Lindsay Arnold
Season Season 9
Hometown Provo, Utah
So You Think You Can Dance Profile
Partner(s) Cole Horibe
Jakob Karr (all-star)
Alex Wong (all-star)
Placement Top 8
All-Star Profile

Lindsay Arnold was a contestant on season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. Her genre is Latin Ballroom. She was eliminated on August 29, 2012.


Lindsay was born and raised in Provo, Utah. She graduated from Timpview High School and attends Utah Valley University. She first started dancing at the age of 4.

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

Lindsay first auditioned for season 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Main article: Season 9 performances

Meet the Top 20 (June 27, 2012)Edit

Lindsay is sent in to receive the news of whether she made it to the Top 20 or not with fellow ballroom dancer and friend Witney Carson. Mary praises both of them for their great technique but tells them that they're looking for one ballroom girl. Mary then announces that Witney has made it to the Top 20, but tells Lindsay after that she's also an amazing dancer, so she too makes it to the Top 20. She dances a cha-cha-cha with Witney and Nick Bloxsom-Carter. The piece was danced to "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull and choreographed by Jason Gilkison. Mary announces that she's proud of them and how it's great there are three ballroom dancers this season. Both Lindsay and Witney are praised by Mary, telling them that they are "two of the hottest tamales we've had on this show for sure". Guest judge Zooey Deschanel tells them that they were perfectly synchronized.

Week 1 (July 11, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must describe themselves in nine seconds. Lindsay is paired up with Cole Horibe and assigned a paso doble by Jason Gilkison to "Unstoppable" by E.S. Posthumus. The pair received a standing ovation from the judges. Guest judge Kenny Ortega thought this routine was mesmerizing, electrifying, and said Lindsay and Cole gave two of the most fantastic performances he has ever seen on the show. Mary praises Jason Gilkison, telling him that that was the best paso doble he's ever choreographed on this show. She also praises Lindsay and Cole, telling them that if the both of them keep this up, they will be unstoppable through out the competition. She tells Lindsay she was fiery, with beautiful shape and beautiful paso doble. Nigel praises Lindsay, telling her that a couple of weeks ago, Mary was comparing her to Witney and that Witney had that little bit of magic, but Nigel says that Mary was wrong. He believes that both Witney and Lindsay have that little bit of magic. He also tell her that she could've easily been overlooked in this routine but Cole wouldn't have been as dynamic as he was without her as his partner.

Week 2 (July 18, 2012)Edit

Lindsay and partner Cole danced a hip-hop by Christopher Scott to "Teeth" by Lady Gaga. Nigel tells Lindsay that it felt a little immature to him and that with a character like this, she really needed to get into character. He also tells her that she was connecting more with the audience rather than with Cole. Mary tells Lindsay that she agrees with Nigel, but also says that not only is she out of her dance style, but she is far removed from her personal lifestyle, and that it's such a stretch. Mary tells her to keep in mind that part of the show is acting, and Lindsay's going to have to bring those acting skills to the table even more. Guest judge Adam Shankman tells Lindsay that he knows she's not a hip-hop dancer, so she really needed to bring in the character to make up for that.

During the results, Lindsay was announced safe due to her Paso Doble in Week 1.

Week 3 (July 25, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must reveal something America doesn't know about their partners. Lindsay and partner Cole danced a contemporary by Mandy Moore to "Wild Horses" by Charlotte Martin. Nigel praises Mandy for the beautiful routine and the Lighting team for their work in the routine. He praises Lindsay, telling her it was absolutely fantastic and that her spirit was in the right place. Mary tells Lindsay she was mesmerizing. Guest judge Christina Applegate tells Lindsay that she wished she saw her face more because her hair was covering it, but then tells her that once she started watching her body, her movement just tells the story that she didn't even need to look at Lindsay's face anymore.

During the results, Lindsay found herself in the Bottom 6 due to her hip-hop in Week 2. However, after some deliberation, the judges decided to save her.

Week 4 (August 15, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must share their favorite moments from the show. Lindsay shares that her favorite moment was when Travis Wall and Benji Schwimmer danced a hip-hop to "Gyrate" during the finale of Season 2. This week's theme required dancers to perform past routines by Mia Michaels. Lindsay and partner Cole danced a contemporary to "Gravity", which was originally performed by Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau in Season 5. Guest judge Billy Trevitt praises the couple, telling them he was very, very impressed with their performance. Mary also praises Cole and Lindsay, telling them that this was the best routine of the night and came the closest to topping the original. Mary tells Lindsay that she couldn't tell whether Lindsay was a ballroom dancer at all because she was that good. Nigel admits that he had been a little disappointed with the past performances, but tells them that in this business, dancers use the same choreography all the time. He then tells Cole and Lindsay that they've come out on top. Nigel is also impressed by Lindsay and believes that she must've had training in other styles because she's stunning.

During the results, Lindsay found herself in the Bottom 6 due to her contemporary in Week 3. She danced a Samba solo to "Hip Hip Chin Chin" by Club des Belugas. After some deliberations, the judges decided to save her.

Week 5 (August 22, 2012)Edit

Week 6 (August 29, 2012)Edit


On February 22, 2013 Lindsay announced that she will be a professional on Season 16 of Dancing With The Stars, in which she was paired up with professional boxer, Victor Ortiz. She and Ortiz came in 8th place. After spending the next four seasons as a member of the troupe, Lindsay became a pro again in Season 21, paired with soldier and Legion of Honour recipient Alek Skarlatos, who made the headlines as one of three soldiers who took down a terrorist on a train in France; together they managed to finish third. The following season, Lindsay was paired with the charismatic Boyz II Men singer Wanyá Morris, and despite their status as early frontrunners, the two came in fourth place. The following season, Lindsay was paired with recently retired NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson, known as "Megatron". They managed to finish third. The following season, Lindsay was paired with recently retired MLB catcher David Ross. They managed to finish second thanks to the fans despite low scores from the judges. The following season, Lindsay was paired with Hamilton and Grease Live! star Jordan Fisher. They won the competition, marking Lindsay's first mirrorball trophy.





  • Lindsay loves food.
  • She hates spiders and tomatoes.
  • She once gave stitches to another person.
  • Her favorite color is green.
  • She has a foot phobia.
  • She is the second alumnus of So You Think You Can Dance to win Dancing with the Stars, after her best friend and fellow Season 9 contestant, Witney Carson.
  • Lindsay is the older sister of Season 15 runner-up Jensen Arnold and Season 13 contestant Rylee Arnold, who didn't make it pass the academy round.