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The winners of dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance have been crowned.
Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp were named the winners during the two-hour season nine finale on Tuesday after receiving the most number of votes. The 21-year-old Girard and 23-year-old Wespi-Tschopp were each awarded the $125,000 prize and will appear on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine.
“What I have imagined winning would feel like was like winning the lottery,” said Girard in a statement. “I hoped for it every single day and when it actually happened I felt like my life was complete. Whatever happens afterwards doesn’t matter because all my dreams have come true! And I want to take the time to thank all the fans for their support, because they don’t realize how much they helped me get through this! And of course my family too! I love you guys and thank you a bazillion times over!”
“Winning So You Think You Can Dance gives me the most unbelievable and rewarding feeling,” said Wespi-Tschopp in a statement. “It is a truly special ending to my journey, far beyond anything that I thought possible. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment that all the hard work that I’ve put in since starting ballet at 13 was completely worth it. I’d like to thank this show for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, and to all my supporters who have made me believe in my talents, and most importantly, my parents, who have always been there for me and sacrificed so much for me to pursue my dream!”
Tiffany Maher and Cyrus Spencer were the runner-ups.
The finale included performances by the show’s top 20 dancers, the judges’ favorite routines and Carly Rae Jepsen singing new single “This Kiss.”
The top 10 So You Think You Can Dance finalists will embark on a 30-city tour across the U.S., which kicks off Oct. 23 in San Diego.
Watch Jepsen’s performance below:
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