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TV Review: So You Think You Can Dance – The Finale

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Back in July, the dead of summer, where there is usually no decent television to speak of, So You Think You Can Dance hit the airwaves on FOX. It followed on the heels of the highly popular Dancing With The Stars on ABC. Now if you check back on my reviews of the show I wasn’t the biggest fan of the early episodes. The audition process dragged on much longer than necessary. I’m not a dancer, but maybe someone with dance training enjoyed this coverage. However, almost six hours of auditions didn’t make for entertaining television.

Once they had the fifty dancers chosen, the process of elimination began. Only sixteen would make it. That is when things got interesting for me. That also seems to be when the rest of America began to tune. Finally, the competition truly got underway, and the phone lines were opened to allow American viewers to cast their votes. The show drew very high voting numbers – 28.5 million called in. They even beat American Idol voting numbers some nights.

Over the past two months, we’ve watched the contenders danced their way into America’s hearts. We’ve been shocked. We’ve been involved. Just look at the comments to my posts each week on Blogcritics. Viewers are caught up in the show. They jump in with their thoughts on their personal favorites, and even some thoughts on what can make this show even better in the future.

It took time, but my thoughts on this show have totally turned around. I went from almost hating it to loving it. I scream at the television each week while it’s on. I’m just as involved as anyone else. I’m actually sad to see this show come to an end, but hopefully, it will return and be even better next time.

Now let’s talk about tonight’s show.

There were many surprises in store for us. We not only had the return of the rest of the top sixteen dancers, but other special guests popped up out of nowhere. Throughout the episode, we were also taken back to past weeks to see our dancers as they grew during the competition. The show began with a performance by the entire top sixteen dancers; choreographed by Shane Sparks. These sixteen dancers owned the stage, and it was nice to see them all back for the big finale.

This performance was followed by another special guest performance from Alex Da Silva. He starts out with one female at his side, but in a total surprise, host Lauren Sanchez replaces this female as his partner and she sizzles on stage with Alex. Now, I had no idea she could dance or that she could do it so well. Perhaps this is why she was chosen as this show’s host. I had always wondered about her. She did say it took a lot of rehearsal time in order to perform, but she looked great on stage.

There was one more guest performance before we saw our final four in action. During auditions, one male dancer was put down by Nigel as being not masculine enough during his performance. This man, Anthony Bryant, returned tonight, and Nigel had to eat his words. (Another guest performance by The Groovaloo’s, a hip hop dance crew, came in near the end of tonight’s show .)

After Bryant’s performance, our dancers returned. This week they were allowed to pick one of their past performances to dance for America. Their partner for the performance also returned, and these dancers once again demonstrated to America why they were the final four. Nick chose his disco performance. Ashle performed her samba with Blake. Those that loved Jamile’s hip hop performance with Destini the first time it aired were able to see it again, and Melody chose her Broadway performance with Nick.

During and after these performances, we learned how America voted. The first one eliminated from the competition, coming in fourth with only 8.8% of the vote, was Ashle Dawson. Next to go was Jamile McGee with 24.9% of the vote. This left Melody Lacayanga and Nick Lazzarini. At the very end of tonight’s program we learned that Nick won with 37.7% of the vote. Melody came in second with 28.6%.

Each and every week, Nick had performed well. All these dancers have, though. Each and every single one of the dancers in the top sixteen will be dancing in one form or the other for some time to come. The top four do have brilliant careers ahead of them. Nick may have won, but the other top three have also won by going as far as they did in the competition. They will find work as dancers. I will miss this show. It has become a part of my regular viewing habits. As I said earlier, I became involved in the outcome. Unlike the results of Dancing With The Stars on ABC, I was quite pleased with how this show played out. Nick is an amazing dancer, and he deserved to win this competition.

I can’t wait to see So You Think You Can Dance next season. Not sure when that will be. I hope some changes are made to make this show even better than it is now. Shorter show times would be a good start. I didn’t mind the 90 minute shows so much, but the two hour long broadcasts were a bit tedious. However, I enjoyed the faster pace that came with the sixty minute programs.

What do you think America? Were you pleased with the result of this competition? What do you think could be done to make this show even better for future seasons or are you happy with this show just as it is?

For a complete list of songs used on tonight’s show and more reviews by Regina, including reviews on books, music, movies and several popular television shows, visit her review blog found at One Couch Critic. She is also the newest contributor at Media Village with her Thoughts from the couch. Her rambles on life and writing can be found on her daily blog, One Writer’s Rambles.

