It all came down to this. After weeks of auditions and eliminations, season nine of “So You Think You Can Dance” crowned its first double winners Tuesday night. Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp were selected as America’s favorite female and male dancer in a thrilling night of final performances that included one from “Call Me Maybe” sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, who debuted her latest track “This Kiss.”
Six of the season’s judges were present for the finale: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Lil’ C and Tyce Diorio. Like finales past, they were given the task of selecting their favorite routines of the season. They ranged from Travis Wall’s “Titanic”-inspired contemporary routine to NappyTabs’ lyrical number “Love Cats.”
It was a memorable night, indeed. The dance competition series took several looks back to their best moments from the audition tour, including our favorites like the Ninja Twins and the famed exorcist dancer, and pulled at our heart strings with an emotional look back at the final four’s journey.
Contemporary dancer Tiffany Maher and inspiring animator Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer rounded out the top four. The season’s underdog, Maher delivered week after week and the judges often referred to her as a “firecracker.” As an untrained dancer, Spencer was the ultimate crowd favorite, introducing animation to the masses. “You stole the season,” Lythgoe told a humbled Spencer, who wasn’t the best technical dancer but certainly had one of the best hearts. Wespi-Tschopp was often criticized for not letting loose, although once he shed his inhibitions, the svelte ballet dancer soared beyond belief. And then there was Girard, the judge favorite and the one dancer who received little to any negative feedback during her entire run.
When the announcement was made of favorite female dancer, it was almost no surprise when Girard won and dropped to the floor; the announcement of favorite male dancer was a bit more shocking, as “SYTYCD” history has shown America usually chooses personality over technique, so when Wespi-Tschopp’s name was delivered over Spencer’s, it was a real moment. America got it right.
It’s not over for the “SYTYCD” dancers just yet, though. The top 10 will get ready to tour their show across America in October.
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