So You Think You Can Dance Australia (season 2)

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So You Think You Can Dance Australia
Season 2
Broadcast from 1 February 2009 – 26 April 2009
Judges Jason Coleman
Matt Lee
Bonnie Lythgoe
Host(s) Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Broadcaster Network Ten
Winner:
Talia Fowler
Chronology
2009

Season two of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the Australian version of the American reality dance-off series So You Think You Can Dance, is hosted by former Rogue Traders vocalist and solo artist Natalie Bassingthwaighte, with Jason Coleman, Matt Lee and Bonnie Lythgoe acting as the judges.[1] It premiered on 1 February 2009.[2] Talia Fowler was announced as the winner on 26 April 2009.

Overview[edit]

Auditions for the second season were held between September and November 2008 in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Judges hope that season 2 will see more industry dancers auditioning after the favourable response to the first season of the show.[3]

Nigel Lythgoe will make an appearance in this season as a guest judge. He only appeared in the Top 100 week of the auditions. Also, neither Nigel Lythgoe or Bonnie Lythgoe sat next to each other during that stage of auditions due to their divorce in 2007.[4]

Top 20 Finalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Specialty Elimination date
Charlie Bartley 19 Dubbo, New South Wales Hip-Hop Runner Up
Ben Veitch 26 Gold Coast, QLD Jazz 4th Place
William "BJ" Rorke 19 Sydney, NSW Contemporary / Jazz / Hip-Hop 6 April 2009
Tim "Timomatic" Omaji 21 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Hip-Hop 30 March 2009
Loredo Malcolm 24 Melbourne, VIC Contemporary 23 March 2009
Danny Golding 25 Broken Hill, NSW Contemporary 16 March 2009
Damien Samuel 18 Sydney, NSW Ballroom 9 March 2009
Emmanuel Rodriguez 20 Orange, NSW Hip-Hop/B Boy 2 March 2009
Stephen Tannos 20 Sydney, NSW Contemporary 23 February 2009
Jesse Rasmussen 24 Sydney, NSW Hip-Hop 16 February 2009

Women[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Specialty Elimination date
Talia Fowler 18 Brisbane, QLD Ballet Winner
Amy Campbell 25 Central Coast, NSW Lyrical / Contemporary 3rd Place
Katrina "Kat" Risteska 18 Sydney, NSW Hip Hop 6 April 2009
Penny Higgs 25 Melbourne, VIC Jazz / Cheerleading Withdrew
24 March 2009
Gianne Abbott 28 Brisbane, QLD Afro / Samba / Hip Hop 23 March 2009
Re-entered competition (24 March 2009)
30 March 2009
Nicole "Lamb" Iovine 24 Perth, WA Hip Hop/Jazz 16 March 2009
Pania Taku 24 Sydney, NSW Hip Hop 9 March 2009
Chanelle Johnson 24 Sydney, NSW Lyrical / Contemporary 2 March 2009
Ash-Leigh Hunter 25 Bunbury, WA Ballroom / Latin 23 February 2009
Max Francisco 22 Sydney, NSW Hip Hop 16 February 2009

Results table[edit]

Legend
Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants Eliminated Withdrew
Week: 2/16 2/23 3/2 3/9 3/16 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/26
Contestants Result
Talia Fowler Btm 3 Winner
Charlie Bartley Runner-Up
Amy Campbell Btm 3 Btm 3 3rd Place
Ben Veitch Btm 3 4th Place
William "BJ" Rorke Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Katrina "Kat" Risteska Btm 3 Btm 4 Btm 4
Timothy "Timomatic" Omaji Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Gianne Abbott Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim*
Loredo Malcolm Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Penny Higgs WD
Danny Golding Elim
Nicole "Lamb" Iovine Btm 3 Btm 3
Damien Samuel Btm 3 Elim
Pania Taku
Emmanuel Rodriguez Elim
Chanelle Johnson Btm 3
Stephen Tannos Btm 3 Elim
Ash-Leigh Hunter Btm 3
Jesse Rasmussen Elim
Max Francisco
  • *Penny was forced to leave So You Think You Can Dance. Penny injured her ribs during a lift in her and Ben's top 10 foxtrot and scans on Tuesday revealed that she not only had bruising but a stress fracture. The dancer who will replace Penny is Gianne.