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  • Julane

    My very-late-night comments have become a tradition (for me at least) so here goes: I am very pleased that Nick won the competition and I think it would be hard to be unhappy about it. He is a talented and versatile dancer and gymnast, he can take on a variety of roles and styles and really run with them, he’s pretty, and he is just so darn likeable. GO NICK!! I was a little surprised that Ashlé got so little support, but again I am not worried about her or any of these folks finding success in the dance world. I was also surprised that Melody chose to reprise her “All That Jazz” number, which was IMHO a lot less interesting than many of her other performances. Why not do that incredible disco number that was such a breakthrough for her? (Or one of the performances I missed because of the stupid cable company last week?) Ah well.

    It was amazing to see Lauren Sanchez dance and she did look beautiful. She must spend many hours every day working out to get a body that toned and lithe. Loved the Groovaloos, too.

    I do hope the show’s organizers take a look at everyone’s comments during the past week, and that there is another season next summer with many format improvements. I hope they follow up with Nick to see how things are going for him, and maybe some of the other finalists as well.

    I’ve really enjoyed your reviews, Gina, and everyone else’s informative and emotional comments.

  • Lana Corbett

    So You Think You Can Dance//// my favorite show / next would be House….. I think Nick was the best…. thank you for the article…

  • Sheila Larsen

    Hi, I don’t know what an URL is, I’m typing from the library. I live with my 83 year old mother who’s suffered a stroke a year and a half ago. She loves American Idol, and we watched “Dancing With the Stars”. We watched “So You Think YOu Can Dance” because we like music and this one really was fun. I’m an artist and started sketching from the t.v. I have a friend I paint with and have worked up a nice contemporary piece and would like to see if anyone might be interested. Where would I go to send a visual of this painting. I can’t leave the house because my Mom isn’t able to travel well, so I paint to keep my sanity. It’s one of my passions…so is music. Thanks for this site…Sheila

  • Ritchie Macabale

    I am so happy with the results because Nick and Melody were my pics for one and two. Either one of them could have won and I would have been happy!!! They were really the best couples in the whole competition and America got it right last night!!! I preferred Ashley to be third and was surprised to see how low her votes were compared to the other 3 but I kind of had a feeling that Jamille would get a lot of votes because he had one solid hip hop vote. I give Jamille kudos though for going this far. Having said that, I liked seeing all the top 16 come back and dance again one more time on stage. They all were wonderful and Im sure that because of their exposure through this show, they’ll have opened doors for them and have wonderful careers.

  • Ritchie Macabale

    I AM GLAD TO SEE 3 FILIPINO AMERICANS DOING WELL IN THIS SHOW “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”, MELODY, RYAN AND ALLAN(HALF BLACK/HALF FILIPINO) HAVE ALL SHOWN THEIR TALENTS TO AMERICA AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD IF THIS SHOW DOES WELL LIKE AMERICAN IDOL WHICH IS SHOWN WORLDWIDE. SINCE IM A FILIPINO AMERICAN MYSELF, I KNOW THAT MANY FILIPINO AMERICANS HAVE SINGING AND DANCING TALENTS. IF YOU HAVE GONE TO ANY FILIPINO PARTIES, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT MANY SING AND DANCE AND THERE ARE QUITE A FEW WHO CAN REALLY DO THEM WELL. IT’S ABOUT TIME THAT THE REST OF AMERICA FINDS OUT ABOUT IT AS WELL. HERE ARE SOME OF THE FILIPINO AMERICANS WHO ARE SHOWING THEIR TALENTS TO AMERICA AND THE WORLD:
    1. LEAH SALONGA- TONY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST ACTRESS OF MISS SAIGON, WAS THE LEAD IN FLOWER DRUM SONG, PLAYED IN LES MISERABLE, SANG IN THE 1ST ORIGINAL ALLADIN (A WHOLE NEW WORLD), MULAN ETC.
    2. TIA CARRERE- ACTRESS IN WAYNES WORLD, TRUE LIES
    3. PHOEBE CATES- PART FILIPINA ACTRESS IN GREMLINS
    4. LOU DIAMOND PHILIPPS- ACTOR IN LA BAMBA, HE IS PART FILIPINO AND NOT MEXICAN.
    5. ROB SCHNEIDER- COMEDIAN IN DEUCE BIGOLOW
    6. ANGELA PEREZ BARAQUIO- MISS AMERICA 2001, MISS HAWAII, THE FIRST MISS AMERICA OF ASIAN DESCENT.
    7. JENNIFER ROSALES- LPGA TOUR WINNER
    8. MANUEL PACQUIAO- FEATHERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD 2003 TO PRESENT
    9. ALLAN PINEDA LINDO- ALSO KNOWN AS “APL”, WHO IS THE RAPPER ON THE BLACK EYED PEAS GROUP.
    10. EFREN REYES JR. WITH HIS OWN TV SHOW (KARATE/DRAMA) SIDEKICK (HE WAS THE KID)
    11. GIOVANIE PICO- ACTRESS IN E.R.
    12. MARIA RESSA- CNN JOURNALIST/ASIA CORRESPONDENT
    THE MOST FAMOUS FILIPINO AMERICAN AND MANY DONT EVEN KNOW IS:
    13. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS- SINGER AND SON OF SPANISH SINGER JULIO IGLESIAS AND SPANISH MESTIZA PHILIPPINE SOCIALITE ISABEL PRYSLER.
    I CAN GO ON AND ON LIKE JASMINE TRIAS AND CAMILLE VELASCO ON AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 3. A BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE METS CALLED THE HAWAIIAN PUNCH. A FORMER HAWAII GOVERNOR OF FILIPINO ANCESTRY. A DALY CITY MAYOR OF FILIPINO ANCESTRY IN CALIFORNIA. THE CURRENT AND NEWLY APPOINTED EXECUTIVE CHEF IN THE WHITE HOUSE- CRISTETA COMERFORD. SHE WAS THE FIRST EVER WOMAN AND FIRST MINORITY TO BE THE EXECUTIVE CHEF IN THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THE COUNTLESS FILIPINO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. ETC.
    GO FILIPINO AMERICANS AND SHOW YOUR TALENTS TO THE WORLD!!! WE HOPE TO SEE MORE OF YOU OUT THERE!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 16 CONTESTANTS AND GOOD LUCK TO YOUR CAREERS!!!

