So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. season 5)

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So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. TV series)
Season 5
Broadcast from May 21, 2009 – August 6, 2009
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Finals venue Kodak Theatre
Winner:
Jeanine Mason
Origin Miami, Florida
Genre(s) Contemporary
Runner-up
Brandon Bryant
Chronology
2009 (Summer)

So You Think You Can Dance is a United States television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company network. Season five premiered on May 21, 2009, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy returning as permanent judges and Cat Deeley returning to host.[1] Jeanine Mason was crowned America's Favorite Dancer on August 6, 2009, making her the second female to win the show. This is the first season to move the show a new stage(in order to promote Season 6 after seeing Nathan Trasoras audition for Season 5 at age 17) and last season to be in CBS Studios.[2]

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions for this season were held in the following locations:

Audition Venue City Date Guest Judge(s)
Mark Morris Dance Center Brooklyn, New York November 13, 2008 Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo[3]
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami, Florida February 3, 2009 Tyce Diorio
Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, California February 12, 2009 Adam Shankman
Paramount Theatre Denver, Colorado March 12, 2009 Sonya Tayeh
The Cadre Building Memphis, Tennessee March 16, 2009 Lil' C[4]
The Moore Theatre Seattle, Washington March 28, 2009 Mia Michaels[5]

Las Vegas week[edit]

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

The Las Vegas callbacks were held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6] 172 dancers were invited to participate in the callback auditions. This number was cut to 32 dancers, 16 male and 16 female, before the announcement of the season's top 20 contestants. Las Vegas week included the following rounds, with cuts made after each:

Dancer(s) Thing/style Music Choreographer(s)
All (individual) Solo Individual songs chosen by contestant The dancer
All Hip-hop "Boom Boom Pow"—The Black Eyed Peas Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
All Waltz "May It Be"—Enya Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
All Jazz "Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)"—The Ting Tings Sonya Tayeh
All (in groups) Group choreography Individual songs picked by the group The group
All Contemporary "Belief (Stripped Version)"—Gavin DeGraw Mia Michaels
Female contestants Broadway "America" from West Side Story Tyce Diorio
Male contestants "Cool from West Side Story
All (individual) Solo Individual songs chosen by contestant The dancer

Top 20 Finalists[edit]

Male Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Brandon Bryant 20 Miami, Florida Contemporary August 6, 2009 Runner Up
Evan Kasprzak 21 Benzonia, Michigan Broadway August 6, 2009 3rd Place
Ade Obayomi 20 Peoria, Arizona Contemporary July 30, 2009 Top 6
Jason Glover 21 Fresno, California Contemporary July 23, 2009 Top 8
Kupono Aweau 23 Kailua, Hawaii Lyrical Jazz July 16, 2009 Top 10
Phillip Chbeeb 20 Houston, Texas Popping July 9, 2009 Top 12
Vitolio Jeune 26 Miami, Florida (originally from Haiti) Contemporary July 2, 2009 Top 14
Jonathan Platero 21 Tampa, Florida Salsa June 25, 2009 Top 16
Maksim Kapitannikov 26 Brooklyn, New York Latin Ballroom June 18, 2009 Top 18
Tony Bellissimo 20 Buffalo, New York Hip Hop June 11, 2009 Top 20

Female Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Jeanine Mason 18 Miami, Florida Contemporary Jazz August 6, 2009 Winner
Kayla Radomski 18 Aurora, Colorado Contemporary August 6, 2009 4th Place
Melissa Sandvig 29 Los Angeles, California Ballet July 30, 2009 Top 6
Janette Manrara 25 Miami, Florida Salsa July 23, 2009 Top 8
Randi Evans 23 Orem, Utah Jazz July 16, 2009 Top 10
Caitlin Kinney 21 Annapolis, Maryland Contemporary/Lyrical/Acro July 9, 2009 Top 12
Karla Garcia 23 Brooklyn, New York Contemporary July 2, 2009 Top 14
Asuka Kondoh 25 San Francisco, California Latin Ballroom June 25, 2009 Top 16
Ashley Valerio 22 Mesa, Arizona Contemporary June 18, 2009 Top 18
Paris Torres 19 Issaquah, Washington Contemporary June 11, 2009 Top 20

Elimination chart[edit]

Contestants are listed in reverse chronological order of elimination. The song for the eliminated female contestants was "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson. The song for the eliminated male contestants was "On Your Own" by Green River Ordinance.

