So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. season 15)

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So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. TV series)
Season 15
Broadcast fromJune 4 – September 10, 2018
JudgesNigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Vanessa Hudgens
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Host(s)Cat Deeley
BroadcasterFox Broadcasting Company
VenueUnited States
Websitewww.fox.com/dance
Winner
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Runner-up
Jensen Arnold
Chronology

So You Think You Can Dance, an American dance competition show, returned for its fifteenth season on Monday, June 4, 2018. The season's judge panel once again features series creator Nigel Lythgoe, as well as the return of ballroom expert Mary Murphy, and Vanessa Hudgens, while Stephen "tWitch" Boss is the new fourth judge during the auditions and the live shows. Cat Deeley continues in her role as host for a fourteenth consecutive season.[1][2]

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions for season 15 were held in two cities beginning in March 2018. During the auditions, the judges were joined by special guest judge, Stephen "tWitch" Boss.

Air Date Audition Venue City Audition Date
June 18 & 25, 2018 Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet Brooklyn, NY March 2-4, 2018
June 4 & 11, 2018 Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Los Angeles, CA March 26-28, 2018


The Academy[edit]

Top 20 finalists[edit]

Below comprises those who have advanced into the initial top twenty dancers (ten male and ten female dancers), until this year's "twist" which ultimately cut the finalist roster going to the live shows in half.

Male Contestants[edit]

Top Ten Male Dance Style
Justin Pham Contemporary
Peyton Albrecht Contemporary
Kyle Bennett, Jr. Animation
Dustin Payne Animation
Allen Genkin Ballroom

Female Contestants[edit]

Top Ten Female Dance Style
Dayna Madison Jazz
Brianna Penrose Tap
Stephanie Sosa Latin Ballroom
Sydney Moss Contemporary
Emily Carr Contemporary

Finalists[edit]

Top 10 finalists[edit]

Male contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home town Dance style Placement
Slavik Pustovoytov 19 Poltava, Ukraine Hip Hop/Animation 4th Place
Jay Jay Dixonbey 20 Detroit, Michigan Jazz Top 6
Darius Hickman 19 Green Acres, Florida Contemporary Top 6
Cole Mills 24 Ocean Township, New Jersey Latin Ballroom Top 8
Evan DeBenedetto 19 Ansonia, Connecticut Tap Top 10

Female contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home town Dance style Placement
Hannahlei Cabanilla 18 Anaheim Hills, California Contemporary Winner
Jensen Arnold 20 Provo, Utah Latin Ballroom Runner-Up
Genessy Castillo 18 Jamaica, New York Contemporary 3rd Place
Magda Fialek 27 Nowy Sacz, Poland Latin Ballroom Top 8
Chelsea Hough 24 Nashville, Tennessee Jazz Top 10

Elimination chart[edit]

Contestants are listed in chronological order of elimination (TBD).

Legend
Female Male Bottom 4 contestants Eliminated
Result show date: 8/13 8/20 8/27 9/10
Contestant Results
Hannahlei Cabanilla Winner
Jensen Arnold Runner-up
Genessy Castillo Btm 4 3rd Place
Slavik Pustovoytov 4th Place
Jay Jay Dixonbey Elim
Darius Hickman Btm 4
Cole Mills Btm 4 Elim
Magda Fialek Btm 4
Evan DeBenedetto Elim
Chelsea Hough

Performances[edit]

Top 10 Perform, Part 1 (August 6, 2018)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Jensen Arnold
Jay Jay Dixonbey
Samba "Mad Love" — Sean Paul & David Guetta feat. Becky G Jean-Marc Généreux
Jazz "Ex's & Oh's" — Elle King Mandy Moore
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Cole Mills
Contemporary "They Won't Go When I Go" — George Michael Tyce Diorio
Paso Doble "Heroes of Chaos" — Tybercore Jean-Marc Généreux
Chelsea Hough
Evan DeBenedetto
Jazz "Make Me Feel (EDX Dubai Skyline Remix)" — Janelle Monáe Ray Leeper
Tap "Singin' In The Rain" — Jamie Cullum Anthony Morigerato
Genessy Castillo
Slavik Pustovoytov
Hip-hop "Round & Round" — Fabolous Luther Brown
Contemporary "An Evening I Will Not Forget (Acoustic)" — Dermot Kennedy Talia Favia
Magda Fialek
Darius Hickman
Contemporary "Glass Heart Concerto" — Blondie & Phillip Glass Travis Wall
Cha-cha "I Like It Like That" — Pete Rodriguez Val Chmerkovskiy

