So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. season 8)

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So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. TV series)
Season 8
Broadcast from May 26, 2011 – August 11, 2011
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Winner:
Melanie Moore
Origin Marietta, Georgia
Genre(s) Contemporary
Runner-up
Sasha Mallory - African Jazz dancer
Chronology
2011

So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox network. The show's eighth season premiered on May 26, 2011. It features the return of Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as permanent judges and Cat Deeley as host. Also returning is the selection of a Top 20 for the finals, in contrast to season 7's Top 11. Contemporary dancer Melanie Moore won the season and Sasha Mallory was the runner-up. This is the first season where both the winner and runner-up were female. DialIdol covered only the last four weeks of this season.

Judging panel[edit]

Mary Murphy returned and replaced Mia Michaels as a permanent judge after being absent in season 7 due to contract disputes and to undergo surgery to remove a thyroid tumor.[1][2] Adam Shankman's permanent judge spot—to which he was unable to return due to conflict with directing the film Rock of Ages—was filled with rotating guest judges Robin Antin, Lil' C, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath, and Jason Gilkison.[1][3]

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions for this season took place in the following five cities:[4]

Air Date Location Audition Date Judges
May 26, 2011 Paramount Theatre[citation needed] - Oakland, California (billed as San Francisco)[5] October 13, 2010 Nigel Lythgoe, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath
Fox Theatre[6] - Atlanta, Georgia February 19, 2011 Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Lil' C
June 1, 2011 Brooklyn, New York November 15, 2010 Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Jason Gilkison
Capitol Theater[7] - Salt Lake City, Utah February 2, 2011 Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Robin Antin
June 2, 2011 Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, California March 12, 2011 Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Tyce Diorio

Las Vegas week[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Robin Antin, and Adam Shankman, who was replaced by Jason Gilkison on Day 2 due to a conflict with his schedule. The Las Vegas callbacks, which started on April 8, 2011, were held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thirty-one dancers made it through to the final stage before the selection of the Top 20.

Task/style Music Choreographer(s)
Individual solo Music chosen by contestant The dancer
Hip-Hop "Look at Me Now"—Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo
Broadway "I Gotcha" from Fosse Tyce Diorio
Jive "Blue Suede Shoes (from Viva Elvis)"—Elvis Presley Jason Gilkison
Group routines Picked out of a hat The dancers
Contemporary "Yellow"—Vitamin String Quartet Travis Wall
Individual solo Music chosen by contestant The dancer

Finals[edit]

Format changes[edit]

This season featured a combination of the Top 20 format from seasons 2–6 and the All-Star format from season 7. The finals began with a Top 20. When the show reached Top 10 week, contestants from previous seasons (the All-Stars) partnered current contestants in individual dance genres. Lythgoe has noted that although fans of the show complained about season 7's format[8] and missed "the interconnection between people who had never been in competition before," "putting [contestants] with an All-Star lifted their game immensely,"[1] which informed his decision to combine the two formats and try to "have the best of both worlds."[8] This season also marked the first time that the public was able to cast their votes by SMS or online, in addition to calling in, with a limit of 50 votes per viewer.[9]

Top 20 Finalists[edit]

Male Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Marko Germar 22 Canoga Park, California Lyrical Jazz August 11, 2011 3rd Place
Tadd Gadduang 25 Provo, Utah Breakdance August 11, 2011 4th Place
Ricky Jaime 19 Miami, Florida Contemporary August 4, 2011 Top 6
Jess LeProtto 18 Newark, New Jersey Broadway July 28, 2011 Top 8
Mitchell Kelly 20 Atlanta, Georgia Contemporary July 21, 2011 Top 10
Alexander Fost 21 Los Alamitos, California Ballet July 14, 2011 Top 12
Chris Koehl 21 Garland, Texas Hip Hop July 7, 2011 Top 14
Robert Taylor, Jr. 31* Brooklyn, New York Hip Hop June 30, 2011 Top 16
Wadi Jones 24 Oceanside, New York Breakdance June 23, 2011 Top 20
Nick Young 19 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tap June 23, 2011 Top 20
  • Robert was 30 at the time of application. His age on the website is 31 years old.

