Season 8
Season Run May 26, 2011 – August 11, 2011
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Melanie Moore
Origin Marietta, Georgia
Genre(s) Contemporary
Sasha Mallory
African Jazz
Previous Season Season 7
Next Season Season 9

Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance premiered on May 26, 2011. Melanie Moore was crowned America's Favorite Dancer, with Sasha Mallory as runner-up.


The Top 20 returned this season in contrast to the previous season's Top 11. Mary Murphy also returned as a main judge to replace Mia Michaels, who was absent during Season 7 due to contract issues and surgery. Adam Shankman was unavailable to return as a main judge due to him directing Rock of Ages. In his place were guest judges Lil' C, Tyce Diorio, Jason Gilkison, Toni Redpath, and Robin Antin. This season was also the first time viewers were given the chance to vote online.


Air Date Venue City Audition Date Guest judge
May 26, 2011 Paramount Theatre Oakland, California October 13, 2010 Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath
May 26, 2011 Fox Theatre Atlanta, Georgia February 19, 2011 Lil' C
June 1, 2011 N/A Brooklyn, New York November 15, 2010 Jason Gilkison
June 1, 2011 Capitol Theater Salt Lake City, Utah February 2, 2011 Robin Antin
June 2, 2011 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, California March 12, 2011 Tyce Diorio

Vegas WeekEdit

The Vegas callbacks were held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. 31 dancers remained after judges made cuts following each round of choreography. The judges were Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman (who was replaced by Jason Gilkison on Day 2 because of scheduling conflicts), Debbie Allen, Robin Antin, and Tyce Diorio.

Task/style Music Choreographer(s)
Individual solo Dancer's choice Dancer
Hip-Hop "Look at Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Broadway "I Gotcha" from Fosse Tyce Diorio
Jive "Blue Suede Shoes (from Viva Elvis)" - Elvis Presley Jason Gilkison
Group routines Chosen at random by the dancers from a selection on songs Dancers
Contemporary "Yellow" - Vitamin String Quartet Travis Wall
Individual solo (last chance) Dancer's choice Dancer


Top 20Edit

Female ContestantsEdit

Finalist Age Home Town Dance style Placement
Melanie Moore 19 Marietta, Georgia Contemporary Winner
Sasha Mallory 23 Bakersfield, California Jazz/Modern/African Runner-up
Caitlynn Lawson 18 Moses Lake, Washington Contemporary Jazz Top 6
Jordan Casanova 19 Chino Hills, California Jazz/Commercial Top 8
Clarice Ordaz 19 Whittier, California Jazz Top 10
Ryan Ramirez 19 Morgan Hill, California Contemporary Top 12
Ashley Rich 22 Antioch, California Contemporary Ballet Top 14
Miranda Maleski 19 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Contemporary Top 16
Iveta Lukosiute 30 Klaipėda, Lithuania Ballroom Top 20
Missy Morelli 20 Arvada, Colorado Jazz Top 20

Male ContestantsEdit

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Placement
Marko Germar 22 Dededo, Guam Contemporary Jazz 3rd Place
Tadd Gadduang 25 West Valley City, Utah Breakdance 4th Place
Ricky Jaime 19 Miami, Florida Contemporary Top 6
Jess LeProtto 18 Little Falls, New Jersey Broadway Top 8
Mitchell Kelly 20 Atlanta, Georgia Contemporary Top 10
Alexander Fost 21 Alhambra, California Ballet Top 12
Chris Koehl 21 Garland, Texas Hip-Hop Top 14
Robert Taylor, Jr. 31 Brooklyn, New York Hip-hop Top 16
Wadi Jones 24 Ossining, New York Breakdance Top 20
Nick Young 19 Franklin, Wisconsin Tap Top 20


Season 8 featured a combination of the Top 20 format and the All-star format from Season 7. During weeks 6, 7, 8, and 9, different all-stars from past seasons came and partnered up with a contestant for that week. Some all-stars danced in more weeks than others. The all-stars, their respective seasons, genre, and partners were:

All-Star Season Genre(s) Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Melody Lacayanga 1 Contemporary/Jazz Mitchell
Ivan Koumaev 2 Hip-hop Caitlynn
Allison Holker Contemporary Ricky Marko
Neil Haskell 3 Contemporary/Jazz Melanie
Lauren Gottlieb Contemporary/Jazz/Hip-hop Jess
Pasha Kovalev Ballroom/Latin Caitlynn Melanie Sasha Caitlynn
Jaimie Goodwin Contemporary Ricky
Anya Garnis Ballroom/Latin Ricky
Joshua Allen 4 Hip-hop Tadd
Stephen "tWitch" Boss Hip-hop Sasha Melanie
Chelsie Hightower Ballroom/Latin Marko
Mark Kanemura Jazz Sasha
Comfort Fedoke Hip-hop Tadd
Brandon Bryant 5 Contemporary Jordan
Ade Obayomi Contemporary Jordan
Janette Manrara Ballroom/Latin Marko
Kathryn McCormick 6 Contemporary Jess
Ellenore Scott Contemporary/Jazz Tadd
Lauren Froderman 7 Contemporary/Jazz Tadd Marko
Kent Boyd Contemporary/Jazz Sasha
Robert Roldan Contemporary/Jazz Clarice Melanie

Elimination ChartEdit

Contestants are listed in reverse chronological order of elimination.

Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 2 or 4 contestants Injury
Week: 6/16 6/23 6/30 7/7 7/14 7/21 7/28 8/4 8/11
Contestant Result
Melanie Moore WINNER
Sasha Mallory Btm 3 Runner-up
Marko Germar Third
Tadd Gadduang Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Fourth
Ricky Jaime Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Caitlynn Lawson Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Jess LeProtto Btm 3 Elim
Jordan Casanova Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4
Mitchell Kelly Injury Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Clarice Ordaz Btm 3
Alexander Fost Elim
Ryan Ramirez Btm 3 Btm 3
Chris Koehl Btm 3 Elim
Ashley Rich Btm 3
Robert Taylor Jr. Btm 3 Elim
Miranda Maleski Btm 3
Nick Young Elim


Iveta Lukosiute
Wadi Jones
Missy Morelli

^1 There was no elimination during the first week, so the judges had to eliminate four dancers during the second week.

Performance ShowsEdit

Main article: Season 8 performances