Dance auditions held at the historic Orpheum theater in Los Angeles. Some get tickets to go straight to Las Vegas, while others stick around to learn choreography. However, most are sent home, rejected.
A recap of the last show's performances, along with judges comments. All 20 contestants perform a dance routine choreographed by Brian Friedman. Special guests perform. Bottom 3 couples dance solo to stay in the competition.
The top 10 dancers open the show with a Wade Robson pop-jazz group routine to the music "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" by Róisín Murphy. The results are revealed based on viewer votes. Bottom 4 perform solos. Chris Brown performs.
The top 8 perform a group Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio to the music of "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago (musical). Viewer vote results eliminate 2 dancers. Busta Rhymes performs a medley.
Top 6 perform with randomly picked partners and dance styles, then a solo. Ivan and Natalie - jive and contemporary. Benji and Donyelle - Broadway and hip-hop. Travis and Heidi - smooth waltz and afro-pop.
Show opens with the top 6 contestants performing a contemporary piece, choreographed by Mia Michaels to the music of "Hide and Seek"-Imogen Heap. Musical guest, Omarion, sings "Entourage." Two contestants are eliminated.
Top 4 compete for the title of America's favorite dancer. Each contestant dances a solo, with each other and as a group. Benji and Travis dance with each other for the first time, was well as Heidi and Donyelle.
The top 20 perform. The final four perform solos and reprise their favorite routines, as well as four of the judges' favorites. America's favorite dancer is revealed. Ciara and Fergie perform. Celine Dion has a message for the winner.