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SYTYCD Superlatives (Best Season - Rankings due 3/29)


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We have had full rankdowns to find the best individual contestant, and we have an awesome Mini-Rankdown going on to find the best routines. But there's still so much that we can argue about! What is the best season? Who is the best judge? What season has the best Top 5 girls? What is the best featured audition solo? You could go on forever.


This is a new series of mini-rankdowns that will have a different prompt for every round. And just like with the TV Characters rankdown or the Musician Discography rankdown, each ranker will get to choose any prompt that they want to see. You can be as general or as specific as you want (within reason lol), include whatever countries you want, or even choose to find the WORST of something instead of the best. We'll start by giving everyone one choice for the round prompt, and see how we feel after playing a bit. And you can switch your choice as often as you want until we begin it.  


Because this is a mini-rankdown, the time commitment is shorter and there are no big write-up requirements. You may choose to join as many or as few rounds as you want. Sign-ups will happen at the beginning of each round.

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Patryk - Best Audition (US featured)

Derek - Best Couple

Diana - Best Contemporary Duet

Jimmy - Best Season

Elliott - Best All Stars Duet

Megan - Best Hip-Hop Duet

Kriti - Best Bollywood Routine (Duet & Group)

Zoey - Best Latin Ballroom Duet

Gigi - Best Judge

JC - Hottest Male

Rei - Best Choreographer

Dee - Best Group Routine (4+ dancers)

Amanda - Best Solo


Best Audition

1. Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev

2. Makenzie Dustman

3. Lacey Schwimmer

4. Koine Iwasaki

5. Natalie Fotopoulos

6. Inyoung “Dassy” Lee

7. Arielle Coker

8. Marie “Poppins” Bonnevay

9. Lauren Froderman

10. Jenna Johnson

11. Snejana “Snow” Urbin

12. Gaby Diaz

13. Gabi Rojas

14. Justine Lutz

15. Amy Yakima

16. Magda Fialek & Kiki Nyemchek

17. Paul Karmiryan

18. Marcus Nyemchek & Magda Fialek & Allen Genkin

19. Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall

20. Lindsay Arnold


Best Couple

1. Els & Angelo

2. Kathryn & Legacy

3. Courtney & Gev

4. Chelsie & Mark

5. Lacey & Danny

6. Lacey & Kameron

7. Kayla & Kupono

8. Jayme Rae & Daniel

9. Donyelle & Benji

10. Ivy & Robbie

11. Lisa & Vincent

12. Koine & Kiki

13. Katee & Joshua

14. Janette & Brandon

15. Makenzie & Paul

16. Talia & Charlie

17. Vivian & Denden

18. Kate & Jack

19. Tamara & Redouan

20. Enora & Lorenzo


Best Contemporary Duet

1. “The Chairman’s Waltz” by Wade Robson

2. “Dancing” by Mia Michaels

3. “The Battery” by Larissa McGowan

4. “Mad World” by Laurent Flament

5. “Possibly Maybe” by Sonya Tayeh

6. “Silence” by Tyce Diorio

7. “Mad World” by Stacey Tookey

8. “After Afterall” by Blake McGrath

9. “2 Steps Away” by Stacey Tookey

10. “Spiegel Im Spiegel” by Travis Wall

11. “Beautiful” by Mia Michaels

12. “Heart’s a Mess” by Project Moda

13. “Another Love” by Isabelle Beernaert

14. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” by Sonya Tayeh

15. “Ne me quitte pas” by Debbie Ellis

16. “Turning Page” by Sonya Tayeh

17. “Permanent” by Stacey Tookey

18. “Colorblind” by Sher Manu

19. “Nobody’s Perfect” by Roy Julen

20. “These Arms of Mine” by Sonya Tayeh


Best Season





















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US Season 1

US Season 2

US Season 3

US Season 4

US Season 5

US Season 6

US Season 7

US Season 8

US Season 9

US Season 10

US Season 11

US Season 12

US Season 13

US Season 14

US Season 15

US Season 16

US Season 17


UK Season 1

UK Season 2


Canada Season 1

Canada Season 2

Canada Season 3

Canada Season 4



Australia Season 1

Australia Season 2

Australia Season 3

Australia Season 4


Benelux Season 1

Benelux Season 2

Benelux Season 3

Benelux Season 4

Benelux Season 5

Benelux Season 6

Benelux Season 7


Poland Season 1

Poland Season 2

Poland Season 3

Poland Season 4

Poland Season 5

Poland Season 6

Poland Season 7

Poland Season 8

Poland Season 9

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On 7/18/2022 at 11:03 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________ Season 1 Episode 2 _______________




