After a season that saw some of the all time best performances, the finale of So You Think You Can Dance Season Eight was, as judge Nigel Lythgoe admitted, "a little disappointing."
Fortunately for the contestants, the night was simply a showcase and didn't impact the 11.5 million votes that viewers had cast. The fate of the four finalists had already been determined before they stepped out on the stage but viewers were still disappointed that Melanie Moore, Sasha Mallory, Marko Germar and Tadd Gadduang didn't manage a better finale.
Before the votes had been tallied, we predicted that front runner Moore would win, taking home the title of America's Favorite Dancer as well as $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine, and a part in a Gatorade ad campaign.
SYTYCD choreographer Travis Wall told us that Moore deserved to win because she was, "a league above" the other competitors and one of SYTYCD's all time greats.
This season, 19-year-old Moore was clearly the dancer to beat. She'd gotten standing ovations, performed in many of the best routines of the season, had never been in the bottom three, and had been offered a spot on Lady Gaga's tour and a possible role in Kenny Ortega's Dirty Dancing remake.
The top two guys, Germar and Gadduang, who are both Filipino Americans, came in third and fourth place respectively. That meant, for the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history, the top two vote-getting dancers were both women.
In the end Mallory--who had become a major contender after bringing audiences to tears, dancing a remarkable routine with Moore and winning Lady Gaga's praise (not to mention her shoes, which the pop star threw on stage in appreciation while guest judging)--couldn't over take Moore's lead.
While Mallory received 32 percent of viewer votes, Moore garnered 47 percent to win the competition.
After a two-hour finale, host Cat Deeley announced that Moore was the winner of So You Think You Can Dance's Season Eight. Moore, with tears streaming down her face shouted, "Thank You!"
Moore will now join the other Top Ten dancers on a national tour.