Female Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Melanie Moore 19 Marietta, Georgia Contemporary August 11, 2011 Winner
Sasha Mallory 23 Bakersfield, California African Jazz August 11, 2011 Runner Up
Caitlynn Lawson 18 Spanaway, Washington Contemporary August 4, 2011 Top 6
Jordan Casanova 19* Chino, California Jazz July 28, 2011 Top 8
Clarice Ordaz 19 Whittier, California Jazz July 21, 2011 Top 10
Ryan Ramirez 19 Morgan Hill, California Contemporary July 14, 2011 Top 12
Ashley Rich 22 Antioch, California Contemporary July 7, 2011 Top 14
Miranda Maleski 19 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Contemporary June 30, 2011 Top 16
Iveta Lukosiute 30 Woodside, New York (originally from Lithuania) Ballroom June 23, 2011 Top 20
Missy Morelli 20 Arvada, Colorado Jazz June 23, 2011 Top 20
  • Jordan turned 19 on June 15, 2011.

Elimination chart[edit]

Contestants are listed alphabetically by first name, then in reverse chronological order of elimination.

Legend
Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants Injury
Week: 6/161 6/23 6/30 7/7 7/14 7/21 7/28 8/4 8/11
Contestant Result
Melanie Moore Winner
Sasha Mallory Btm 3 Runner-Up
Marko Germar 3rd Place
Tadd Gadduang Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 4th Place
Ricky Jaime Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Caitlynn Lawson Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Jess LeProtto Btm 3 Elim
Jordan Casanova Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Mitchell Kelly Injury2 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Clarice Ordaz Btm 3
Alexander Fost Elim
Ryan Ramirez Btm 3 Btm 3
Chris Koehl Btm 3 Elim
Ashley Rich Btm 3
Robert Taylor, Jr. Btm 3 Elim
Miranda Maleski Btm 3
Nick Young Elim
Iveta Lukosiute
Wadi Jones
Missy Morelli

^1 The judges elected not to eliminate anyone the first week. As a result, two couples were eliminated the following week.
^2 Due to Mitchell Kelly having an elbow injury, he was barred from performing the routine. See below for more information.

Performance shows[edit]

Meet the Top 20 (June 9, 2011)[edit]

  • Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Tyce Diorio, Lil' C, Robin Antin
  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Ricky Jaime
Miranda Maleski
Sasha Mallory
Melanie Moore
Contemporary "In This Shirt"—The Irrepressibles Stacey Tookey
Tadd Gadduang
Wadi Jones
Chris Koehl
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Hip-hop "Everyday (Coolin')"—Swizz Beatz feat. Eve Dave Scott
Iveta Lukosiute
Pasha Kovalev
Ballroom Medley
(Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble, and Cha-cha-cha)
"Ven a Bailar (On the Floor)"—Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull Jason Gilkison
Jordan Casanova
Marko Germar
Missy Morelli
Clarice Ordaz
Jazz "Vanguardian"—Steed Lord Sonya Tayeh
Jess LeProtto
Nick Young
Broadway/Tap "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter"—Nina Simone Christopher Scott
Alexander Fost
Mitchell Kelly
Caitlynn Lawson
Ryan Ramirez
Ashley Rich
Contemporary "Moth's Wings"—Passion Pit Travis Wall
Top 10 guys Hip-hop/Contemporary "Velocity"—Nathan Lanier Christopher Scott
Top 10 girls Jazz "Pop Drop & Roll"—Chonique Sneed & Lisette Bustamante Sonya Tayeh
Top 20 Jazz "Little Bird"—Annie Lennox Tyce Diorio

Top 20 Perform (June 15, 2011)[edit]