Ratings[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Title Ratings Nightly Rank Weekly Rank
1 1 February 2009 Auditions - Part 1: Sydney 1,306,000 5th 16th
2 2 February 2009 Auditions - Part 2: Brisbane and Perth 1,154,000 8th 30th
3 4 February 2009 Auditions - Part 3: Melbourne and Adelaide 1,010,000 9th 42nd
4 8 February 2009 Top 100 - Part 1 1,207,000 8th 29th
5 9 February 2009 Top 100 - Part 2 1,070,000 15th 39th
6 11 February 2009 The Green Mile 967,000 15th 51st
7 15 February 2009 Top 20: Performances 1,373,000 5th 12th
8 16 February 2009 Top 20: Results 1,024,000 13th 37th
9 22 February 2009 Top 18: Performances 1,315,000 3rd 12th
10 23 February 2009 Top 18: Results 1,037,000 13th 38th
11 1 March 2009 Top 16: Performances 1,296,000 4th 15th
12 2 March 2009 Top 16: Results 993,000 14th 53rd
13 8 March 2009 Top 14: Performances 1,150,000 6th 23rd
14 9 March 2009 Top 14: Results 970,000 16th 54th
15 15 March 2009 Top 12: Performances 1,292,000 6th 16th
16 16 March 2009 Top 12: Results 905,000 19th 61st
17 22 March 2009 Top 10: Performances 1,301,000 5th 15th
18 23 March 2009 Top 10: Results 960,000 16th 52nd
19 29 March 2009 Top 8: Performances 1,310,000 5th 19th
20 30 March 2009 Top 8: Results 1,029,000 14th 48th
21 5 April 2009 Top 6: Performances 1,274,000 5th 11th
22 6 April 2009 Top 6: Results 1,125,000 11th 23rd
23 12 April 2009 Top 20 Easter Special 802,000 9th 66th
24 19 April 2009 Top 4: Performances 1,149,000 9th 29th
25 26 April 2009 Grand Finale Night 1,355,000 7th 18th
26 26 April 2009 Grand Finale: Winner Announced 1,452,000 4th 13th

Performances[edit]

Green background means the couple won the "McDonalds I'm lovin it Performance of the Night" for their dance.

Week 1: Top 20 Performance (15 February 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Pania Taku
Ben Veitch
Contemporary The Presets - "Talk Like That" Marko Panzic Safe
Talia Fowler
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Cha-Cha Smoky Joe's Cafe - "Hound Dog" Jason Gilkison Safe
Lamb Iovine
Timomatic Omaji
Lyrical Hip-Hop Elisa - "Rainbow" Travers Ross Safe
Amy Campbell
Damien Samuel
Broadway Rufus Wainwright - "Puttin' On The Ritz" Adam Williams Bottom 3
Ash-Leigh Hunter
Stephen Tannos
Rumba Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On" Sandro Catalano Bottom 3
Penny Higgs
Charlie Bartley
Hip-Hop Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" Tiana Joubert Safe
Kat Risteska
Danny Golding
Lyrical Rebekah Del Rio - "Llorando (Crying)" Debbie Ellis Safe
Max Francisco
Jesse Rasmussen
Contemporary MGMT - "Kids" Shaun Parker Both Eliminated
Gianne Abbot
BJ Rorke
Quickstep Moulin Rouge Cast - "Sparkling Diamonds" Leeanne Bampton Safe
Chanelle Johnson
Loredo Malcolm
Jazz Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" Project Moda Safe

Week 1: Top 20 Results (16 February 2009)[edit]

Week 2: Top 18 Performance (22 February 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee and Jason Gilkison

