Melanie Moore became the 8th champion of So You Think You Can Dance during Thursday night’s live finale broadcast on Fox. She bested runner-up Sasha Mallory, third-place finisher Marko Germar and fourth-placer Tadd Gadduang based on home viewer votes.
In an interview by Reality TV World, the 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Marietta, GA thought Sasha was going to win once it got down to just the two of them.
“I just did really think that Sasha was going to win. Well first off, she’s an absolutely amazing dancer and literally, I’m so inspired by her. But secondly, they’ve been calling me a favorite since the beginning and usually the person who’s like the favorite or the frontrunner doesn’t win because, for some reason or another, it usually doesn’t happen in that favor,” she said.
“So, I really didn’t expect it at all. Sasha has really improved so much over so many strides and she’s really grown on people, because we weren’t that good of friends in the beginning either, and as she opened up in the competition she was opening up to us. I have nothing but absolute love and so much respect for her.
“Honestly, I was so ready to be in second place and really just tell her how much of an amazing job she did. Because any of the four of us that were on that stage though, I feel like could have taken it,” she added.
Moore garnered a very convincing 47% percent of the total 11.5 million home viewer votes. Sasha Mallory got 32% while the remainder was shared by Fil-Ams Marko Germar (3rd) and Tadd Gadduang (4th).
This is the first time, by the way, that 2 Pinoys made it to the finals of the high-rating dance reality competition. The highest a Pinoy has ever reached in “So You Think You Can Dance” however was 2nd place during season 1 when Melody Lacayanga became runner-up to the first ever winner of the show, Nick Lazzarini.
Check out Tadd’s 4th place announcement and farewell video here:
Check out Marko’s 3rd place announcement and farewell video here: