Melanie Moore didn’t expect to win SYTYCD because she was the front-runner

Melanie Moore won So You Think You Can Dance‘s eighth after getting almost half of viewer votes, but she expected that she’d follow in previous front-runners’ footsteps and lose because people thought she’d win.

After complimenting Sasha Mallory, who received 32 percent of viewers’ votes compared to 47 for Melanie (and just 21 percent for both third place Marko Germar and fourth place Tadd Gadduang combined), Melanie noted that “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. So, I really didn’t expect it at all,” she said in a conference call with reporters, according to Reality TV World’s transcript.

As to predicting who would win, my season-long predictions as part of HitFix’s fantasy league beat the two former contestants who were participating, but the other featured participants easily beat me, as did 42 of you who were in the reality blurred league. Congrats to “thorswitch,” who won with an impressive 2890 points, which also beat all the featured players.

The Thursday finale and Wednesday performance episode capped off a season that, for me, was more notable for its surprisingly outstanding guest judges than its contestants. While the show works better with Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as the only two permanent judges, it still is struggling to find its way out of the rut that it got into the previous two seasons.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.