The Best Episodes of So You Think You Can Dance
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2019
The summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, hosted by Cat Deeley, keeps viewers moving to a different beat as dancers skilled in everything from the 'street' styles of Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Ballroom's Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named the nation's favorite. In the performance round, the 20 finalists dance for America's votes, and each week the six contestants comprising the bottom three couples are given a chance to perform solo routines to encourage viewers to keep them on the show. Then the judges decide which dancers stay in the competition and which two are eliminated.
#1 - Finale: The Winners are Chosen
Season 9 - Episode 15
#2 - Performance - Top Six
Season 3 - Episode 20
The competitions starts heating up even more as the final six dancers perform for America's vote. Judges for the evening are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and quest judge for the second time this season, Debbie Allen.
#3 - Winner Announced
Season 6 - Episode 24
Adam Lambert performs. The winner is announced.
#4 - Winner Announced
Season 5 - Episode 23
This two-hour season finale will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. From the Top 4, America's Favorite Dancer will be revealed.
#5 - The Top 8 Perform
Season 4 - Episode 18
Just two weeks away from the finale, eight contestants remained on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" Four girls and four guys continued in the competition for the title of America's favorite dancer. The dancers picked new partners and routines out of a hat for this round of the competition. Every couple would perform twice and every dancer would perform a solo. Translation: Fox has two hours to fill! Guest judge Toni Basil (of "Mickey" fame) joined regulars Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. She got a chance to plug her current projects, working with Bette Midler on her Las Vegas show and Tina Turner on her tour.
#6 - Top 20 Perform
Season 9 - Episode 7
The first official night of Season 9 competition.
#7 - Winner Revealed
Season 8 - Episode 23
The winner is announced.
#8 - Meet the Top 20
Season 9 - Episode 6
They've strutted their stuff and experienced an emotional roller coaster ride to get this point. Now the 35 remaining dancers who survived Vegas Callbacks have to walk the Green Mile to find out if they've made it into this season's Top 20. It's time to find out which of your favorites are in and who's going home, as we celebrate So You Think You Can Dance's 200th episode!
#9 - Performance - Top Fourteen
Season 3 - Episode 12
The top 14 dancers dance for the title of Americas favorite dancer. The host is Cat Deeley. The judges are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and special guest judge Adam Shankman, a choreographer from the new dance movie Hairspray.
#10 - Dallas/New York Auditions
Season 9 - Episode 1
Now in its ninth season, the hit show So You Think You Can Dance began with auditions in New York City, one of the world's capitals of dance, then moved on to the cowboy capital of the world, Dallas, for more auditions.
#11 - Top 4 Perform
Season 11 - Episode 14
The four finalists perform one last time, each paired with an all-star partner and also each other in the hope to be named America's Favorite Dancer next week; guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Jason Mraz performs.
#12 - Top 10 Perform
Season 6 - Episode 19
The top 10 contestants perform.
#13 - Top 12 Perform, 2 Eliminated
Season 10 - Episode 13
#14 - Top 4 Perform
Season 5 - Episode 22
This is the first part of the season finale. Hoping to become America's Favorite Dancer the final four contestants will perform at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
#15 - Top 8 Perform
Season 8 - Episode 18
The remaining eight contestants perform.
#16 - Top 8 Perform, 2 Eliminated
Season 10 - Episode 15
#17 - The Top 16 Perform
Season 4 - Episode 10
It was down to eight couples Wednesday night on So You Think You Can Dance? as choreographer and general friend of the show Adam Shankman joined regular judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. Mary said this would be the shows best year ever because at this point in past seasons they've generally had a better idea of who the front-runners are. Nigel took a moment to pay tribute to legendary dancer and actress Cyd Charisse, who died last week. He and Adam suggested that folks go rent some of her classic movies, including Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Silk Stockings and Brigadoon. Nigel called her a remarkable woman and real star of dance. Host Cat Deeley said each couple would say a bit out their partners before each dance.
#18 - Winner Announced
Season 7 - Episode 23
A Season 7 winner is chosen in the conclusion of the two-part finale.
#19 - The Top 4 Perform
Season 4 - Episode 22
It was the first part of the two-night finale on "So You Think You Can Dance?" and host Cat Deeley threw a curve ball at us from the start. In an effort to change things up -- and perhaps to stretch another episode into two hours! -- each of the remaining dancers would perform with every other dancer. That meant the two girls would dance with each other, as would the two guys. Suddenly, those rumors of Lance Bass pairing up with another dude on "Dancing with the Stars" don't seem so special, huh? During the introduction, there was no immediately mention of the reports that Twitch and Joshua were rushed to the hospital earlier in the week after suffering from dehydration during rehearsals. Guest judge Mandy Moore joined regulars Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe and Cat got the action started quickly, introducing the first dance from Courtney and Twitch.
#20 - Top 14 Perform
Season 8 - Episode 12
The 14 remaining dancers perform.
#21 - Meet the Top 11
Season 7 - Episode 5
The hardest auditions are over and it's time to meet the top 11 dancers, who will compete for the title "America's Favorite Dancer".
#22 - 2 of 6 Voted Off
Season 8 - Episode 21
2 of 6 Eliminated
#23 - Top 8 Perform; 2 Eliminated
Season 9 - Episode 12
The Top 8 dancers perform with All-Stars from previous seasons, and two more are eliminated. Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") is the guest judge.
#24 - Top 6 Perform
Season 8 - Episode 20
In Part 1 of the Season Finale, the final 6 dancers perform for America's vote in hopes of becoming America's Favorite Dancer.
#25 - Top 6 Perform
Season 5 - Episode 20
In this two-hour episode, the remaining 6 dancers perform.