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Kat Risteska
Danny Golding
Jazz Katy Perry - "Hot n Cold" Aleeta Blackburn Safe
Gianne Abbot
BJ Rorke
Contemporary Natasha Bedingfield - "The Scientist (Live)" Debbie Ellis Linnert Safe
Lamb Iovine
Timomatic Omaji
Ballroom Latin (Cha-Cha) Ne-Yo - "Miss Independent" Michael Glickman Bottom 3
Ash-Leigh Hunter
Stephen Tannos
Contemporary Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody" Marko Panzic Both Eliminated
Chanelle Johnson
Loredo Malcolm
Ballroom Latin (Salsa) Eddie Palmieri - "La Malanga" Oliver and Luda Bottom 3
Amy Campbell
Damien Samuel
Hip-Hop Roisin Murphy - "You Know Me Better" Travers Ross Safe
Pania Taku
Ben Veitch
Ballroom Latin (Rumba) Cyndi Lauper - "Walk On By" Brendan Humphreys Safe
Penny Higgs
Charlie Bartley
Jazz Gabriella Cilmi - "Don't Wanna Go to Bed Now" Kelly Aykers Safe
Talia Fowler
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Hip-Hop (Popping) T-Pain Feat. Chris Brown - "Freeze" Nacho Pop Safe

Week 2: Top 18 Results (23 February 2009)[edit]

Week 3: Top 16 Performance (1 March 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Chanelle Johnson
Loredo Malcolm
Hip Hop Pussycat Dolls Feat. Snoop Dogg - "Bottle Pop" Andrew Sears Johnson Eliminated
Penny Higgs
Charlie Bartley
Contemporary The Fray - "You Found Me" Kelly Aykers Safe
Gianne Abbot
BJ Rorke
Salsa Ricky Martin - "Drop It On Me" Csaba Szirmai Bottom 3
Kat Risteska
Danny Golding
Contemporary The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army" Marko Panzic Safe
Talia Fowler
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Jazz Hot Shoe Shuffle (Australian Cast) - "This Joint Is Jumpin'" Adam Williams Rodriguez Eliminated
Amy Campbell
Damien Samuel
Rumba Duffy - "Stepping Stone" Jason Gilkison Safe
Pania Taku
Ben Veitch
Krump Petey Pablo - "Show Me The Money" Nacho Pop Safe
Lamb Iovine
Timomatic Omaji
Jazz Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You" The Squared Division Safe

Week 3: Top 16 Results (2 March 2009)[edit]

  • Eliminated:
    • Chanelle Johnson
    • Emmanuel Rodriguez
  • New Partners:
    • Talia Fowler & Loredo Malcolm

Week 4: Top 14 Performance (8 March 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee and Mary Murphy

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Amy Campbell
Damien Samuel
Jazz Pink - "So What" Dan Karaty Samuel Eliminated
Lamb Iovine
Timomatic Omaji
Contemporary Regina Spektor - "Real Love” Dana Jolly Bottom 3
Gianne Abbot
BJ Rorke
Hip Hop Britney Spears - "Toy Soldier" Tiana Joubert Safe
Penny Higgs
Charlie Bartley
Viennese Waltz Whitney Houston - "I Have Nothing" Jason Gilkison Safe
Pania Taku
Ben Veitch
Jazz Kings of Leon - "Crawl" Aleeta Blackburn Taku Eliminated
Kat Risteska
Danny Golding
Hip Hop Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - "The Tears of a Clown (Remix)" Nacho Pop Safe
Talia Fowler
Loredo Malcolm
Salsa The Potbelleez - "Trouble Trouble" Oliver and Luda Safe

Week 4: Top 14 Results (9 March 2009)[edit]

  • Eliminated:
    • Pania Taku
    • Damien Samuel
  • New Partners:
    • Amy Campbell & Ben Veitch

Week 5: Top 12 Performance (15 March 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee and Kelley Abbey

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Talia Fowler
Loredo Malcolm
Bollywood A. R. Rahman Feat. The Pussycat Dolls - "Jai Ho" Romona Lobo Safe
Jazz Taylor Swift - "Love Story" Amé Delves
Kat Risteska
Danny Golding
Contemporary Eva Cassidy - "Over The Rainbow" Sarah Boulter Golding Eliminated
Paso Doble Juno Reactor vs Don Davis - "Burly Brawl" Aric and Mascha
Lamb Lovine
Timomatic Omaji
Hip Hop Keri Hilson Feat. Lil' Wayne - "Turnin' Me On" Tiana Joubert Lovine Eliminated
Viennese Waltz Coldplay - "Sparks" Leeane Bampton
Gianne Abbot
BJ Rorke
Jive Metro Station - "Shake It" Sandro Catalano Bottom 3
Jazz David Loud & Karen Ziémba - "Arthur In The Afternoon" Adam Williams
Penny Higgs
Charlie Bartley
Contemporary Damien Rice - "Elephant" Debbie Ellis Linnert Safe
Hip Hop 50 Cent - "Get Up" Yannus
Amy Campbell
Ben Veitch
Hip Hop N.E.R.D - "You Know What" Vince Calingasan Safe
Mambo Tito Puente - "Para Los Ramberos" Fabio Robles