Legend
Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants
Week: 6/11 6/18 6/25 7/2 7/9 7/16 7/23 7/30 8/6
Contestant Result
Jeanine Mason Btm 3 Btm 3 Winner
Brandon Bryant Btm 4 Runner-Up
Evan Kasprzak 3rd place
Kayla Radomski Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 4th place
Ade Obayomi Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Melissa Sandvig Btm 3 Btm 4
Jason Glover Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Janette Manrara
Kūpono Aweau Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Randi Evans
Philip Chbeeb Btm 3 Elim
Caitlin Kinney Btm 3 Btm 3
Vitolio Jeune Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Karla Garcia Btm 3 Btm 3
Jonathan Platero Btm 3 Elim
Asuka Kondoh Btm 3
Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov Elim
Ashley Valerio
Tony Bellissimo Elim
Paris Torres

Performances[edit]

Week 1 (June 10, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Lyrical hip-hop "Mad"—Ne-Yo Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Safe
Asuka Kondoh
Vitolio Jeune
Broadway "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago Tyce Diorio Bottom 3
Karla Garcia
Jonathan Platero
Cha-cha "Poker Face"—Lady Gaga Tony Meredith Bottom 3
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz "I Only Have Eyes for You"—Jamie Cullum Tyce Diorio Safe
Paris Torres
Tony Bellissimo
Hip-hop "Let the Beat Rock" (Boyz Noize Megamix)—The Black Eyed Peas Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Both eliminated
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Bollywood "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire Nakul Dev Mahajan Safe
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Foxtrot "Come Fly with Me"—Michael Bublé Louis van Amstel Safe
Ashley Valerio
Kūpono Aweau
Jazz "Felt Mountain"—Goldfrapp Wade Robson Safe
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Contemporary "Right Here Waiting"—Richard Marx Mandy Moore Safe
Kayla Radomski
Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov
Samba "Jum Bah Day"—House of Gypsies Louis van Amstel Safe

Week 2 (June 17, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Lil' C

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Jive "Shake A Tail Feather"—Ray Charles Louis van Amstel Safe
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Jazz "24 Hours" (The Aston Shuffle A-Bomb Remix)—Terry Poison Sonya Tayeh Safe
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Hip-hop "Missin' You"—Trey Songz Shane Sparks Bottom 3
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Disco "Loving Is Really My Game"—Brainstorm Doriana Sanchez Safe
Asuka Kondoh
Vitolio Jeune
Waltz "Dreams Are More Precious"—Enya Louis van Amstel Safe
Kayla Radomski
Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov
Pop-Jazz "Hot Like Wow"—Nadia Oh Brian Friedman Kapitannikov Eliminated
Karla Garcia
Jonathan Platero
Contemporary "Falling Slowly"—The Frames Stacey Tookey Safe
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Tango "Violento (Up Mix)"—Bailongo! Tony Meredith Safe
Ashley Valerio
Kūpono Aweau
Hip-hop "Imma Be"—The Black Eyed Peas Shane Sparks Valerio Eliminated

Week 3 (June 24, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Toni Basil

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Karla Garcia
Jonathan Platero
Hip-hop "By My Side"—Jadakiss featuring Ne-Yo Dave Scott Platero Eliminated
Asuka Kondoh
Vitolio Jeune
Jazz "Heartbreaker"—Pat Benatar Mandy Moore Kondoh Eliminated
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Rumba "Emotion"—Destiny's Child Tony Meredith Safe
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Hip-hop "What a World"—Common Dave Scott Safe
Kayla Radomski
Kūpono Aweau
Viennese Waltz "Sweet Dreams for You"—Jewel Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
Safe
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Contemporary "Koop Island Blues"—Koop featuring Ane Brun Mia Michaels Safe
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Paso Doble "O Fortuna"—Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg & Kurt Pretsel Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
Bottom 3
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Broadway "Moses Supposes" from Singin' in the Rain Tyce Diorio Safe

