A strong "So You Think You Can Dance" season wraps up Wednesday and Thursday, with four sensational young dancers.
My previous blog looks at the two who just missed the finale. I'll also blog after the Wednesday and Thursday shows; here's the story I sent to papers, previewing those shows:
By MIKE HUGHES
Even in a room stuffed with TV stars,
Melanie Moore gets noticed.
She has a face that seems borrowed from
a vintage kewpie dolls and a tight hairstyle to match. “I got this
right after I graduated from high school,” said Moore, 19. “but
I've always worn it short.”
Moore was at a Fox network party with
Sasha Mallory, 23. They smiled easily, the way young friends do –
even though they're competitors in this week's “So You Think You
Can Dance” finale.
“It surprised me how quickly you
become friends,” Moore said. “We don't feel like we're
On Wednesday, the final four – Moore,
Mallory, Tadd Gadduang and Marko Germar – will perform and viewers
will vote. On Thursday, one of will win $250,000, a magazine cover
and a role in commercials.
Last week, Mallory was in the bottom
two females; she seemed stunned that Caitlynn Lawson was sent home
instead. “I'm always surprised,” she said with a grin. “I
always expect to be sent home.”
Moore can't relate to that. She's never
been in the bottom and was a favorite from her first audition, “She
just took our breath away,” said Mary Murphy, one of the judges.
“It was a very visceral thing.”
Here was a teen from Marietta, Ga., who
already seemed to have it all. “She had such tremendous power and
amazing technique,” Murphy said. “But she also was able to act
By comparison, Murphy said, Mallory
didn't get as much attention at first. “Sasha is that fighter, the
underdog. She doesn't have the technique that Melanie has, but you
can't underestimate her.”
Last week, Mallory faced another
hurdle, when the show introduced a style (whaacking) viewers hadn't
seen. Ricky Jaime, her fellow whaacker, was voted out; she survived,
partly because of a steeply emotional piece she did, requiring her to
crash into a soft wall.
That was a tough one emotionally,
Mallory said. “It's hard to go back to a dark place like that.”
She drew a standing ovation in the
studio, Murphy said. “Sasha is a tremendous performer.”
So are the two guys, she said “There's
that spiritual quality that just radiates from them.”
Germar, 22, a jazz dancer from Guam,
has brought tears from the judges and himself. Gadduang, 25, is a
“B-boy” (break-dancer) from Salt Lake City who keeps surprising.
“When you get a 'B-boy' who can
transform that quickly, we just sat up an said 'Wow,'” Murphy said.
“Week after week, that happened.”
– “So You Think You Can Dance”
– Finale is 8-10 p.m. Wednesday and