Week 5: Top 12 Results (16 March 2009)[edit]

  • Eliminated:
    • Lamb Iovine
    • Danny Golding
  • New Partners:
    • None. Now that only the top ten remain, new partners are randomly assigned each week

Week 6: Top 10 Performance (22 March 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Amy Campbell
BJ Rorke
Hip-Hop Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris - "Dance Wiv Me" Etienne Khoo & Kat Molnar Safe
Contemporary Beyoncé - "Halo" Marko Panzic
Gianne Abbot
Loredo Malcolm
Contemporary Sarah Vaughan - "Peter Gunn (Max Begley Remix)" Sarah Boulter Both Eliminated
Hip-Hop Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" Travers Ross
Talia Fowler
Charlie Bartley
Quickstep Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - "Valerie" Jason Gilkison Safe
Contemporary Boys Noize - "The Battery" Larrissa McGowan
Penny Higgs
Ben Veitch
Jazz Cast of 'Two on the Aisle' - "If You Hadn't But You Did" Cameron Mitchell Higgs withdrew
Foxtrot Michael Jackson - "Rock with You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)" Jason Gilkison
Kat Risteska
Timomatic Omaji
Samba The Belle Stars - "Iko Iko" Sandro Catalano Bottom 4
Jazz N.E.R.D - "Kill Joy" Project Moda

Week 6: Top 10 Results (23 March 2009)[edit]

  • Group Dance: Madonna - "Music Inferno" (Disco; Choreographer: Project Moda - Shannon Holtzapffel & Simon Lind)
  • Guest Performers: The Australian Ballet
  • Musical Guests: The Fray - "You Found Me"
  • McDonalds I'm lovin' it performance of the night: Amy Campbell & BJ Rorke (Contemporary)
  • Solos
  • Eliminated:
    • Loredo Malcolm
  • Withedrew:
    • Penny Higgs

Week 7: Top 8 Performance (29 March 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee and Jason Gilkison

Dancers Style Music Choreographer Results
Charlie Bartley
Timomatic Omaji
BJ Rorke
Ben Veitch
Broadway Chicago (Soundtrack) - "Roxie's Suite" Adam Williams
Amy Campbell
Timomatic Omaji
Contemporary Newton Faulkner - "To The Light" Sher Manu Omaji Eliminated
Hip-Hop/Broadway The Wiz (Soundtrack) - "Ease On Down The Road" Project Moda
Talia Fowler
Ben Veitch
Hip-Hop Beyoncé - "Diva" Rosa Agius Safe
Quick-Step/Samba Michael Bublé - "It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera)" Natalie Lowe
Gianne Abbot
Charlie Bartley
Disco Chic - "Le Freak" Aleeta Blackburn Abbot Eliminated
Hip-Hop Broadway Project - "The Wobble" Supple
Kat Risteska
BJ Rorke
Foxtrot The Godfather (Soundtrack) - "The Godfather Waltz" Leeanne Bampton Bottom 4
Jazz Fatboy Slim - "Wonderful Night" Sue-Ellen Shook
Gianne Abbot
Amy Campbell
Talia Fowler
Kat Risteska
Dancehall Sean Paul - "Watch Dem Roll" Tiana Joubert

Note:According to the So You Think You Can Dance Australia website Penny was forced to leave. Penny injured her ribs during a lift in Sunday night’s foxtrot and scans on Tuesday revealed that she not only had bruising but a stress fracture. Pursuant to the rules, Gianne Abbot, as the last female dancer eliminated, was brought back into the competition.[5] With this, Penny became the first contestant that never had the chance to perform a Solo in the entire run of the series.

