'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 9 Auditions: The Best of the Dancing Hopefuls
'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 9 Auditions: The Best of the Dancing Hopefuls
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
There were so many good So You Think You Can Dance auditions for season 9, it's impossible just to rank them. Instead, we came up with a list of the best things we saw over the four weeks of auditions. Check out the winners -- and watch their performances again -- right here!

I do need to make one disclaimer -- if your favorite dancer isn't here, it's not because I didn't like them (necessarily). It may just be because I couldn't think of something witty/clever/stupid to say about him or her. Please don't get mad at me!

Best Tinkerbell

Audrey Case

Audrey's dance wasn't splashy or weird. It was just excellent and super-happy. And she did kind of look like a Tinkerbell...




Best Name

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Key-on Wispy Chop. Awesome.




Best Elderly Relative

Courtney Kirby's Grandma
You listen to her, Nigel!




Best Hair (Top of Head)

Toshihiko Nakazawa
Now we know where they get the inspiration for manga.




Best Hair (Top of Lip)

Caley Carr
That mustache will haunt our dreams long after So You Think You Can Dance is but a memory.




Best Karate Kid

Cole Horibe
Was it martial arts or was it dancing? I think the answer is "yes."




Best Dance Performed by the Judges and Cat Deeley

The Wobble

How is it that everyone in Atlanta knows this dance???




Best Abs/Accent Combo

Daniel Baker
You may commence your drooling now.




Best Sob Story

Marshea Kidd
He was in a coma! A few weeks ago!




Best Use of Spirit Guides

Lynn Gravatt
I'm not sure about Devil Da Flame and Divine Da Flame, but I could use a Rainbow Lite Bright to pick out clothes for me.




Best Child

Stella Hafen (daughter of Bree Hafen)
So You Think You Can Dance season 25, watch out!




Best Useful Prop

David Matz's Cyrs Wheel
There has never been a better display of a giant hula hoop.




Best Useless Prop

Tim Conkel's Selena Gomez Backpack
She likes to watch.




Best Nature Documentary

Gene Lonardo
It was the "Life-Cycle of the Male Praying Mantis" I never knew I wanted to see. Still not sure I actually wanted to see it, but whatever.




Best Argument for Cultural Diversity

Janelle Issis
So You Think You Can Dance definitely needs more belly dancing.




Best Candidate for an Old-Time Movie

Leroy Martinez
No, not that flapper-loving girl from New York. Leroy Martinez gave a performance that would do Laurel & Hardy proud. Not that Oliver Hardy could do those flips...



And if you're not familiar with this comedic genius:




Best Storytelling

Shafeek Westbrook
A friend died in the events of 9/11. The dance depicted his soul rising up from the rubble. Tears may be mandatory.




Best Reason to Sleep with the Lights On

Stepheon "The Zombie" Stewart
Yes, he's a good dancer. But I don't want him to make the show, because I like sleeping without nightmares.




Pretty Fly for a White Guy

Asher Walker
Cowboy hip hop at its finest.




Pretty Fly for a White Girl

Mariah Spears
Sometimes, the pretty little blonde girls offer surprises.




Best Bit of Heartwarming Inclusivity

Sam Shreffler
Although he lacked training, there was something lovely in the moves of this autistic Texan.




Best Reason to Go to the Circus

Eliana Girard
OK, I'll finally admit that pole dancing can be a beautiful art form.




Best Odd-But-Amazing Dance Style

Hampton "The Exorcist" Williams
When someone talks about cleansing my soul, I usually think he or she is a crazy person. But I'm willing to give The Exorcist the benefit of the doubt.




Best Pussycat Dolls Audition

Rachel Applehans
Wallflower? Yeah, right...




Best Roommates

They may not have beds, but the Dragon House Crew had the moves.

Boris Penton



Andre Rucker



Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer




Best Possibility for a Reality-Show Spin-Off

Nick and James Aragon
Sure, they're a little too fabulous, but the Ninja Twins are way more entertaining than most of the reality silliness we've got.




What were your favorite dances? What was the most memorable performance of the So You Think You Can Dance season 9 auditions? Who will make it to the Top 20? Leave your comments below!

(Images and videos courtesy of FOX)

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