Well, three out of four ain't bad.
In recent weeks, Sasha has blown the judges away with her powerful performances, and, whacking aside, it turns out she had enough support to make it through to the finale, despite my picking of Caitlynn Lawson as a dark horse for the final four. I was happy to see that they went directly with the voters' choices this time.
The first to be named for the final four – shocker – was Melanie, the clear front-runner. The two guys were also not terribly surprising, Marko and Tadd.
As for Ricky Jaime, it turned out that whacking was his swan song in the competition, and he spoke about it to reporters on Friday: "I was more excited about the fact that whacking was being introduced to the world. It was just awesome and so uplifting, and I’m so excited for whacking to be part of the 'So You Think You Can Dance' family now. I wasn’t worried about 'Will I go home?' With this show you can't expect anything.”
Both Ricky and Caitlynn named Sonya Tayeh as their favorite choreographer to work with during their time on the show. "I began and ended my journey with her," Caitlynn pointed out. "She is a really amazing person and pushes you, and makes you dive into doing anything she says. She really pushes you to a whole new level - I hope I get to work with her again someday."
In fact, Caitlynn is most proud of her final routine choreographed by Sonya, as well as her Argentine tango with Pasha. "The [Sonya routine] was really hard emotion-wise and I had to be this overwhelmed and frightened person," she said. "I really wanted to nail that, and the judges stood up, and were really excited about it, so that was great since I worked on it so much."
Ricky was proudest of his cha-cha and jive routines, and revealed that he struggled with the jive. "During rehearsals, it was not great, but they didn’t want to slow the music down for us and they kept pushing us," he said. "Honestly, when we did it on the show, it was the first time we did it full out the way it was supposed to look."
Since both dancers picked ballroom routines among their favorites, it shouldn't surprise anyone that they're both excited to pursue that style in the future.
Ricky was saved several times by the judges after being in the bottom, and he said he was happy that they saw something in him.
As for Caitlynn, it meant a lot for her to get to the top six, since it was the only chance her father - who works on an oil rig and was away for a month - got to see her perform since early on in the competition. She wasn't too sure she would be able to make it that far. “[The top six] felt so out of reach and it was so funny that I just did what he'd asked me to do.”
Ricky and Caitlynn said they didn't have a favorite going into next week, since the group is so close and cheers each other on (though Ricky did describe Tadd as one of the best dancers he's ever seen, and he's also very close with Clarice, eliminated two weeks ago - the pair plan to get an apartment together).
So perhaps you're more willing to pick one: Whom are you pulling for next week? Tell us below or iReport it.
I am guessing that Melanie pulls it out over Sasha by a slim margin. Tadd has a following, so I wouldn't be surprised if he took third (although Marko has been much more consistently good throughout the season). Whatever happens, PLEASE do not brin Katie Holmes back EVER. She was totally out of her element, her comments were forgetful at best, and I couldn't help but cringe everytime she openned her mouth.
Finally, I agree with the final four. They are all amazing dancers! I think that the two women outdo the men although Tadd is a charmer! Mila: Melanie got the crappiest dance of all of them on the last show.
BTW, can we talk about Cat Deeley? First of all, why do they take someone who is a foot taller than the dancers and THEN put her in very high heels? She looks stupid and you can tell that the dancers are uncomfortable. And two, why in the world would she be nominated for an emmy when she picks at her fingernails/cuticles while she's holding the microphone? It makes me sick. I think she's probably a nice person but I just don't think she's a good host.
Sasha and Tadd!!! At least they got constructive criticism and the judges were honest with them. Melanie's hiphop was bad yet the judges just heaped praises on her for that one.
I think the 4 dancers are great. However we all knew from day one that these would be the final 4. The judges have seen to it. They are the judges favorite and they were going to make sure they that made it to the finale. Their comments are too biased. Melanie didn't do a good job this week but she wasn't ripped a new like Caitlynn was. This is supposed to be America's favorite dancer not the judge's favorite dancer.
My favorite four from day one! I have to give it to Melanie though–the girl is phenomenal!
I don't think anyone is surpised that Marko and Melanie are there. From Week 1, they've been sure things for the finale. Sasha's not much of a surprise either. I've liked her since her audition with her sister. Tadd is the only surprise for me, but not a huge one. I thought Jess would be in the finale. Ricky should have been gone long before Jess. I'm excited for the finale! It'll come down to Melanie and Marko, I'm sure.
totally agree with tom. but i knew those four would be the ones. these four are all incredible dancers and totally deserve it. super excited for the finale. it should prove to be one of the best.
Excellent, these were the 4 I picked, which I thought meant they'd keep Ricky and Caitlyn... Melanie is going to take it I think, but in terms of pure growth, you have to go with Tadd.
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