"SYTYCD" Season 16 Recap: America's Favorite Dancer Is…

September 15, 2019

In “So You Think You Can Dance” Land, there are really two finales.

First, there’s the competition finale. The second-to-last episode—the one that matters. The one where the Top 4 dancers must step it up to an unbelievably high, seemingly unsustainable level, dancing for their lives for a full two hours. It’s an exciting episode, that almost-finale. But it’s stressful.

That’s why the finale finale—the one where we find out the results—is so much fun. When the last finale rolls around, everyone can relax. The results—a tally of the combined votes from the past two weeks—are in. This finale, the real finale, means it’s time to take a deep breath and just dance.

It’s not that the final episode doesn’t matter. It matters! But this one is just for fun. This one is the celebration of surviving the season—for the Top 4, the judges, and, hey, the audience in the studio and at home.

And of course, this show’s 16th finale didn’t disappoint. Cat Deeley in that sleek, sexy black ensemble definitely didn’t disappoint. All the tearful montages didn’t disappoint. And the revisiting of the best performances of the season—well, that part never disappoints!

After a brilliant, high-energy, disco-esque opening number for the Top 10 (courtesy Mandy Moore) and nearly two hours’ worth of the most memorable routines of the season (chosen by the judges and the Top 4), it was time to reveal the results:

Biggest, sparkliest, happiest CONGRATULATIONS to Bailey! He’s your “SYTYCD” Season 16 winner, nabbing the title of America’s Favorite Dancer, taking home $250,000, and getting his very own cover of Dance Spirit. (Mariah was runner-up, Gino was second runner-up, and Sophie was third.)

That’s a wrap on sweet Season 16. Thanks for hanging out with us all season long.