  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Jordan Casanova
Tadd Gadduang
African Jazz "Riding the Waves"—Afro Celt Sound System Sean Cheesman Bottom 3
Sasha Mallory
Alexander Fost
Contemporary "Stupid" (Mark Bell mix)—Sarah McLachlan Travis Wall Safe
Clarice Ordaz
Jess LeProtto
Broadway "Me and My Baby"—Liza Minnelli Tyce Diorio Bottom 3
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Lyrical hip-hop "Ain't No Sunshine"—Lighthouse Family Christopher Scott Safe
Caitlynn Lawson
Robert Roldan2
Jazz "In For the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix)—La Roux Sonya Tayeh Safe
Miranda Maleski
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Jive "Runaway Baby"—Bruno Mars Jason Gilkison Bottom 3
Missy Morelli
Wadi Jones
Pop Jazz "Judas" (R3HAB Remix)—Lady Gaga Sean Cheesman Safe
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Contemporary "Turn to Stone"—Ingrid Michaelson Travis Wall Safe
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Hip-Hop "Forget You"—Cee Lo Green Christopher Scott Safe
Iveta Lukosiute
Nick Young
Quickstep "The Ballroom Blitz"—Sweet Jason Gilkison Safe

^2 Due to a shoulder injury, Mitchell Kelly was barred from performing in his routine. He was replaced for the evening by season 7's Robert Roldan and was automatically in danger of going home.

Top 20 Perform Again (June 22, 2011)[edit]

  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Jazz "Addicted to Love"—Robert Palmer Mandy Moore Bottom 3
Caitlynn Lawson
Mitchell Kelly
Contemporary "Turning Tables"—Adele Stacey Tookey Safe
Missy Morelli
Wadi Jones
Cha-cha-cha "Cannibal"—Kesha Jean-Marc Généreux Both eliminated
Iveta Lukosiute
Nick Young
Bollywood "Baawre" from Luck by Chance Nakul Dev Mahajan Both eliminated
Miranda Maleski
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Hip-hop "Break Ya Neck"—Busta Rhymes Nappytabs Safe
Clarice Ordaz
Jess LeProtto
Contemporary "Cathedrals"—Jump, Little Children Stacey Tookey Safe
Jordan Casanova
Tadd Gadduang
Viennese Waltz "Fade Into Me"—David Cook Jean-Marc Généreux Safe
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Jazz "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" (Raf Marchesini Remix)—DKS Mandy Moore Safe
Sasha Mallory
Alexander Fost
Hip-hop "Coming Home"—Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey Nappytabs Safe
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Broadway "Please, Mr. Jailer"—Rachel Sweet Spencer Liff Safe

Top 16 Perform (June 29, 2011)[edit]

  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Sasha Mallory
Chris Koehl
Ryan Ramirez
Tadd Gadduang
Clarice Ordaz
Marko Germar
Miranda Maleski
Mitchell Kelly
Broadway "Hit the Road Jack"—Ray Charles Tyce Diorio No Results
Sasha Mallory
Alexander Fost
Contemporary "Belong"—Cary Brothers Dee Caspary Safe
Caitlynn Lawson
Mitchell Kelly
Samba "Put It in a Love Song"—Alicia Keys feat. Beyoncé Knowles Jean-Marc Généreux Bottom 3
Miranda Maleski
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Broadway "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" from Sophisticated Ladies Tyce Diorio Both eliminated
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Lyrical hip-hop "I Got You"—Leona Lewis Nappytabs Safe
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Jazz "Lights Go Down" (District 78 remix)—Telepathe Sonya Tayeh Bottom 3
Clarice Ordaz
Jess LeProtto
Foxtrot "Fly Me to the Moon"—Frank Sinatra Jean-Marc Généreux Safe
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Contemporary "With Every Heartbeat" (Acoustic)—Robyn Sonya Tayeh Safe
Jordan Casanova
Tadd Gadduang
Hip-hop "Memories"—David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi Nappytabs Safe
Jordan Casanova
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Melanie Moore
Jess LeProtto
Ashley Rich
Alexander Fost
Caitlynn Lawson
Ricky Jaime
Contemporary "Poison & Wine"—The Civil Wars Dee Caspary No Results

Top 14 Perform (July 6, 2011)[edit]

