So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. season 4)

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So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. TV series)
Season 4
Broadcast from May 22, 2008 – August 7, 2008
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Winner:
Joshua Allen
Origin Fort Worth, Texas
Genre(s) Hip-Hop
Runner-up
Stephen 'tWitch' Boss
Chronology
2008

So You Think You Can Dance is a United States television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company network. Season four premiered on May 22, 2008, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy returning as permanent judges and Cat Deeley returning to host. Joshua Allen was announced as the winner on August 7, 2008, the first hip-hop dancer to win the title.[1]

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions for this season were expanded to the following six cities:[2]

Audition Venue City Date Guest Judges(s)
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, Texas January 17–19, 2008 Adam Shankman
Charleston Music Hall Charleston, South Carolina January 31–February 2, 2008 Tyce Diorio
Capitol Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah February 4–7, 2008 Mandy Moore
Atlas Performing Arts Center Washington, D.C. February 21–23, 2008 Dan Karaty
Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, California March 6–8, 2008 Mia Michaels
The Milwaukee Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 20–22, 2008 Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo

For the first time, New York City was not a stop on the audition tour. To be able to audition, contestants had to be between the ages of 18 and 30 and able to be legally employed in the United States. Partner auditions were allowed.[3]

Las Vegas week[edit]

Dancer(s) Thing/style Music Choreographer(s)
All (individual) Solo Individual songs chosen by contestant The dancer
All Hip-hop "Shawty Get Loose"—Lil Mama featuring T-Pain and Chris Brown Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
All Broadway "This Joint is Jumping" from Ain't Misbehavin' Tyce Diorio
All Foxtrot "Call Me Irresponsible"—Michael Bublé Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
All (in groups) Group choreography Individual songs picked by the group The group
All Contemporary "Mic Check"—Imogen Heap Mia Michaels
All (individual) Solo Individual songs chosen by contestant The dancer

Over 200 contestants who impressed the judges in the initial auditions each received a plane ticket to a challenging week of callback auditions at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The week consisted of multiple rounds of choreography, with dancers cut from the competition every round. This season, the rounds included a hip-hop routine with Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo, a Broadway number with Tyce Diorio, the foxtrot with Jean-Marc Généreux, group choreography, contemporary choreography with Mia Michaels, and a final solo for the remaining contestants. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were part of the judging panel for the week, along with Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo.

Finals[edit]

Format[edit]

As in seasons 2 and 3, the finals began with 20 contestants, ten male and ten female. After partners are assigned, couples pick a dance style out of a hat, are rehearsed by a choreographer, and perform their routine. Following the airing of the performances, home viewers vote for their favorite couple. The bottom three couples (six dancers overall) are then liable for elimination by the judges on the live, or broadcast on Broadcast delay in the western United States, results show. All six dancers perform a solo, after which the judges eliminate one male and one female contestant. If the eliminated dancers are not from the same couple, their respective partners form a new pair for the following week's performances. Once the field of dancers is narrowed down to the top 10, permanent partnerships dissolve and contestants draw their new partners from a hat each week. The judges no longer have any say in the elimination process; viewers call in to vote for their favorite individual dancer, and the male and female with the lowest number of votes are eliminated each week.

Because of the inclusion of performer William Wingfield into the top 20 dancers, Debbie Allen was ruled ineligible to perform duties as a Guest Judge during the Finals phase, as long as Wingfield remained in the competition. Wingfield is a Contemporary dancer from Nashville, Tennessee who trained under Allen at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. He was voted off the competition on July 24, 2008. Because of Wingfield being eliminated, Debbie Allen was technically able to guest judge for the top six episode, but Adam Shankman was the guest judge instead.

Top 20 Finalists[edit]

Male Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Joshua Allen 19 Dallas, Texas Hip Hop August 7, 2008 Winner
Stephen "Twitch" Boss 25 Montgomery, Alabama Popping/Locking August 7, 2008 Runner Up
Mark Kanemura 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Jazz July 31, 2008 Top 6
Will Wingfield 21 Nashville, Tennessee Contemporary July 24, 2008 Top 8
Gevorg "Gev" Manoukian 22 Salt Lake City, Utah Breakdance July 17, 2008 Top 10
Thayne Jasperson 27 Provo, Utah Contemporary July 10, 2008 Top 12
Matt Dorame 24 Glendale, Arizona Contemporary July 3, 2008 Top 14
Chris Jarosz 22 Galestown, Maryland Contemporary June 26, 2008 Top 16
Marquis Cunningham 18 Ocala, Florida Contemporary June 20, 2008 Top 18
Jamie Bayard 22 Palmdale, California Swing June 12, 2008 Top 20