Week 4 (July 1, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Cha-cha "Hush Hush; Hush Hush"—The Pussycat Dolls Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
Safe
Kayla Radomski
Kūpono Aweau
Contemporary "Eyes On Fire"—Blue Foundation Sonya Tayeh Bottom 3
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Broadway "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity Joey Dowling Safe
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Pop-Jazz "Creator"—Santigold Brian Friedman Safe
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Hip-hop "Love Lockdown"—Kanye West Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Bottom 3
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Classical Pas de deux "Romeo and Juliet: Prokofiev's Suite (No.1 Op 64b, 6th Movement)"
—Orchestre De La Suisse Romande & Armin Jordan
Thordal Christensen Safe
Karla Garcia
Vitolio Jeune
Quickstep "Puttin' on the Ritz"—Rufus Wainwright Jean-Marc Généreux
France Mousseau
Both eliminated

Week 5 (July 8, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Tyce Diorio

  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Disco "Move On Up"—Destination Doriana Sanchez Bottom 3
Waltz "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"—Mary J. Blige Ron Montez
Kayla Radomski
Kūpono Aweau
Contemporary "Gravity"—Sara Bareilles Mia Michaels Safe
Broadway "The Dance At the Gym" from West Side Story Joey Dowling
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Foxtrot "Minnie the Moocher"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Kinney eliminated
Lyrical Jazz "Show Me Heaven"—Maria McKee Mandy Moore
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Kalinka "Kalinka"—Barynya Youri Nelzine
Lilia Babenko
Chbeeb eliminated
Jive "Stuff Like That There"—Bette Midler Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Lyrical hip-hop "Halo"—Beyoncé Knowles Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Safe
Samba "Ritmo De Bom Bom"—Jubaba Anya Garnis
Pasha Kovalev (Season 3)
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Argentine Tango "Libertango" from Forever Tango Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Safe
Jazz "Ruby Blue"—Róisín Murphy Wade Robson

Week 6 (July 15, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen

  • Group dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Top 5 female dancers Bollywood "Dholna" from Pyaar Ke Geet Nakul Dev Mahajan
Top 5 male dancers African Jazz "Balant Funk"—Ayanda Clark and Shawn Kelly Jeffrey Paige
  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Kayla Radomski
Evan Kasprzak
Viennese Waltz "Kiss from a Rose"—Seal Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Janette Manrara
Ade Obayomi
Funk "Love Sex Magic"—Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Obayomi in bottom 4
Jeanine Mason
Jason Glover
Contemporary "If It Kills Me" (The Casa Nova Sessions)—Jason Mraz Travis Wall (Season 2) Safe
Randi Evans
Kūpono Aweau
Paso Doble "Dies Irae"—Karl Jenkins Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Both eliminated
Melissa Sandvig
Brandon Bryant
Broadway "Aquarius" from Hair Tyce Diorio Sandvig in bottom 4
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Brandon Bryant Contemporary "In Your Eyes"—Jeffrey Gaines Safe
Randi Evans Contemporary "Dream"—Priscilla Ahn Eliminated
Kupono Aweau Jazz "Marina Gasolina"—Bonde do Rolê Eliminated
Melissa Sandvig Ballet "Gabriel"—Lamb Bottom 4
Evan Kasprzak Broadway "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"—Rufus Wainright Safe
Kayla Radomski Contemporary "Rock Your Soul"—Elisa Safe
Ade Obayomi Contemporary "Unchained Melody"—The Righteous Brothers Bottom 4
Jeanine Mason Jazz "Violento (Up Mix)"—Bailongo! Safe
Jason Glover Broadway "Train Fare Home"—Muddy Waters Safe
Janette Manrara Salsa "This is Miami"—Sander Kleinenberg Safe

