So You Think You Can Dance Australia (season 1)

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So You Think You Can Dance Australia
Season 1
Broadcast from 3 February – 27 April 2008
Judges Jason Coleman
Matt Lee
Bonnie Lythgoe
Host(s) Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Broadcaster Network Ten
Venue Australia
Winner
Jack Chambers
Chronology

Season one of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the Australian version of the American reality dance-off series So You Think You Can Dance,[1] is hosted by Rogue Traders vocalist Natalie Bassingthwaighte, with Jason Coleman, Matt Lee and Bonnie Lythgoe acting as the judges. The series began airing on Sunday 3 February 2008 at 7.30 pm and continued on Sundays and Mondays until the final on 27 April 2008.[2] Jack Chambers was the inaugural winner of So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 taking home $200,000.

Overview[edit]

From October to November 2007, auditions for contestants were held in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. After being selected, through either an impressive initial audition or after a choreography workshop, the top 100 finalists spent a week in Sydney for more auditions, ultimately forming a group of 20. A 600 seat arena was constructed in Sydney for the finals.

Several finalists later performed during the 2007 Australian Idol grand final, as well as Ten's New Year's Eve broadcast.[3]

The song played after each female and male elimination differs each week.

Finalists[edit]

From over 3000 contestants, 20 dancers (10 males and 10 females) were chosen to compete in the elimination series, which began on 17 February 2008.

Men[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Specialty Elimination date
Jack Chambers 19 Brisbane, QLD Broadway, Funk, Hip-Hop Winner
Rhys Bobridge 26 Melbourne, VIC Contemporary Jazz Runner-up
Graeme Isaako 18 Sydney, NSW Lyrical Jazz 14 April 2008
Henry Byalikov 22 Sydney, NSW Ballroom, Latin 7 April 2008
Anthony Ikin 26 Gold Coast, QLD Acrobatic, Contemporary Jazz 31 March 2008
Joel "JD" De Carteret 26 Melbourne, VIC Hip-Hop 17 March 2008
Sermsah Bin Saad 31 Port Hedland, WA Traditional Aboriginal, Contemporary 10 March 2008
Marko Panzic 23 Perth, WA Contemporary Jazz 3 March 2008
Hilton Denis 18 Sydney, NSW Contemporary / Hip-Hop hybrid 25 February 2008
Khaly Ngeth 19 Sydney, NSW B-Boying 18 February 2008

Women[edit]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Specialty Elimination date
Kate Wormald 29 Sydney, NSW Jazz, Commercial, ballet 3rd Place
Demi Sorono 28 Melbourne, VIC B-Girl 4th place
Vanessa Sew Hoy 22 Sydney, NSW Ballet, Contemporary Jazz 14 April 2008
Rhiannon Villareal 19 Sydney, NSW Jazz, Hip-Hop 7 April 2008
Jemma Armstrong 20 Perth, WA Latin 31 March 2008
Camilla Jakimowicz 25 Ipswich, QLD Jazz 17 March 2008
Laura Brougham 20 Adelaide, SA Jazz 10 March 2008
Stephanie Golman 18 Sydney, NSW Ballroom 3 March 2008
Kassandra "Kassy" Lee 21 Sydney, NSW Hip-Hop 25 February 2008
Courtney Walter 23 Melbourne, VIC Jazz, Commercial 18 February 2008

Results table[edit]

Contestants are in reverse chronological order of elimination.

Week: 2/18 2/25 3/3 3/10 3/17 3/31 4/7 4/14 4/21
Contestant Result
Jack Chambers Winner
Rhys Bobridge Runner-up
Kate Wormald Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 3rd Place
Demi Sorono 4th place
Graeme Isaako Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Btm 4 Elim
Vanessa Sew Hoy Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Henry Byalikov Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Rhiannon Villareal Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Anthony Ikin Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Jemma Armstrong
Joel "JD" De Carteret Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Camilla Jakimowicz Btm 3
Sermsah Bin Saad Elim
Laura Brougham Btm 3
Marko Panzic Elim
Stephanie Golman
Hilton Denis Btm 3 Elim
Kassandra "Kassy" Lee
Khaly Ngeth Elim
Courtney Walter

Episodes[edit]