Female Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Katee Shean 19 San Jose, California Contemporary August 7, 2008 3rd Place
Courtney Galiano 19 Commack, New York Contemporary August 7, 2008 4th Place
Chelsie Hightower 18 Pleasant Grove, Utah Latin Ballroom July 31, 2008 Top 6
Comfort Fedoke 18 Fort Worth, Texas Hip Hop July 24, 2008 Top 8
Kherington Payne 18 Placentia, California Contemporary July 17, 2008 Top 10
Jessica King 24 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Contemporary July 10, 2008 (Withdrew Due To Injury) Top 12
Kourtni Lind 18 Forest Lake, Minnesota Contemporary July 3, 2008 Top 14
Chelsea Traille 23 Baytown, Texas Contemporary June 26, 2008 Top 16
Susie Garcia 24 Miami, Florida Salsa June 20, 2008 Top 18
Rayven Armijo 28 Los Angeles, California Ballet June 12, 2008 Top 20

Elimination chart[edit]

The song played for the females and males varied throughout the season. Every week, a different song was played. Contestants are in alphabetical order by last name, then in reverse chronological order of elimination.

Legend
Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants
Week: 6/12 6/19 6/26 7/03 7/10 7/17 7/24 7/31 8/07
Contestant Result
Joshua Allen Winner
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Btm 3 Btm 4 Runner-Up
Katee Shean 3rd Place2
Courtney Galiano Btm 3 Btm 4 4th Place
Mark Kanemura Btm 4 Elim
Chelsie Hightower
William Wingfield Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Comfort Fedoke Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim* Btm 4
Gev Manoukian Btm 3 Elim
Kherington Payne Btm 3
Jessica King Btm 3 Btm 3 WD1
Thayne Jasperson Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Matt Dorame Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Kourtni Lind Btm 3 Btm 3
Chris Jarosz Btm 3 Elim
Chelsea Traille Btm 3
Marquis Cunningham Elim
Susie Garcia
Jamie Bayard Elim
Rayven Armijo

1Jessica King suffered an injury that resulted in her being unable to continue in the competition. She was medically withdrawn, and Comfort Fedoke replaced her as she was the most recent female competitor eliminated.[4]
2Katee Shean was awarded $50,000 for being America's favorite female dancer.

Performances[edit]

Week 1 (June 11, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Rayven Armijo
Jamie Bayard
Hip-Hop "American Boy"—Estelle feat. Kanye West Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Both eliminated
Susie Garcia
Marquis Cunningham
Waltz "Dark Waltz"—Hayley Westenra Hunter Johnson Safe
Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Jazz "Tainted Love"—Soft Cell Mandy Moore Bottom 3
Chelsea Traille
Thayne Jasperson
Cha-cha "Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix)"—Celia Cruz Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Contemporary "Beautiful"—Meshell Ndegeocello Mia Michaels Safe
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Broadway "Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me, Kate Tyce Diorio Safe
Comfort Fedoke
Chris Jarosz
Jive "Boom Boom"—Big Head Todd and the Monsters Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Lyrical hip-hop "No Air"—Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Safe
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Tango "Tango"—Cirque du Soleil Hunter Johnson Bottom 3
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Disco "Boogie Wonderland"—Earth, Wind & Fire feat. The Emotions Doriana Sanchez Safe

Week 2 (June 18, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Chelsea Traille
Thayne Jasperson
Jazz "Untouched"—The Veronicas Mandy Moore Bottom 3
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Argentine Tango "Mi Confesión"—Gotan Project Alex Da Silva Safe
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Hip-Hop "Whatever U Like"—Nicole Scherzinger Olisa Thompson
Cicely Bradley
Safe
Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Foxtrot "A Foggy Day (In London Town)"—Michael Bublé Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Safe
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Contemporary "Lost"—Anouk Mandy Moore Safe
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Broadway "All for the Best" from Godspell Tyce Diorio Safe
Susie Garcia
Marquis Cunningham
Salsa "Aguanilé"—Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe Alex Da Silva Both eliminated
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Viennese Waltz "A New Day Has Come"—Celine Dion Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Safe
Comfort Fedoke
Chris Jarosz
Krump "Come and Get Me" —Timbaland featuring 50 Cent & Tony Yayo Lil' C Bottom 3

