It’s finale week for season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and while Nigel Lythgoe and many dance lovers feel the race is between Melanie Moore and Sasha Mallory (and we pretty much agree with him), we decided to take a closer at each finalist and see how they really stack up against each other.
Does anyone stand a chance against Melanie? She had us at “Turn to Stone,” which she performed with Marko on the first top 20 performance show. But, then fast-forward to July 20 when Sasha and twitch performed what Lythgoe says is his favorite performance of the season – the breakfast routine.
Is it really a lock in for Melanie or Sasha? “I think it’s a done deal that one of them will win,” declares Lythgoe.
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Let’s see what all of the experts say…
MELANIE MOORE: 19, Contemporary
Nigel Lythgoe: “Her technique, first and foremost. And, Melanie dances with her heart and she gives a very honest performance. She’s a great little actress too.”
Lil C: “She is just bonkers. It’s her posture, that’s the best thing about her. It’s so awkward that you can tell it’s been developed and it’s so individual and that’s so refreshing to see in a competition like this.”
Rob Marshall: “Melanie [connects] big time. She feels all of it.”
Cat Deeley: “[Melanie is] very emotionally available and it’s very easy for the audience at home to connect with [her.] And, she has that cute pixie thing, delicious!”
Rob Marshall: “I would say that physically she is so strong I would try to maybe feminine it up a little bit.”
Mary Murphy: “I don’t think they have any weaknesses. I think that what’s going to happen will be out of their control. It’s gonna be the music and the choreographer that gives them that extra edge.”
SASHA MALLORY: 23, Contemporary
Nigel Lythgoe: “Sasha’s much deeper and maybe a little more uncontrolled passion that I find very attractive.”
Mary Murphy: “I think she is one of the most fierce females in this competition and what a look what a stage presence that young woman has.”
Lil C: “She is dynamite. She’s TNT. She’s so explosive. She has so much vocabulary and she did not repeat not one word [in her solo on Aug. 4]. Her punctuation was on point; there were no grammatical errors, subject, predicate, prepositional phrases, everything! Amazing.”
Kristin Chenoweth: “Her extension. The fact that she doesn’t make a sound when she lands. She’s got great feet.”
Christina Applegate: “She’s showing us the inside of herself and that’s the kind of dancing I love. It’s riveting to watch. It’s dangerous.”
Nigel Lythgoe: “Sasha’s technique disappears every now and again and is nowhere as near as strong as Melanie’s technique.”
MARKO GERMAR: 22, Jazz
Nigel Lythgoe: “Beautiful technician, lovely lines.”
Lil C: “Marko is very authentic. He’s just a pure person, dancing from a pure place, whether it’s a spot that’s behind his heart or whether it’s from his injury, when he got shot, whether it’s from there. When someone dances from that, and uses that, that’s authentic to me.”
Cat Deeley: “He’s all soft, but super tough and strong.”
Nigel Lythgoe: “Marko gets a little overdramatic in his performance” and “his hands are a bit weak on occasions.”
Rob Marshall: “The only thing I would say to Marko is stay connected as much as possible because sometimes his technique can take over sometimes. Make sure you’re really feeling and know what your story is as an actor. ”
TADD GADDUANG: 25, Hip-Hop
Nigel Lythgoe: “I think he’s really a creative dance, which has kept him in the competition.”
Lil C: “He’s all about showmanship. That’s why even with minimal moves and whatnot, he’s able to grab your attention and pull your focus straight to him.”
Mary Murphy: “I think it’s tremendous we have a b-boy in the finale. I think the kid dances with a lot of heart and soul and he’s the most sincere person behind the set as well. The kid’s just adorable. I’m sure they are going to be making little dollies of that one!”
Nigel Lythgoe: “Tadd, obviously, doesn’t have the technique that everybody else has, so he needs to strengthen up on technique.”
Mary Murphy: “He’s a b-boy, not a trained dancer like the others. He’s the underdog. He’s outside his style every single week.”
The “So You Think You Can Dance” finale performance show is Wednesday and the winner is announced on Thursday.