The Best Episodes of So You Think You Can Dance

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018

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.

Finale: The Winners are Chosen

#1 - Finale: The Winners are Chosen

Season 9 - Episode 15

star 8.86
22 votes
Performance - Top Six

#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.

star 8.85
13 votes
Winner Announced

#3 - Winner Announced

Season 6 - Episode 24

Adam Lambert performs. The winner is announced.

star 8.80
14 votes
Winner 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.

star 8.77
13 votes
The Top 8 Perform

#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.

star 8.76
12 votes
Top 20 Perform

#6 - Top 20 Perform

Season 9 - Episode 7

The first official night of Season 9 competition.

star 8.69
29 votes
Winner Revealed

#7 - Winner Revealed

Season 8 - Episode 23

The winner is announced.

star 8.67
18 votes
Meet the Top 20

#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!

star 8.67
24 votes
Performance - Top Fourteen

#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.

star 8.67
12 votes
Dallas/New York Auditions

#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.

star 8.67
33 votes
Top 4 Perform

#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.

star 8.62
39 votes
Top 10 Perform

#12 - Top 10 Perform

Season 6 - Episode 19

The top 10 contestants perform.

star 8.62
13 votes
Top 12 Perform, 2 Eliminated

#13 - Top 12 Perform, 2 Eliminated

Season 10 - Episode 13

star 8.61
49 votes
Top 4 Perform

#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.

star 8.60
10 votes
Top 8 Perform

#15 - Top 8 Perform

Season 8 - Episode 18

The remaining eight contestants perform.

star 8.60
19 votes
Top 8 Perform, 2 Eliminated

#16 - Top 8 Perform, 2 Eliminated

Season 10 - Episode 15

star 8.56
55 votes
The Top 16 Perform

#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.

star 8.56
16 votes
Winner Announced

#18 - Winner Announced

Season 7 - Episode 23

A Season 7 winner is chosen in the conclusion of the two-part finale.

star 8.55
16 votes
The Top 4 Perform

#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.

star 8.53
15 votes
Top 14 Perform

#20 - Top 14 Perform

Season 8 - Episode 12

The 14 remaining dancers perform.

star 8.53
15 votes
Meet the Top 11

#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".

star 8.53
20 votes
2 of 6 Voted Off

#22 - 2 of 6 Voted Off

Season 8 - Episode 21

2 of 6 Eliminated

star 8.53
17 votes
Top 8 Perform; 2 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.

star 8.52
25 votes
Top 6 Perform

#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.

star 8.52
19 votes
Top 6 Perform

#25 - Top 6 Perform

Season 5 - Episode 20

In this two-hour episode, the remaining 6 dancers perform.

star 8.50
8 votes