Week 7 (July 22, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Janette Manrara
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz "Move" (Metronomy Remix)—CSS Sonya Tayeh Manrara eliminated
Rumba "Heartless"—Kris Allen Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Jeanine Mason
Brandon Bryant
Smooth Waltz "May It Be"—Hayley Westenra Hunter Johnson Bryant in Bottom 4
Pop-Jazz "Battlefield"—Jordin Sparks Laurie Ann Gibson
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Cha-cha "Yeah (Como Goza Mi Morena)"—Chino Espinoza y Los Dueños Del Son Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
Contemporary "This Woman's Work"—Maxwell Tyce Diorio
Kayla Radomski
Jason Glover
Broadway "Mr. Monotony"—Kim Criswell Tyce Diorio Glover eliminated
Radomski in bottom 4
Hip-hop "They're Everywhere"—Izza Kizza Shane Sparks
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Kayla Radomski Contemporary "The Moment I Said It"—Imogen Heap Bottom 4
Jason Glover Contemporary "...Slowdance on the Inside"—Taking Back Sunday Eliminated
Janette Manrara Rumba "Seduces Me"—Celine Dion Eliminated
Ade Obayomi Jazz "Hater"—Various Safe
Melissa Sandvig Ballet "Heads Will Roll"—Yeah Yeah Yeahs Safe
Evan Kasprzak Broadway "Old Devil Moon"—Jamie Cullum Safe
Jeanine Mason Contemporary "Let the Drummer Kick"—Citizen Cope Safe
Brandon Bryant Jazz "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"—Robert Randolph and the Family Band Bottom 4

Week 8 (July 29, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Lil' C

  • Group dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Top 3 male dancers Jazz "True Romance"—She Wants Revenge Sonya Tayeh
Top 3 female dancers Jazz "Kick It (Stereoheroes Remix)"—Nina Martine Sonya Tayeh
  • Couple dances:
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Jeanine Mason
Ade Obayomi
Samba "LoveGame"—Lady Gaga Louis van Amstel Obayomi eliminated
Hip-hop "Move (If You Wanna)"—Mims Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Melissa Sandvig
Evan Kasprzak
Broadway "Get Me to the Church on Time"—Matt Dusk Tyce Diorio Sandvig eliminated
Quickstep "As Long As I'm Singin'"—Brian Setzer Orchestra Louis van Amstel
Kayla Radomski
Brandon Bryant
Contemporary "All I Want"—Ahn Trio Stacey Tookey Safe
Disco "Dance (Disco Heat)"—Sylvester Doriana Sanchez

Solos:

Dancer Style Music Result
Kayla Radomski Contemporary "You Found Me"—The Fray Safe
Ade Obayomi Contemporary "18th Floor Balcony"—Blue October Eliminated
Melissa Sandvig Ballet "I Put A Spell On You"—Nina Simone Eliminated
Brandon Bryant Modern "O Fortuna"—Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg & Kurt Pretsel Safe
Jeanine Mason Jazz "Feedback"—Janet Jackson Safe
Evan Kasprzak Broadway "The Lady Is a Tramp"—Sammy Davis, Jr. Safe

Week 9 (August 5, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman

Couple Style Music Choreographer(s)
Jeanine Mason
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz "Heartbreaker"—MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend Sonya Tayeh
Kayla Radomski
Brandon Bryant
Broadway "Bye Bye Love" from All That Jazz Tyce Diorio
Brandon Bryant
Evan Kasprzak
Pop-Jazz "Nasty"—Janet Jackson Laurie Ann Gibson
Jeanine Mason
Kayla Radomski
Contemporary "The Four Sections: IV (Full Orchestra)"—Steve Reich Mia Michaels
Kayla Radomski
Evan Kasprzak
Jive "T.R.O.U.B.L.E."—Travis Tritt Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Jeanine Mason
Brandon Bryant
Paso Doble "Tetsujin" from The Matrix Revolutions Louis van Amstel

Solos:

Dancer Style Music
Brandon Bryant Contemporary "Dies Irae"—Karl Jenkins
Jeanine Mason Jazz "Por una Cabeza"—The Tango Project
Evan Kasprzak Broadway "The Best Is Yet to Come"—Michael Bublé
Kayla Radomski Jazz "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"—Eurythmics

Results shows[edit]

Week 1 (June 11, 2009)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Paris Torres Contemporary "It Doesn't Hurt"—Katie Thompson Eliminated
Tony Bellissimo Locking "Early in the Morning"—The Gap Band Eliminated
Asuka Kondoh Jive "Did Ya"—BoA Safe
Vitolio Jeune Contemporary "We Belong Together"—Gavin DeGraw Safe
Karla Garcia Contemporary "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"—Aretha Franklin Safe
Jonathan Platero Salsa "Krazy"—Pitbull featuring Lil Jon Safe
  • Eliminated:
    • Paris Torres
    • Tony Bellissimo
  • New partners:
    • None