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Would the above be considered a capital offense? All kidding aside, that’s a nice list of Americans with Filipino heritages. Kind of makes up for the espionage scandal bewing in D.C.

  • Lindsey

    Loved the show, loved Nick! I would have been shocked if he didn’t win.

  • Julane

    Lana, House is a great show! Did you know that the star, Hugh Laurie, is British? I think many viewers may not know this because his American accent is absolutely flawless. The series is taking a break for the baseball playoffs and I can’t wait until it comes back in November.

    Sheila, do you have a digital camera? You could take a photo of your artwork and post it online, I think through MSN, for free for a while (I think Yahoo! has something like that too), then you could post the URL (that is that http://www.whatever.whatever thing) here and interested people could look at it.

    Ritchie, your comments on the show results are excellent, and I’m only speaking for myself here, but could you give the other issue a rest? You already posted the list of prominent Filipino American entertainers last week, why are you posting it again? It’s great that you are proud of your heritage but there are talented people from all races and ethnic backgrounds and I don’t think this competition had anything to do with that. It looked like many groups were represented on the show, which added so much to its appeal IMHO. Again, this is just my $.02; obviously I can’t speak for anyone else. Thanks for listening, ending rant now.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Oh Julane! I love House! That and Rescue Me are the best dramas on television. Hugh Laurie is brilliant in the role and his American accent is flawless. I wish that the main three networks would take the queue from FOX and FX. These networks have come out with some great quality programming. Granted FOX has had its shares of crap but when it comes to Dramas, they’ve outshined ABC and NBC.

  • Fallon

    The only episodes I saw of this show were the 2nd to last one, and the finale. I didnt even know it existed! My life is far too hectic to ever have time to watch television more than like 2 hours a week. But I got done with school recently and was able to have enough time to catch the last 2 episodes. all i can say is that i wish i could have watched them all. I danced tap jazz and ballet for 18 years and i loved watching all the insanely talented versatile contestants on this show. i believe that nick deserved to win 100%. I knew from the second I saw him perform. It seems like there is nothing thrown his way that he cant handle, or make look absolutely natural. he was quite obviously born to dance. all the finalists were extraordinary and deserve to move forth with their dancing career, and I wish them all the best of luck, although it appears that they might not need luck at all. There are a few improvements that can be made to the show, for instance I wish I could see their solo performances last a bit longer, maybe even a whole song. perhaps they did in the beginning, and I just missed those parts because I was not around to watch. Regardless, I am confident that next season (assuming there is gonna be one) will be nothing less than fantastic. good luck in the future to all the losers! (wait that didnt sound right. lol) CONGRATS NICK!

  • julia

    Is Nick gay? I can’t tell.

  • Julane

    Anyone who is interested and did not see Gina’s review and last week’s comments should go here; there are many good ideas about improving the show’s format. Fallon, you did not miss any lengthy performances–if anything they were shorter in the beginning. I completely agree that once we got to the semifinalist level it would have been nice to see longer-format dances.

    FYI I work full-time and have a long commute, plus I have a 12-year-old son and a serious theater/film habit, so any TV I want to watch gets taped. I then watch it later on my treadmill. Works for me (well, sort of). :)

  • Wootch

    Great finale! Great result! Nick totally deserves it.