Week 3 (June 25, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Hip-Hop "Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'Em)"—Busta Rhymes Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Safe
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Rumba "Wishing on a Star"—Rose Royce Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe
Comfort Fedoke
Chris Jarosz
Afro Jazz "The Beautiful People"—Marilyn Manson Tyce Diorio Jarosz eliminated
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Disco "Heaven Must Have Sent You"—Bonnie Pointer Doriana Sanchez Safe
Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Contemporary "Wrestlers (Sticky, Dirty Pop Mix)"—Hot Chip Sonya Tayeh Bottom 3
Chelsea Traille
Thayne Jasperson
Quickstep "You Can't Hurry Love"—Phil Collins Heather Smith Traille eliminated
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Lyrical hip-hop "Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Safe
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Samba "Baila, Baila"—Angela Via Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe

Week 4 (July 2, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Jive "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie" from Five Guys Named Moe Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe
Lyrical Jazz "Alone"—Heart Mandy Moore
Comfort Fedoke
Thayne Jasperson
Broadway "Cool" from West Side Story Andy Blankenbuehler Bottom 3
Smooth Waltz "Hov Arek Sarer Jan"—New Age Armenia Edward Simon
Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Hip-Hop "How Do I Breathe"—Mario Olisa Thompson
Cicely Bradley
Both eliminated
Mambo "Ban Con Tim"—Super All-Star Alex Da Silva
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Jazz "Kiss Kiss"—Holly Valance (incorrectly listed as "Holly Vance") Mandy Moore Safe
Foxtrot "It's My Life"—Paul Anka Edward Simon
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Paso Doble "Malagueña"—Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Safe
Contemporary "Dreaming With a Broken Heart"—John Mayer Mia Michaels
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Contemporary "Hometown Glory"—Adele Mia Michaels Safe
West Coast Swing "Shake It"—Brother Yusef Benji Schwimmer (season 2)
Lacey Schwimmer (season 3) assisting
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Hip-Hop "Lights, Camera, Action!"—Mr. Cheeks Olisa Thompson
Cicely Bradley
Bottom 3
Broadway "New York, New York" from On the Town Andy Blankenbuehler

Week 5 (July 9, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Salsa "Fuego"—Joe Bataan Alex Da Silva Safe
Broadway "I'm a Woman" from Smokey Joe's Cafe Tyce Diorio
Comfort Fedoke
Thayne Jasperson
Hip-Hop "Can We Chill"—Ne-Yo Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Both eliminated*
Contemporary "A Different Corner"—George Michael Mandy Moore
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Contemporary "Silence" from Unfaithful emmy nominated Tyce Diorio Bottom 3
King withdrawn*
Quickstep "Bandstand Boogie"—Barry Manilow Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Cha-cha "Don't Stop the Music (The Wideboys Club Mix)"—Rihanna Anya Garnis (season 3)
Pasha Kovalev (season 3)
Safe
Jazz "Standing There"—The Creatures Mandy Moore
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Krump "2 Buck 4 TV"—Tha J-Squad Lil' C Bottom 3
Tango "Assassin's Tango" from Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Viennese Waltz "Iris"—Goo Goo Dolls Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Safe
Bollywood "Dhoom Taana" from Om Shanti Om Nakul Dev Mahajan

* Comfort Fedoke and Thayne Jasperson were eliminated by the judges, but Jessica King later had to withdraw from the competition due to injury. She was replaced by Fedoke, the most recent eliminated female.[4]

