This is it, people — the last competition night for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance! (Is it just us or has this been the fastest summer ever?) We started with 20 incredible talents and we're down to four worthy dancers: Melanie Moore, Marko Germar, Sasha Mallory, and Tadd Gadduang. All four finalists brought their "A" game tonight and proved that they're not going down without a fight. Read on to find out who danced what and with whom.
Deeley style check: Class Act! Cat was the picture of style this evening, almost channeling a young Cybil Shepard. Her fitted ensemble was the palest shade of ivory with intricate bling up top and a smooth satin skirt below. Very simple, yet loaded with elegance!
At the judges' table: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, choreographer/director Kenny Ortega, and movie star Katie Holmes
On to the performances!
Dancers: Melanie Moore and Marko Germar (Yay!)
"I Feel Love" by Doriana Sanchez
First off, it's great to see our favorite power couple back together, not to mention the debut of disco this season. That being said, the lights during this number were downright nauseating. Also, we can't deny that Melanie was rather stiff and clearly out of her comfort zone in this piece. Kenny called it "electric," Katie claimed the expressions on their faces made her want to dance, Mary kept it real and admitted the lifts were rough, and Nigel agreed it wasn't their best performance.
Dancers: Sasha Mallory and Mark Kanemura
"Raise Your Weapon" by Sonya Tayeh
In this routine, which Sonya called her "Ode to Sasha," Mark represents all the obstacles in Sasha's life. Powerful and captivating, this was one of the best performances of the evening. Mark, of course, is a perfect match for Sonya's quirky style, and Sasha kept up with him every step and even defeated him in the end. Katie loved everything about it, Mary woo-hooed her little butt off, Nigel felt that Sasha threw down the gauntlet for the other contestants, and Kenny deemed the number "Sasha, Warrior Princess."
Dancers: Tadd Gadduang and Joshua Allen
"Hustle Hard" by Lil' C
Style: Hip Hop
We definitely dug this hard-hittin' routine, but truth be told, we're not sure it did Tadd any favors. Frankly, we couldn't take our eyes off Joshua! Still, Mary thought Tadd pulled it off, Nigel found it a tad sweet, Kenny liked the pairing, and Katie shared that she loves Tadd's smile.
Dancers: Melanie Moore and Robert Roldan
"Sacrifice" by Stacey Tookey
This was yet another contemporary piece about unrequited love, with Melanie being hopelessly in love with Robert, who doesn't feel the same about her. As usual, we totally ate up this familiar theme. Tookey filled it with her signature gorgeous lifts — we particularly loved the assisted jeté, which made Melanie look like an angel floating across the stage. We also adored that hug where Melanie kinda wrapped her foot around Robert's leg... very intimate. Nigel claimed Melanie picked up Sasha's gauntlet and slapped her in the face with it, Kenny revealed he would die for the opportunity to work with her (Dirty Dancing?!), Katie was blown away by her magical-ness, and Mary said she's in a class of her own.
Dancers: Sasha Mallory and Marko Germar
"Whatever Lola Wants" by Spencer Liff
This sassy routine was our favorite Broadway number of the season. Sasha played a Jessica Rabbit-like seductress, while Marko was the slapstick waiter trying to keep up with her advances. Super fun and well-danced. Kenny was impressed with both contestants' transformations from their previous routines, Katie deemed Sasha stunning and Marko incredible, and Mary was impressed with Marko's acting chops, but Nigel wasn't really into it. Boo, indeed, Nigel!
Dancer: Melanie Moore Solo
"Song For Viola"
After an emotional interview where she giggled about kissing Marko and let the tears flow over how proud her father would be if he were here, Melanie performed an absolutely breathtaking solo, which probably won her the competition.
Dancer: Marko Germar Solo
"The Fear You Won't Fall"
In his little one-on-one with Cat, Marko revealed that he thought maybe the reason he was shot in the shoulder was so that he could rise from it, come on SYTYCD, and inspire others to be fighters. (At this rate, we're going to run out of tissues.) His solo was wonderful — we love watching him dance, and we were even more excited to see both his mom and dad in the audience tonight.