No. Airdate Title Timeslot Ratings1 Weekly Rank
1 3 February 2008 Auditions – Part 1: Perth and Brisbane[4] 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,829,000 (1st)[5] 1st
2 4 February 2008 Auditions – Part 2: Melbourne and Adelaide[6] 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,616,000 (1st)[5] 3rd
3 6 February 2008 Auditions – Part 3: Sydney[7] 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,628,000 (1st)[5] 2nd
4 10 February 2008 Top 100 – Part 1[8] 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,600,000 (1st)[9] 1st
5 11 February 2008 Top 100 – Part 2[10] 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,468,000 (1st)[9] 4th
6 17 February 2008 Top 20: Performance[11] 7:30 pm – 9:40 pm 1,529,000 (2nd)[12] 4th
7 18 February 2008 Top 20: Verdict[13] 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 1,345,000 (7th)[12] 8th
8 24 February 2008 Top 18: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 1,508,000 (1st) 6th
9 25 February 2008 Top 18: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 1,457,000 (5th) 8th
10 2 March 2008 Top 16: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm 1,483,000 (1st) 4th
11 3 March 2008 Top 16: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 1,395,000 (5th) 10th
12 9 March 2008 Top 14: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,483,000 (1st) 5th
13 10 March 2008 Top 14: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:40 pm 1,335,000 (7th) 9th
14 16 March 2008 Top 12: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:10 pm 1,781,000 (1st) 1st
15 17 March 2008 Top 12: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:40 pm 1,364,000 (4th) 9th
16 23 March 2008 "Your Top 10" Special 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 988,000 (5th) 68th
17 30 March 2008 Top 10: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,234,000 (8th) 22nd
18 31 March 2008 Top 10: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:35 pm 1,180,000 (8th) 25th
19 6 April 2008 Top 8: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,361,000 (4th) 14th
20 7 April 2008 Top 8: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:40 pm 1,249,000 (7th) 22nd
21 13 April 2008 Top 6: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,476,000 (4th) 8th
22 14 April 2008 Top 6: Verdict 7:30 pm – 8:40 pm 1,164,000 (12th) 32nd
23 20 April 2008 Top 4: Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1,466,000 (5th) 11th
24 27 April 2008 Grand Finale Night 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 1,832,000 (2nd) 3rd
25 27 April 2008 Grand Finale: Winner Announced 9:25 pm – 9:30 pm 1,877,000 (1st) 2nd
  • 1 Overall national viewers, numbers in brackets indicate nightly ratings position.

Performances[edit]

Green background means the couple won the "Cadbury Flake Breathtaking Moment" for their dance.

Week 1 (17 February 2008)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Rhiannon Villareal
Joel De Carteret "JD"
Hip-hop "Kiss, Kiss"—Chris Brown Manuela Oliveira Safe
Courtney Walter
Hilton Denis
Jazz Lyrical "Exit Music"—Radiohead Kelly Aykers Walter Eliminated
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Henry Byalikov
Salsa "Don't Hold Back"—The Potbelleez Luda and Oliver Bottom 3
Camilla Jakimowicz
Sermsah Bin Saad
Musical Theatre "Big Spender"—Shirley Bassey Adam Williams Safe
Jemma Armstrong
Rhys Bobridge
Waltz "A New Day Has Come" from Celine Dion Jason Gilkison Safe
Laura Brougham
Anthony Ikin
Contemporary Lyrical "Nobody Knows"—Pink Juliette "Jet" Verne Safe
Stephanie Golman
Marko Panzic
Jive "Untouched"—The Veronicas Jason Gilkison Safe
Kate Wormald
Khaly Ngeth
Contemporary Jazz "If You Keep Losing Sleep"—Silverchair Sally Clark Ngeth Eliminated
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Boogaloo "Flashlight"—Parliament Nacho Pop Safe
Kassandra "Kassy" Lee
Graeme Isaako
Lyrical Hip Hop "Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis Yannus Sufandi Safe

Top 20 Results (18 February 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Courtney Walter Jazz Eliminated
Hilton Denis Jazz "Flaunt It"—TV Rock Safe
Vanessa Sew Hoy Ballet "Fields of Gold"—Eva Cassidy Safe
Henry Byalikov Cha-cha-cha "Smooth"—Santana feat. Rob Thomas Safe
Kate Wormald Jazz "He's a Dream"—Shandi Safe
Khaly Ngeth B-boying "It's Like That"—Run–D.M.C. Eliminated
  • New partners:
  • Kate Wormald
  • Hilton Denis

