In a recent interview with AfterEllen, So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 runner up, Sasha Mallory came out as a lesbian. When asked about being public about her sexuality, she said:
“It’s not important for America to know that personal side of me. They just needed to know if I could dance and if I had a personality. They didn’t really need to know if I was gay or straight. Who I’m sleeping with is not important. This is my craft, my art, it’s what I do and who I sleep with doesn’t really change that, I don’t think.”
That being said, she also contradicted herself by saying, “I’m not afraid to tell people I’m gay. I’m proud all over the place.” Essentially, what I get from this is that she didn’t want her sexuality to affect America’s votes, but now that the competition is over, she’s okay with being open and honest about it. She added, “It’s just something that never needed to come up because it would just take the focus off of my dancing and it will put it into ‘I’m gay,’ you know? But I’m happy to talk about it. I’m totally open about it and I’m a very open person.”
HOLY SHIT FOLKS! This is it!! In a few short hours America voted and Cat Deeley will have revealed this year’s favorite dancer from So You Think You Can Dance, season eight! I can hardly contain my excitement and nerves. By the time you’re reading this article, your more than likely in the know, but I’m going to recap the night for you one last time. If America has their heads on straight, we SHOULD be seeing Melanie, who rightfully deserves it, take home the title and the swathe of prizes that go along with the accolades.
The night opened with a performance from this year’s top twenty dancer, and it was definitely cool to see them all back on the stage again. I had actually forgotten about Ryan! This routine was incredible, and choreographed by the legendary Sonya Tayeh! Then Cat Deeley came out in a SMASHING outfit!
The judging panel was stacked again for the final performances, with seven people joining us to relive their favorite moments from the season. Lil’ C, Robin Antin, Tyce Diorio, Sonya Tayah, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Screaming Mary Murphy, and Skeletor (Nigel Lythgo). Man oh man, I can’t wait for a break from his unnecessary perviness.
I can’t believe it! Where did the time go? It’s already the finale of season eight of So You Think You Can Dance, and I am unbelievably excited to see the final four take to the stage one last time to lay it on the line. I will make a bold statement now, if Melanie doesn’t win this year’s competition, America will have got it devastatingly wrong.
Sure, Tadd has made leaps and strides in the competition as an untrained B-Boy/Hip Hop dancer, and we love an underdog story; however, we’ve already had that in past winner Russell. Melanie has time and time again proven her abilities, adapting to every style, destroying her solos, and left the audience in awe of her talents each week. I will give credit when credit is due, and say that Sasha and Marko have truly been phenomenal throughout this competition as well, and it’s amazing to see the original pairing of Melanie and Marko make it through to the end, together. That is what this competition is about – showcasing outstanding talent, and rising to the level of your accompanying partner. Sasha was burdened for weeks dancing with Alexander, and it was a relief to see her truly showcase her talents with other contestants and the returning all-stars.
Guaranteed we are in for an incredible night of dance, with outstanding performances and some interesting critiques from guest judge of the week, Katie Holmes. Katie was joined by regulars, screaming Mary and Skeletor, as well as fellow guest judge, Kenny Ortega. Woof, did you see Nigel’s hair?! DYING. What a creepy train wreck. Let’s get on to the dancing!
Holy moly, it’s the last elimination of the season before the title of America’s (Nigel’s) Favorite Dancer of So You Think You Can Dance Season Eight is announced! I can hardly believe that we’re at this stage of the competition already. It means that summer is winding down and pretty soon kids will be back to school! It’s not fair, we just started getting sunny weather here on the west coast! Sorry, back to the dancing!
The show opened with the standard group performance; however, this time the six remaining contestants took on a Justin Jiles Contemporary number. I’ll admit, I loved the camera work, with all elements in black and white except the bright pink flower in the center of the stage, at least for the first half the performance. This opening number was one of the prettiest, and best danced opening numbers of the season. I absolutely loved it and I really hope this becomes one of the numbers they use on the nation-wide tour. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Speaking of breathtaking, Cat Deeley looked INCREDIBLE this episode! Naturally, the judges were back sans Christina Applegate, which made me a little sad. For ONCE Nigel announced that the judges will not be making the decision as to whole will be leaving the competition, as they didn’t want to announce which two dancers were the top two, leaving the remaining four in the bottom (probably because Sasha and Melanie received an unbelievable number of votes compared to the rest of the dancers), with all of the dancers once again performing their solos.
