'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' Finale: Jordan Clark vs. Melissa Mitro -- Who Won?
by Bryan Cairns, posted Sep 12th 2011 1:00PM
It was all about girl power last night as 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' proclaimed contemporary dancer Jordan Clark as season four's winner, with contemporary dancer Melissa Mitro placing second. All glammed-up, the talented twosome were still stunned as they hit backstage an hour later and spoke exclusively to AOL TV Canada about their journey, the exhausting numbers and what's on the horizon.
Congrats on your success tonight! Has it sunk in yet?
Jordan: No, it really hasn't. I still feel like I'm in a dream. It's so foggy and I don't know what's going on. It's so surreal. I can't believe it. I'm just so thankful and honoured.
Melissa: Honestly, no. It hasn't sunk in because we just finished, had to get ready and come here. It's going to sink in more when I get out there or talk to more people. I'm overwhelmed and can't believe it.
What was racing through your head just before the big announcement?
Jordan: Actually, I was very calm for once. I was like "Whatever happens, happens." It's just a big deal and I was happy. Honestly, I did not expect this whatsoever.
Were you excited when the Top 22 reunited to perform tonight?
Jordan: It was crazy! We were all freaking out. We were all sluggish and tired when we first started learning Sergio's number. Then we got hyper and fed off each other's energy.
Melissa: A lot of the top 22 are more than co-workers for me. Before I came to this show, I'd do little gigs here and there, but I've known a lot of them for a while.
Outside of your genre, which routine pushed you the most?
Jordan: The paso doble. It was quite the experience and Christian helped me through it. I feel I learned so much from that.
Melissa: My tango was the hardest because I've been doing salsa for a couple of years now. I've trained in hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. I had probably taken an hour lesson on tango. It was difficult for me to pick up the routine.
Obviously, the show's focus is on dancing, but Canada is searching for the whole package. How challenging was it getting your personality across as well?
Jordan: The second week with the theatre piece helped get my personality across, thankfully. Without that, I'm not sure I would have accomplished that. I'm pretty chill and like being myself. I didn't let the competition get to me.
Melissa: Coming to this competition over the last four years, the very first time, they were like "Okay....interview." I was so nervous because all I know how to do is dance. Not that I'm not a social person, but talking to a camera is strange. It was completely foreign to me and it's hard to express your feelings. You're not just talking to the camera, but whoever is watching.
A lot of dancers use this series as a platform to launch their careers. Blake McGrath and Nico Archambault are shining examples of what can happen. So, what's next for you?
Jordan: I want to keep pushing myself as a dancer and get out there more. I'm still very young, so I have a lot to learn. I want to be a triple threat, but more dancing and acting.
Melissa: I just want to do a little bit of everything. I love dancing so much. I would love to do a tour or try the entertainment business with commercials or music videos. Eventually, I'd like to teach
Finally, what would you like to say to all the fans who supported and voted for you?
Jordan: I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I actually can't explain the feeling that I have right now. It's such a dream come true.
Melissa: I would just like to say this experience has meant so much to me and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to watch and vote. It's been great sharing what I love to do with the viewers and having them appreciate it.