Week 2 (24 February 2008)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Kate Wormald
Hilton Denis
Foxtrot "2 Hearts"—Kylie Minogue Jason Gilkison Denis Eliminated
Camilla Jakimowicz
Sermsah Bin Saad
Hip Hop "Water"—Ying Yang Twins Phillip Haddad Safe
Kassandra "Kassy" Lee
Graeme Isaako
Contemporary Lyrical " Yesterday"—Ray Charles Sarah Boulter Lee Eliminated
Stephanie Golman
Marko Panzic
Swap (Swing & Hip hop) "Are You The One?"—The Presets Rose Edwards Safe
Laura Brougham
Anthony Ikin
Disco "Boogie Wonderland"—Earth, Wind, and Fire ft. The Emotions Aleeta Blackburn Safe
Rhiannon Villareal
Joel De Carteret "JD"
Contemporary Jazz "Breathe"—The Prodigy Kelly Aykers Bottom 3
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Samba "Gasolina"—Daddy Yankee Paul Green Safe
Jemma Armstrong
Rhys Bobridge
Contemporary Jazz "Need You Tonight"-INXS Michael Boyd Safe
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Henry Byalikov
Animation Hip Hop "Ghost in the Machine"—Future Fame Nacho Pop Safe

Top 18 Results (25 February 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Kassy Lee Hip-hop "Baby Got Back"—Sir Mix-a-Lot Eliminated
Graeme Isaako Jazz Safe
Kate Wormald Jazz "Call Me When You're Sober"—Evanescence Safe
Hilton Denis Contemporary "Breathe Me"—Sia Furler Eliminated
Rhiannon Villareal Hip-hop "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)"—Michael Jackson Safe
Joel De Carteret Hip-hop "What Goes Around... Comes Around"—Justin Timberlake Safe
  • New couple:
  • Kate Wormald
  • Graeme Isaako

Week 3 (2 March 2008)[edit]

Judges: Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Jazz "Brianstorm" by Arctic Monkeys Kelly Aykers Safe
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Henry Byalikov
Contemporary Disco "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie Sarah Boulter Bottom 3
Camilla Jakimowicz
Sermsah Bin Saad
Contemporary "Swift Sword" from the film Hero Shannon Holtzapffel and Simon Lind
(Project Moda)
Safe
Jemma Armstrong
Rhys Bobridge
Paso Doble "O Verona" from the film Romeo + Juliet Jason Gilkison Safe
Stephanie Golman
Marko Panzic
Krump "Gorilla Militia" by Bliss n Eso Travers Ross Both Eliminated
Laura Brougham
Anthony Ikin
Soul Swing "Idlewild Blues" by OutKast Michael Boyd Bottom 3
Rhiannon Villareal
Joel De Carteret "JD"
Tango "Santa María (del Buen Ayre)" by Gotan Project Fabio Robles Safe
Kate Wormald
Graeme Isaako
Bollywood "Work (Freemasons Remix)" by Kelly Rowland Farah Shah Safe

Top 16 Results (3 March 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Laura Brougham Jazz "Never Again"—Kelly Clarkson Safe
Anthony Ikin Contemporary "Are You Gonna Go My Way"—Lenny Kravitz Safe
Stephanie Golman Samba "Hey Mama"—The Black Eyed Peas Eliminated
Marko Panzic Contemporary "I Surrender"—Celine Dion Eliminated
Vanessa Sew Hoy Jazz "Taller, Stronger, Better"—Guy Sebastian Safe
Henry Byalikov Jive "Johnny B. Goode"—Judas Priest Safe

Top 14 (9 March 2008)[edit]

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Rhys Bobridge
Jemma Armstrong
Hip-Hop Break It OffRihanna featuring Sean Paul Tiana Joubert Safe
Jack Chambers
Demi Sorono
Rumba "Father Figure"—George Michael Paul Green Safe
Anthony Ikin
Laura Brougham
Contemporary "Hot"—Avril Lavigne Yannus Sufandi Brougham eliminated
Sermsah Bin Saad
Camilla Jakimowicz
Hip-Hop "The Way I Are"—Timbaland Travers Ross Bin Saad Eliminated
Henry Byalikov
Vanessa Sew Hoy
African Samba "Lo-Lo Dzama"—Sum Svisti Jason Gilkison Safe
Graeme Isaako
Kate Wormald
Contemporary "Fix You"—Coldplay Debbie Ellis Linnert Safe
Joel De Carteret
Rhiannon Villareal
Jazz "Somebody Told Me"—The Killers Adam Williams Bottom 3

Top 14 Results (10 March 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Camilla Jakimowicz Jazz "What You Waiting For"—Gwen Stefani Safe
Sermsah Bin Saad Jazz "Poison"—The Prodigy Eliminated
Laura Brougham Jazz "Fighter"—Christina Aguilera Eliminated
Anthony Ikin Contemporary "Feeling Good"—Michael Bublé Safe
Rhiannon Villareal Hip-hop "What About"—Janet Jackson Safe
Joel De Carteret Hip-hop "Time Is Now"—Moloko Safe

Top 12 (16 March 2008)[edit]

This week's episode featured guest judge Kelley Abbey.