Week 2 (June 18, 2009)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Caitlin Kinney Contemporary "Make You Feel My Love"—Adele Safe
Jason Glover Contemporary "Superman"—Robin Thicke Safe
Ashley Valerio Jazz "By Your Side"—Coco Rosie Eliminated
Kūpono Aweau Jazz "Many Moons"—Janelle Monáe Safe
Kayla Radomski Contemporary "Walking on Air"—Kerli Safe
Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov Jive "Footloose"—Kenny Loggins Eliminated
  • Eliminated:
    • Ashley Valerio
    • Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov
  • New partners:
    • Kayla Radomski and Kūpono Aweau

Week 3 (June 25, 2009)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Asuka Kondoh Cha-cha "Don't Trust Me"—3OH!3 Eliminated
Vitolio Jeune Contemporary "Viva La Vida"—Coldplay Safe
Karla Garcia Jazz "15 Step"—Radiohead Safe
Jonathan Platero Salsa "The Hunted"—Kodo Eliminated
Caitlin Kinney Contemporary "Que Sera Sera"—Jennifer Terran Safe
Jason Glover Contemporary "New American Classic"—Taking Back Sunday Safe
  • Eliminated:
    • Asuka Kondoh
    • Jonathan Platero
  • New partners:
    • Karla Garcia and Vitolio Jeune

Week 4 (July 2, 2009)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Karla Garcia Contemporary "Blackbird"—Dionne Farris Eliminated
Vitolio Jeune Contemporary "Here Comes Goodbye"—Rascal Flatts Eliminated
Kayla Radomski Contemporary "Stupid"—Sarah McLachlan Safe
Kūpono Aweau Jazz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"—Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Safe
Jeanine Mason Contemporary "Moonlight Sonata"—Smart Sleep With Classical Safe
Phillip Chbeeb Popping "You'll Find A Way (Switch & Greame Sinden Remix)"—Santigold Safe
  • Eliminated:
    • Karla Garcia
    • Vitolio Jeune
  • New partners:
    • None

Week 5 (July 9, 2009)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Result
Caitlin Kinney Contemporary "Stand By Me"—Playing for Change Eliminated
Jason Glover Contemporary "Calm Touching"—Evaline Safe
Jeanine Mason Contemporary "Baby's Romance"—Chris Garneau Safe
Phillip Chbeeb Popping "The Diva Dance" from The Fifth ElementSarah Brightman Eliminated
Melissa Sandvig Ballet "Kashira"—Kodo Safe
Ade Obayomi Jazz "Windowdipper"—Jib Kidder Safe
  • Eliminated:
    • Caitlin Kinney
    • Phillip Chbeeb
  • New partners:
  • None. Now that only ten dancers remaining, new partners are randomly assigned each week. They'll also be voted individually.

Week 6 (July 16, 2009)[edit]

Judges: only Debbie Allen and Mary Murphy

  • Note: This season dancers are performing the same solos at the results shows as in the performance show
  • Group dance: Top 10: "So Much Betta"—Janet Jackson (Jazz; Choreographers: Wade and Amanda Robson)
  • Musical guest: "I Gotta Feeling"—The Black Eyed Peas
  • Bottom 4:
    • Kūpono Aweau
    • Randi Evans
    • Ade Obayomi
    • Melissa Sandvig
  • Eliminated:
  • Randi Evans
  • Kūpono Aweau

Week 7 (July 23, 2009)[edit]

Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels

  • Note: This was the 100th episode of SYTYCD
Year won Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
2008 Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
Jazz "The Chairman's Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha Wade Robson
2007 Heidi Groskreutz
Travis Wall
Contemporary "Calling You"—Celine Dion Mia Michaels
2007 Top 101
Wade Robson
Pop-Jazz group dance "Ramalama (Bang Bang)"—Róisín Murphy Wade Robson
  • Bottom 4:
    • Brandon Bryant
    • Jason Glover
    • Janette Manrara
    • Kayla Radomski
  • Eliminated:
  • Janette Manrara
  • Jason Glover

^1 Ryan Rankine and Natalie Fotopoulos were absent, however, the dancers were joined by their choreographers, Wade Robson.