Week 7: Top 8 Results (30 March 2009)[edit]

  • Eliminated:
    • Gianne Abbot
    • Timomatic Omaji

Week 8: Top 6 Performance (5 April 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee

Dancers Style Music Choreographer Results
Charlie Bartley
BJ Rorke
Ben Veitch
Hip Hop Mantronix – "King of the Beats" Supple
Talia Fowler
BJ Rorke
Jazz Yello – "How How" Project Moda Rorke Eliminated
Lyrical Hip Hop T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake – "Dead and Gone" Tabitha & Napoleon
Kat Risteska
Charlie Bartley
Hip Hop Busta Rhymes feat. Ron Browz – "Arab Money" Tabitha & Napoleon Risteska Eliminated
Tango Daniel Bedingfield – "Gotta Get Thru This (Acoustic)" Jason Gilkison
Amy Campbell
Ben Veitch
Paso Doble Australian Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar - "Overture" Jason Gilkison Safe
Contemporary Secondhand Serenade – "Fall for You" Amè Delves
Amy Campbell
Talia Fowler
Kat Risteska
Broadway Original Broadway Cast of Cabaret – "Wilkommen" Kelly Aykers

Week 8: Top 6 Results (6 April 2009)[edit]

  • Group Dance: Justice - "Genesis"/Daft Punk - "Robot Rock" (Hip Hop; Choreographer: Tabitha & Napoleon)
  • Guest Performers: Stomp
  • Musical Guests: Duffy - "Rain On Your Parade"
  • McDonalds I'm lovin' it performance of the night: Talia Fowler & BJ Rorke (Hip Hop)
  • Eliminated
    • Kat Risteska
    • BJ Rorke

Week 9: Top 20 Easter Special (12 April 2009)[edit]

This week was an "Easter Celebration," special performance show. As a result, there was no competing or voting. The Top 20 returned to perform new dances and all previous group dances were shown again. The Top 4 provided commentary on the group dances and the choreographers.

Dancers Style Music Choreographer
Ash-Leigh Hunter
Damien Samuel
Foxtrot Christina Aguilera - "Hurt" Jason Gilkison
Gianne Abbot
Timomatic Omaji
Hip Hop Jean Michel Jarre - "Zoolookologie" Supple
Max Francisco
Stephen Tannos
Broadway Jazz Donna Summer - "Hot Stuff" Adam Williams
Pania Taku
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Hip Hop Justin Timberlake - "I'm Lovin' It" Nacho Pop
Chanelle Johnson
Danny Golding
Contemporary Nina Simone - "O-O-H Child" Sarah Boulter
Gianne Abbot
Loredo Malcolm
Afro Jazz Zap Mama - "Brrlak!" Adam Parson
Lamb Iovine
Jesse Rasmussen
Hip Hop Frank Sinatra - "This Town (Mint Royale Remix)" Supple
Kat Risteska
BJ Rorke
Jive Elvis Presley - "Rubberneckin' (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" Leeanne Bampton
Charlie Bartley
Amy Campbell
Talia Fowler
Ben Veitch
Jazz Britney Spears - "Womanizer" Matt Lee
  • Guest performers (encores)
    • The Australian Ballet
    • Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Note: Penny was unable to perform a new routine due to her existing injury and an encore of her week 3 contemporary performance with Charlie was shown.

Week 10: Top 4 Performance (19 April 2009)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee

Dancers Style Music Choreographer
Charlie Bartley
Amy Campbell
Talia Fowler
Ben Veitch
Hip Hop Janet Jackson – "All for You (Video Mix)" Supple
Talia Fowler
Charlie Bartley
Contemporary Duffy – "Warwick Avenue" Debbie Ellis Linnert
Talia Fowler
Ben Veitch
Argentine Tango Sarah Vaughan – "Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project Remix)" Fabio Robles
Amy Campbell
Ben Veitch
Lyrical Hip Hop Kanye West - "Coldest Winter" Travers Ross
Amy Campbell
Charlie Bartley
Samba Sérgio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – "Mas Que Nada" Leeanne Bampton
Charlie Bartley
Ben Veitch
Jazz Billy Idol - "Dancing with Myself" Cameron Mitchell
Amy Campbell
Talia Fowler
Contemporary Adam Freeland & Sarah Vaughan - "Fever (Adam Freeland Remix)" Sarah Boulter

References[edit]

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