Season 1
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 WeekEdit

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 16Edit

Female ContestantsEdit

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 ContestantsEdit

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 ChartEdit

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 ShowsEdit

Main article: Season 1/Performances

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