Dancers: Sasha Mallory and Tadd Gadduang
"Raindrops" by Mark Ballas
Style: Cha Cha
Whoa — was that a naughty spanking? We haven't seen a whole lot of ballroom from Sasha this season, which is probably a good thing. Just keepin' it real, but Sasha looked like a ballerina attempting Latin here. Tadd also fell way short. Katie said they looked terrific (clearly avoiding the obvious), Mary admitted both dancers struggled quite a bit with this routine, Nigel agreed they pulled a tough gig out of the hat, and Kenny advised them to let it go, walk away, and come back bigger and better.
Dancers: Marko Germar and Lauren Froderman
"Shirk" by Tessandra Chavez
This routine was about two people who are super passionate about each other, but can't seem to make it work ... aka another contemporary number about failed relationships ... aka another performance we fell head over heels for. Superb connection between Marko and Lauren. Mary was extremely moved, Nigel thought it was fabulous, Kenny was swept away, and Katie was so grateful to witness the performance live.
Dancer: Tadd Gadduang Solo
"Mamma Knows Best"
During his time with Cat, Tadd named Travis's vulture routine his favorite and Cat embarrassed him by bringing up his "Keep Tadd Shirtless" website. True, his solo was more of the same, but since it's the last one, we decided to sit back and enjoy it for what it was: great fun, with a few glimpses of those delicious abs.
Dancers: Melanie Moore and Tadd Gadduang
"Show Me What You're Working With" by Ray Leeper
Super dynamic piece from Ray Leeper! Melanie was looking like Sandra Dee in Grease, as in the last last scene when Olivia Newton John rocks the skin-tight leather pants. Meanwhile, she had the pleasure of slowly undressing Tadd throughout the number. We're not complaining. Nigel loved the characters and the entire piece, Kenny compared Melanie to a tiger, Katie called it a breath of fresh air, and Mary felt Tadd brought sexy back, despite his socks.
Dancer: Sasha Mallory Solo
"Be Be Your Love"
Sasha took her one-on-one as an opportunity to give a nice shout-out to her sister, Natalia. She also talked about how happy she was to have worked with tWitch and how affected she was by her piece with Kent. As far as her solo, this was the solo we were waiting to see from Sasha. She killed it.
Dancers: Melanie Moore and Sasha Mallory
"Heart Asks Pleasure First" by Stacey Tookey
In this piece, Melanie and Sasha played repressed 1950s housewives who find strength in each other to break free. Well, actually, maybe they don't break free since they seemed to still be stuck behind their white picket fences at the end. Although it was completely different from their first beast duet and we didn't exactly buy the story, we still thoroughly enjoyed watching these two phenomenal talents sharing the stage. Kenny loved the interpretative choreography, Katie adored the fashion, Mary enjoyed every second, and Nigel commented on what we didn't see, how Melanie and Sasha held each other and wished each other luck before they took the stage. Cute.
Dancers: Marko Germar and Tadd Gadduang
"B.O.B." by Chuck Maldonado
Style: Gumboot Stepping
This was an interesting way to end the show. We appreciated being introduced to a new style, but we felt that they were a bit out of sync, which seems kinda essential to this type of dance. Nevertheless, Mary called it solid gold, Nigel congratulated the men on their accomplishments but remained convinced that a beast would win, Kenny felt they got the job done, and Katie thought they were great. (We love Joey from Dawson's Creek and all, but worst judge since Carmen Electra.)
And, that's all she wrote, folks. At this point, we feel confident that the final two will indeed be Sasha and Melanie. Both women were dealt some tough challenges tonight, Cha Cha for Sasha and Disco for Melanie, but we're putting our money on one of these women to be crowned America's Favorite Dancer. Time to vote!