August 11th, 2011
12:49 PM ET
As the ever-blunt Nigel Lythgoe pointed out on Wednesday night's performance finale of "So You Think You Can Dance," a woman is almost certain to win this year.
Melanie is the odds-on favorite, but I had a feeling that Sasha might be surging ahead when she nailed one of the most amazing Sonya Tayeh routines we've seen on the show, with all-star (and Lady Gaga backup dancer) Mark.
This followed an underwhelming disco number that, for the first time, showed Melanie and Marko to be completely out of their element. This wasn't exactly the reunion we had hoped for (but I'm sure we will get that on Thursday night's season finale).
Melanie was very much in her element performing a Stacey Tookey routine with all-star Robert, though. And it was certainly enough to get Kenny Ortega to promise her a role in the upcoming "Dirty Dancing" remake. Still, I wasn't sure if that was quite enough to get her the votes she needed to secure victory.
However, she came back strong by (slightly) outshining Sasha in a Stacey routine the two of them did together, and a dynamite jazz routine with Tadd. Melanie hasn't had much of a problem having chemistry with anyone on the show, and the combination of this week's and last week's routine with Tadd showed that.
Tadd had a pretty good night himself, holding his own with season 4 champ, Joshua, as well as a difficult stepping routine (which unfortunately, didn't make Marko look very good).
But then there was that cha-cha from "Dancing with the Stars'" Mark Ballas, which didn't do Tadd or Sasha any favors. As awkward as Melanie and Marko's disco was at times, this one just didn't work at all.
Marko had his chance to shine, however, in my favorite routine of the night, from new choreographer Tessandra Chavez. Marko has now danced with two of the most talented all-stars - first Allison, and in this routine, Lauren - and showed he can dance contemporary with the best of them.
No doubt, this is one of the strongest final four we've seen in a while, but the dancer who came off looking the best remains the same one that has looked the best since the top 20.
So here's hoping that Melanie will win it all. That's not to say that I would be disappointed if any of the others won (and I think Sasha could place a close second), but she's my pick.
Who had your vote on Wednesday night? What did you think of Katie Holmes' turn as a judge? Share your thoughts on iReport, as Chris Morrow did, or comment below.
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