This episode had each pair performing two routines; one by a professional choreographer, the other by their own conception, the latter being called the "Surprise Challenge". This involved the dances choosing out of three songs (the one they chose being in bold) and three costumes, then creating their unique routine.

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Kate Wormald
Graeme Isaako
Jazz "Live and Let Die"—Guns N' Roses Leah Howard Bottom 3
Hip Hop "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas
Kate Wormald
Graeme Isaako
Rhiannon Villareal
Joel De Carteret
Hip Hop "What's Your Flava?" by Craig David Nacho Pop De Carteret eliminated
Swing "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" by Mika Rhiannon Villareal
Joel De Carteret
Jemma Armstrong
Rhys Bobridge
Musical Theatre "Dancin' Fool"—Barry Manilow from Copacabana Andrew Hallsworth Safe
Jazz "Pony"—Ginuwine Jemma Armstrong
Rhys Bobridge
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Henry Byalikov
Capoeira-influenced
Contemporary
"Piece of Me"—Britney Spears Josival Bispo
Chris Ladera
Safe
Cha-cha-cha "Black or White"—Michael Jackson Vanessa Sew Hoy
Henry Byalikov
Camilla Jakimowicz
Anthony Ikin
Lambada "Not in Love"—Enrique Iglesias featuring Kelis Fabio Robles Jakimowicz eliminated
Theatrical "Stronger"—Kanye West Camilla Jakimowicz
Anthony Ikin
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Contemporary "Ch-Check It Out" by Beastie Boys Garry Stewart Safe
Hip Hop "Crazy in Love"—Beyoncé Knowles Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers

Top 12 Results (17 March 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Rhiannon Villareal Hip-hop "4 My People"—Missy Elliott Safe
Joel De Carteret Hip-hop "Signs"—Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson Eliminated
Camilla Jakimowicz Jazz "Let Me Entertain You"—Robbie Williams Eliminated
Anthony Ikin Contemporary "Lightning Crashes"—Live Safe
Kate Wormald Jazz "I Wish"—Fantasia Barrino, Yolanda Adams and Patti LaBelle Safe
Graeme Isaako Jazz "Crazy" Safe

Top 10 (30 March 2008)[edit]

This week also featured a solo routine performed by each dancer, based on music from a film.

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Rhiannon Villareal
Henry Byalikov
Jazz "Fragile"—Sting Kelley Abbey Villareal in Bottom 4
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Jack Chambers
Lyrical Contemporary "Kiss from a Rose"—Seal Juliette "Jet" Verne Safe
Kate Wormald
Rhys Bobridge
Hip-hop "Give It to Me"—Timbaland Supple Safe
Demi Sorono
Graeme Isaako
Contemporary "Reptilia"—The Strokes Sarah Boulter Isaako in Bottom 4
Anthony Ikin
Jemma Armstrong
Cha-cha-cha "Kiss"—Tom Jones Paul Green Both eliminated
Dancer Style Music Choreographer Results
Henry Byalikov Paso Doble "Come and Get Them" from the film 300 Paul Green Safe
Rhiannon Villareal Hip Hop "1 Thing"—Amerie from the film Hitch Nacho Pop Bottom 4
Anthony Ikin Contemporary "The Blower's Daughter"—Damien Rice from the film Closer Kelly Aykers Eliminated
Jemma Armstrong Jive "Shake a Tail Feather"—Ray Charles from the film The Blues Brothers Paul Green Eliminated
Vanessa Sew Hoy Contemporary "How Do I Live"—Trisha Yearwood from the film Con Air Kelly Aykers Safe
Jack Chambers Jazz Theme from Mission: Impossible Kelly Aykers Safe
Kate Wormald Jazz "Queen of the Night"—Whitney Houston from the film The Bodyguard Kelly Aykers Safe
Rhys Bobridge Hip Hop "Born Slippy .NUXX"—Underworld from the film Trainspotting Nacho Pop Safe
Graeme Isaako Jazz "Bohemian Rhapsody"—Queen from the film Wayne's World Kelly Aykers Bottom 4
Demi Sorono Hip Hop "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"—James Brown from the film Legally Blonde Nacho Pop Safe