Week 8 (July 30, 2009)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Contemporary "Silence" from Unfaithful Tyce Diorio Won
Katee Shean
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Contemporary "Mercy"—Duffy Mia Michaels Nominated
Chelsie Hightower
Joshua Allen
Argentine Tango "A Los Amigos" from Forever Tango Dmitry Chaplin Nominated
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Lyrical hip-hop "Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Nominated
  • Dancers that performed a solo again:
    • Evan Kasprzak
    • Ade Obayomi
    • Kayla Radomski
    • Melissa Sandvig
  • Eliminated:
  • Melissa Sandvig
  • Ade Obayomi

Week 9 (Finale) (August 6, 2009)[edit]

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

  • Group dances:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Top 201 Broadway "Brand New Day" from The Wiz Tyce Diorio
Top 202 Hip-Hop/Samba "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"—Pitbull Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Dmitry Chaplin
Top 8
All judges this episode
except Lil' C
Contemporary "One" from A Chorus Line Mia Michaels
  • Guest dancers:
Dancer(s) Style Music Choreographer(s)
Talia Fowler Jazz "Shot You Down"—Audio Bullys Sonya Tayeh
The Rage Boyz Crew Hip-Hop "Feel It"—Colby O'Donis & Mauli-b Tiffany Burton

^1 The routine was originally performed by the top 14 finalists.
^2 The routine was originally performed by the top 16 finalists.

Judges' picks[edit]
Couple Style Music Choreographer(s) Chosen by
Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Lyrical hip-hop "Mad"—Ne-Yo Tabitha D'umo
Napoleon D'umo
Adam Shankman
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Argentine tango "Libertango" from Forever Tango Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Nigel Lythgoe
Asuka Kondoh
Vitolio Jeune
Waltz "Dreams Are More Precious"—Enya Louis van Amstel Debbie Allen
Jeanine Mason
Jason Glover
Contemporary "If It Kills Me" (The Casa Nova Sessions)—Jason Mraz Travis Wall Mary Murphy
Kayla Radomski
Maksim "Max" Kapitannikov
Samba "Jum Buh Day"—House of Gypsies Louis van Amstel Mia Michaels
Caitlin Kinney
Jason Glover
Bollywood "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire Nakul Dev Mahajan Lil' C
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Contemporary "Koop Island Blues"—Koop featuring Ane Brun Mia Michaels Adam Shankman
Jeanine Mason
Brandon Bryant
Paso Doble "Tetsujin" from The Matrix Revolutions Louis van Amstel Mary Murphy
Kayla Radomski
Küpono Aweau
Contemporary "Gravity"—Sara Bareilles Mia Michaels Nigel Lythgoe
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
Disco "Loving Is Really My Game"—Brainstorm Doriana Sanchez Tyce Diorio
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Contemporary "This Woman's Work"—Maxwell Tyce Diorio Mia Michaels
  • Eliminated:
  • Kayla Radomski
  • Evan Kasprzak
  • Runner-Up:
  • Brandon Bryant
  • Winner
  • Jeanine Mason

Controversy[edit]

On May 21, 2009, SYTYCD aired two males performing ballroom dance together for the first time, with dancers Misha and Mitchel performing a Samba.[7] The dance couple's introduction on the show, and the judges' subsequent comments, have been criticized as homophobic. The two men were introduced with The Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" played in the background. After the couple performed, judge Nigel Lythgoe said, "I think you'd probably alienate a lot of our audience. We've always had the guys dance together on the show but they've never really done it in each other's arms before. I'm really one of those people that like to see guys be guys and girls be girls on stage. I don't think I liked it, to be frank."[8] He later went on to say that he'd like each man to dance with women and that: "You never know, you might enjoy that, too." The segment closed, and the song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" is played in the background, which contains the lyrics: "This is a man's world, but it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl." Cat Deeley went on to say that the pair were "out."

Lythgoe issued a formal apology letter later that week, stating that he regretted "poor word choices" and that he realized how his comments could be "misconstrued." He went on to say that he "believe[s] the sexual orientation of an auditioner or contestant is irrelevant... the fact that I have unintentionally upset people is distressing to me... I have made mistakes that I must learn from."[9]

Tour[edit]

So You Think You Can Dance went on tour through 40 cities across the US and 1 city in Canada, Toronto.[10] Nigel had also announced that Phillip Chbeeb and Caitlin Kinney would also be going on the tour as swing dancers since they made it to the top 12 before being cut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5 Premiere Recap". Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
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