The SYTYCD 8 Season is stellar according to most fans. The Final 4 dancing beasts: contemporary dancer Melanie Moore, jazz dancer Marko Gemar, modern dancer Sasha Mallory and hip hop/b-boy dancer Tadd Gadduang are strong contenders. Melanie appears as the Season 8 fan favorite and presumed winner. With only a small amount of viewer critics, she may tie the number of boy/girl winners at four boys and four girls. Most fans leaned towards Melanie all season and the judges loved her from day one.
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Some fan criticisms concern Melanie’s perkiness vs. the more mature outlook from Sasha. Those viewers describe Melanie’s upbeat personality as “exhausting.” Other fans whine about her slumping shoulders and short overly muscular “gymnastic type legs.” Most fans feel her artistry and technical ability outweigh any deficits in body type or her overt cheerfulness. More importantly a majority of SYTYCD fans do not find any faults with her body or happy spirit. Some fans believe her slumped shoulders are part of the style of dance or her quirkiness that the judges love.
The Top 4 dancers are very different and there is an argument in dance communities about who is the “best” dancer. Of course executive producer Nigel Lythgoe always reminds viewers it is about “America’s Favorite Dancer.” Favorite is something entirely different from best. In some dance circles “best” is interchangeable with technical ability and training. America’s favorite dancers also have the “it” factor and the winners have very unique backgrounds. For instance Dallas’ winner in Season 4, Joshua Allen, was a football player and took ballet in high school to help with his sports. He also became involved with hip-hop. However he had chemistry with his partners and was a natural dancer with a great split jump.
The fans have a different take on things and it changes from year to year. In the beginning some fans wanted to see novices and were against professional dancers. During Season 3, Lythgoe seemed to push for Sabra Johnson and her “only four years of dance.” Danny Tidwell fans, especially those who loved ballet, were disappointed in his second place finish. In later seasons fans hungry for beauty and variety began to accept different styles and backgrounds without punishing the professional dancer. This year is a shining example of their more open attitude. Although many feel Melanie will win, there is still a chance for the dark horses to take over.
The fans have a healthy attitude about gender, masculine or feminine dancers, highly trained vs. street like Tadd. Some are claiming the best dancers never win naming Melanie and Marko as examples. Sasha is emotional and dances from her “soul” while Melanie dances from her “heart” as Lythgoe put it. The fans apparently agree mentioning Sasha’s passion for dance. Although some question the judges for overdoing the “you’ve been hurt” type of comments, most think her talent is undeniable.
From the Internet boards Marko is a heavy favorite among fans who love his openness, the touching scenes with his mom and his technical and emotional dancing. They think Marko is a gifted dancer worthy of winning. Many fans think Tadd is magical, but the type of dance styles he is given may not allow him the most opportunity for his whimsy, quirkiness and explosive Spiderman talent. Regardless fans have at last given Season 8 two thumbs up. At the beginning of the Season they had a wait and see attitude. Mary Murphy’s Hot Tamale Train is smokin’, Mia Michaels is working on an exciting movie project with Adam Shankman, the SYTYCD choreographers should and will get more Emmy nominations and the fans are happy.