So You Think You Can Dance 2012 ended September 18 with a gala season finale featuring plenty of performances, and of course, the crowning of America’s two favorite dancers. So which gal took the title: ballet specialist Eliana Girard or sure-footed jazz expert Tiffany Maher?
With just minutes remaining in the finale, the two girls joined SYTYCD host Cat Deeley on stage for the results of the nationwide vote. Although both showed themselves to be dance champions throughout the course of the season, it was hard not to notice how different their wardrobe choices were as they awaited the news. Eliana, who also knows her way around a pole, looked slinky and sexy in a black bikini top and pants, while girl-next-door Tiffany was sweet in a flowing white dress.
Both seemed near-nauseated as Cat opened the envelope, and Eliana looked at her just in time to hear her own name read as the season 9 co-winner. (Ballet dancer Chehon Wespi-Tschopp took the guys’ title moments later, besting animator Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer.) Eliana looked completely stunned, and hugged a gracious-in-defeat Tiffany before mouthing “what just happened?” to the audience.
Later, Eliana expressed her gratitude to fans via her Facebook page, writing “WHAT?! OMG!! Thank you guys so much! This is all because of you and I am so grateful and honored! This is crazy and I just truly am soooo thankful!!”
Need more of the So You Think You Can Dance 2012 cast members? The top 10 tour–including the top four plus other favorites including ballroom hot tamales Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold, jazz dancer Audrey Case, martial arts fusion specialist Cole Horibe, and contemporary stylists Will Thomas and George Lawrence– kicks off next month in San Diego, and will travel the nation entertaining fans.