Top 10 Perform, Part 2 (August 13, 2018)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result
Magda Fialek
Darius Hickman
Bollywood "Badri Ki Dulhania"—Badrinath Ki Dulhania Soundtrack Nakul Dev Mahajan Fialek Bottom 4
Hickman Safe
Jazz "Fever"—Peggy Lee Mandy Moore
Chelsea Hough
Evan DeBenedetto
Lyrical Hip-hop "Love on the Brain"—Rihanna Christopher Scott Both Eliminated
Contemporary "Snowing"—Sonya Kitchell Travis Wall
Hannalei Cabanilla
Cole Mills
Stepping "Pump It Up"—Joe Budden Joe Brown Cabanilla Safe
Mills Bottom 4
Disco "Last Dance"—Donna Summer Doriana Sanchez
Jensen Arnold
Jay Jay Dixonbey
Contemporary "Lost Without You"—Freya Ridings Jaci Royal Both Safe
African Jazz "Run"—Hybrid Core Music + Sound Sean Cheesman
Genessy Castillo
Slavik Pustovoytov
Jive "Jump, Jive an' Wail"—The Brian Setzer Orchestra Sharna Burgess Both Safe
Broadway "Someone to Watch Over Me"—Ella Fitzgerald & London Symphony Orchestra Al Blackstone

Top 8 Perform (August 20, 2018)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Result
Jensen Arnold
Jay Jay Dixonbey
Jazz "I Got You (I Feel Good)"—Jessie J Sean Cheesman Both Safe
Hip hop "Cookin"—Fat Joe, Remy Ma & French Montana ft. RySoValid Randi & Hef
Genessy Castillo
Slavik Pustovoytov
Contemporary "Fall For You"—Leela James Mandy Moore Castillo Bottom 4
Putstovoytov Safe
Jazz "House Work"—Jax Jones ft. Mike Dunn & MNEK Ray Leeper
Magda Fialek
Darius Hickman
Hip-hop "Killa"—Disto Pharside & Phoenix Flalek Eliminated
Hickman Bottom 4
Contemporary "Undertow"—Ane Brun Jaci Royal
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Cole Mills
Broadway "Get Happy (Live)"—Judy Garland Travis Wall Cabanilla Safe
Mills Eliminated
Cha Cha "Sing It Back"—Moloko Sasha Farber & Emma Slater
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music
Cole Mills Jive "Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley
Hannahlei Cabanilla Contemporary "River (King Kavalier Remix)" - Bishop Briggs
Jay Jay Dixonbey Jazz "Clear Air" - Sevdaliza
Slavik Pustovoytov Hip-hop "Separate" - whereisalex
Magda Fialek Samba "Marchina (Samba/50 Bpm)" - TNN
Jensen Arnold Cha Cha "Ain't Your Mama" - Jennifer Lopez
Darius Hickman Contemporary "Strange Fruit" - Nina Simone
Genessy Castillo Contemporary "Yours" - Ella Henderson

Top 6 Perform (August 27, 2018)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Jensen Arnold
Kiki Nyemchek
Cha cha cha "Bailar (Radio Edit)" — Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo Jenna Johnson Safe
Genessy Castillo
Lex Ishimoto
Jazz "Be Brave" — My Brightest Diamond Mandy Korpinen
Elizabeth Petrin
Safe
Slavik Pustovoytov
Jana "Jaja" Vaňková
Hip-hop "Beggin' & Pleadin'" — Brandy Comfort Fedoke Safe
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Marko Germar
Contemporary "Welcome Home" — Joy Williams Robert Roldan Safe
Jay Jay Dixonbey
Lauren Froderman
Jazz "Runaway Baby" — Bruno Mars Mandy Moore Eliminated
Darius Hickman
Taylor Sieve
Contemporary "It Takes A Lot to Know a Man" — Damien Rice Travis Wall Eliminated
Jensen Arnold
Jay Jay Dixonbey
Tahitian "Lugahiva" — Te Vaka Tiana Liufau Arnold Safe
Dixonby Eliminated
Genessy Castillo
Slavik Pustovoytov
Salsa "Machika" — J Balvin, Jeon & Anitta Jonathan Platero
Oksana Platero
Both Safe
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Darius Hickman
Argentine Tango "Tanguango" — Ryota Komatsu Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Cabanilla Safe
Hickman Eliminated

