September 06, 2012 04:44:20 GMT
The bottom male and female contestants are automatically sent home this week, leaving Tiffany Maher, Eliana Girard, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Cyrus Spencer to compete in the performance finale.
With just two weeks to go before "So You Think You Can Dance" crowns the winner of season 9, the number of contestants was chopped down to four on Wednesday, September 5. Before that, the remaining six dancers performed three times: one with a "SYTYCD" all-star, one with another finalist, and one solo number.
Christina Applegate, who joined the judges that night, called Tiffany Maher's jive with season two winner Benji Schwimmer infectious in a good way. The judges gave a standing ovation to Chehon Wespi-Tschopp after he and Kathryn McCormick of season 6 performed an emotional contemporary piece. Cyrus Spencer also brought the judges to their feet with a dubstep routine which he danced with Comfort Fedoke of season 4.
Cyrus and Tiffany once again earned judges' praises when they teamed up for a Broadway dance. "Tiffany, you really are the girl next door. Cyrus, you've been so inspirational for so many people," Nigel Lythgoe gushed. The show's executive producer also called Cole Horibe and Eliana Girard's performance of a contemporary number "incredible". On the other hand, Chehon and Witney Carson's cha-cha didn't quite amuse the judges.
After all the finalists performed three numbers each, the Axis Dance Company of Oakland took the stage before the voting results were announced. This week, the judges didn't have to choose who would be sent home since the bottom male and female contestants were automatically eliminated.
Tiffany was the first who's announced to be safe. Eliana, Chehon and Cyrus followed next, meaning that Witney and Cole would no longer compete in the performance finale, which will air on Tuesday, September 11.