So You Think You Can Dance (U.S. season 9)

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So You Think You Can Dance (United States)
Season 9
Broadcast from May 24, 2012 – September 18, 2012
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Winner:
Eliana Girard
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Chronology
2012

So You Think You Can Dance, an American television dance competition, returned for its ninth season on May 24, 2012 on FOX Television.[1] Fox and series creator Nigel Lythgoe have each independently confirmed that the weekly results show, a staple of the series in seasons 2-8, has been cut from the show format and that only one episode will air each week for the show's ninth season.[2] This season has marked three firsts in the series history: this season had two winners (one male and one female), as opposed to the single winner format used in previous seasons,[3] a contemporary dancer was not amongst the contestants remaining in the competition in the finale, and lastly, a ballet dancer is the winner of the competition.

Auditions[edit]

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

Air Date Audition Venue City Audition Date[4] Guest judge
May 24, 2012 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, Texas January 13, 2012 Lil' C
Manhattan Center New York City January 23, 2012 Tyce Diorio
May 30, 2012 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, California March 2, 2012 Jesse Tyler Ferguson
June 6, 2012 The Fox Theatre Atlanta, Georgia January 5, 2012 Debbie Allen
June 13, 2012 Capitol Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah February 23, 2012 Adam Shankman

Las Vegas week[edit]

The Las Vegas callbacks were held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the first time in nine seasons, contestants were allowed to choose their own groups for the group choreography round, in contrast to previous seasons where the groups were assigned. With cuts made following each round of choreography, thirty-five dancers remained at the close of the week, prior to the selection of the Top 20.

Judges
Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Lil' C, Sonya Tayeh*, Jason Gilkison*, Travis Wall*
Task/style Music Choreographer(s)
Individual solo Music chosen by contestant The dancer
Hip-Hop "B.O.B"—OutKast Comfort Fedoke and tWitch
Broadway "Must Be the Water"—Marc Broussard Tyce Diorio
Jazz "Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Mix)"—My Brightest Diamond Sonya Tayeh
Group routines Chosen at random from a selection of songs including "Somebody That I Used to Know"—Gotye and "Glad You Came"—The Wanted The dancers
Cha-cha-cha "Let's Get Loud"—Jennifer Lopez Jason Gilkison
Contemporary "I Won't Give Up"—Jason Mraz Travis Wall
Individual solo Music chosen by contestant The dancer

* Only participated on the judge's panel on the round they choreographed.

Finals[edit]

Format changes[edit]

In January 2012, Fox announced that So You Think You Can Dance would be returning for its ninth season in a format similar to that seen in season one; a single two-hour episode per week, eliminating each week's results show.[5] In an interview shortly thereafter, Lythgoe hinted at a format where each week's episode is ended with the revelation of the bottom three couples (based on the votes from the previous week) but after all dancers had performed the new week's routines, giving the judges an additional routine to take into account when deciding which dancers (from amongst the bottom three couples) to save and which to send home for that week. This contrasts with the season one format where judges would nominate a bottom three couples and home viewers would vote out two dancers, the results being pre-taped and shown at the beginning of the next week's episode. Lythgoe also hinted at which elements of the results show were likely to be carried over into the new format, suggesting the group and guest dance routines would be shown priority over guest musical acts.[6]

These above changes all proved to be in place once the season's performance shows began airing but were also accompanied by a number of other format tweaks. These additional changes most notably include the fact that the season will crown two winners (one male and one female) and that voting for individual dancers (as opposed to couples) began with the first week of the Top 20 competition with 1-855-GO-HIM## for the guys and 1-855-GO-HER## for the girls as opposed to half way through the performance show phase, as in previous seasons. Additionally there have been tweaks to the format of the "dance for your life" solos, the last chance efforts which dancers are given to impress judges and remain in the competition if the at-home-viewer votes put them in the bottom 6 dancers. In previous seasons, all dancers who were in danger of elimination were automatically assigned to perform such solos but in season 9 the judges, taking into advisement the dancers' previous performances and the advice of the choreographers who have worked with them, will decide each week which (if any) dancers will perform solos. For example, in Week 2, the first week of the competition to feature eliminations (in this case a double elimination), the judges decided which two of the six dancers in danger they wished to save without asking for additional solos. By contrast, in week 3 they decided that Lindsay Arnold and George Lawrence Jr. would be safe without being required to perform a solo but the remaining four dancers were required to perform, with two ultimately eliminated.

