Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Win Season 9 of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Was America impressed by pointe, or swayed by swag?
Tuesday’s Season 9 finale of So You Think You Can Dance found ballet dancers Chehon Wespi-Tscopp, 23, and Eliana Girard, 21, up against jazz dancer Tiffany Maher, 19, and animator Cyrus Spencer, 22. This time, two winners — one male and one female — were crowned “America’s favorite” dancers.
All season, Tiffany and Cyrus have stayed out of the bottom. Tiffany, though not featured in the audition shows, consistently got rave reviews in performance shows for her energy and technique. Cyrus, who was a star of audition shows, stunned the judges with his robotic skills, but lacked experience in any genre other than his own. Meanwhile, Eliana and Chehon have been saved by the judges once or twice, respectively.
Eliana, who has experience pole dancing and is trained in ballet, is Nigel Lythgoe’s “favorite dancer of all time in this series.” Chehon, a ballet dancer who learned to break out of his shell, is Nigel’s “favorite (male) dancer on the show.”
But who were America’s favorites? After two hours of reflective montages and “best of” dance performances, the winners were revealed:
The classic ballet dancers took it: The female champion was Eliana, and the male winner was Chehon.
Here are some of those aforementioned performances:
The opening group number had the dancers twirling in a thunderstorm (with lots of wind!). And there was another group routine, featuring the top 10 from this season and All-Stars in a wild jungle number.
Cyrus danced a new number with All-Star Comfort Fedoke, while All-Star Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Christopher Scott performed a robotic dance to dubstep.
Cyrus’ dance crew Dragon House danced a crazy, robotic routine (without Cyrus).
Carly Rae Jepsen performed poppy single This Kiss from new album Kiss. And the judges picked their favorite dances of the season to watch again:
Nigel Lythgoe’s choice: The contemporary “chaise lounge dance” set on the Titanic with Matthew Kazmierczak and Audrey Case.
Lil’ C’s pick: Witney Carson and tWitch’s gritty hip-hop routine.
Debbie Allen’s favorite: Tiffany and George Lawrence III’s contemporary dance to Turning Page by Sleeping at Last.
Adam Shankman’s: Cole Horibe and Lindsay Arnold’s fiery paso doble.
Tyce Diorio’s: Will Thomas and Amelia Lowe’s funky Love Cats number.
Cat Deeley’s pick: Tiffany and All-Star Brandon Bryant’s energetic disco routine.
And the final four chose their favorites to perform:
Eliana picked her contemporary Bang Bang dance with All-Star Alex Wong.
Chehon went with his Argentine tango with All-Star Anya Garnis.
Tiffany picked his contemporary Power of Love dance with Ade Obayomi.
Cyrus danced his action-figure animation duet with tWitch.