    I won’t quibble about Jamile being third over Ashlee. I voted for Ashlee (Hmmm. One of 8.8%) but it’s because she IS the most determined and versatile and she always really attacked her routines. That said, Jamile does have that extra charm, technique aside. All four proved again last night that they deserved to be there, no question.

    I laughed when Julane brought up Melody’s choice of doing her jazz routine for her demonstration number. You never were much of a Melody fan, Julane. That routine absolutely killed for me. It’s fantastic and I think it showcases Melody above and beyond her peppy, leg-lift, smiley “Craig” numbers. In other words, that number takes her out of the Melody zone, more so than her disco number which was a bit peppy/jazzy. Plus, from day one, I knew she was one hot number!!! Nigel said it best when he said she made him want to be a younger man.

    However, I was happy to see Nick pick his Kamilah-Disco routine which I always felt was one of his best. That blew away the competition the night they did it back then and the fun, electricity and energy remained last night. Phenomenal!

    Jamile and Destini’s number was awesome (again) but I jumped up and down more last week when he did “Cold Hearted Snake” with Melody. I remember way back, one of the real early shows had him doing a NON hip-hop number where he also impressed (before he had a bad streak of listless and draggy performances) so in the end let’s say that he moves fantastically and he CAN do other styles. Let’s also say, just not as well as well as the other three finalists and leave it at that…

    Ashlee’s final demonstration was fantastic but I wonder if it was just a coincidence that it involved Blake. Bringing back the other finalists was a lot of fun and I’m glad they were featured (as a group—an awesome routine, and as partners with the final four) but I wonder if the producers had a hand in the routines that were picked in order to bring back certain favorites. Maybe not but I’m a reality show cynic.

    To wrap up what was a really fun forum with y’all, I’d like to weigh in that I liked the format of the show although it WAS constantly changing. Unlike some of the others here, my FAVORITE parts were actually the Hollywood weeks with the choreographers and the subsequent whittling down process. THIS, more so than one quick performance after another, gave insight into personalities. It was here that we learned about Jamile’s struggles, Big Poppa’s charisma, Kamilah’s dramatics, Destini’s sass, Blake’s cockiness, Melody’s friendships with Craig and Nick, etc. Remember that one chick who was good in the auditions but then couldn’t hack it at the various styles with the choreographers so she quit? That other girl who feigned injury and then was showboating all over Dan’s class? Fun stuff. PLUS we saw the process and just how bloody hard it is to do what they do. They only make it LOOK easy. Then, once in the American Idol-like portion of the show, can they concentrate more on talent and ability. While I do think that America SHOULD pick based on dancing ability and try to be a little more objective, I recognize that this is entertainment and good looking kids like Nick and Melody are going to prevail. If you think about it, all 16 finalists were attractive. This show is CAST as much as it is filled. Dancing Ribbon Boy was fun to watch and extremely talented (and the judges reactions and his comments were terriffic) but there are many out there we’ll never see cuz they aren’t “TV friendly”. I’ve gabbed about the demographics for this show every week and we’re talking Fox for 13-35 year olds here. Not a PBS Showcase featuring the ABT. The good looking people with compelling backgrounds or stories will be cast. I’m just glad that are truly talented too, as these dancers were.

    Thanks to Regina and all you who commented for a FUN BOARD!!!!!

  • Gage Hanna

    Dies anyone know the song they played during the tribute video for the whole show i really liked it but it didn’t show who sang it

  • Carl

    I also liked the audition episodes. In addition, I liked seeing them learning the choreography and I really liked hearing the expert judges analyze their dances. This is important when you don’t understand a dance form- like Artem’s ballroom (which was stunning by the way)as many people are not familiar with how hard holding some of that really is. I hope they don’t get rid of much of that next season. Maybe a little streamlining? I would like to see more solo dancing, however. Someone made a good point- if it is to be one winner then why are they focusing only on parnter dancing?

    I am glad Nick won. I think of the final four he deserved it. I enjoyed Ashlee’s work ethic and most of her performances, but she lacked electricity and her solo’s did nothing for me. I never liked Melody. I agree she was a good dancer, but she never seemed more than a sexy little package to me. And Jamile, well nice fun guy who shouldn’t have made it so far. Let’s look forward to next season.

  • Wootch

    I want to clarify for the people who haven’t seen my past posts, I have always said that Nick was the best dancer and deserved to win. I only voted for Ashlee (over my major crush Melody!) because I thought she deserved some fan support and I really do think she’s amazing. I can’t say a bad thing against her but I’m not surprised she lost. I AM a little surprised that it was just just 8%. Tough competition though. Nobody can take away from any of those final four.