The ninth season is also the first in which dancers have been able to exert some control over the styles they dance for their duets; Lythgoe revealed during the week 3 performances that during this season couples are given the ability to pick their styles from the pool of available routines for a given week, with the order of choosing determined by drawing lots. Season 9's Top 14 show also became the first episode in the show's history to feature only one style, the first to feature only one choreographer and the first to feature routines from previous seasons danced by new contestants when it aired as a tribute to long-time contributing choreographer Mia Michaels, with seven of her past contemporary routines danced by season 9 contestants.

Top 20 Finalists[edit]

Female Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Eliana Girard 21 Palm Beach, Florida Ballet ------------- Winner
Tiffany Maher 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jazz September 18, 2012 Runner-up
Witney Carson 18 American Fork, Utah Latin Ballroom September 5, 2012 Top 6
Lindsay Arnold 18 Provo, Utah Latin Ballroom August 29, 2012 Top 8
Audrey Case 18 Edmond, Oklahoma Jazz August 22, 2012 Top 10
Amelia Lowe 18 Butler, New Jersey Contemporary August 15, 2012 Top 14
Janelle Issis 24 Vestavia Hills, Alabama Belly Dancing August 15, 2012 Top 14
Amber Jackson 21 Decatur, Georgia Contemporary July 25, 2012 Top 16
Alexa Anderson 19 Chandler, Arizona Contemporary July 18, 2012 Top 20
Janaya French 20 Aurora, Colorado Contemporary July 18, 2012 Top 20

Male Contestants[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Elimination date Placement
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp 23 Zurich, Switzerland Ballet ------------- Winner
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer 22 Atlanta, Georgia Animation September 18, 2012 Runner-up
Cole Horibe 26 Honolulu, Hawaii Martial Arts Fusion September 5, 2012 Top 6
Will Thomas 19 Troy, Michigan Contemporary August 29, 2012 Top 8
George Lawrence Jr. 19 Atlanta, Georgia Contemporary August 22, 2012 Top 10
Matthew Kazmierczak 21 Peoria, Arizona Contemporary August 15, 2012 Top 14
Dareian Kujawa 20 Saint Paul, Minnesota Contemporary August 15, 2012 Top 14
Brandon Mitchell 27 Wichita, Kansas Stepping July 25, 2012 Top 16
Daniel Baker 24 San Francisco, California (originally from Australia) Ballet July 18, 2012 Top 20
Nick Bloxsom-Carter 20 Thousand Oaks, California Ballroom July 18, 2012 Top 20

Elimination chart[edit]

Contestants are listed in reverse chronological order of elimination. Haley Reinhart's "Free" is played in the montage of a female contestant's elimination, and Mikey Wax's "Counting On You" is played in the male contestant's.

Legend
Female Male Bottom 6 contestants 1 Bottom 4 contestants 1
Week: 7/18 7/25 8/15 8/22 8/29 9/5 9/18
Contestant Result
Eliana Girard Btm 6 Winner
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Btm 6 Btm 4
Tiffany Maher Runner-Up
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Cole Horibe Btm 4 Elim
Witney Carson Btm 6 Btm 4 Btm 4
Will Thomas Elim
Lindsay Arnold Btm 6 Btm 6
George Lawrence, Jr. Btm 6 Btm 6 Elim
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak Elim
Amelia Lowe
Dareian Kujawa Btm 6
Janelle Issis
Brandon Mitchell Elim
Amber Jackson
Daniel Baker Elim
Alexa Anderson
Nick Bloxsom-Carter
Janaya French

^1 Voting will be based on the individual contestants from the start, rather than from Top 10 on.

