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Season 1
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Season Run July 20, 2005 – October 5, 2005
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Guest judges:
Mary Murphy
Mia Michaels
Brian Friedman
Dan Karaty
Host(s) Lauren Sánchez
Nick Lazzarini
Origin Sunnyvale, California
Genre(s) Jazz
Melody Lacayanga
Next Season Season 2

Season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance premiered on July 20, 2005. Nick Lazzarini was crowned America's Favorite Dancer (and first), with Melody Lacayanga as runner-up.


Season 1 was hosted by news anchor Lauren Sánchez. She left the show after one season. There was no Vegas Week but instead a Hollywood Week. All dancers that impressed the judges during their auditions were sent to choreography instead of being given a ticket straight to Hollywood. Season 1 had a Top 16 instead of a Top 20 in the Finals.


Auditions for Season 1 were held in:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Chicago, Illinois

Hollywood Week[]

The Hollywood callbacks were held in Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. 50 dancers made it to Hollywood, with cuts made at the end.

Task/style Choreographer(s)
Salsa Alex Da Silva
Jazz Brian Friedman
Hip-hop Dan Karaty
Contemporary Mia Michaels
Foxtrot Mary Murphy


Top 16[]

Female Contestants[]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance style Placement
Melody Lacayanga 22 Los Angeles, California Contemporary/Jazz Runner-up
Ashlé Dawson 21 Long Beach Island, New Jersey Contemporary/Jazz/African 4th
Kamilah Barrett 27 Seattle, Washington Hip-Hop/Jazz Top 6
Melissa Vella 20 Springfield, Pennsylvania Contemporary/Jazz Top 8
Destini Rogers 22 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Contemporary/Jazz Top 10
Snejana "Snow" Urbin 25 Siberia, Russia Latin Ballroom/Latin Jazz Top 12
Michelle Brooke 27 Brooklyn, New York Jazz Top 14
Sandra Colton 27 Las Vegas, Nevada Tap Top 16

Male Contestants[]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Placement
Nick Lazzarini 20 Van Nuys, California Jazz Winner
Jamile McGee 21 Columbus, Ohio Hip-Hop/Popping 3rd
Blake McGrath 21 Los Angeles, California Contemporary/Jazz Top 6
Artem Chigvintsev 22 Menlo Park, California Latin Ballroom Top 8
Ryan Conferido 22 Downey, California Breakdance Top 10
Allan Frias 30 San Francisco, California Hip-Hop Top 12
Craig DeRosa 18 Mount Sinai, New York Contemporary/Jazz Top 14
Jonathan "Jonnis" Tannis 20 Burnaby, British Columbia Hip-Hop Top 16
Season 1 Top 16

Elimination Chart[]

Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants Injury
Week: 8/17 8/24 8/31 9/7 9/14 9/21[1] 10/5
Contestant Result
Nick Lazzarini Btm 3 WINNER
Melody Lacayanga Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 Runner-up
Jamile McGee Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 3rd Place
Ashlé Dawson Btm 2 4th Place
Blake McGrath Elim
Kamilah Barrett
Artem Chigvinsev Btm 3 Elim
Melissa Vella
Ryan Conferido Btm 2 Elim
Destini Rogers
Allan Frias Btm 3 Elim
Snow Urbin Btm 3 Btm 3
Craig DeRosa Elim
Michelle Brooke Btm 3
Jonnis Tannis Elim
Sandra Colton

^1 This week had no Bottom Two since all of the dancers were up for elimination.

Performance Shows[]

Main article: Season 1/Performances