  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
All guys Contemporary "Prague"—Damien Rice Justin Giles No results
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Latin Jazz "Americano"—Lady Gaga Ray Leeper Safe
Sasha Mallory
Alexander Fost
Hip-hop "To the Moon"—Miguel Shaun Evaristo Safe
Jordan Casanova
Tadd Gadduang
Smooth Waltz "Nocturne"—Secret Garden Toni Redpath Bottom 3
Clarice Ordaz
Jess LeProtto
Contemporary "Light Through the Branches"—Celeste Lear Justin Giles Safe
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Salsa "Mambo Beat"—Tito Puente Liz Lira Both eliminated
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Jazz "Fashion"—David Bowie Charles Klapow Bottom 3
Caitlynn Lawson
Mitchell Kelly
Contemporary "To Love You More"—Celine Dion Mandy Moore Safe
All girls Jazz "My Discarded Men"—Eartha Kitt feat. Bronski Beat Ray Leeper No results

Top 12 Perform (July 13, 2011)[edit]

  • Performances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Sasha Mallory
Alexander Fost
Paso Doble "Alley Dash/March of the Trolls"—Taylor Long/Rick Powell Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Fost eliminated
Jazz "That's Life"—Aretha Franklin Tyce Diorio
Jordan Casanova
Tadd Gadduang
Contemporary "Brotsjór"—Ólafur Arnalds Travis Wall Safe
Broadway "Out Tonight" from Rent (Original Broadway Cast) Spencer Liff
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Broadway "All I Need is the Girl"—Frank Sinatra Spencer Liff Ramirez eliminated
Cha-cha-cha "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"—Enrique Iglesias featuring DJ Frank E Louis van Amstel
Caitlynn Lawson
Mitchell Kelly
Hip-hop "Break the Chain"—Lupe Fiasco feat. Eric Turner and Sway Christopher Scott Bottom 3
Jazz "Piece of My Heart"—Janis Joplin Travis Wall
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Tango "Triptico"—Gotan Project Louis van Amstel Safe
Contemporary "Skin and Bones"—David J. Roch Dee Caspary
Clarice Ordaz
Jess LeProtto
Lyrical hip-hop "Just The Way You Are"—Boyce Avenue Christopher Scott Safe
Jive "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"—Robert Randolph and the Family Band Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin

Top 10 Perform (July 20, 2011)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Marko Germar
Chelsie Hightower
Samba "Cinema Italiano" (The Ron Fair Remix)—Kate Hudson Jason Gilkison Safe
Brandon Bryant
Jordan Casanova
Contemporary "Who You Are" (Live Acoustic Version)—Jessie J Dwight Rhoden
Desmond Richardson
Bottom 4
Comfort Fedoke
Tadd Gadduang
Hip-hop "Look at Me Now"—Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes Chuck Maldonado Safe
Mitchell Kelly
Melody Lacayanga
Broadway "Take Off With Us" from All That Jazz Tyce Diorio Eliminated
Pasha Kovalev
Caitlynn Lawson
Argentine Tango "Malajunta"—Orquesta Color Tango Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Safe
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Sasha Mallory
Hip-hop "Misty Blue"—Dorothy Moore Christopher Scott Safe
Jess LeProtto
Kathryn McCormick
Contemporary "The Lonely"—Christina Perri Stacey Tookey Safe
Pasha Kovalev
Melanie Moore
Viennese Waltz "Everybody Hurts"—Tina Arena Jason Gilkison Safe
Allison Holker
Ricky Jaime
Jazz "Precious Things"—Tori Amos Tyce Diorio Bottom 4
Clarice Ordaz
Robert Roldan
Bollywood "Aila Re Aila" from Khatta Meetha Nakul Dev Mahajan Eliminated
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Sasha Mallory Contemporary "Syrup & Honey"—Duffy Safe
Jess LeProtto Broadway "Come By Me"—Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
Melanie Moore Contemporary "You're the One That I Want"—Angus & Julia Stone Safe
Ricky Jaime Contemporary "Daylight Breaks"—Cassidy Haley Bottom 4
Clarice Ordaz Jazz "Royal T"—Crookers feat. Róisín Murphy Eliminated
Mitchell Kelly Contemporary "This Time"—John Legend Eliminated
Jordan Casanova Contemporary "Tonight"—Lykke Li Bottom 4
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "Everything I Can't Have"—Robin Thicke Safe
Caitlynn Lawson Contemporary "Cosmic Love"—Florence and the Machine Safe
Marko Germar Jazz "More Than Anyone" (Stripped version)—Gavin DeGraw Safe