Performance shows[edit]

Unlike previous seasons, each week's Bottom 6 / Bottom 4 dancers are determined by the previous week's voting. The judge's panel still chooses which of these bottom dancers will be eliminated each week until the Top Ten. However not all dancers who are in danger of elimination will perform final solos by default; the judges will determine each week which dancers will be asked to perform a "dance for your life" solo, if any. As no voting had been conducted previously, no dancers were eliminated for the Week 1 show; as a result, four dancers were eliminated in the Week 2 show, as opposed to the usual two. No voting took place after the Top 6 performance / Top 4 announcement show. The next week's show (the Top 4 performance finale) was followed by voting, the results of which were announced yet one more week later on the season's grande finale.

Meet the Top 20 (June 27, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Alexa Anderson
Amber Jackson
George Lawrence, Jr.
Will Thomas
Contemporary "We Found Love" (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge)—Jessie J. Tyce Diorio
Lindsay Arnold
Nick Bloxsom-Carter
Witney Carson
Cha-cha-cha "Dance Again"—Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull Jason Gilkison
Daniel Baker
Eliana Girard
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Ballet "Romantic Inclinations/Like A Shot/Fury"—P. Mottram, S. Everitt, G. Shadid, T. Marberger Dwight Rhoden
Desmond Richardson
Audrey Case
Tiffany Maher
Janelle Issis*
Jazz "Sail"—Awolnation Sonya Tayeh
Janaya French
Matthew Kazmierczak
Dareian Kujawa
Amelia Lowe
Contemporary "Modern Drift"—Efterklang Stacey Tookey
Cole Horibe
Brandon Mitchell
Cyrus Spencer
Martial Arts, Stepping, Animation "Resolve"—Nathan Lanier Christopher Scott
Top 10 girls Contemporary "Where the Light Gets In"—Sennen Travis Wall
Top 10 guys Jazz "Precognition" (Steed Lord Machine Mix)—Steed Lord Sonya Tayeh
Top 20 Contemporary "Eyes" (Coachella Live 2012 version)—Kaskade Mia Michaels

*Due to an illness, Janelle was unable to dance in the showcase. She would've danced in the jazz number with Audrey & Tiffany, as well as in the group routines.

Week 1 (July 11, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Witney Carson
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Samba "Jump"—The Cube Guys & Lucinana Louis van Amstel
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence Jr.
Contemporary "Turning Page"—Sleeping At Last Sonya Tayeh
Janaya French
Brandon Mitchell
Lyrical hip-hop "Take Care"—Drake featuring Rihanna Nappytabs
Alexa Anderson
Daniel Baker
Jazz "Hey Hey"— (DF's Attention Vocal Mix)—Dennis Ferrer Sean Cheesman
Amber Jackson
Nick Bloxsom-Carter
Viennese Waltz "Nights in White Satin"—Tina Arena Jason Gilkison
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
Jazz[7] "The Lovecats"—The Cure Nappytabs
Janelle Issis
Dareian Kujawa
African Jazz "Jungle"—Hilight Tribe Sean Cheesman
Eliana Girard
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Broadway "Run and Tell That"—Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast) Tyce Diorio
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
Contemporary "Unchained Melody"—The Righteous Brothers Travis Wall
Lindsay Arnold
Cole Horibe
Paso Doble "Unstoppable"—E.S. Posthumus Jason Gilkison