Week 6 (July 16, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Lil' C

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Courtney Galiano
Joshua Allen
Hip-Hop "Skippin'"—Mario Dave Scott Safe
Rumba "Hero"—Enrique Iglesias Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
Kherington Payne
Mark Kanemura
Country-western two-step "Kick Back"—Ty England Ronnie DeBenedetta
Brandi Tobais
Payne eliminated
Kanemura in bottom 4
Jazz "Canned Heat"—Jamiroquai Tyce Diorio
Comfort Fedoke
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Smooth Waltz "Open Arms"—Journey Hunter Johnson Fedoke in bottom 4
Hip-Hop "Forever"—Chris Brown Dave Scott
Katee Shean
William Wingfield
Broadway "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat"—Sam Harris Tyce Diorio Safe
Pas de deux "Imagine"—David Archuleta Dwight Rhoden
Desmond Richardson
Chelsie Hightower
Gev Manoukian
Contemporary "These Arms of Mine"—Otis Redding Sonya Tayeh Manoukian eliminated
Jive "The House is Rockin'"—Brian Setzer Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Chelsie Hightower Samba "Pon de Replay"—Rihanna Safe
Gev Manoukian Breakdance "Hello Goodbye (Uncool)"—Lupe Fiasco feat. Unkle Eliminated
Courtney Galiano Contemporary "I Want You to Need Me"—Celine Dion Safe
Mark Kanemura Pop-Jazz "Bohemian Rhapsody"—Queen Bottom 4
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Need a Boss"—Shareefa feat. Ludacris Bottom 4
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Hip-Hop "I Question Mark"—Wade Robson Safe
Katee Shean Contemporary "This Woman's Work" (MTV Unplugged)—Maxwell Safe
William Wingfield Contemporary "Dance With My Father"—Luther Vandross Safe
Kherington Payne Jazz "Breakin' Dishes"—Rihanna Eliminated
Joshua Allen Hip-Hop "Jam"—Michael Jackson Safe

Week 7 (July 23, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Toni Basil

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Courtney Galiano
William Wingfield
Samba "I Fell in Love with the DJ"—Che'Nelle featuring Cham Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Galiano in Bottom 4
Wingfield eliminated
Lyrical hip-hop "Like You'll Never See Me Again"—Alicia Keys Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Katee Shean
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Contemporary "Mercy"—Duffy Mia Michaels Boss in bottom 4
Broadway "Sweet Georgia Brown" from Bubbling Brown Sugar Tyce Diorio
Comfort Fedoke
Mark Kanemura
Hip-Hop "Party People"—Nelly feat. Fergie Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Fedoke eliminated
Foxtrot "Lady Luck"—The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Chelsie Hightower
Joshua Allen
Argentine Tango "A Los Amigos" from Forever Tango Dmitry Chaplin (season 2) Safe
Disco "Everlasting Love"—Gloria Estefan Doriana Sanchez
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "I Got This Down"—Simian Mobile Disco Eliminated
William Wingfield Funk "Get Up Offa That Thing"—James Brown Eliminated
Katee Shean Contemporary "Taking Chances"—Celine Dion Safe
Mark Kanemura Pop-Jazz "Creator"—Santigold feat. Switch and Freq Nasty Safe
Chelsie Hightower Cha-cha "Damaged"—Danity Kane Safe
Joshua Allen Hip-Hop "Shawty Get Loose"—Lil Mama feat. T-Pain & Chris Brown Safe
Courtney Galiano Contemporary "Where I Stood"—Missy Higgins Bottom 4
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Hip-Hop "Go To Work"—Kay L Bottom 4

Week 8 (July 30, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Courtney Galiano
Mark Kanemura
Viennese Waltz "The Time of My Life"—David Cook Jason Gilkison Kanemura eliminated
Jazz "The Garden"—Mirah Sonya Tayeh
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Contemporary "All by Myself"—Celine Dion Tyce Diorio Safe
Paso Doble "Filet" from Le Rêve Jason Gilkison
Chelsie Hightower
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Mambo "Ahora Me Toca a Mi"—Víctor Manuelle Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Hightower eliminated
Hip-Hop "Control"—Vitamin String Quartet Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Chelsie Hightower Cha-cha "When I Grow Up"—Pussycat Dolls Eliminated
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Funk "Midas Touch"—Midnight Star Safe
Katee Shean Contemporary "Can't Stop"—Maroon 5 Safe
Joshua Allen Hip-Hop "Like That"—Memphis Bleek Safe
Courtney Galiano Contemporary "Rock Your Soul"—Elisa Safe
Mark Kanemura Pop-Jazz "Bum Like You"—Robyn Eliminated

Week 9 (August 6, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mandy Moore

Mia Michaels

  • Couple dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Courtney Galiano
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Hip-Hop "Church"—T-Pain Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Lyrical Jazz "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room"—John Mayer Wade Robson
Courtney Galiano
Katee Shean
Broadway "The Trolley Song"—Rufus Wainwright Tyce Diorio
Joshua Allen
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Trepak "Trepak" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Youri Nelzine
Katee Shean
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Foxtrot "Feeling Good"—Michael Bublé Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Courtney Galiano
Joshua Allen
Jive "The Dirty Boogie"—The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jason Gilkison
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music
Courtney Galiano Contemporary "They Weren't There"—Missy Higgins
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Hip-Hop "It Was All In Your Mind"—Wade Robson
Katee Shean Contemporary "Hide and Seek"—Imogen Heap
Joshua Allen Hip-Hop "(Not Just) Knee Deep"—Funkadelic