Top 8 Perform (July 27, 2011)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Pasha Kovalev
Sasha Mallory
Quickstep "Puttin' On the Ritz"—Terry Snyder Jonathan Roberts Safe
Ivan Koumaev
Caitlynn Lawson
Hip-hop "Let Me Love You"—Mario Marty Kudelka Bottom 4
Ade Obayomi
Jordan Casanova
Jazz "Nutbush City Limits"—Tina Turner Tyce Diorio Eliminated
Neil Haskell
Melanie Moore
Contemporary "Total Eclipse of the Heart"—Bonnie Tyler Mandy Moore Safe
Anya Garnis
Ricky Jaime
Jive "River Deep, Mountain High"—Celine Dion Jason Gilkison Safe
Lauren Gottlieb
Jess LeProtto
Hip-hop "Take A Bow"—Rihanna Nappytabs Eliminated
Lauren Froderman
Tadd Gadduang
Jazz "Another One Bites the Dust"—Queen Mandy Moore Bottom 4
Allison Holker
Marko Germar
Contemporary "I Know It's Over"—Jeff Buckley Sonya Tayeh Safe
Caitlynn Lawson
Tadd Gadduang
Foxtrot "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"—Ella Fitzgerald Jonathan Roberts Both Bottom 4
Marko Germar
Ricky Jaime
Hip-hop "Bad Boy For Life"—Diddy feat. Black Rob & Mark Curry Nappytabs Both Safe
Jordan Casanova
Jess LeProtto
Rumba "Set Fire to the Rain"—Adele Jason Gilkison Both Eliminated
Melanie Moore
Sasha Mallory
Jazz Game On—District 78 Sonya Tayeh Both Safe

Top 6 Perform (August 3, 2011)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result(s)
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Melanie Moore
Hip-hop "Roman's Revenge"—Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne Nappytabs Safe
Kent Boyd
Sasha Mallory
Contemporary "Fool of Me"—Meshell Ndegeocello Tyce Diorio Safe
Marko Germar
Janette Manrara
Paso Doble "Zorongo" (Traditional)—Antonia Gomez, Ely "La Gambita", Guillermo Basilisco & Paco Peña Dmitry Chaplin Safe
Tadd Gadduang
Ellenore Scott
Jazz "The Gulag Orkestar"—Beirut Sonya Tayeh Safe
Jaimie Goodwin
Ricky Jaime
Contemporary "Inside These Lines"—Trent Dabbs Dee Caspary Eliminated
Pasha Kovalev
Caitlynn Lawson
Samba "Drop It Low" (District 78 remix)—Kat DeLuna Dmitry Chaplin Eliminated
Ricky Jaime
Sasha Mallory
Waacking "Schoolin' Life"—Beyoncé Knowles Kumari Suraj Jaime eliminated
Tadd Gadduang
Melanie Moore
Broadway "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Away Team Remix)—Shirley Bassey Spencer Liff Safe
Marko Germar
Caitlynn Lawson
Lyrical Jazz "Heavy in Your Arms"—Florence and the Machine Sonya Tayeh Lawson eliminated
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Ricky Jaime Contemporary "After Tonight"—Justin Nozuka Eliminated
Caitlynn Lawson Contemporary "What's Love Got to Do with It"— Katie Thompson Eliminated
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "We No Speak Americano"—Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP Safe
Sasha Mallory Jazz "Teeth"—Lady Gaga Safe
Marko Germar Contemporary "Wonderful World (Acoustic)"—James Morrison Safe
Melanie Moore Jazz "Cracks" (Flux Pavilion Remix)—Freestylers feat. Belle Humble Safe