Week 2 (July 18, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Lindsay Arnold
Cole Horibe
Hip-hop "Teeth"—Lady Gaga Christopher Scott Both Safe
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
Contemporary "3326"—Ólafur Arnalds Sonya Tayeh Both Safe
Amber Jackson
Nick Bloxsom-Carter
Argentine Tango "Tanguera"—Sexteto Mayor Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Bloxsom-Carter eliminated
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
Jazz "Hear Me Now" (Dri, Lind and Likka Mix)—Steed Lord Sonya Tayeh Both Safe
Janelle Issis
Dareian Kujawa
Lyrical hip-hop "My Girl"—The Temptations Christopher Scott Both Safe
Janaya French
Brandon Mitchell
Broadway "Bring on the Men"—Linda Eder Sean Cheesman French eliminated
Eliana Girard
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Jive "I'm Shakin'"—Jack White Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Both Safe
Alexa Anderson
Daniel Baker
Contemporary "So Long My Friend"—Yanni Dee Caspary Both eliminated
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence, Jr.
Foxtrot "I Want to Be Loved by You"—Sinéad O'Connor Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Both Safe
Witney Carson
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Bollywood "Tandav Music"—Aatish Kapadia Nakul Dev Mahajan Both Bottom 6
  • Amber Jackson and Brandon Mitchell became a new couple when their former partners were eliminated after the results were revealed.

Week 3 (July 25, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence, Jr.
Hip-hop "Out of My Mind"—B.o.B feat. Nicki Minaj Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Lawrence in Bottom 6
Amber Jackson
Brandon Mitchell
Jazz "Dr. Feelgood (Love is Serious Business)"—Aretha Franklin Ray Leeper Both eliminated
Janelle Issis
Dareian Kujawa
Cha-cha-cha "Call Me Maybe"—Carly Rae Jepsen Pasha Kovalev Kujawa in Bottom 6
Lindsay Arnold
Cole Horibe
Contemporary "Wild Horses"—Charlotte Martin Mandy Moore Arnold in Bottom 6
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
Jazz "You!"—The Creatures featuring Siouxsie Sioux Mandy Moore Both Safe
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
Salsa "Cinco Salsa"—Sverre Indris Joner/HSC/Kork Liz Lira Both Safe
Witney Carson
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Contemporary "I Will Always Love You"—Whitney Houston Stacey Tookey Both Safe
Eliana Girard
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Hip-hop "Toxic"—District 78 feat. Cheesa Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Girard in Bottom 6
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Amber Jackson Contemporary "This Is What Makes Us Girls"—Lana Del Rey Eliminated
Brandon Mitchell Stepping "I Want It All Back"—Tye Tribbett & G.A. Eliminated
Eliana Girard Ballet "Near Light"—Ólafur Arnalds Safe
Dareian Kujawa Contemporary "Ordinary People"—John Legend Safe

Week 4 (August 15, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Results
Eliana Girard
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Contemporary "Mercy"—Duffy Safe
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence, Jr.
"Hometown Glory"—Adele Lawrence, Jr. in Bottom 6
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
"Koop Island Blues"—Koop feat. Ane Brun Lowe eliminated
Janelle Issis
Dareian Kujawa
"Dreaming with a Broken Heart"—John Mayer Both eliminated
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
"Time"—Billy Porter Kazmierczak eliminated
Witney Carson
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
"Calling You"—Celine Dion Safe
Lindsay Arnold
Cole Horibe
"Gravity"—Sara Bareilles Arnold in Bottom 6
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Amelia Lowe Contemporary "Falling Slowly"—Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Eliminated
Janelle Issis Belly dance "Inta Omri"—Elie Attieh Eliminated
Lindsey Arnold Samba "Hip Hip Chin Chin"—Club des Belugas Safe
George Lawrence, Jr. Contemporary "So Long, Lonesome"—Explosions In the Sky Safe
Dareian Kujawa Contemporary "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"—Joshua Ledet Eliminated
Matthew Kazmierczak Contemporary "Delicate"—Damien Rice Eliminated