  • Gage Hanna

    Ryan was the best he should have one with his crazy breakdancing

  • Jason

    I took this week as a validation of how right I was about my thoughts last week.

    Shane is bad ass and he should be a judge next season. The beginning choreography was off the chain. Great floor movement and excitement.

    Alex uses women to distract from the fact that he barely dances. I would rather see more ballroom than any more of his choreography. That being said Ms. Sanchez was one hell of a distraction.

    I wasn’t too surprised Ashle came in fourth but I was surprised that she only got 9%. She took Nigle’s dis well. Telling her she is missing something and then backtracking and saying it didn’t matter. Overall I thought she deserved better than 9%.

    Jamile came in third that made things a little anticlimactic but it would really have ticked people off if he made it any further. His hip-hop performance with Destni was the most entertaining routine of the season so I was happy to see it again.

    Melody a surprise 2nd and after hearing the judges sweat her I’m guessing her popularity had a lot to do with her sex appeal. Which, I’m not knocking because dancers depend on sex appeal to connect with their audience.

    Nick wins with 38%. Which means it really wasn’t close. He should take the 100k and open a dance school with Melody. But I think Broadway is calling him. While I’m the subject 100k doesn’t seem high enough.

    And I’ll finish with my notables

    The “I feel awkward moment” goes to Nigel and Dan for all but asking Melody for a three way.

    Anthony, great performance but you’re still a girly man.

    The Groovaloos were cool but I would have liked to have seen Ryan in a cameo.

    My personal final ranking is:

    1. Nick
    2. Blake
    3. Ashle
    4. Melissa

    My Sentimental favorite:

    1. Jamile
    2. Melody
    3. Kamilah
    4. Artem

  • Julane

    Awesome comments everyone (except the confusing one about how Ryan should have “one”). Wootch, I just want to clarify one thing: I did not dislike Melody in the “All That Jazz” routine. It was the choreography that I found boring. I have seen Chicago on stage (with the original Bob Fosse choreography) and of course I’ve seen the movie with the sufficiently Fosse-esque choreography (and the wonderful film All That Jazz with Roy Scheider playing Bob Fosse) and this was just not up to snuff. If you have it on tape, go back and look at what they are actually doing, and it is just a series of poses. (I didn’t even think they did the poses all that expressively, but they probably just don’t have the maturity/worldliness to do Fosse-type material yet.)

    I suspect my problem with Melody is exactly why you liked her. She is a sexy little lady, and that’s nice (especially for someone like me who is built a little like her), but there were times when I was watching her solos and I could imagine her doing exactly what she was doing in some seedy strip club over by the airport in any big city. It’s a shame she focuses so much on those “hey sailor” moves because it cheapens her considerable talent. I think what she needs is decent management so she can get the training and the type of work that will exploit her talent rather than just exploiting her. You may not agree but do you see what I mean?

    I am still agonizing over having missed 2/3 of the final competition episode. There really should be a way that you can get things if you missed them for some reason, maybe for a fee. Anyone have a videotape they’d like to sell me?

    If I had to pick a top four it would have been Nick, Blake, Ashlé, Melissa and Artem. Yes, I know that makes five! 😉

  • Wootch

    Even Ashlee and a few others did the ever popular “leg lift” at some point throughout the season. Is Melody being singled out for her looks? You say you can see Melody in a strip club, but not the others doing similar moves/choreography? Why? Julane, I do see what you’re saying but I wouldn’t want anyone to hold her sex appeal against her.

    I really don’t want to get into a thing over Melody, especially since you and I pretty much agree on the final results. I can’t take issue with your Final (Five) ranking at all. You are dead on with your comments about the performances (I think we differ more on the format/content of the shows than we do on the dancers). I only want people to throw out the “hoochy” judgment factor just because she’s hotter than the other contestants.

  • Wootch

    BTW, my hat’s off to you for referring to Melody’s choreography as “‘Hey Sailor’ moves”. Funny, and not necessarily incorrect…