Holy time flying batman! We are ONE WEEK away from the finale week of So You Think You Can Dance season eight, and tonight’s performances and America’s votes will decide which dancers will make it through to dance for one last time, and which performers will be sent home a week before having their possible dreams come true. How’s that for dramatic?! I am SO excited to see who will be crowned this year’s winner! Like DYING. At this point, if it isn’t Melanie, I am going to be making some SERIOUS phone calls to my friends south of the border.
In equally amazing news; Christina Applegate was the guest judge this week! Seriously, if there is one thing Nigel Lythgo got right this year, it was the selection of the weekly guest judges. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Lady Gaga and now Christina Applegate?! This has been a year for AMAZING critics and unexpected laughs. Keep it up for next season! Christina is joined this week by Lil’ C, Screamin’ Mary and Skeletor.
What I don’t love is that we have a two-hour episode dedicated to six dancers, but who knows, maybe I’ll be surprised. (Doubtful). Each dancer will be performing two routines in pairs, and their best solo. Sigh. So much dance, and so much to critic.
So right out of the gate I am desperately excited to see what guest judge, Lady Gaga, will be wearing tonight and how her critics from Wednesday night’s performance show will shape the fates of the remaining eight dancers in So You Think You Can Dance. Apparently Gaga is performing in the results episode as well! HECK YEAH!
The final eight contestants opened the night in typical fashion, with a group routine performed to The Circus Sets Up from the Water for Elephants soundtrack. I absolutely love this instrumental tune, and the dance was gorgeous. The costumes and styling of each performer were stunning and incredibly true to the movie-adaptation of the novel. This piece had an incredible Cirque du Soleil clown vibe, and I didn’t want it to end. It was beautifully peaceful, and it brought Cat Deeley to tears. Surprizingly, this was a Tyce Diorio number and I’ll admit, this piece definitely redeemed his abilities as a choreographer in my eyes.
Dear Skeletor, why on earth do we still need to have a two-hour performance episode when we’re down to the top eight dancers?! I understand that each performer is dancing with an all star, but seriously, cut out the nonsense filler and give us the content we REALLY want to see – DANCING!
Holy SHIT I forgot LADY GAGA was a guest judge this week! YES! YES! YES!!! I will actually be listening to the commentary this week, just to see what she has to say about the different dancers and routines. That is, unless it ends up being incoherent nonsense and then I’ll just start fast-forwarding again! Did you see Gaga’s outfit?! It was AMAZEBALLS to the MAX! OH MY GOD I LOVE HER SO MUCH!! Mary Murphy, Skeletor and the second guest judge joined her for the week, the pumpkin, Rob Marshall. Did you see his spray tan?! Tonight is going to be amazing.
You know the drill. I’m subbing in for Dan who is as bizzay as a drag queen the morning of a gay pride parade. Gurl has got to get her weave all done, get some pleather boots all zipped up, tie up her corset, and cake on that make up. Last night, the top ten started off the all-star portion of the show with mixed results. The girls definitely out danced the boys and drooled ever so slightly over Pasha. Two dancers are going home. Who will it be? Who is still in the running towards becoming America’s favorite dancer?
First up tonight was a rather uninspiring Broadway number by the top 10 to On Broadway. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a Tyce Diorio piece, but some other guy I didn’t catch the name of. What’s up with Broadway? I love musicals. I love a good song and dance… but the Broadway on this show consistently sucks. It’s almost as bad as Krump. Hopefully we get a better number at some point in the next hour.
Cat tells us how the eliminations will go down and it’s a bit different from year’s past. The bottom two guys and the bottom two girls will be revealed, but the JUDGES will decide who goes home. BULLSHIT. I hate Nigel and his constant manipulations. Just let the voters decide! That is unless he plans on saving Melanie from an early departure. THAT would be a travesty.