Week 5 (August 22, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Brandon Bryant
Tiffany Maher
Disco "You Make Me Feel..." (Disco Fries remix)—Cobra Starship feat. Sabi Doriana Sanchez Safe
Witney Carson
Nick Lazzarini
Jazz "Sing It Back"—Moloko Travis Wall Bottom 4
Anya Garnis
Cole Horibe
Cha-cha-cha "Glad You Came"—The Wanted Dmitry Chaplin Safe
Lindsay Arnold
Jakob Karr
Broadway "Dancin' Dan" (Me and My Shadow) from Fosse Spencer Liff Safe
Kathryn McCormick
Will Thomas
Bollywood "Ooh La La" from The Dirty Picture Nakul Dev Mahajan Safe
Jaimie Goodwin
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Contemporary "Outro"—M83 Travis Wall Safe
Lauren Gottlieb
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Hip-hop "Pretty Wings"—Maxwell Dave Scott Bottom 4
Allison Holker
George Lawrence, Jr.
Jazz "Bahamut"—Hazmat Modine Tyce Diorio Eliminated
Eliana Girard
Alex Wong
Contemporary "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"—Nancy Sinatra Stacey Tookey Safe
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Audrey Case
Hip-hop "Sincerely, Jane"—Janelle Monáe Dave Scott Eliminated
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Witney Carson Samba "You'll Find a Way" (Switch & Sinden remix)—Santigold Safe
Audrey Case Contemporary "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"—Jennifer Holliday Eliminated
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Ballet "Til Enda"—Ólafur Arnalds (Commissioned by Wayne McGregor/Random Dance) Safe
George Lawrence, Jr. Contemporary "Brotsjor"—Ólafur Arnalds Eliminated

Week 6 (August 29, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Witney Carson
Hip-hop "My Homies Still"—Lil Wayne feat. Big Sean Luther Brown Bottom 4
Allison Holker
Cole Horibe
Contemporary "Possibly Maybe" (Instrumental)—Björk Sonya Tayeh Bottom 4
Ryan Di Lello
Eliana Girard
Quickstep "That Man"—Caro Emerald Jonathan Roberts Safe
Lindsay Arnold
Alex Wong
Jazz "Somebody That I Used to Know"—Gotye feat. Kimbra Sonya Tayeh Eliminated
Lauren Gottlieb
Will Thomas
Hip-hop "Dance My Pain Away" (District 78 remix)—Wye Oak Christopher Scott Eliminated
Melanie Moore
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Jazz "Badder Badder Schwing"—Freddy Fresh feat. Fatboy Slim Mandy Moore Safe
Anya Garnis
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Argentine Tango "Breathing Below Surface"—Jesse Cook Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Safe
Tiffany Maher
Ade Obayomi
Contemporary "The Power of Love"—Celine Dion Mandy Moore Safe
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Tiffany Maher Jazz "I Was Here"—Glee cast Safe
Will Thomas Contemporary "Better Man"—James Morrison Eliminated
Lindsay Arnold Paso Doble "Señorita"—bond Eliminated
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Contemporary "On the Nature of Daylight"—Max Richter Safe
Witney Carson Cha-cha-cha "Where Have You Been"—Rihanna Bottom 4
Cole Horibe Martial Arts Fusion "Arise"—E.S. Posthumus Bottom 4
Eliana Girard Contemporary Ballet "Infra 8"—Max Richter Safe
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer Animation "Existence" (VIP)—Excision & Downlink Safe

