Season 9
Season Run May 24, 2012 – September 18, 2012
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Eliana Girard
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Origin West Palm Beach, Florida
Zurich, Switzerland
Genre(s) Contemporary Ballet
Tiffany Maher
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
Previous Season Season 8
Next Season Season 10

Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance premiered on May 24, 2012. Nigel Lythgoe announced that the results show had been cut from the format, meaning that only one show aired each week. Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard were crowned America's Favorite Girl and Boy, with Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer and Tiffany Maher as runner-ups.


In January 2012, it was announced that season 9 will only have one two-hour show each week, similar to the first season's format. Series creator Nigel Lythgoe stated that each week's episode will end with the reveal of the bottom 3 couples after every couple (bottom or safe) has performed the new week's choreography. This gives the judges an additional dance to judge prior to deciding who they will eliminate and for the bottom 3 couples to get a chance to redeem themselves in hopes of getting saved. He also announced that there will be two winner this season, one girl and one boy. This season's live shows began with a Top 20, however, Nigel mentioned during the results of the Top 16 show that Fox originally was only to allow sixteen dancers to the live performances. This explains why the season had, not one, but two double eliminations.The finale and the Week 8 episode aired on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays.


Air Date Venue City Audition Date Guest judge
May 24, 2012 McFarlin Memorial Auditiorium 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

Vegas WeekEdit

The Vegas callbacks were held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. For the very first time, the dancers were allowed to choose their own groups for the group choreography round. 35 dancers remained after judges made cuts following each round of choreography. The judges were Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman, Tyce Diorio, and Lil' C. Sonya Tayeh, Jason Gilkison, and Travis Wall only participated in panel on the round they choreographed (jazz, ballroom, and contemporary, respectively).

Task/style Music Choreographer(s)
Individual solo Dancer's choice Dancer
Hip-hop "B.O.B" - OutKast tWitch and Comfort Fedoke
Broadway "Must Be The Water" - Marc Broussard Tyce Diorio
Jazz "Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Remix)" - My Brightest Diamond Sonya Tayeh
Group routines Chosen at random by the dancers from a selection on songs Dancers
Cha-cha-cha "Let's Get Loud" - Jennifer Lopez Jason Gilkison
Contemporary "I Won't Give Up" - Jason Mraz Travis Wall
Individual solo (last chance) Dancer's choice Dancer


Top 20Edit

Female ContestantsEdit

Finalist Age Home Town Dance style Placement
Eliana Girard 21 West Palm Beach, Florida Contemporary Ballet Winner
Tiffany Maher 19 Plantation, Florida Jazz Runner Up
Witney Carson 18 American Fork, Utah Latin Ballroom Top 6
Lindsay Arnold 18 Provo, Utah Latin Ballroom Top 8
Audrey Case 18 Edmond, Oklahoma Jazz Top 10
Amelia Lowe 18 Butler, New Jersey Contemporary Top 14
Janelle Issis 24 Vestavia Hills, Alabama Belly Dancing Top 14
Amber Jackson 21 Atlanta, Georgia Contemporary Top 16
Alexa Anderson 19 Chandler, Arizona Contemporary Top 20
Janaya French 20 Aurora, Colorado Lyrical Contemporary Top 20

Male ContestantsEdit

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Placement
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp 23 Zurich, Switzerland Ballet Winner
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer 22 Atlanta, Georgia Animation Runner Up
Cole Horibe 26 Honolulu, Hawaii Martial Arts Fusion Top 6
Will Thomas 19 Troy, Michigan Contemporary Top 8
George Lawrence II 19 Atlanta, Georgia Contemporary Top 10
Dareian Kujawa 20 Saint Paul, Minnesota Contemporary Top 14
Matthew Kazmierczak 21 Phoenix, Arizona Contemporary Top 14
Brandon Mitchell 27 Kansas City, Kansas Stepping Top 16
Daniel Baker 24 Newcastle, Australia Ballet Top 20
Nick Bloxsom-Carter 20 Oak Park, California Ballroom Top 20


Just like Season 8, Season 9 featured a combination of the Top 20 format and the All-star format from Season 7. During weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8, 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 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Nick Lazzarini 1 Contemporary Witney
Allison Holker 2 Contemporary George Cole Chehon
Benji Schwimmer Swing Tiffany
Anya Garnis 3 Ballroom/Latin Cole Chehon
Lauren Gottlieb Contemporary/Jazz/Hip-hop Chehon Will
Jaimie Goodwin Contemporary Cyrus
Stephen "tWitch" Boss 4 Hip-hop Audrey Witney Eliana Cyrus
Comfort Fedoke Hip-hop Cyrus
William Wingfield Contemporary Tiffany
Brandon Bryant 5 Contemporary Tiffany
Ade Obayomi Contemporary Tiffany
Ryan Di Lello 6 Ballroom/Latin Eliana
Jakob Karr Contemporary Lindsay
Kathryn McCormick Contemporary Will Chehon
Alex Wong 7 Ballet Eliana Lindsay Eliana
Marko Germar 8 Lyrical Jazz Witney
Melanie Moore Contemporary Cyrus Cole

Elimination ChartEdit

Contestants are listed in reverse chronological order of elimination.

  • The song for the eliminated female contestant is "Free" by Haley Reinhart.
  • The song for the eliminated male contestant is "Counting On You" by Mikey Wax.
Female Male Bottom 4 contestants Injury Bottom 6 contestants
Week: 7/18 7/25 8/15 8/22 8/29 9/5 9/111 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 II 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 This week had no elimination.

Performance ShowsEdit

Main article: Season 9 performances