Snejana “Snow” Urbin

Age: 25

From: New York, NY

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Ethnictricity by Paul Taylor

Nigel: “I understand that you were born on the stage.”

Result: Makes the Top 12
Notes: Originally from Siberia. Pro partners with Maks Chmerkovskiy for a bit


________________  Season 2 Episode 1 _______________




Natalie Fotopoulos

Age: 22

From: Tampa, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Nothing by Nikka Costa

Nigel: “You’ve made it all worthwhile coming to Charleston.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Choreographed and judged on SYTYCD Greece


________________  Season 3 Episode 1 _______________




Anya Garnis

Age: 25

From: New York, NY

Pasha Kovalev 

Age: 27

From: Fort Lee, NJ

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Magic Carpet Ride by Mighty Dub Katz

Mary: “They’re the best ballroom dancers we have ever had on the show.”

Result: Anya makes Top 12 and Pasha makes Top 6
Notes: You know who they are, come on


________________  Season 3 Episode 2 _______________




Lacey Schwimmer 

Age: 18

From: Redlands, CA

Style: Swing

Music: Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas

Mary: “I think you’re a great individual dancer all on your own.”

Result: 4th Place
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Rankdown 3.0. Auditioned with her brother Benji, winner of Season 2.


________________  Season 5 Episode 1 _______________




Gabi Rojas

Age: 24

From: Albuquerque, NM

Style: Contemporary

Music: Terraform by Projectify

Nigel: “If you are not in this year’s Top 20, I’ll be surprised.”

Result: Cut after broadway in Vegas (AARRARARGHGHHHH)
Notes: Queen


________________  Season 7 Episode 2 _______________




Lauren Froderman

Age: 18

From: Phoenix, AZ

Style: Jazz

Music: Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye

Nigel: “You are tremendous, young lady. Very good.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Dated Dominic (AKA D-Trix) for a bit and now dating Cyrus (AKA Glitch AKA Jasmine’s ex-boyfriend)


________________  Season 8 Episode 3 _______________




Arielle Coker

Age: 21

From: Los Angeles, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Too much screaming for Shazam to figure it out lol

Tyce: “I don’t think I have ever seen anybody come back with more of a fire in their eyes. You’re, like, a star up there. Incredible.”

Result: Cut after contemporary in Vegas (………………………boo)
Notes: Also had featured auditions in Seasons 4 and 5. This is her only solo featured audition


________________  Season 9 Episode 4 _______________




Lindsay Arnold

Age: 18

From: Provo, UT

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Ghosts ’N’ Stuff by Deadmau5

Mary: “You remind me a lot of Julianne Hough”

Result: Top 8
Notes: Auditioned with Brandon Armstrong, who was too young at the time. Brandon auditioned for Season 12 (cut after Jazz at Callbacks) and then later became a DWTS Pro



On 7/20/2022 at 1:09 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 10 Episode 1 _______________




Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall 

Age: 18

From: Las Vegas, NV

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: If You Crump Stand Up by Edit

Judges: [standing ovation waving tickets lol]

Result: Male Winner
Notes: Also appeared on World of Dance as a soloist




Paul Karmiryan

Age: 21

From: Glendale, CA

Style: Ballroom

Music: No Can Do by Dennis

Nigel: “Reminded me in places of Benji, tbh”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Armenia Season 2


________________  Season 10 Episode 2 _______________




Amy Yakima 

Age: 19

From: Northville, MI

Style: Contemporary

Music: Je Suis Malade by Lara Fabian

Mary: “The hair went up on my arms.”