Top 4 Perform (September 3, 2018)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Genessy Castillo
Slavik Pustovoytov
Hip-hop "Poke It Out" — Playboi Carti & Nicki Minaj Luther Brown
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Jensen Arnold
Heels "Dem Beats" — Todrick Hall ft. RuPaul Brian Friedman
Genessy Castillo
Jonathan Platero
Samba "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)" — Major Lazer Elena Samodanova 3rd Place
Slavik Pustovoytov
Melanie Moore
Contemporary "Gun" — Mas Ysa Travis Wall 4th Place
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Slavik Pustovoytov
African Jazz "When Rivers Cry" — Somi ft. Common Sean Cheesman
Genessy Castillo
Jensen Arnold
Broadway "Maybe This Time" — Liza Minnelli Travis Wall
Hannahlei Cabanilla
DuShaunt "Fik-shun" Stegall
Hip-hop "Move Something" — DJ Quik & Problem Randi & Hef Winner
Jensen Arnold
Robert Roldan
Contemporary "Can't Help Falling In Love" — Kina Grannis (from "Crazy Rich Asians") Mandy Moore Runner-Up
Genessy Castillo
Hannahlei Cabanilla
Contemporary "Numbers" — Daughter Talia Favia
Jensen Arnold
Slavik Pustovoytov
Cha-Cha "Boom" — Tiësto & Sevenn ft. Gucci Mane Oksana Platero

Solos:

Dancer Style Music
Genessy Castillo Contemporary "Cried" - Candice Glover
Slavik Pustovoytov Hip-hop "Some Minds" - Flume ft. Andrew Wyatt
Jensen Arnold Cha Cha "Where Have You Been" - Rihanna
Hannahlei Cabanilla Contemporary "Back Again" - Party Favor & Gent & Jawns
  • all top 4 contestants were safe from elimination on September 3, winner was declared the following week on September 10, 2018.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Show Episode First Air Date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
1 Auditions #1 June 4, 2018 (2018-06-04) 0.7 3 3.25[3] 3 3 (tied)
2 Auditions #2 June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11) 0.7 3 2.96[4] 3 3 (tied)
3 Auditions #3 June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18) 0.8 4 3.17[5] 2 3 (tied)
4 Auditions #4 June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25) 0.6 3 2.85[6] 2 4 (tied)
5 Academy #1 July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) 0.7 3 2.73[7] 3 3 (tied)
6 Academy #2 July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) 0.6 3 2.42[8] 3 5
7 Top Ten Women July 23, 2018 (2018-07-23) 0.6 3 2.60[9] 3 (tied) 4 (tied)
8 Top Ten Men July 31, 2018 (2018-07-31) 0.6 3 2.61[10] 3 (tied) 4 (tied)
9 Top 10 Perform, Part 1 August 6, 2018 (2018-08-06) 0.6 3 2.49[11] 3 (tied) 4 (tied)
10 Top 10 Perform, Part 2 August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13) 0.6 3 2.59[12] 4 5
11 Top 8 Perform August 20, 2018 (2018-08-20) 0.5 2 2.39[13] 4 5 (tied)
12 Top 6 Perform August 27, 2018 (2018-08-27) 0.6 3 2.68[14] 3 3 (tied)
13 Top 4 Perform September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03) 0.5 2 2.43[15] 4 4 (tied)
14 Season Finale September 10, 2018 (2018-09-10) 0.6 3 2.60[16] 4 5 (tied)

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