Results shows[edit]

Week 1 (June 12, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Kourtni Lind Contemporary "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"—The Side Project Safe
Matt Dorame Contemporary "Baby's Romance"—Chris Garneau Safe
Rayven Armijo Ballet "As I Am (Intro)"—Alicia Keys Eliminated
Jamie Bayard Samba "Mas Que Nada" – Sérgio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas Eliminated
Jessica King Contemporary "Misery Business (Acoustic)"—Paramore Safe
William Wingfield Contemporary "More That Anyone (Stripped version)"—Gavin DeGraw Safe

Week 2 (June 19, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Chelsea Traille Jazz "The Time Is Now"—Moloko Safe
Thayne Jasperson Contemporary "Belief"—Gavin DeGraw Safe
Susie Garcia Salsa "The Anthem"—Pitbull feat. Lil Jon Eliminated
Marquis Cunningham Contemporary "Stop and Stare"—OneRepublic Eliminated
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Planet Rock"—Afrika Bambaataa Safe
Chris Jarosz Contemporary "Again"—John Legend Safe

Week 3 (June 26, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Chelsea Traille Contemporary "A Song For You"—Donny Hathaway Eliminated
Thayne Jasperson Contemporary "Always"—Bon Jovi Safe
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Just Fine"—Mary J. Blige Safe
Chris Jarosz Contemporary "After Tonight"—Justin Nozuka Eliminated
Kourtni Lind Jazz "Fire Door (Live)"—Ani DiFranco Safe
Matt Dorame Contemporary "I'm Yours"—Jason Mraz Safe

Week 4 (July 3, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Kourtni Lind Contemporary "No Man"—Nina Storey Eliminated
Matt Dorame Contemporary "Sweet Contentment"—Bradley James and the Roadies Eliminated
Courtney Galiano Jazz "What's Another Day"—Maria Mena Safe
Gev Manoukian Breakdance "Everybody Loves a Carnival"—Fatboy Slim Safe
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Hit the Floor"—Twista feat. Pitbull Safe
Thayne Jasperson Contemporary "I Want To Break Free"—Queen Safe
  • Eliminated:
  • New partners
  • None

Week 5 (July 10, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Oh Timbaland"—Timbaland Eliminated*
Thayne Jasperson Contemporary "Come Home"—OneRepublic Eliminated
Jessica King Contemporary "Best for Last"—Adele Safe*
William Wingfield African Jazz "Daraijan"—Kodo Safe
Kherington Payne Contemporary "All We Are"—OneRepublic Safe
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Hip-Hop "We Gonna Win"—Miri Ben-Ari Safe
  • Eliminated:
  • New partners:
  • None. Now that only the top ten remain, new partners are randomly assigned each week, and they'll be voted individually.

* It was reported on July 14, 2008 that Jessica King was injured and as a result could not continue in the competition. Comfort Fedoke returned to the show in place of King.[4]

Week 6 (July 17, 2008)[edit]

  • Group dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Top 10 Bollywood "JBJ" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Nakul Dev Mahajan
Top 5 female dancers Contemporary "Ave Maria"—Celine Dion Mia Michaels
Top 5 male dancers Broadway "Five Guys Named Moe" from Five Guys Named Moe Nigel Lythgoe
Chuck Maldonado assisting
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Egypt, Egypt"—Egyptian Lover Safe
Mark Kanemura Pop-Jazz "Black Betty"—Ram Jam Safe
Kherington Payne Jazz "Myphilosophy"—Inner Eliminated
Gev Manoukian Breakdance "Feeling Good"—Michael Bublé Eliminated
  • Eliminated:

Week 7 (July 24, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Comfort Fedoke Hip-Hop "Like This"—Mims Eliminated
William Wingfield Contemporary "Closer"—Goapele Eliminated
Courtney Galiano Jazz "Passion"—Kreesha Turner Safe
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Locking "Hollywood Swinging"—Kool & the Gang Safe
  • Eliminated:

Week 8 (July 31, 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Courtney Galiano Contemporary "Almost Lover"—A Fine Frenzy Safe
Mark Kanemura Pop-Jazz "Wind It Up (Original Neptunes Mix)"—Gwen Stefani Eliminated
Katee Shean Contemporary "Beautiful Disaster"—Jon McLaughlin Safe
Joshua Allen Popping "I Can Make You Dance"—Zapp Safe
Chelsie Hightower Jive "The Girl's Gone Wild"—Travis Tritt Eliminated
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Funk "Don't Worry, Be Happy"—Bobby McFerrin Safe
  • Eliminated:

