Once upon a time, a b-boy from Salt Lake City took a chance by hitting the Season 8 So You Think You Can Dance auditions with a risky hand-walking act. As it turned out, the judges were wowed and Tadd Gadduang went on to fight his way all the way to the finale for a fourth place finish. Not too shabby! Here's a look back at all of Tadd's competitive duets on the show.
"Riding the Waves" by Sean Cheesman
Paired with over-the-top-sexy Jordan Casanova, Tadd got off to an explosive start with this African Jazz routine on June 15. Right off the bat, we were impressed with Tadd's knack for picking up different styles. Despite a strong debut, the power couple found themselves in the bottom three this week.
"Fade Into Me" by Jean-Marc Generaux
Once again, Tadd proved he was much more than just a b-boy when he delivered an absolutely beautiful Viennese Waltz on June 22. Set to David Cook's brand new tune, this was probably our favorite waltz of the season (and there were some good ones this summer). America definitely liked it, sending the pair to safety. Incidentally, this was the infamous double-slaughter elimination week. We can't help thinking that things might have turned out a lot different for Tadd, had he fallen in the bottom.
"Memories" by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
We were super psyched when Tadd pulled hip hop out of the hat, but this lighthearted number was slightly disappointing, truth be told. After Nappytabs' "I Got You" routine for Melanie Moore and Marko Germar earlier in the episode, Tadd and Jordan's performance was very cute and funny, portraying a random hookup on the morning after, but it lacked emotional depth. Still, America clearly enjoyed it, as they were safe once again.
"Nocturne" by Toni Redpath
On July 6, Tadd and Jordan were paired with Toni Redpath for a haunting smooth waltz. Beautiful costumes, lifts, lighting, and fog gave this performance a gorgeous dreamlike quality. Unfortunately, the dancers met the bottom once again this week.
"Brotsjor" by Travis Wall
Without a doubt, this July 13 contemporary work was our favorite Tadd and Jordan routine of the season. Jordan played a vicious vulture preying on a weak desert-bound Tadd. Reminiscent of Wade Robson's "Hummingbird" routine from Season 3, this fascinating dance kept Tadd out of the bottom three.
"Out Tonight" by Spencer Liff
Their second performance on July 13, on the other hand, was a bit of a Broadway flop. Jordan played a sleeping beauty character who was ready to party upon waking up, much to Prince Tadd's surprise. The concept was cute, but the dance felt a bit jumbled and never quite came together.
"Look At Me Now" by Chuck Maldonado
During his Top 10 debut on July 20, Tadd was paired with All-Star Comfort Fedoke for a hard-hitting hip hop number. This performance probably takes the most buck of the season honor. Nigel claimed that Tadd may have out-danced his All-Star, and we totally agree!
"Another One Bites The Dust" by Mandy Moore
For his first of two routines on July 27, Tadd took on this fierce jazz number with All-Star Lauren Froderman. Even though he dropped his hat toward the beginning, this was still an awesome performance set to the Queen classic.
"Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" by Jonathan Roberts
Later that evening, Tadd paired up with fellow contestant Caitlynn Lawson for a wonderful Foxtrot. Yet again, Tadd showed us that he was capable of nailing any style that was thrown at him.
"The Gulag Orkestar" by Sonya Tayeh
This was definitely one of the more bizarre and memorable routines from August 3 (and the entire season, really). Paired with the Queen of Weird, Sonya Tayeh, and one of her greatest matches, Ellenore Scott, Tadd Gadduang has the distinction of being the only SYTYCD competitor to ever swing from a chandelier up on stage. Pretty awesome.
"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" by Spencer Liff
In his second attempt of the night, Tadd got together with Season 8 winner Melanie for a captivating Broadway routine, where he played a director taking advantage of his muse's love for him. Super dramatic and filled with tons of emotion, both dancers gave worthy acting performances.
"Hustle Hard" by Lil' C
Tadd got his finale night started on August 10 with this buck hip hop routine, alongside Season 4's Joshua Allen. Tadd did a great job keeping up, but we were mostly just excited to see the former winner back on the program.
"Raindrops" by Mark Ballas
Unfortunately, his second finale number, an awkward Cha Cha with runner-up Sasha Mallory, was nowhere near where it should have been. Choppy transitions and weird timing made this routine one of the least polished of the season.
"Show Me What You're Working With" by Ray Leeper
During his third performance of the night and his second appearance with Melanie, Tadd bounced back into the judges' favor big time with this awesome jazz piece. He took on the role of a cheater, as well as a beating from a furious Melanie. Fun!
"B.O.B." by Chuck Maldonado
We didn't really get this odd Gumboot Stepping number, which was a shame considering how much we were anticipating a duet between Tadd and his fellow male finalist, Marko. To give credit where it's due, we can say that Tadd performed the style better than his partner. Still, this was a disappointing choice for the season closer.