'So You Think You Can Dance': Melanie Moore is America's favorite dancer

melanie-sytycd-win.jpgAs expected, Melanie Moore, the 19-year-old dancer from Marietta, Ga., totally won Season 8 of "So You Think You Can Dance." But, really, as Nigel Lythgoe said at some point earlier this season, it's really dance that won. We got to spend the steamy summer months watching amazing dancers performing routines by some of dance's best and edgiest choreographers.

Both men still in the competition -- Tadd and Marko -- were cut first. That left Melanie and Sasha -- two strong, and very different, dancers. The votes were with Melanie, but we have a feeling Sasha and the rest of the top 4 will find plenty of work considering the fab series of performances they turned in this season.

Speaking of which, we need to give some love to the folks behind the judge's table. This season also featured guest judges like Lady Gaga, Kristin Chenoweth, Megan Mullally, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christina Applegate and -- hello -- Katie Holmes, all of whom actually added to our appreciation of the art. Ferguson was back for the finale -- the only non-dancy person behind the judges' table.

We weren't going to mention the visit from "Glee's" Naya Rivera, Heather Morris and Harry Shum Jr. who stopped by to invite the top four to the "Glee 3D" movie premiere, but well, we just did.

Now that's out of the way, we'd just like to mention that we're not sure why the finale had to be two hours -- the competition was over at airtime, the votes (all 11.5 million of them) had been cast. All that remained was to crown, as Cat Deeley says, "America's favorite dancer."

Yes, it was sweet to go back and revisit some of the season's best routines (including appearances from the top 20) and it was kind of like getting a free preview of the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour, but our TV schedule is packed as it is -- and we sat through two hours of this on Wednesday.

What did you think of the results?

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