Week 9 (Grand Finale) (August 7, 2008)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen, Lil' C, Adam Shankman, Mia Michaels

  • Group dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Top 201 Hip-Hop "Boom"—Sin featuring T-Pain[5] Shane Sparks
Top 5 male dancers Broadway "Five Guys Named Moe" from Five Guys Named Moe Nigel Lythgoe
Chuck Maldonado assisting
  • Guest dancers:
Dancer(s) Style Music
Robert Muraine
Phillip Chbeeb
Popping Battle2
(winner: Muraine by a vote of 5-1)
"Stronger"—Kanye West
Mary Murphy
Dmitry Chaplin
Samba "Baila, Baila"—Angela Via
Cirque du Soleil/
Cast of Criss Angel Believe
Pop-Jazz
(choreographer: Wade Robson)
"Homage to the Rabbits"—Éric Serra
Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Nigel Lythgoe
Tap "Boogie Wonderland"—Earth, Wind & Fire feat. The Emotions
Earlier contestants3 Discoswing "Don't Stop the Music"—Rihanna

^1 All of the top 20 but Jessica King performed. King, who was still injured, was not featured in the group opening.
^2 Muraine and Chbeeb both auditioned earlier in the season. Chbeeb contracted pneumonia and was medically advised to withdraw and Muraine later quit during the Las Vegas auditions. Chbeeb was later selected to the Top 20 for Season 5.
^3 Dmitry Chaplin, Ryan Conferido, Anya Garnis, Jaimie Goodwin, Allison Holker, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Hok Konishi, Ivan Koumaev, Melody Lacayanga, Dominic Sandoval, Benji Schwimmer and Travis Wall

Judges' picks[edit]
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Chosen by
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Bollywood "Dhoom Taana" from Om Shanti Om Nakul Dev Mahajan Nigel Lythgoe
Courtney Galiano
Gev Manoukian
Rumba "Wishing on a Star"—Rose Royce Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin assisting
Mary Murphy
Comfort Fedoke
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Hip-Hop "Forever"—Chris Brown Dave Scott Adam Shankman
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Lyrical hip-hop "Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Lil' C
Katee Shean
William Wingfield
Pas de deux "Imagine"—David Archuleta Dwight Rhoden
Desmond Richardson
Mia Michaels
Courtney Galiano
Mark Kanemura
Jazz "The Garden"—Mirah Sonya Tayeh Adam Shankman
Katee Shean
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Contemporary "Mercy"—Duffy Mia Michaels Mary Murphy
Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Viennese Waltz "A New Day Has Come"—Celine Dion Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau assisting
Debbie Allen
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Lyrical hip-hop "No Air"—Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Nigel Lythgoe
  • Eliminated:
  • Courtney Galiano: "It's Only Life"—Kate Voegele
  • Katee Shean: "From Where You Are"—Lifehouse (She won $50,000 for being the top female dancer.)
  • Runner-Up:
  • Stephen "Twitch" Boss
  • Winner
    • Joshua Allen

Awards[edit]

2009 Emmy Awards[edit]

Result Category Recipient(s)/
Choreographer(s)
Performers Music
Nominated Outstanding Choreography Napoleon and
Tabitha D'umo
Mark Kanemura
Chelsie Hightower
"Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis
Nominated Outstanding Choreography Mia Michaels Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Katee Shean
"Mercy"—Duffy
Won[6] Outstanding Choreography Tyce Diorio William Wingfield
Jessica King
"Silence" from Unfaithful
Nominated Outstanding Choreography Dmitry Chaplin Joshua Allen
Chelsie Hightower
"A Los Amigos" from Forever Tango
Won Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera
Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Amy Strozzi
Heather Cummings
Tifanie White
Marie DelPrete
Won[7] Outstanding Costumes For A Variety/Music Program Or Special Soyon An

Tyce Diorio, along with Rob Ashford from 81st Academy Awards were joint-winners.

Broadcast outside of US[edit]

It is broadcast on the Canadian channels, CTV and MuchMusic, and also on Fox Life in Poland. It is also broadcast on TVNorge in Norway and Nelonen in Finland! It is also broadcast on Channel 10 in Australia and on AXN in India.

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