The front-runner emerges on 'SYTYCD'
August 4th, 2011
04:22 PM ET

The front-runner emerges on 'SYTYCD'

I never thought I would think of Melanie and "bucc" in the same sentence... but she did it again.

Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" cemented Melanie as the clear front-runner. There is literally no style she can't do. She easily kept up with tWitch in the very first number of the night, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.

And that wasn't even one of the biggest highlights of the night. For my money, her Broadway routine with Tadd was the best of the night. (And can we talk about that extraordinary solo that she practically made up on the spot?) The chemistry between them was palpable, especially compared to other routines, which ran the gamut.

Tadd, of course, grew by leaps and bounds, not just in that routine, but the one in which he hung on a chandelier and twirled around for what seemed like a full minute. I don't know if that Sonya Tayeh routine with Ellenore was dancing, per se, but I know what I like.

Sonya's second routine, which ranks in her top five of all time for me, showcased Caitlynn's growth as well, and might have also saved Marko from being in the bottom, after a so-so paso doble with Janette, in which it really seemed like he was following Janette's lead - not good for the paso.

Caitlynn, on the other hand, shined in the best Latin routine of the season, a stunning samba with Pasha. (And welcome back, Dmitry!)

So, it might be a lot closer than the judges think in the voting between Caitlynn and Sasha, as to which girl joins Melanie in the final four.

At first, I thought that Sasha was a shoo-in, in her powerful performance with Kent (though Tyce Diorio's "hitting a wall" choreography was a tad too literal for me), one that left guest judge Christina Applegate - and how great was she? - heartbroken (not to mention "double hashtag" Lil' C trying to hold back his tears).

But then came the whacking. Oh, dear. Just a thought for the future: the next-to-last week is not a good time to introduce a new dance style. Sasha and Ricky did their best, no doubt, but it was a bit too much of a disco/whacking hybrid, and just didn't work at all for me.

As for Ricky's other routine, there was little doubt he would nail a contemporary routine with Jaimie, even one involving drumsticks.

Unfortunately for Ricky and Sasha, voters have short memories and that whacking routine won't win them any votes. So I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict a Melanie/Caitlynn/Marko/Tadd final four. Though I will admit, I'm still not entirely clear if the judges are making the final call on who makes it to the finale. That just doesn't seem right to me, if that's the case, considering past seasons.

Really, aside from Melanie, it's anyone's guess who will make it to next week. So let's watch together, and find out, shall we?

And in the meantime, feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments, or on iReport.

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  1. comment

    i think melanie is an amazing dancer, but i think the judges are so biased with her. her hip routine was nothing spectacular when you compare it to others in past season, like twitch and alex. she did just as well as any other person who's not a hip hop dancer. i actually liked caitlynn's hip hop more from the previous week. but the judges love melanie so much that any little thing she does is amazing in their eyes.

    but i mean, we already know that the judges are a lot more lenient with the dancers they love saying things like, "omg you did so well being outside of your genre" (when we clearly can tell they either weren't that good or they made mistakes that the judges chose to overlook).

    August 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kelly

    I'm just not feeling all the Melanie love. Yes, she is a talented dancer but Sasha has the body, the passion, the versatility AND the talent. I don't feel anything when Melanie dances. When Sasha dances, I feel everything. Also, I really didn't care for Melanie's number with Twitch. Sasha and Twitch on the other hand were simply amazing. I hope America gets over the judges guiding us toward Melanie and recognize the incredible talent that is Sasha. I also have to point out that Marko has had an overall strong season and could steal it from both of the girls. We'll just have to wait and see. The one thing I do agree with you on is the waacking. WTH was that about? What an unlucky hat draw.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • tasha

      Well Kelly as they say.."art is in the eye of the beholder"..

      I think Sasha is great but I disagree with your take on Melanie. I knew right when she auditioned that Melanie had something special and she has not disappointed me yet. I hope they both make the final four but out of the two Melanie is a clear front runner.

      August 5, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. sarah S

    People already have their favorites and despite how good or bad last nights routines were they'll continue to vote for the same dancers. which means Sasha is most likely be in the final 4 with Melanie.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sphincter Knot

    I believe the dance in the picture above is also known as the dance of the kardashian

    August 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brathead

    Marko, Tadd, Melanie & Sasha will be the final 4. Sasha peaked at the right time and has been strong for the past couple of weeks. Ricky just doesn't seem to have advanced as much as Tadd & Marko. Aside from last night, caitlynn has been forgettable. Keep in mind they don't say America's best dancer, it's America's favorite dancer. Personality has a lot to do with it and as far as I'm concerned Ricky & Caitlyn have zero! Just look at American Idol. Scotty didn't have the best voice and he won! I think Melanie is a shoe-in to win it.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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