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Season 5
Season Run May 21, 2009 – Aug. 6, 2009
Judges Nigel Lythgoe
Mary Murphy
Host(s) Cat Deeley
Jeanine Mason
Origin Miami, Florida
Genre(s) Contemporary
Brandon Bryant
Previous Season Season 4
Next Season Season 6

Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance premiered on May 21, 2009. Jeanine Mason was crowned America's Favorite Dancer, with Brandon Bryant as runner-up.


Season 5 was the first season to move to a new stage and also the last season to use CBS Studios. They did this to promote Season 6 when 17-year-old Nathan Trasoras auditioned this season.


Venue City Audition Date Guest judge
Mark Morris Dance Center Brooklyn, New York November 13, 2008 Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami, Florida February 3, 2008 Tyce Diorio
Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012 Adam Shankman
Paramount Theatre Denver, Colorado March 12, 2009 Sonya Tayeh
The Cadre Building Memphis, Tennessee March 16, 2009 Lil' C
The Moore Theatre Seattle, Washington March 28, 2009 Mia Michaels

Vegas Week[]

The Vegas callbacks were held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. 32 dancers remained after judges made cuts following each round of choreography. The judges were Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels, Lil' C, and Adam Shankman, and Debbie Allen.

Task/style Music Choreographer(s)
Individual solo Dancer's choice Dancer
Hip-Hop "Boom Boom Pow"
Black Eyed Peas
and Napoleon D'umo
Waltz "May It Be"
Jean-Marc Généreux
and France Mousseau
Jazz "Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)"
The Ting Tings
Sonya Tayeh
Group routines Chosen at random by the dancers from a selection on songs Dancers
Contemporary "Belief (Stripped Version)"
Gavin DeGraw
Mia Michaels
Female Dancers
from West Side Story
Tyce Diorio
Male Dancers
from West Side Story
Individual solo
(Last Chance)
Dancer's choice Dancer


Top 20[]

Female Contestants[]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance style Placement
Jeanine Mason 18 Miami, Florida Contemporary Winner
Kayla Radomski 18 Aurora, Colorado Contemporary 4th
Melissa Sandvig 29 Los Alamitos, California Ballet Top 6
Janette Manrara 25 Miami, Florida Salsa Top 8
Randi Evans 23 Orem, Utah Contemporary Jazz Top 10
Caitlin Kinney 21 Annapolis, Maryland Acro-Ballet/Contemporary Top 12
Karla Garcia 23 Brooklyn, New York Contemporary/Jazz Top 14
Asuka Kondoh 25 San Francisco, California Latin Ballroom Top 16
Ashley Valerio 22 Mesa, Arizona Jazz Top 18
Paris Torres 19 Issaquah, Washington Contemporary Top 20

Male Contestants[]

Finalist Age Home Town Dance Style Placement
Brandon Bryant 20 Miami, Florida Contemporary Ballet Runner-up
Evan Kasprzak 21 West Bloomfield, Michigan Broadway 3rd
Ade Obayomi 20 Chandler, Arizona Contemporary Jazz Top 6
Jason Glover 21 Fresno, California Contemporary Top 8
Kupono Aweau 23 Kailua, Hawaii Contemporary Jazz Top 10
Phillip Chbeeb 20 Houston, Texas Popping Top 12
Vitolio Jeune 26 Miami, Florida Contemporary Top 14
Jonathan Platero 21 Sanford, Florida Salsa Top 16
Max Kapitannikov 26 Brooklyn, New York Latin Ballroom Top 18
Tony Bellissimo 20 Buffalo, New York Hip-Hop Top 20
Season 5 Top 20

Elimination Chart[]

Contestants are listed in reverse chronological order of elimination.

  • The song for the eliminated female contestant is "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.
  • The song for the eliminated male contestant is "On Your Own" by Green River Ordinance.
Female Male Bottom 3 couples Bottom 4 contestants Injury
Week: 6/11 6/18 6/25 7/2 7/9 7/16 7/23 7/30 8/6
Contestant Result
Jeanine Mason Btm 3 Btm 3 WINNER
Brandon Bryant Btm 4 Runner-Up
Evan Kasprzak Third
Kayla Radomski Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 Fourth
Ade Obayomi Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
Melissa Sandvig Btm 3 Btm 4
Jason Glover Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Janette Manrara
Kupono Aweau Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Randi Evans
Phillip Chbeeb Btm 3 Elim
Caitlin Kinney Btm 3 Btm 3
Vitolio Jeune Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
Karla Garcia Btm 3 Btm 3
Jonathan Platero Btm 3 Elim
Asuka Kondoh Btm 3
Max Kapitannikov Elim
Ashley Valerio
Tony Bellissimo Elim
Paris Torres

Performance Shows[]

Main article: Season 5/Performances