Top 4 Perform (August 10, 2011)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Disco "I Feel Love" (12" Version)—Donna Summer Doriana Sanchez
Sasha Mallory
Mark Kanemura
Jazz "Raise Your Weapon"—Deadmau5 Sonya Tayeh
Joshua Allen
Tadd Gadduang
Hip-hop "Hustle Hard"—Ace Hood Lil' C
Melanie Moore
Robert Roldan
Contemporary "Sacrifice"—Sinéad O'Connor Stacey Tookey
Sasha Mallory
Marko Germar
Broadway "Whatever Lola Wants"—Ella Fitzgerald Spencer Liff
Sasha Mallory
Tadd Gadduang
Cha-cha-cha "Raindrops"—Basement Jaxx Mark Ballas
Lauren Froderman
Marko Germar
Contemporary "Shirk"—Meshell Ndegeocello Tessandra Chavez
Melanie Moore
Tadd Gadduang
Jazz "Show Me What You're Working With"—Sista Monica Ray Leeper
Melanie Moore
Sasha Mallory
Contemporary "Heart Asks Pleasure First"—Ahn Trio Stacey Tookey
Tadd Gadduang
Marko Germar
Stepping "B.O.B."—OutKast Chuck Maldonado
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music
Melanie Moore Contemporary "Song for Viola"—Peter Bradley Adams
Marko Germar Contemporary "The Fear You Won't Fall"—Joshua Radin
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "Mama Knows Best"—Jessie J
Sasha Mallory Contemporary "Be Be Your Love"—Rachael Yamagata

Result shows[edit]

Results show musical performances[edit]

Week Performer(s) Title Performance type
Week 1 (6/16/2011) Keri Hilson "Lose Control" pre-recorded performance
Lady Gaga "The Edge of Glory" music video world exclusive
Week 2 (6/23/2011) LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem"
(dancing guests Quest Crew)
pre-recorded performance
Week 4 (7/7/2011) Florence + the Machine "Cosmic Love" pre-recorded performance
Week 5 (7/14/2011) Nicole Scherzinger "Right There" pre-recorded performance
Week 6 (7/21/2011) Blush[10] "Undivided" pre-recorded performance
Week 7 (7/28/2011) Lady Gaga "You and I"/"The Edge of Glory" pre-recorded performance
Week 8 (8/4/2011) Pia Toscano "This Time" pre-recorded performance
Week 9 (8/11/2011) N/A N/A N/A

Week 1 (June 16, 2011)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Mitchell Kelly Contemporary "Say"John Mayer Safe
Jordan Casanova Jazz "Hot Like Wow"—Nadia Oh Safe
Tadd Gadduang Breakdance "Jump, Jive An' Wail"—The Brian Setzer Orchestra Safe
Clarice Ordaz Jazz "Glam"—Christina Aguilera Safe
Jess LeProtto Broadway "Mr. Bojangles"Robbie Williams Safe
Miranda Maleski Contemporary "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"—Leona Lewis Safe
Robert Taylor Jr. Hip-Hop "Electric"—Omarion Safe
  • Eliminated:
    • No one was eliminated.
  • New partners:
    • None. Starting with the next four weeks, no one will get a new partner until Top 10.

Week 2 (June 23, 2011)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Wadi Jones B-boying "Pon de Floor"—Major Lazer feat. Vybz Kartel Eliminated
Missy Morelli Jazz "Move" (Metronomy Remix)—CSS Eliminated
Nick Young Tap "Follow Me Down"—3OH!3 feat. Neon Hitch Eliminated
Iveta Lukosiute Samba "Samba Rock"—Gennaro Eliminated
Ricky Jaime Contemporary "Riot Rhythm"—Sleigh Bells Safe
Ryan Ramirez Contemporary "Moving Mountains"—Usher Safe
  • NOTE:
    • Four contestants were eliminated because no one was voted off in Week 1.

