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'So You Think You Can Dance': The Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 11th 2011 10:35PM
So You Think You Can Dance - Melanie and SashaIt's been an exhilarating summer, but this season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thurs., 8PM ET on Fox) is finally at an end, and a new winner has been crowned.

Last night, the contestants wowed in some routines and stumbled in others -- Marko and Melanie missed the mark in their disco, Tadd and Sasha failed to deliver for the cha-cha, and Nigel outright admitted that he believed a girl would win the season, but did one?

The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 8 champion is ...

Melanie Moore

Both girls have been incredible throughout the season, and Sasha's finale performances were almost uniformly inspired -- she dominated Marko in Broadway, channeled her inner warrior princess with her Sonya Tayeh performance, and went toe to toe with Melanie in their joint routine, but Melanie has arguably been the more consistent performer all year.

"Melanie, I don't believe we've ever had a better girl dancer than you," Nigel Lythgoe told her earlier in the season, and that opinion was certainly borne out by tonight's results, in which Melanie took 47 percent of the vote.

Melanie's contemporary routine with Robert had judges swooning (and Kenny Ortega offering her a role in 'Dirty Dancing'), and no-one could fault her jazz routine with Tadd -- add to that Sasha's off-weeks throughout the season, and the result seems like a no-brainer. The important part, though, is that both women (and the top four in general) put their hearts and souls into every performance, put their bodies on the line every week, and made memories that will last them (and us) a lifetime -- there were probably more tears this season than ever before.

Tonight's results show also revisited some of the most spectacular routines from previous weeks, including Sasha and Melanie's 'Game On' jazz piece, Caitlynn and Pasha's Argentine Tango, Melanie and Marko's lip-locking 'I Got You,' the Top Eight's circus routine, Sasha and Kent's electric 'Fool of Me,' and Ashley and Chris' sultry 'Please, Mr. Jailer,' to name a few. In fact, Nigel was so ... moved by 'I Got You' that he ended up in Jesse Tyler Ferguson's lap because of it.

When Cat Deeley asked the tearful winner if she had anything to say, Melanie could only murmur "thank you," as she tried to hold it together. We see a bright future ahead for America's new favorite dancer (regardless of whether or not that future includes 'Dirty Dancing').

Below, see the full results:

Fourth Place: Tadd
Third Place: Marko
Second Place: Sasha
Winner: Melanie

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melani deserved it ..she brought the best every time she danced...best ever on SYTYCD..and I've watched every season....

August 12 2011 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Melanie is by far the best dancer of the group, and deserved to win... and to whoever said they had never seen a dancer with her body type before,,, well I guess they've never seen SHIRLEY MACLAINE!!! That being said, IT WAS COMPLETELY UNFAIR AND UNSPORTSMANLIKE THAT NIGEL RUINED MARKO AND TADD'S CHANCES OF WINNING WITH HIS COMMENT THE NIGHT BEFORE... he threw his weight behind the women, which was reflected by their huge voting margins. There is NO WAY they would have received 79 % of the votes, if Nigel hadn't opened his overly veneered chopper mouth. Shame on you Nigel... you are the EP of the show, and you messed with the results. One of the reasons I watch the finales of SYTYCD is to see how AMERICA votes, NOT NIGEL!!!

August 12 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I could see by watching this show that Melanie would be named the winner of 2011 because her hard work showed through every dance that she performed who has a very bright future ahead of her,so does Sasha...............I'm urging everyone to have a voice saying "NO" in the remaking of "Dirty Dancing" out of RESPECT for Patrick Swanzy who's presence is missed on the screen as a talented actor/dancer,so is Jennifer Grey,and the rest of the cast who made this movie a CLASSIC............

August 12 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to c's comment

I disagree...we had our turn...the younger people need their own version of"dirty dancing"...respect..we can't do that for everyone that dies prematurely....actually melanie has the baby look of innocence

August 12 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are real people that WATCH??? this show????

August 12 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

i do and did not care for the winners little boy body..when they were standing next to each other, sasha stood out as the woman

August 12 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to cory's comment

the winner is curvey...like a women...you must be a boy.....

August 12 2011 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy L. McCoy

Holy crap cory... are you for real?! Melanie is a gorgeous dancer & I can't even believe people are being so judgemental of her body type.... I've never seen a stick figure dance like that! And I didn't even vote for her! This is why young girls have eating disorders! Thanks for contributing....

August 12 2011 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Melanie is truly a fabulous dancer but it's strange that her physique is generally unlike most other female dancers. Her thighs are thick and her middle is undefined. Sasha has the type of body usually associated with a dancer......... lean, long legs, well defined and sleek middle. Really haven't seen a dance built like before.

August 12 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to helene2u's comment

oh shut the hell up...this has nothing to do with body type...no wonder girls have no self esteem..I hope you don't have a daughter....

August 12 2011 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't like Nygel's comment that the winner will be a girl...how does he know how the public is going to vote? Unless our votes aren't counting. So I voted for Tad, but I think Sasha was a stronger dancer than Melanie, and she should have won instead. And why do they have guests on there to "judge" when they aren't dancers anyway.

August 12 2011 at 1:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Sandi's comment

I agree and I think Sasha should have won to me she was much better than Melanie

August 12 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to rodesainc's comment

It was not a contest for the "best dancer." It was for Amrica's "favorite" dancer> Huge distinction!

August 12 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down

and you are the minority...AREN"T YOU??????

August 12 2011 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

I would of voted for melani no matter what nigel says...brainless people vote and are swayed by the judges....I think the girls were better.....

August 12 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad that I am not the only one that thinks that they push for one favorite. I stopped watching the show for a while because it made me so mad. I thought it was pretty sad that he made those comments about Tad and Marco and then the next day (after voting was over) took it back, a little to late huh? If they truely want America to vote for their favorites then they shouldn't try to swade people one way or the other. I thought the jobs of the judges were to guide them with their dancing, not persuade America to vote for who they think should win. I don't know if I will watch next season.

August 12 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was hoping sasha would win. It seemed like nigel picked the winner weeks ago. I think hd needs to watch what he says. I do think dance wins and anyone whi compares this with dancing with the stars must have taken dance from some strip mall instructor who thought she could dance. Wake up America and learn a little culture. Sorry Sasha you shold have won...

August 12 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MELANIE WAS DEFINITELY THE BEST DANCER! While the dancers this year were the best yet...Melanie was just awesome to watch. I could not wait each week to watch the show because of her. Not only was she a wonderful dancer, but she was so adorable and humble as well. She will have an amazing career because she is a well rounded dancer/person. Anyone who thinks she did not derserve to win, definitely does not appreciate talent. The others were outstanding, but America got it right this time!!! Congratulations Melanie!!

August 12 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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