Top 10 Results (31 March 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Jemma Armstrong Samba "Mas Que Nada"—Sérgio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas Eliminated
Anthony Ikin Contemporary "Drops of Jupiter"—Train Eliminated
Rhiannon Villareal Hip-hop "Last Night"—Diddy Safe
Graeme Isaako Hip-hop "Hate That I Love You"—Rihanna & Ne-Yo Safe

Top 8 (6 April 2008)[edit]

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Rhys Bobridge
Hip Hop "Tambourine"—Eve Supple Sew Hoy in Bottom 4
Broadway "America" from West Side Story Andrew Hallsworth
Kate Wormald
Jack Chambers
Quickstep "Spider-Man Theme"—Michael Bublé Leanne Bampton Safe
Hip-hop "Singin' In the Rain" by Mint Royale Supple
Demi Sorono
Henry Byalikov
House "Just Fine"—Mary J. Blige Project Moda Byalikov eliminated
Contemporary "Nine in the Afternoon"—Panic! at the Disco Kelly Aykers
Rhiannon Villareal
Graeme Isaako
Burlesque "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Mika Aleeta Blackburn Villareal eliminated
Isaako in Bottom 4
Jazz Funk Hip Hop "4 Minutes" by Madonna Juliette "Jet" Verne

Top 8 Results (7 April 2008)[edit]

Dancer Style Music Results
Rhiannon Villareal Hip-hop "If"—Janet Jackson Eliminated
Henry Byalikov Cha-Cha "Heartbreaker"—will.i.am feat. Cheryl Cole Eliminated
Vanessa Sew Hoy Jazz "Listen"—Beyoncé Knowles Safe
Graeme Isaako Hip-hop "Bad"—Michael Jackson Safe

Top 6 (13 April 2008)[edit]

In the live results shows, since Bonnie Lythgoe wasn't able to attend, Jason Gilkinson took over her spot on that night.

Couple Style Music Choreographer Results
Kate Wormald
Rhys Bobridge
Rumba "Message to My Girl"—Split Enz Jason Gilkison Safe
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Contemporary "Strict Machine"—Goldfrapp Garry Stewart Safe
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Graeme Isaako
Broadway "The Money Song" from Cabaret Adam Williams Both eliminated
Vanessa Sew Hoy
Demi Sorono
Kate Wormald
Pop "California Love"—2Pac Nacho Pop
Rhys Bobridge
Jack Chambers
Graeme Isaako
Contemporary Hip Hop "Hurt Sumthin"—Missy Elliott Supple

Top 4 (20 April 2008)[edit]

Couple Style Music Choreographer
Demi Sorono
Jack Chambers
Cha-cha-cha "Mercy"—Duffy Jason Gilkison
Kate Wormald
Rhys Bobridge
Hip-hop "There It Go"—Juelz Santana Supple
Demi Sorono
Rhys Bobridge
Contemporary "Chasing Cars"—Snow Patrol Debbie Ellis
Kate Wormald
Jack Chambers
Lyrical Jazz "No One"—Alicia Keys Juliette "Jet" Verne
Demi Sorono
Kate Wormald
Hip-hop "Rondo Alla Turca"—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Supple
Rhys Bobridge
Jack Chambers
Broadway "Overture"/"All That Jazz" from Chicago Adam Williams
Rhys Bobridge
Jack Chambers
Demi Sorono
Kate Wormald
Hip-hop "Impacto" By Daddy Yankee Tiana Joubert
  • Elimination order:
    • Demi Sorono
    • Kate Wormald
  • Runner-Up:
    • Rhys Bobridge
  • Winner:
    • Jack Chambers

Ratings[edit]

3 February 2008 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance Australia attracted a peak audience of 2.15 million viewers. The show was the night's top-rating program, averaging 1.83 million viewers over its timeslot.[14] The following two audition episodes also put up respectable figures, peaking at 2.04 million and 1.94 million viewers respectively. The Sunday night Top 100 show averaged 1.6 million viewers to become the most watched program of the night.[15][16]

Since debuting, the weekly performance show had averaged around 1.5 million viewers since its debut. The series one finale averaged 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2.2 million viewers nationwide. Over 50% of Ten's key 18–49 age demographic had tuned into the show.[17]

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