Week 3 (June 30, 2011)[edit]

  • Group dance: "The Incredits" from The Incredibles (Jazz; Choreographer: Michael Rooney)
  • Guest dancers:
  • Bottom 3's solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Ashley Rich Contemporary "For You"—David Ryan Harris Safe
Chris Koehl Hip-hop "You're Gonna Make It"—KJ-52 feat. Blanca Reyes Safe
Miranda Maleski Contemporary "Unthinkable"—Maria Zouroudis Eliminated
Robert Taylor, Jr. Hip-hop "I Don't Need It"—Jamie Foxx Eliminated
Caitlynn Lawson Contemporary "It Doesn't Hurt" (Live version)—Katie Thompson Safe
Mitchell Kelly Contemporary "Rolling in the Deep"—Adele Safe

Week 4 (July 7, 2011)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Ashley Rich Contemporary "Lovely"—John West feat. Pusha T Eliminated
Chris Koehl Hip-hop "Scars"—Basement Jaxx feat. Kelis, Meleka and Chipmunk Eliminated
Jordan Casanova Jazz "Commander"—Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta Safe
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "1-2-3 (Remix)"—Gloria Estefan Safe
Ryan Ramirez Contemporary "Adagio for Strings"—Brno Philharmonic Orchestra Safe
Ricky Jaime Contemporary "When You Say My Name"—Mario Spinetti Safe

Week 5 (July 14, 2011)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Caitlynn Lawson Jazz "The Edge of Glory"—Lady Gaga Safe
Mitchell Kelly Contemporary "Ra"—Nathan Lanier Safe
Ryan Ramirez Jazz "Not in Love"—Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith Eliminated
Ricky Jaime Jazz "Body Language"—Queen Safe
Sasha Mallory Modern "Thinkin' About Your Body"—Bobby McFerrin Safe
Alexander Fost Ballet "Palladio"—Escala Eliminated

Note: Now it's up to Top 10, they'll be voted individually by America. Also, new partners randomly picked whether they get a male or female and an All-Star pool.

Week 6 (July 21, 2011)[edit]

  • Group dance: "Act One: On Broadway" from Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber & Stoller (Broadway; Choreographer: Josh Bergasse)
  • Guest dancers: Daniil Simkni from The American Ballet Theater ("Les Bourgeois"—Jacques Brel; Ballet)
  • Bottom 4's solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Clarice Ordaz Jazz "Let Me Think About It (Radio Edit)"-Ida Corr vs Fedde le Grand Eliminated
Mitchell Kelly Contemporary "Time & Space"—The Cinematic Orchestra Eliminated
Jordan Casanova Contemporary "Tonight"—Lykke Li Safe
Ricky Jamie Contemporary "Battle for the Beat"—District 78 Safe

Week 7 (July 28, 2011)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Jordan Casanova Jazz-Funk "S&M"—Rihanna Eliminated
Jess LeProtto Broadway "Mack the Knife"—Kevin Spacey Eliminated
Caitlynn Lawson Contemporary "What Turns You On"—Katie Thompson Safe
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "Jump in the Line"—Harry Belafonte Safe

Week 8 (August 4, 2011)[edit]

  • Group dance: "Grown Unknown"—Lia Ices (Contemporary; Choreographer: Justin Giles)
  • Guest dancers:
  • Top 6's solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Sasha Mallory Jazz "We Gonna Win"—Miri Ben-Ari feat. Styles P. Safe
Caitlynn Lawson Contemporary "Touch"—Natasha Bedingfield Eliminated
Melanie Moore Contemporary "My Love"—Sia Furler Safe
Tadd Gadduang B-boying "Only So Much Oil in the Ground"—Tower of Power Safe
Marko Germar Contemporary "You Give Me Something" (Acoustic)—James Morrison Safe
Ricky Jaime Contemporary "Requiem for a Tower"—London Music Works & Clint Mansell Eliminated

Week 9 (Finale) (August 11, 2011)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer Chosen by
Top 20 Jazz "Wanna Get Hype"—District 78 Sonya Tayeh N/A
Top 8 Contemporary "The Circus Sets Up" from Water for Elephants
(taped from broadcast of 28 July)
Tyce Diorio Cat Deeley
Matt Flint1
Jess LeProtto
Nick Young
Tap "Can't Buy Me Love"—Michael Bublé Matt Flint
Jess LeProtto
Nick Young
N/A
Top 10 girls Jazz "Pop Drop & Roll"—Chonique Sneed & Lisette Bustamante Sonya Tayeh Tyce Diorio
Top 10 guys Hip-hop "Velocity"—Nathan Lainer Christopher Scott Sonya Tayeh

^1 Matt Flint is the winner of So You Think You Can Dance UK's second season, and this performance comprised a portion of his prize package.

