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“So You Think You Can Dance” Season Eight winner is……

August 13, 2011 /  by  
 

Week Nine (Top 4)

Host: Cat Deeley

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Katie Holmes (Guest), and Kenny Ortega (Guest)

In Week Nine the contestants are to perform five times. Once with an All-Star, one solo, and one time with each of the other contestants. It’s down to Tadd and Marko to represent the guys and Sasha and Melanie representing the girls.

Here’s how the contestants performed (In no specific order)

 

Contestant: Melanie Moore

All Star: Robert Roldan of Season Seven

Round 1 Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez

Round 2 Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

Round 3 Choreographer: N/A

Round 4 Choreographer: Ray Leeper

Round 5 Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

Round 1 Style: Disco w/ Marko

Round 2 Style: Contemporary w/ Robert

Round 3 Style: Contemporary Solo

Round 4 Style: Jazz

Round 5 Style: Contemporary w/ Sasha

Round 1 Song: “I Feel Love” Donna Summer

Round 2 Song: “Sacrifice” Sinead O’Connor

Round 3 Song: “Song For Viola” Peter Bradley Adams

Round 4 Song: “Show Me What You’re Working With” Sista Monica

Round 5 Song: “Heart Asks Pleasure First” AHN Trio

My Take: Melanie was as magical as always. She always steals the show and her performance with Tadd was absolutely amazing.

 

Contestant: Sasha Mallory

All Star: Mark Kanemura from Season Four

Round 1 Choreographer: Sonja Tajeh

Round 2 Choreographer: Spencer Liff

Round 3 Choreographer: Mark Ballas

Round 4 Choreographer: N/A

Round 5 Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

Round 1 Style: Contemprary w/ Mark

Round 2 Style: Broadway w/ Marko

Round 3 Style: Cha Cha w/ Tadd

Round 4 Style: N/A

Round 5 Style: Contemporary w/ Melanie

Round 1 Song: “Raise Your Weapon” Deadmaus

Round 2 Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” Ella Fitzgerald

Round 3 Song: “Raindrops” Basement Jaxx

Round 4 Song: “Be Be Your Love” Rachael Yamagata

Round 5 Song: “Heart Ask Pleasure First” AHN Trio

My Take: Sasha has really came into her own over the last few weeks and her performances did her every bit of justice.

 

Contestant: Marko Germar

All Star: Lauren Froderman winner Season Seven

Round 1 Choreographer: Doriana Snachez

Round 2 Choreographer: Spencer Liff

Round 3 Choreographer: N/A

Round 4 Choreographer: Tessandra Chavez

Round 5 Choreographer: Chuck Maldonado

Round 1 Style: Disco w/ Melanie

Round 2 Style: Broadway w/ Sasha

Round 3 Style: Contemporary Solo

Round 4 Style: Contemporary w/ Lauren

Round 5 Style: Hip-Hop- Gumboot Stepping w/ Tadd

Round 1 Song: “I Feel Love” Donna Summer

Round 2 Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” Ella Fitzgerald

Round 3 Song: “The Fear You Won’t Fall” Joshua Radin

Round 4 Song: “Shirk” Me’shell Dnegeocello

Round 5 Song: “B.O.B.” Outkast

My Take: I’ve been impressed by Marko since day one but his performance this week didn’t come close to my expectations. Other than his performance with Lauren (last seasons winner) Marko had probably the first show of the four.

 

Contestant: Tadd Gadduang

All Star: Joshua Allen winner of Season Four

Round 1 Choreographer: Lil C

Round 2 Choreographer: Mark Ballas

Round 3 Choreographer: N/A

Round 4 Choreographer: Ray Leeper

Round 5 Choreographer: Chuck Maldonado

Round 1 Style: Hip-Hop w/ Joshua

Round 2 Style: Cha Cha

Round 3 Style: Breakdancing

Round 4 Style: Jazz

Round 5 Style: Hip-Hop- Gumboot Stepping w/ Marko

Round 1 Song: “Hustle Hard” Ace Hood

Round 2 Song: “Raindrops” Basement Jaxx

Round 3 Song: “Mama Knows Best” Jessie J

Round 4 Song: “Show Me What You’re Working With” Sista Monica

Round 5 Song: “B.O.B.” Outkast

My Take: Tadd has been blowing me away since I first seen him. Some of the things he does are just out of this world and tonight was no different.

 

Now for the results: The first one sent off in fourth place is Tadd. Next to go in third is Marko, bringing it down to Melanie and Sasha. After Melanie and Sasha give us another rendition of their performance from Week Seven, Cat Deeley comes out and announces that with a total of 47% of the votes to 32% for second place Melanie Moore is the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season Eight.

First off why did they bring Katie Holmes on this show? She was not entertaining (actually rather dry and boring….like Katie Holmes is) and her judgement was nothing that I couldn’t have said. Personally, the voting ended the way I thought it was going to with Melanie winning, but the eliminations before that were a little off in my eyes. Overall Marko should have came in second because of what he has done in the past weeks and I thought the voters would see that. Really my only issue was the Marko and Sasha order. Other than that, I thought it turned out the way it was supposed to. So my congratulations go out to Melanie Moore who is this years winner. She will enjoy the quarter of a million dollars that she has just won. She will also appear in Dance Spirit magazine and have a role in this fall’s Gatorade G Series ad campaign.

This has been the best season of SYTYCD that I have ever experienced and from the get go it has had my attention and I hope for the upcoming seasons, they can keep the talent as good as it has been for the shows sake. I, personally, am a fan of this show from here on out because of this season.

Let me know what you thought of the results and of this season of “So You Think You Can Dance”