down the line: Jess.

    sunchick — your top guys’ list is pretty much identical to mine. My top girls shift around too much for me to ever pin down a list, for some reason.

  • chrislongisland

    Great list Sunchick. Ade and Billy’s Mad World still gives me chills, as does Josh and Katie’s No Air and Robert and Allison’s Fix You.

    On the fun side, Alex Wong and Twitch’s Outta Your Mind and Katie and Twitch’s Mercy are just the best.

    Also, LOVED Josh and Katie / Molly and Nate Bollywood routines.

  • paperheart

    I’m confused as to why they would cast a professional dancer in the lead of Dirty Dancing? Part of the charm of the character of Baby is that she wasn’t a professional dancer but rather an awkward girl who had to be taught to dance passibly in order to help Johnny and his friend out.

    I guess if awkward is called for it’s much better casting to have Melanie in the role since she lacks real grace in any style other than her own. Her lines are sloppy and a lot of the time she lacked follow thru on the movement. This was glaringly obvious when she danced next to Sasha who is a fluid and graceful dancer every time she steps on stage.

    I was disappointed that Sasha didn’t win because she was the best, most versatile dancer they had all season. But I agree with whoever said that Allison is the best girl dancer the show has ever had. She’s amazing. I stopped watching her season when she was voted off and didn’t tune back in for the next season either in protest.

  • Avari

    Well, I am perfectly happy with these results. Congratulations to Melanie! She really is a stunning dancer.

    Confession time – Having been familiar with Sasha from the GNT, I have always been in her corner, but…I never really thought she was anything special as a dancer. The GNT choreography is…well, not about the dancers after all! So I was really impressed by how damned good Sasha actually is. I always found that technically Melanie has a bit of an edge, but they are both fantastic, and I am very pleased with the order of the entire top 4. I’m sure Sasha will be a gracious runner-up, just Melanie will be a gracious winner.

  • chrislongisland

    paperheart: Nobody puts Melanie in a corner! :-) Couldn’t resist.

  • chrislongisland

    Also, not for nothing, and I LOVE Sasha and know she was upset. But did anyone else notice she didn’t come back out on stage to congratulate Melanie? At least I didn’t see her.

    Yet something tells me Melanie would have congratulated her with a warm smile and open arms.

    Just sayin’…

  • Valentin432

    But did anyone else notice she didn’t come back out on stage to congratulate Melanie? At least I didn’t see her.

    She did go back, its fairly easy to see her because she’s standing near Kat.

    I did like her reaction, her disapointment felt very sincere.

  • chrislongisland

    Valentin432: If she did come back, I stand corrected. My apologies on that, especially because I love Sasha. Here’s a great article on Melanie’s win: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20517841,00.html

  • Pam

    I totally agree with the majority here about Allison. That girl is just an amazing dancer and that’s really an understatement. I’m thrilled she was an all star this season.

    ETA: I love what you said there mj about Nigel’s apology to the guys. First off, I thought his comment to them the night before was just so unprofessional and out of line. They wanted to win as much as the girls did and that apology was well deserved. I wouldn’t doubt he got crap on twitter over it. I have to say he deserved it.

  • paperheart

    She did go back, its fairly easy to see her because she’s standing near Kat.

    I did like her reaction, her disapointment felt very sincere

    I agree. I much prefer a real show of disappointment than a fake smile like it’s no big deal. Sasha worked her butt off and she wanted to win.

    Melanie is a beautiful dancer but I stand by my opinion that she’s sloppy in her completion of movement and her lines are terrible.

    Like Nigel said, Melanie dances from her heart and Sasha dances from her soul.

  • Thirsty

    hayes: How did I not know that Neil and Melanie’s “Total Eclipse” was only a rehash?? I feel jipped. I think Neil and Melanie did a better job though. Her leap was much more breathtaking.

    Ha! I didn’t post that during the season, but since that and the Tadd/Lauren/Queen routines were re-done last night it reminded me.

    Mandy did the same choreo for the UK Top 4 guys:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab0FXx1bbaA

    I think Matt is a great dancer with a lot of charisma and stage presence, but most of the UK contestants were miles behind those on the US show.

    I’m pleased for Melanie. She is a wonderful dancer and deserved the win. I like Sasha as well. They are both so different in the way they dance; Sasha is more raw and obviously powerful, Melanie is more fluid and subtly powerful. Two totally different yet equally beautiful dancers.

    Tadd and Marko were both great as well, so really I would have been pleased with any outcome.

  • weese

    I never thought Melanie was a sloppy dancer. Just that Sasha was extremely precise. It makes for a different feel and style. And I liked Marko just as much as those two girls although I think his dancing suffered more from fatigue by the time the finale rolled around. I find this show so joyous as compared to Idol which has been very frustrating much of the time.

  • sunchick

    I never thought Melanie was a sloppy dancer. Just that Sasha was extremely precise.

    I’d actually say Melanie is the precise one. She has tremendous control over her movments from her fingers to her toes. Sasha’s powerful stage presence is hard to deny and she can be very arresting, but her technique can be kind of sloppy and she doesn’t always finish her movements. But congrats to both girls for the first all female top two.

  • paperheart

    Sasha’s powerful stage presence is hard to deny and she can be very arresting, but her technique can be kind of sloppy and she doesn’t always finish her movements.

    If you watch them dance together you can plainly see which of them has the better technique.

  • emme

    I voted for Marko in the poll but love both Sasha and Melanie. Melanie has perfect timing she is never ahead or behind the music. When she was dancing with Sasha you can see that Sasha ‘feels’ the music but is often ahead or behind and this forces her to rush or delay her movement to stay on time. She is a force and they both are just amazing.