This is how we'll remember you, Marko: ripped and in strategically placed tatters
Okay guys, I won't leave you hanging -- neither Marko nor Tadd was our So You Think You Can Dance champion. But it was a pretty impressive finale nonetheless: all of the final four contestants danced with each of the others, one all-star, and on their own. Phew!
Beloved couple Marko and Melanie kicked things off by reuniting for the season's first (and only) disco! I cannot lie; I was giddy with anticipation. The dance was a bit disappointing, however: the duo was missing their usual sparkle (though Marko's white vest was sparkly indeed), and some of the lifts seemed a bit labored. Nigel mentioned that they seemed "uncomfortable in the style." Ugh, not your usual way, you two!!
In case there was any doubt that this is disco
Tadd was paired up with previous SYTYCD winner Joshua for a Lil' C krump. I hate to say it, but Joshua outshone Tadd by far. "It was really hard for you," Mary observed, though Tadd still had his "sweetie pie factor" (not really what you want in a hard-hitting krump. At least the guys were wearing no shirts, just open vests? And there were some cool knee slides in there as well.
Everyone liked the red shoes, at least?
Marko came back with Sasha for a fun Broadway routine in which he played a nervous, bespectacled waiter being seduced by his hot lady restaurant patron. There were some great, funny faces from Marko during the routine and, don't worry, the specs were securely strapped on so that he could execute his usual impressive move without beaning anyone in the audience with his glasses. Guest judge Kenny Ortega said that Marko "went from leading man to character actor," and Marko was just adorable as he took the compliment. Aww!
This waiter deserves a major tip
During Marko's one-on-one session with Cat (how jealous am I of his having a one-on-one session with Cat), he told her about how he watched the show online back home in Guam and used to imitate the previous contestants. When he got shot, he wondered, "Why me? Maybe this [show] is the reason," he explained with tears in his eyes. He then pointed out his dad, who was in the audience for the first time to see his son perform in the finale. Of course Marko's mom was right next to him. Aaaaand cue my crying. What a sweet family!
I like this photo because it looks like Marko's head can shoot beams of light
Tadd had a cha-cha with Sasha in which he had a skinny tie and some pretty slim fit pants. Rawr! Unfortunately, Mary pointed out that both of them struggled with the style, but Tadd had problems in particular. Right about here is where I really wondered whether the poor dancers were exhausted from the full season of competing and having so many dances to perform in one night. Yes, we want more ... but not at the cost of their skills and passion! Erg.
Maybe I'm alone on this, but I think Tadd looks best in a shirt and tie
Marko was paired up with last year's champ Lauren for a dance in his own style, contemporary. Don't worry girls, we got to see one more shirtless Marko performance right here. We also finally got to see some real talent on stage from him; as Mary said, "You're living in it every single moment ... you were given a second chance in life and I can feel that you're not going to waste a second of it." There's the Marko we know and love! Thank goodness.
Watch out, Lauren!
Tadd then got his time with Cat, during which he had a leg slung over the arm of his chair oh-so-casually. According to Tadd, America is connecting with his solos (hmm, not sure I agree). Also it turns out there is a "Keep Your Shirt Off, Tadd" fan club online. Very nice. In his next partner dance, Tadd danced with Melanie in a routine that had her throwing a shoe at him, tearing his shirt off, and tearing his pants off. "You're welcome," Nigel silently said to the aforementioned fan page. Aloud, Nigel said that Tadd redeemed himself, and Mary said that he "brought sexy back." Color me relieved, Taddy!
Tadd is captivated by a shoeless Melanie
The final dance of the night paired up our two guys in a gumboot stepping routine that I have to call disappointing. Again, I'll chalk it up to the exhaustion, but this dance was sluggish, soft where it should have been hard, and just plain painful to watch. The mining outfits the boys wore and the axes and wheelbarrow props didn't help either. The judges were kind, perhaps because it was the very last competition performance, but Nigel reasserted, "From the beginning I thought a girl would win, and I haven't changed my mind." Harsh, but I can't say I didn't agree with him.
This looks cool, but the rest...
At the finale result show, Nigel apologized for his insensitive words, and we found out that Tadd came in fourth place and Marko came in third. We're still proud of you, guys! I also have to mention that we caught a glimpse of Alex Wong in the audience, and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang) was part of the Glee crew that invited the finalists the finalists to see Glee 3D, which included what looked like our favorite mini Warbler. Could this be the largest number of Asian men seen nearly at once on American television who WEREN'T involved with martial arts or computers? Awesome. Our boys didn't secure a win, but I'm thrilled for them anyway. Can't wait to see what you guys move onto next! Don't forget to catch them and the rest of the top ten on tour!
Love you too, Tadd!
Anya and Olivier were barely on screen in this week's episode of Project Runway, though they were coincidentally paired up for the challenge, which had the designers making outfits for stiltwalkers. "You're kind of a dream team," Tim told them early on, reflecting the high hopes I had while watching.
They could both be their own models, am I right?
In the end they collaborated on a spacey, futuristic look that Olivier worried about because he didn't have time to "sew everything perfectly." They landed right in the middle of the seven pairs and were safe, landing in neither the top nor the bottom three. I expect more from you guys! But I'm glad you'll both be here next week.
That fabric looks like an oil slick
I am so envious of both of these dudes right now
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