August 12th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
I think I can get used to this.
For the second year in a row, the best dancer all season was America's favorite dancer.
And for the first time, as predicted, it was two women standing at the end. Sasha fought harder than just about any dancer I've seen, but at the end of the day, with a decisive 47 percent of the vote, Melanie Moore ended up the champion.
After last night's lackluster performance finale, it was great to revisit some of the highlights of the season, and the fact that Melanie was in so many of them was tough to ignore.
Getting a second look, I have to say that Mandy Moore's routine with Lauren and Tadd may be my favorite of the season – and this time Tadd didn't lose his hat!
I also have to hand it to Lil' C for picking two routines (the woodpeckers and "Mr. Jailer") that happened earlier on in the season, with dancers who didn't make the top 10 (great to see you again, Miranda, Robert, Ashley and Chris!).
We also got a real reunion between this year's Katee and Joshua, Melanie and Marko – twice in fact, with "I Got You" and the "statue" routine.
But, for me, it was "SYTYCD" UK winner Matt Flint, along with this season's two tappers, Jess and Nick, who stole the show. First of all, it's exciting to realize that it's possible for a tapper to win. As Nigel Lythgoe said, this trio's number was one of the best tap routines I've ever seen.
Of course at the end of every season there are unanswered questions: Why was Pasha and Caitlynn's Argentine tango on tape (I'm guessing he had a previous engagement)? What's with Alexander going blond? And can we please get Jesse Tyler Ferguson as a regular judge next season?
In any case, congratulations to Melanie, whom we'll be hearing more from a little later here on Marquee Blog.
In the meantime, what did you think of the finale? Did America choose the right winner? Post your iReport or comment below.
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