Okay you guys, seriously, how can we be watching the Finale Performance of So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 already?  It seems that the season just began.  What are we all going to do with our Wednesday and Thursday nights after this week?

Tonight the dancers danced four routines; solos, with All-Stars and with each other in a special test of style and endurance .  The winner receives $250,000, will have his or her photo on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, star in the Gatorade G-Series ad campaign and will be crowned America’s Favorite Dancer.

Tonight’s Guest Judges were Emmy Award-Winning Choreographer and Director, Kenny Ortega and Katie Holmes.  Yes, I said Katie Holmes.,  The actress.  The wife of Tom Cruise.  What the heck does she know about dancing?  What qualified her to be a judge on the Finale?  (Turned out she was a big fan of the show and was just there to say sweet positive things to each of the dancers.  Isn’t that nice…?)

MARKO & MELANIE kicked off the finale with the season’s first Disco choreographed by Doriana Sanchez (Can you say eXCiTeD?!!)  I personally happen to love Disco, but this performance left me a little flat; which seems impossible considering these are my two favorite dancers.  For the first time this season, I felt that Marko may have had a bit of a struggle with the lifts.  Mary and Nigel confirmed what I was thinking.

SASHA teamed up with All-Star Mark in a Sonya Tayeh (of course!) routine which (of course) featured Sasha as a powerful woman and Mark representing the obstacles in her life.  Are you kidding me?!  Week after week it’s the same angry, masculine, man-hating stuff from Sonya especially when it comes to Sasha.  And naturally, at the end Sasha conquers the evil man and throws him to the floor – why don’t you just lift your leg and pee on him while you’re at it?  Hated it!

TADD paired up with Season 4 Champion, Joshua in a Hip-Hop routine choreographed by Lil’C.  Now this is how Hip-Hop should be done – two very masculine men ripping it up.  I missed seeing Tadd’s signature jumps and spins, but this was great.

MELANIE and All-Star Robert paired up for a Contemporary Stacey Tookey routine.  I thought this was gorgeous, graceful and completely mesmerizing (but to be fair, I just realized that Melanie dances a lot of the same style as well – but since I prefer this style, I’m okay with that.  Biased?  Yes, but it’s my blog).

SASHA & MARKO teamed up in a Spencer Liff Broadway routine.  This was so much fun.  I completely enjoyed it.  This truly showcased both their talents and abilities.  Marko played such an adorable character as the slightly nerdy waiter to Sasha’s sophisticated lady.  Spencer worked in quite a bit of humor into this routine which was wonderful.

After the break, SASHA & TADD paired off to dance a Cha-Cha choreographed by Mark Ballas.  I love Marko and I know Sasha is good, but that was the most sedate Cha-Cha I’ve ever seen.  Where was the hip action?  Uh oh… this smells like trouble.  The judges confirmed my fears; that this was not a strong dance for them (except for Katie who clearly is out of her element and doesn’t know how to give a constructive critique).  The best advice came from Kenny Ortega who told them to; “let it go, turn around, walk off, come back and blow us away.”  By the way, my vote is in for Kenny to be a regular judge next season.  He was amazing!  Who’s with me on this?  Anyone want to start a petition?

MARKO and his All-Star, last season’s winner, Lauren teamed up with choreographer Tessandra Chavez.  I love Lauren, but can I just say, why the heck did the choreographer put her in red?  Our eyes are automatically drawn to color, so the audience is instinctively focusing on the person who is not competing.  Bad idea…  But Marko did a triple lift there in the middle of the dance that had to have taken significant strength – it was poetry.  Love him.

TADD’S solo routine won BEST DANCE OF THE NIGHT for me.  I love him!  He amazes me!  He is crazy, sick, talented!  And let’s not forget – entertaining!  Okay, I’m just going to say it.  It wouldn’t bother me at all if Tadd won the whole darn thing.  There.  I said it.

TADD & MELANIE were choreographed by Ray Leeper.  The concept was that Melanie caught Tadd in the act of cheating on him –she threw a shoe at him and then spent nearly half the dance stomping around in one shoe!  What the heck?!  That girl tore his gosh-darn clothes off and left him laying on the floor before the dance was through.  This was a fantastic, fun, amazing routine!  You can tell that the judges absolutely loved this piece too.  In the words of Mary Murphy, “Woo-hoo!”

MELANIE & SASHA joined forces in a Stacey Tookey routine depicting 1950’s housewives trying to break free of their mundane, white picket fence existences.  Dramatic, yes, but I can’t say I love seeing two women dance together… though these two dancers were amazing, and I think they played their roles well.

MARKO & TADD closed the show with a special Hip-Hop style called Gumboot Stepping – now there’s something new.  Love both these guys, so what could be better for me than to see them dance together to be able to compare them?  Thank you SYTYCD.  And in this particular routine, I would have to say that Tadd had the advantage.   Crazily enough, Marko looked like he was learning.  Interesting.

So gang, that’s it.  The end of the dancing.  The end of the competing.  The end of Season 8.  So what do you guys think?  Which of these amazing four dancers knocked it out of the auditorium tonight?  I’ll put it out there, and say that I think Tadd was the best guy of the night and Melanie was the best girl; and I’d be okay if either one of them took the prize.  What say you?

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