  • Ritchie Macabale

    SOMETIMES I CHUCKLE WITH SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT BEAUTY AND SEXINESS SHOULD NOT BE A CRITERIA IN VOTING FOR THE BEST DANCER IN THIS SHOW. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HELLO? DO YOU THINK BRITNEY, JLO, JANET, BEYONCE, CIARA ARE JUST ALL GOOD TECHNICAL DANCERS? YES, THEY ARE BRILLIANT DANCERS BUT THEY ARE ALSO BEAUTIFUL AND SEXY AND THEY APPEAL TO THE WORLD STAGE. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DANCERS BUT THEY DONT MAKE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE FORGETTABLE. YES, OFCOURSE, FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE HAVE TO PICK THE BEST TECHNICAL DANCER IN THE SHOW AND MELODY WAS THE BEST TECHNICAL DANCER IN THERE AS NIGEL SAID. MELODY IS ALSO NOT JUST A DANCER BUT WHEN ON STAGE SHE’S A PERFORMER AND AN ENTERTAINER AS WELL LIKE DAN SAID. TO SAY THAT BEAUTY AND SEXINESS SHOULD NOT BE A PART IN CHOOSING THE BEST DANCER IS JUST IGNORANT ABOUT REALITY. ANOTHER ISSUE, SOMEONE SAID THAT MELODY USES HER SEXAPPEAL TO GET BY. HELLO? WHAT ABOUT KAMILAH’S SEXUAL FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, MELISSA’S SILVER SHORTS, ASHLEY’S LOW CUT DRESSES, NICK, BLAKE, ARTEM, CRAIGS SHIRTLESS DANCE DAY AFTER DAY? THE FIRST TIME I HEARD PEOPLE COMMENT ABOUT MELODY’S SEXAPPEAL WAS DURING HER HIP HOP DANCE WITH CRAIG. BECAUSE SHE WAS THE FIRST TO DANCE HIP HOP. DID YOU SEE ASHLEY DOING THE HIP HOP SHAKING HER BOOTY AND ALL 16 DANCING AT THE FINALS? MAYBE MELODY GETS COMMENTS ABOUT HER SEXAPPEAL BECAUSE SHE HAS IT!!! SHE CAN SELL IT. THE OTHERS MIGHT BE FORGETTABLE. ANOTHER ISSUE, BEAUTY AND SEXINESS IS JUST AN ICING ON THE CAKE OF WHAT MELODY POSSESS. SHE GOT THE PACKAGE OF LOOKS, STYLE, PERSONALITY, ATHLETICISM, VERSATILITY, FUNNY GIRL ATTITUDE, CLASS, YRS OF TRAINING, STAGE PRESENCE, AND LOTS OF TALENT. MELODY, CONGRATULATIONS GIRL!!!!!!!

  • Julane

    Nothing wrong with sexiness–oh, excuse me, Ritchie–NOTHING WRONG WITH SEXINESS!!!!!! 😉 And I didn’t have a problem with the leg lift thing either (except that you have to be able to do other stuff too); that’s not what I’m talking about. I feel like I’m being misinterpreted, or maybe the point is just too subtle. Pretty much all the dancers were attractive (some more than others) and both sexy and sexual in many of their moves, which is of course appropriate for many of the styles they performed and is undoubtedly as old as dance itself. And I think dancers are and should be judged on more than technical ability, as we saw with Blake and several others–there has to be a strong appeal and a connection with the audience, which is likely why Ashlé did poorly in the final vote and was told she had “something missing” in spite of what an incredible dancer she is.

    I’m going to try one more time and then I’m going to drop it because I’m getting tired of myself. Let’s talk about an example from the male side of the house, Artem. You all know I am a big Artem fan. I think he is very sexy and in a couple of his solos he showed a lot of skin and plainly exploited his physical appeal (like when he danced to “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”). Maybe it is his ballroom technique and posture, but as sexy as he was he never looked like he was performing at Chippendale’s or was about to do a lap dance.

    I have no problem with Melody’s looks–she is a beautiful girl and like I said before we shorter ladies with Betty Boop legs have a special appreciation for her–and I remain impressed with what she can do, but some of the “hey-check-me-out” stripper moves made me sad because I think she’s really good and doesn’t need to go there. (Again, I am talking about her self-choreographed solos; it doesn’t count if a choreographer assigns her a move.) If I were in her shoes I would rather have Nigel tell me I have great skills and abilities than to hear that he wishes he were a younger man (implying he wants to sleep with me). OTOH she has not asked me for my advice and I’m sure she will succeed in interpreting choreographers’ moves the way they want her to so all of this is really moot and I don’t want to waste any more time on it. The last thing I want to do is rain on anyone’s well-deserved parade, or put a damper on anyone’s enjoyment of this great series.

