So You Think You Can Dance

The WORST episodes of So You Think You Can Dance

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The summer hit 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. Hosted by Cat Deeley.

Last Updated: 6/28/2022Network: FOX
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The Top 4 Perform
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6.59
70 votes

#1 - The Top 4 Perform

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 8/6/2008

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.

Auditions #4: Chicago
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6.77
13 votes

#2 - Auditions #4: Chicago

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/1/2006

The final stop in this round of auditions: the famous Chicago Theater. As before, the dancers get to dance for 1 min. before a decision is made, then each contestant is given either a "Yes," which was accompanied by a ticket to Vegas, a "No," which means to go home, or a "Stick Around," which means that they are to stay for extra choreography before the judges decide their fate. This year, the winning dancer will be awarded bigger than last. He/She will receive a one year contract for Celine Dion's Vegas show, a brand new car and $100K cash.

Top 6 Perform
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6.90
178 votes

#3 - Top 6 Perform

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/21/2010

The Top 6 dancers perform.

New York Auditions
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6.92
12 votes

#4 - New York Auditions

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/24/2007

The season premiere starts with auditions in New York.

2 of 18 Voted Off
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6.95
207 votes

#5 - 2 of 18 Voted Off

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/23/2011

Two of the final 18 dancers are sent home.

Auditions #1: New Orleans / Chicago
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6.97
127 votes

#6 - Auditions #1: New Orleans / Chicago

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/28/2014

So You Think You Can Dance soars into its 11th season this May with a two-hour premiere event showcasing America's most talented dancers during the audition rounds. In Season 11, producers travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the best America has to offer. Those who shine during auditions will be given a ticket to callbacks in Los Angeles, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance. Some dancers wow the judges, while others leave them speechless. See who struts into the judges' hearts and who trips up.

Dance Is Back! Auditions Show 1
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7.00
37 votes

#7 - Dance Is Back! Auditions Show 1

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/18/2022

The first round of auditions begins.

Top 6 Perform
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7.07
56 votes

#8 - Top 6 Perform

Season 15 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/27/2018

After the Top 6 compete for the nation's vote, 2 dancers must head home.

Top 8 Results
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7.11
38 votes

#9 - Top 8 Results

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 7/27/2006

The remaining 8 dancers performed an opening number choreographed by Tyce Di Orio and set to "Cell Block Tango." Then, Cat showed a recap of last week's dances and backstage clips from last week. Next, Cat revealed the bottom 2 male and female dancers. For the females, Natalie and Allison were in the bottom 2. And, for the males Ryan and Travis were in the bottom 2. Each dancer in the bottom 2 performed a solo and then Busta Rhymes performed live. Cat announced which dancers were sent home and those 2 dancers each performed another solo.

2 of 20 Voted Off
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7.11
66 votes

#10 - 2 of 20 Voted Off

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/11/2009

Two of the top 20 dancers are eliminated from the competition. Rapper Sean Kingston performs.

2 of 18 Voted Off
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7.12
66 votes

#11 - 2 of 18 Voted Off

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/18/2009

The final 18 dancers will be cut down to 16 at the end of the evening.

Top 8
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7.12
41 votes

#12 - Top 8

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 7/26/2006

This week, Cat introduced us to Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy and Dan Karaty as our judges. Then, the dance performances started. Donyelle and Travis performed a hip-hop routine, Allison and Ivan danced the Argentine Tango, Natalie and Ryan danced a disco routine, and Heidi and Benji danced broadway. For the second round, Donyelle and Travis performed a quick step, Allison and Ivan danced hip-hop, Natalie and Ryan danced a contemporary routine, and Heidi and Benji closed the show and performed a mambo. Afterwards, voting was opened up to the audience.

Top Twenty Chosen
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7.13
15 votes

#13 - Top Twenty Chosen

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/7/2007

Talented dancers who spark the judges' interest during auditions are invited to call-backs in Las Vegas! This is where they work with top choreographers. During the call-back week, the judges choose the Top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition. The Las Vegas Round will air Wednesday, June 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when the top 20 finalists 10 males and 10 females will be announced.

Vegas Callbacks 2
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7.14
65 votes

#14 - Vegas Callbacks 2

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/4/2009

The second set of 20 dancers are brought back for a second audition in Las Vegas.

