I think you just like to disagree with whoever wins. (Not trying to resurrect our Melanie vs Sasha rivalry or anything here. ;) )
I loved Cyrus, but I don’t personally think he grew as much as the other “one-dimensional dancers” you mentioned. He did take on other styles and not fail, but he was certainly hidden in the back during a lot of group numbers or was placed up front just to do his own style, no matter what the choreography was. Not to mention the constant critiques on his form during the Ballroom styles.
ALSO - Cyrus didn’t need to win SYTYCD to further his career. For Heaven’s sake, look at Twitch! That man didn’t win, but he has been making movies and working constantly since he appeared on the show. He’s greatly respected in the Hip Hop community, not to mention as a SYTYCD all star. Cyrus will surely be sought after in the same way. I actually feel like the win will do more for Chehon’s career…since last time I checked there weren’t many “Step Up - Ballet Edition” movies out there. ;)
I was shocked that Chehon won, but extremely proud. I do feel he was more deserving and we can’t discount how much HE grew as well! He may have had more training, but that training never taught him to connect emotionally with his work. He had to learn that along the way.
Let’s not forget that there has never been a Ballet dancer winner of SYTYCD!! (And this year we had TWO!) This was a more groundbreaking ending than having another Hip Hop dancer win. :)
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
I’m a little torn about this aspect of last night’s season finale of So You Think You Can Dance. [SPOILERS BELOW]
On the one hand, Chehon, a classically trained ballet dancer, was clearly a more appropriate winner of a contest centered around dancing very well. It was, by all accounts, the culmination of many, many years worth of work, study, and dedication. But did he deserve to win?
I don’t think so. I think Cyrus, following in the Russell/Legacy mold of one-dimensional dancers become more multifaceted as the show went along, was a more deserving winner. He was a truly enthralling dancer who never failed to entertain and endear when he took the stage. In last night’s finale, he said during one of his packages that he felt like a superhero when he was onstage. I would tend to agree with him.
Not that it matters because clearly the majority of voters disagreed. Still, I can’t help but think the prize would mean more to Cyrus, who had next to no professional dancing prospects before the show began. (Chehon, on the other hand, was a Royal Ballet School alum and left a touring Broadway show to audition for SYTYCD.)
I just can’t help but think that a SYTYCD win would’ve meant the world to Cyrus, whereas it will be just another notch in Chehon’s belt as he continues on to bigger and better things.
What does everyone else think?