  • Bubbles

    The finale was so awesome!!!! I’m glad Nick won even though I rooted for Ashley because I did think she was the BEST dancer out of all of them.
    I don’t know why people are so crazy over Melody. I mean she’s not that pretty ( remember “you make me wish i was a younger man” by nigel?) and at one point in the show, I thought she wasn’t a good dancer because she kept repeating her leg-raising move. It’s not bad to do it but it seemed like she did it all the time. BUT, she’s charming and she’s Filipina! Woot! And also, she did prove herself as the show progressed so I have to give her props for that.
    I was disappointed that the top 16 got less air time than I expected. I was REALLY looking forward to seeing Ryan.
    The performances were great and I especially liked Nick and jamile’s dance-off. For the repeat ones though, I noticed that the performances didn’t have as much energy or “wow” as the original ones. I should know because I downloaded all their performances from rickey.org.
    So bottomline is: This show was awesome and I hope it comes back for another season. I don’t have anything to look forward to anymore..:( I agree with all of you, the show’s format should improve. they should put more variety in the show or more to do because watching them every week have partners again got kind of tedious after awhile. Also, they should show the audience the personal side of the dancers and have nicer goodbye videos. I think this is American idol’s advantage. furthermore, i admire how this show introduced dance to millions of viewers. it actually inspired me to try dancing(i enrolled for dance class at school)! Lastly, i also think that this show deserves as much support as American Idol gets. After a few improvements, I have no doubt this will be one heck of a series. Till next season!

  • Julane

    One other thing I should mention is my subjective experience that it is hard for women to truly understand and relate to what men find attractive. For example, for the most part women think that Angelina Jolie is about the most gorgeous, perfect-looking woman (tattoos aside), but men don’t seem all that excited about her. Yet many men are falling all over themselves over Jamie Lee Curtis, which (as admirable as she is) mystifies some of us. I am not sure we can ever get on the same page of that book, you know?

  • Bubbles

    Oh I thought I should mention to you guys that fox.com/dance is showing the So You Think You Can Dance Aftermath Special. Check it out!
    And also i want to mention that I also liked the hollywood part very much because it showed the personality of the contestants. There were some funny moments, happy moments, and bizarre moments. All the different personalities and talent they showed was very entertaining. It also showed how hard they were working and how much determination they had. Did you know that Destini was the one who defended Blake from the other people who were bad-mouthing him just because they were jealous? I wish I saw this forum earlier :(. Well that’s all I have to say. Bye…

  • Ritchie

    Julane, point well taken. Thanks. My post was not necessarily directed to you. It was directed to all who were saying that sexiness and beauty doesnt matter and are harping because Melody has it. Like it’s a plague to be beautiful. You know in singing, it might not matter so much compared to dancing. In singing, there are brilliant singers who are heavy. Aretha, Luciano Pavarotti, Luther etc. They are all brilliant. In dancing, it does matter more so because it affects the movement, flow of music, lifts, and stage presence. Among the four women (Melody, Ashley, Kamilah, Melissa), Ashley was the only one left who was big boned (not fat) Im sorry but she has a bigger built. Someone said, she has a swimmers body. The best dancers in the world are pettite because it really affects the flow of movement and lifts. In this show, you dont need a ballerina type body because you have to dance all types of dances but have to be pettite. I know this might strike a chord with other people but it’s reality.

  • Julane

    There have been a lot of fabulous dancers with long legs, like Gwen Verdon, Ginger Rogers, etc. Most of the successful ballroom and Broadway-style dancers have very long legs, even if they aren’t especially tall–their legs are long in proportion to their torsos. Melody is tiny and not particularly long-limbed, and it is a tribute to her skill and grace that she can do extensions and otherwise use what she’s got so well. Melissa is also on the short side; Ashlé and Kamilah have the long, lean limbs and know how to use them (remember the samba that she and Blake reprised during the final show? Hot legs!). Your point is well taken that physicality matters, but I think the important thing is to know what you’ve got and use that to best advantage. Allan is a great example–he certainly does not have the typical dancer’s physique but he can really move.

  • mini-me

    that last tribute song to all 16 dancers is called “High” by Lighthouse Family.

  • Victoria

    Hey guys—I’m back from vacation and just finished reading all the posts. I’m gonna miss this blog and all the great comments. And boy, am I gonna miss the show! Anyway, first thing when I returned I watched the DVR of the final show (thanks Regina for your great as always critique!). I know it’s really old news by now but I am so happy Nick won and I agree with those who can’t figure out why Ashle only got 8% of the vote! Oh, and I caught a mere glimpse of Artem during the 16-finalists-return dance and now I miss him all over again. Blake? He will go far with or without the show! My favorites are, in order: Nick/Blake tie, Artem, Ashle/Melody tie, Melissa (and I am not gender-biased, or racist, hee hee–it’s just my humble opinion). The dancers were so darned good it was just so hard to pick one that was the best! Congratulations to Nick and all the finalists. I hope you go far with your careers! Wouldn’t it be cool if they had a follow-up show in a year or so with all 16 finalists? Till next year………..

  • Julane

    Victoria, I’m with you in hoping that next season they follow up with this season’s finalists to see what they’ve been up to. It will be interesting to see how things play out for Nick in NYC and also for the others–I hope that people like Jamile and Ryan, who have so much raw talent but not a lot of training, will pursue some educational opportunities and progress in their careers. I would also like to see whether any of them pursue other performing arts, like singing or acting–they didn’t really ask any of the dancers about other artistic interests they may have and I suspect some of them have other talents. It would also be great to see clips of the ballroom dancers like Artem and Snow performing with their partners.