Result: Female winner
Notes: Assistant choreographer and all star for Season 17


________________  Season 10 Episode 3 _______________




Makenzie Dustman

Age: 18

From: Temecula, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart

Nigel: “Absolutely beautiful. I can’t fault you.”

Result: Top 10
Notes: Engaged to Phillip Chbeeb


________________  Season 10 Episode 5 _______________




Jenna Johnson

Age: 18

From: Provo, UT

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Dedication to My Ex by Lloyd

Judges: [waving tickets]

Result: Makes Top 10
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Worldwide Rankdown. Came back and auditioned with her partner, Landon Anderson, when he was old enough in Season 11 (cut at Green Mile).


________________  Season 11 Episode 2 _______________




Justine Lutz

Age: 19

From: Minneapolis, MN

Style: Contemporary

Music: Smother by Daughter

Judges: [standing]

Result: Cut at Green Mile (BOOOOO)
Notes: Auditioned for Season 10 and was also cut at Green Mile. Was part of Travis Wall's company. http://www.justinelutz.com/about




Marie “Poppins” Bonnevay

Age: 27

From: North Hollywood, CA

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Smooth Operator by Sade

Nigel: “I loved every second of it. I wasn’t expecting it.”

Result: Cut after Jazz at Callbacks
Notes: Also auditioned in Season 12 and cut at Green Mile


________________  Season 12 Episode 2 _______________




Gaby Diaz

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Tap

Music: Endangered Species by Dianne Reeves

Paula: “You’re a student who took the constructive criticism that we gave you, you applied it… it just worked.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Auditioned in a different city and was cut, then came back. Was part of Travis Wall’s company after the show


________________  Season 14 Episode 2 _______________




Inyoung “Dassy” Lee

Age: 26

From: Seoul, SK

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Big Spender Remix by District 78

Nigel: “I used to be Shirley [Bassey]’s choreographer. I know that she would have loved seeing you dance to [that remix].”

Result: 8th Place
Notes: Part of a trio group with Lily S12 and Marie Poppins called Femme Fatale


________________  Season 14 Episode 3 _______________




Koine Iwasaki

Age: 19

From: Pembroke Pines, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Make Me by Noah Cyrus

Nigel: “very, very professional performance today.”

Result: Runner-up, top female
Notes: Dates Kiki, does a lot of ballroom gigs now


________________  Season 14 Episode 4 _______________




Magda Fialek 

Age: 26

From: Toronto, CA

Kiki Nyemchek

Age: 25

From: Teaneck, NJ

Style: Ballroom

Music: Move Your Body by Sia

Judges: [waving tickets]

Result: Kiki makes 4th Place. Magda was one of the four dancers on Gaby’s team at the Academy, then cut after group choreography
Notes: Kiki dates Koine. Magda had a featured audition in Season 15 with Kiki’s brother and Allen Genkin and she makes Top 8


________________  Season 15 Episode 1 _______________




Marcus Nyemchek

Age: 30

From: Teaneck, NJ

Magda Fialek

Age: 27

From: Nowy Sacz, PO

Allen Genkin

Age: 27

From: Philadelphia, PA

Style: Ballroom

Music: Be Mine by Ofenbach

Mary: “Magdalena, you are the It Girl.”

Result: Magda makes Top 8; Allen makes Top 20 but cut before Top 10 live shows after a duet with LoFro; Marcus cut after hip-hop at the Academy
Notes: Marcus is Kiki’s older brother. Magda had a featured audition with Kiki in Season 14. Allen had a featured audition in Season 12, also auditioned Season 14


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I’ll start by choosing the first round: the best couple! And my definition of “couple” is going to be any 2 contestants that have been duet partners for two separate competitive weeks in a season before the performance finale episode, from any country.


Right now I’m thinking that the first round round won’t officially start until we reach the finale for Season 17, so you have plenty of time to brainstorm what prompt you want to see. If there’s a prompt that seems like it could be done before Season 17 ends, we may just do that one first instead.

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