Judges' picks[edit]
Dancers Style Music Choreographer Chosen by
Sasha Mallory
Kent Boyd
Contemporary "Fool Of Me"—Meshell Ndegeocello Tyce Diorio Mary Murphy
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Hip-hop "I Got You"—Leona Lewis Nappytabs Nigel Lythgoe
Tadd Gadduang
Lauren Froderman
Jazz "Another One Bites The Dust"—Queen Mandy Moore Robin Antin
Miranda Maleski
Robert Taylor, Jr.
Hip-hop "Break Ya Neck"—Busta Rhymes Nappytabs Lil' C
Melanie Moore
Neil Haskell
Contemporary "Total Eclipse of the Heart"—Bonnie Tyler Mandy Moore Mary Murphy
Marko Germar
Allison Holker
Contemporary "I Know It's Over"—Jeff Buckley Sonya Tayeh Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Broadway "Please, Mister Jailer"—Rachel Sweet Spencer Liff Lil' C
Sasha Mallory
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Hip-hop "Misty Blue"—Dorothy Moore Christopher Scott Nigel Lythgoe
Caitlynn Lawson
Pasha Kovalev
Argentine Tango "Malajunta"—Orquesta Color Tango
(taped from broadcast of 20 July)
Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Melanie Moore
Marko Germar
Contemporary "Turn to Stone"—Ingrid Michaelson Travis Wall Mary Murphy
Melanie Moore
Sasha Mallory
Jazz Game On—District 78 Sonya Tayeh Nigel Lythgoe

All-Stars Dance Pool[edit]

As opposed to last season, there is no set group of All-Star dancers. Rather, All-Stars will be changing weekly based on availability. On the July 14, 2011 results show, Lythgoe announced that Season 7 contestant Alex Wong—forced to withdraw after tearing an Achilles tendon—was asked to be an All-Star for Top 10 week, but that Wong tore his other Achilles tendon at an audition the Saturday prior and thus would not be able to participate.

All-Stars, Contestant Partners, and Results
Dancer Season Dance Styles Original Placement Partner
Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Melody Lacayanga 1 Contemporary/Jazz Runner-up Mitchell
Ivan Koumaev
2
Hip Hop Top 6 Caitlynn
Allison Holker Contemporary/Jazz Top 8 Ricky Marko
Neil Haskell
3
Contemporary/Jazz 3rd Place Melanie
Lauren Gottlieb Contemporary/Jazz/Hip Hop Top 6 Jess
Pasha Kovalev Ballroom/Latin Top 6 Caitlynn Melanie Sasha Caitlynn
Jaimie Goodwin Contemporary/Jazz Top 10 Ricky
Anya Garnis Ballroom/Latin Top 12 Ricky
Joshua Allen
4
Hip-Hop Winner Tadd
Stephen "tWitch" Boss Popping/Locking/Krump Runner-up Sasha Melanie
Chelsie Hightower Ballroom/Latin Top 6 Marko
Mark Kanemura Contemporary/Jazz Top 6 Sasha
Comfort Fedoke Hip Hop/Krump Top 8 Tadd
Brandon Bryant
5
Contemporary/Jazz Runner-up Jordan
Ade Obayomi Contemporary/Jazz Top 6 Jordan
Janette Manrara Ballroom/Latin Top 8 Marko
Kathryn McCormick
6
Contemporary/Jazz 3rd Place Jess
Ellenore Scott Contemporary/Jazz 4th Place Tadd
Lauren Froderman
7
Contemporary/Jazz Winner Tadd Marko
Kent Boyd Contemporary/Jazz Runner-up Sasha
Robert Roldan Contemporary/Jazz 3rd Place Clarice Melanie
     This dancer was eliminated this week.
     This dancer was in the bottom 4 this week.
     This All-Star did not perform this week.
     This dancer placed second in the competition.
     This dancer won the competition.
All-Stars in bold text won the competition in their season.

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