    I think we should all meet back here in the blogosphere for the next season of So You Think You Can Dance and/or Dancing With the Stars. See you then!

  • http://thecouchcritic.blogspot.com Gina

    I want to thank everyone for the compliments on my reviews and for sharing your thoughts of this show with me. I read each and every comment, and I know I do have plans to review the next season of this show when it airs whether it be on here or else where in the blogosphere! If the show stays true, we’ll see it back this summer some time! I’ll see you all then!

  • sucked

    everybody sucked on this show

  • Marri

    I love house, and I love the fact that nick won.

  • david

    what was the very last song nick danced to? not the incubus song. it had the words forever and always in the lyrics

  • pam wurdeman

    I am so glad that Nigel asked Anthony Bryant to come back as a guest artist for the Final episode of “So You think you can dance”. He is an amazing performer. You can visit his website at http://www.anthonybryant.org

  • misha

    Julane, you’re spot on about Melody, very articulate, and maybe it just takes dance experience to see it. Fortunately, she DID improve a lot once she got out of her “Melody box,” as one of the judges put it. Two of her dances–with Alan and with Jamile–were really great. NICK IS TRULY PHENOMENAL, and I agree with the judge who said he could become a LEGEND. Artem should have been a finalist–actually, I thought he might win, ‘tho Nick was my favorite by far. Nick had dances that were much more demanding and required more versatility, and I think that made the difference, plus Artem didn’t radiate warmth like Nick. When Artem was chosen as one of the two worst couples, there was nothing wrong with their dancing, I think the judges thought he’d stay and Jamile would be voted off since Artem, Nick and Blake were the best dancers. However, they didn’t realize Jamile would stay in because of his popularity–Jamile is talented and a great guy, but not a great dancer like the other three. Or maybe the judges thought Artem seemed too gay and the network wouldn’t have wanted him to win. Blake seemed good, but he was missing something, some kind of strength. Anyway, I’m thrilled that NICK won, and I hope he’ll share the apartment with his best friend (and more?!) Melody so she can get some good dance and acting lessons and develop her potential.

  • Sarah

    Hey does ne1 remember the song jamaille and melissa danced to in the episode with the top eight??…the hip-hop song and they were wearing the orange costumes…

  • Worthy

    Misha, Artem was too gay? Nick was way gayer than him xD I’m glad Nick won, he’s so adorable!

  • Unknown

    Where can you get the list of songs all the dancers used?

  • shalini

    I am so glad this show came on! I gettnig tierd of seeing American Idol over and over again. Now people can see why dancers work so hard! People can also see that dancing is not as easy as it looks. As a dancer, I see these dancers that are picked and all I keep thinking is that could be me one day. All the dancers picked to be on the had the one major thing that talent agency’s are looking for “THE X FACOTOR!” And let you all know thats going to be me soon! Lol. Another thng was the last eposide of So do u think you can dance?, it was so dam amzing. It gave me chills. I am glad that nick won, he deserves it. And It was school that his best friend Melody was happy for him! SO ya! I LOVE TO DANCE AND I LOVE SO DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

  • Noelle

    I got to dance with nick Lazzarini at a dance work shop called “jump”. I was so happ and he is definetley not GAY! he funny, charming and a amazing dancer. he deserved to win this! P.S. i watched every episode.

  • Ameer

    ooh please , nick ?? pfffffffffffffffffffffffffff i would prfer the other nick. i think snow defenently deservev to win what’s so great about nick wa3 . u pepole mal 3inkom tho8

  • http://donahue maggie

    so you think you can dance is very cool i like every body every body thats still here every body that left its just so cool i didnt watch it last year cause it was boreing but this year its exsiting and you know what my favorite part is watching the bad peeps and well its funny i like benjy donell travis ivan dimetry allison hiydy natily and ijust loved every body bens hair was a litlle weird but i liked it

  • Gibby

    I think that the ending of So u think u can dance should have been travis that won

  • Anamika

    can anyone please tel me the name of the song jamile and kamilah danced.

  • Cool Cat

    there’s so many songs i loved but i dont know what the names were! HELP ME somebody!

  • http://www.ungdomskilden.no wave

    What was the url for that site that made those rag dolls dance ( the judge and the girl hosting the show)? It was awesome.

    >wave

  • ingy

    any one tell me who is the winner in so you think you can dance seasonn3 pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • None Ya

    why can’t you ever give an actual answer to what i am searching for!!Goodness!!