Top 10
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7.14
43 votes

#15 - Top 10

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/19/2006

This week, Cat introduced us to Nigel Lithgoe, Cicley and Olisa, and Jean-Marc Genereux as our judges. This week, pairs were randomly drawn. Each pair danced twice and each dancer performed a solo. Ivan and Martha performed a hip-hop routine, then Donyelle performed her solo. Travis and Heidi danced the Paso Doble, Ryan and Allison danced a contemporary routine, and the next batch of solos included Martha and Ivan. Next, Dmitry and Donyelle danced the lindy hop, Benji and Natalie performed a jazz routine, and Heidi's solo came next. Ivan and Martha danced a smooth waltz and then Travis performed his solo. Ryan and Allison danced broadway style, and Natalie performed her solo with Benji following-up. Donyelle and Dmitry performed a samba, Travis and Heidi danced a contemporary piece, and Allison performed a solo. Next, Benji and Natalie danced hip hop and Ryan's solo finished the night. Afterwards, voting was opened up to the audience.

Top 14
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7.15
41 votes

#16 - Top 14

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/5/2006

The episode began with never-before-seen audition clips. Then, Cat introduced us to this week's judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy and Dan Karaty, and we saw Lil' perform with his crew.This week's pairs danced together:Ryan and Heidi danced hip-hop, Travis and Martha performed a salsa routine, Dmitry and Ashlee performed contemporary, Musa and Natalie danced a disco routine, Benji and Donyelle performed the Vienesse Waltz, Ivan and Allison danced the West Coast Swing and Jaymz and Jessica danced hip-hop.Afterwards, voting was opened up to the audience.

Vegas Callbacks 20 Chosen
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7.15
68 votes

#17 - Vegas Callbacks 20 Chosen

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/5/2008

Auditions in six cities brought more than 200 dancers to Las Vegas for the callbacks on "So You Think You Can Dance?" By the end of the two-hour episode, that group would be hacked to the 20 finalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- that will compete for the top prize this season. Host Cat Deeley promised the most competitive Vegas week ever, with the dancers being challenged each day in a different types of choreography. The six-judge panel included husband-and-wife choreography team Tabitha and Napoleon, Mia Michaels and Debbie Allen, who joined regular judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe.

2 of 12 Voted Off
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7.15
34 votes

#18 - 2 of 12 Voted Off

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/9/2009

Two more of the remaining 12 dancers are voted off the show. Singers Kelly Rowland and David Guetta perform.

2 of 16 Voted Off
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7.16
37 votes

#19 - 2 of 16 Voted Off

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/25/2009

Two of the top 16 dancers are eliminated from the competition.

2 of 14 Voted Off
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7.17
36 votes

#20 - 2 of 14 Voted Off

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 7/2/2009

Two more of the remaining 14 dancers are voted off the show. A pas de deux is performed by dancers Desmond Richardson and Patricia Hachey.

Top 18 Perform
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7.17
65 votes

#21 - Top 18 Perform

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/17/2009

The remaining 18 dancers hit the stage again for this week's performances.

The Top 20 Perform
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7.17
69 votes

#22 - The Top 20 Perform

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/11/2008

After five two-hour audition shows, it was down to the final 20 performers who will vie for the title and $250,000 on the fourth season of "So You Think You Can Dance?" After a topsy-turvy intro in which each of the finalists got a few seconds to show off their moves (Dramamine, anyone?), host Cat Deeley laid out the process: the top 20 will be split into 10 couples and each week they'll pick their dance styles randomly out of a hat. They'll perform and the voters pick their favorites. On Thursdays, the three lowest vote-getting couples will be announced and those six dancers will perform solos before the judges decide which guy and which girl is going home. Guest judge Dan Karaty joined Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe for the first episode. And we're off!

Top 10 Results
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7.18
39 votes

#23 - Top 10 Results

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 7/20/2006

The remaining 10 dancers performed an opening number choreographed by Wade Robson and set to "Ramalama (Bang Bang)." Next, Cat revealed the bottom 2 male and female dancers. For the females, Martha and Natalie were in the bottom 2. And, for the males Dmitry and Ryan were in the bottom 2. Each dancer in the bottom 2 performed their solo from last night and then Chris Brown performed "Gimme That." Cat announced which dancers were sent home and those 2 dancers performed their solos again.

Top 16 Perform
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7.18
66 votes

#24 - Top 16 Perform

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/24/2009

The top 16 dancers perform.

Top 12 Perform
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7.18
65 votes

#25 - Top 12 Perform

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/8/2009

The top 12 dancers perform.