Week 7 (September 5, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
Tiffany Maher
Benji Schwimmer
Jive "What I Like About You"—Lillix Jean-Marc Généreux Safe
Cole Horibe
Melanie Moore
Jazz "Too Close"—Alex Clare Sonya Tayeh Eliminated
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Eliana Girard
Hip-hop "Please Mr. Postman" (District 78 remix)—The Marvelettes Christopher Scott Safe
Kathryn McCormick
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Contemporary "Eli, Eli" (A Walk to Caseara)—Sophie Milman Tyce Diorio Safe
Witney Carson
Marko Germar
Lyrical Jazz "No Nothing"—Curtis & Reinhard feat. Blaire Ray Leeper Eliminated
Comfort Fedoke
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Dubstep "Cinema" (Skrillex remix)—Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go Christopher Scott Safe
Witney Carson
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Cha-cha-cha "Where Have You Been"—Rihanna Jean-Marc Généreux Carson eliminated
Eliana Girard
Cole Horibe
Contemporary "Adagio for Strings"—Brno Philharmonic Orchestra Mia Michaels Horibe eliminated
Tiffany Maher
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Broadway "Treat Me Rough" (Girl Crazy)—Debbie Gravitte Spencer Liff Safe
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music Result
Witney Carson Paso Doble "Malagueña"—Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special Eliminated
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Ballet "Way Back Home"—District 78 Safe
Tiffany Maher Lyrical jazz "Just the Way You Are"—Carmen Reece Safe
Cole Horibe Martial Arts Fusion "Night of the Wolf"—Nox Arcana Eliminated
Eliana Girard Contemporary "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"—Death Cab for Cutie Safe
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer Animation "Harem"—Sarah Brightman Safe

Week 8 (September 11, 2012)[edit]

Dancers Style Music Choreographer(s)
Eliana Girard
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Paso Doble "The Game Has Changed"—Daft Punk Jason Gilkison
Tiffany Maher
William Wingfield
Jazz "Time is Now"—Moloko Sonya Tayeh
Eliana Girard
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Classical ballet "The Nutcracker Suite—Pas De Deux"—Bruton Apm Studios Marat Daukayev
Tiffany Maher
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Lyrical hip-hop "Best Thing I Never Had"—Beyoncé Knowles Tessandra Chavez
Allison Holker
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Contemporary "Leave" from Once Stacey Tookey
Eliana Girard
Tiffany Maher
Broadway "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago Ray Leeper
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Jazz "Fangs" (District 78 remix)—Little Red Lung Sonya Tayeh
Eliana Girard
Alex Wong
Contemporary "Without You"—Harry Nilsson Travis Wall
Tiffany Maher
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Rumba "Love Me Tender"—Adam Levy and Norah Jones Dmitry Chaplin
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Animation "Like a Criminal"—District 78 Christopher Scott
  • Solos:
Dancer Style Music
Eliana Girard Ballet "Passacaglia"—Johann Johannsson
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer Animation "Holy Ghost" (Helicopter Showdown & Sluggo Remix)—Messinian
Tiffany Maher Jazz "I Believe"—Fantasia Barrino
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Contemporary "How It Ends"—DeVotchKa

Week 9 (Finale) (September 18, 2012)[edit]

  • Group dances & guest performers:
Dancers Style Music Choreographer
Top 20 Contemporary/Hip-Hop "Torn"—Nathan Lanier Sonya Tayeh
Christopher Scott
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Comfort Fedoke
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Christopher Scott
Animation "Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown and Sluggo Remix)"—Messinian Christopher Scott
Dragon House
Bryan Gaynor
Hip-hop/Animation "Cryosleep"—Cyberoptics Dragon House
Bryan Gaynor
Top 10 with All-Stars Jazz/Hip-hop "The Circle of Life/Nants Ingonyama (District 78 Remix)" from The Lion King Nappytabs
Judges & finalists' picks[edit]
Dancers Style Music Choreographer Chosen by
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
Contemporary "Unchained Melody"—The Righteous Brothers Travis Wall Nigel Lythgoe
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Witney Carson
Hip-hop "My Homies Still"—Lil Wayne feat. Big Sean Luther Brown Lil' C
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence Jr.
Contemporary "Turning Page"—Sleeping At Last Sonya Tayeh Debbie Allen
Lindsay Arnold
Cole Horibe
Paso Doble "Unstoppable"—E.S. Posthumus Jason Gilkison Adam Shankman
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
Hip-hop "The Lovecats"—The Cure Nappytabs Tyce Diorio
Kathryn McCormick
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Contemporary "Eli, Eli" (A Walk to Caseara)—Sophie Milman Tyce Diorio Mary Murphy
Eliana Girard
Alex Wong
Contemporary "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"—Nancy Sinatra Stacey Tookey Eliana Girard
Brandon Bryant
Tiffany Maher
Disco "You Make Me Feel..." (Disco Fries remix)—Cobra Starship feat. Sabi Doriana Sanchez Cat Deeley
Anya Garnis
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Argentine Tango "Breaking Below Surface"—Jesse Cook Miriam Larici
Leonardo Barrionuevo
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Tiffany Maher
Ade Obayomi
Contemporary "The Power of Love"—Celine Dion Mandy Moore Tiffany Maher
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Animation "Like a Criminal"—District 78 Christopher Scott Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
  • Female Runner-up
    • Tiffany Maher
  • Female Winner
    • Eliana Girard
  • Male Runner-up
    • Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
  • Male Winner
    • Chehon Wespi-Tschopp

All-Stars Dance Pool[edit]

All-Stars, Contestant Partners, and Results
Season Dancer Dance Styles Placement Partner
Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
1 Nick Lazzarini Contemporary Winner Witney
2 Allison Holker Contemporary Top 8 George Cole Chehon
Benji Schwimmer Swing Winner Tiffany
3
Anya Garnis Latin/ballroom Top 12 Cole Chehon
Lauren Gottlieb Contemporary/Jazz/Hip-hop Top 6 Chehon Will
Jaimie Goodwin Contemporary Top 10 Cyrus
4
Stephen "tWitch" Boss Hip-hop Runner-up Audrey Witney Eliana Cyrus
Comfort Fedoke Hip-hop Top 8 Cyrus
William Wingfield Contemporary Top 8 Tiffany
5
Brandon Bryant Contemporary Runner-up Tiffany
Ade Obayami Contemporary Top 6 Tiffany
6
Ryan Di Lello Latin/Ballroom 6th place Eliana
Jakob Karr Contemporary Runner-up Lindsay
Kathryn McCormick Contemporary 3rd place Will Chehon
7
Alex Wong Ballet Top 8 Eliana Lindsay Eliana
8
Marko Germar Lyrical Jazz 3rd place Witney
Melanie Moore Contemporary Winner Cyrus Cole
     This dancer was eliminated this week.
     This dancer was in the bottom 4 this week.
     These two dancers won the competition.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Show Episode First Air Date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Nightly
rank
Weekly
rank
1 Auditions: Dallas and New York City May 24, 2012 2.4 8 6.26 1[8] 13[9]
2 Auditions: Los Angeles May 30, 2012 2.7 8 7.15 1[10] 3[11]
3 Auditions: Atlanta June 6, 2012 2.5 8 6.66 1[12] 3[13]
4 Auditions: Salt Lake City June 13, 2012 2.5 8 6.71 1[14] 8[15]
5 Vegas Callbacks June 20, 2012 2.4 8 6.76 1[16] 6[17]
6 Meet the Top 20 June 27, 2012 2.1 7 5.74 2[18]
7 Top 20 Perform (Part 1) July 11, 2012 2.0 6 5.88 2[19]
8 Top 20 Perform (Part 2) July 18, 2012 1.8 6 5.10 4[20]
9 Top 16 Perform July 25, 2012 1.7 5 5.12 4[21]
10 Top 14 Perform August 15, 2012 1.8 5 4.77 6[22]
11 Top 10 Perform August 22, 2012 1.5 5 4.53 6[23]
12 Top 8 Perform August 29, 2012 1.5 5 4.16 5[24]
13 Top 6 Perform September 5, 2012 1.5 4 4.21 7[25]
14 Top 4 Perform September 11, 2012 1.5 4 4.33 8[26]
15 Finale September 18, 2012 1.6 5 4.71 8[27]

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External links[edit]

 · http://www.fox.com/dance/