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'So You Think You Can Dance': Looking back at the winners

It’s the season 13 debut of So You Think You Can Dance, and even though this year’s format is a “next generation” competition (read: children), these whippersnappers need to be ready to work hard while schmoozing the judges. I have mixed feelings about a kid version of this reality show, but I’m willing to put my Dance Mom–aversion aside with the hope that the adult all-stars and choreographers choose to pour positivity into all the children, praising their talents and willingness to try out for the competition in the first place.

I will also cry when the children cry, because I’m not dead on the inside. I am counting on Cat Deeley to nurture hurt feelings until their tears transform into laughs. This is the only way I will be able to make it through the season.

It’s hard to pinpoint what America’s favorite dancer looks like based on the style and charisma of previous winners. There have been a number of different genres, and gender doesn’t seem to matter much. If we take a sampling of high-ranked YouTube videos from seasons 1 through 12, it looks like the key to a championship may be the choreographer.

That’s right, kids. The SYTYCD viewing audience is a fan of Travis Wall, as well as dynamic husband-and-wife duo Tabitha and Napoleon. (Aren’t we all?) Here’s hoping Maddie Ziegler can talk anxious dancers off the ledge if things become too stressful.

As we gear up for the new season, here are some of the most popular routines performed by previous SYTYCD winners. Do you think the kiddos will be able to pull off some of these moves and project the right amount of emotion? Take notes and enjoy!

Season 1
Winner: Nick Lazzarini

Style: Contemporary Jazz
Clip: Broadway with Melody
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

Season 2
Winner: Benji Schwimmer

Style: Swing/Latin
Clip: Hip-Hop with Travis
Choreographer: Shane Sparks

Season 3
Winner: Sabra Johnson

Style: Contemporary
Clip: Jazz with Neil
Choreographer: Mandy Moore

Season 4
Winner: Joshua Allen

Style: Hip-Hop
Clip: Hip Hop with Katee
Choreographers: Tabitha and Napoleon

Season 5
Winner: Jeanine Mason

Style: Contemporary
Clip: Contemporary with Jason
Choreographer: Travis Wall

Season 6
Winner: Russell Ferguson

Style: Krump
Clip: African Jazz with Noelle
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman

Season 7
Winner: Lauren Froderman

Style: Contemporary
Clip: Contemporary with Kent
Choreographer: Travis Wall

Season 8
Winner: Melanie Moore

Style: Contemporary
Clip: Contemporary with Marko
Choreographer: Travis Wall

Season 9
Female Winner: Eliana Girard

Style: Ballet
Clip: Hip-Hop with Cyrus
Choreographers: Tabitha and Napoleon

Male Winner: Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Style: Ballet
Clip: Throwback Contemporary with Witney
Choreographer: Mia Michaels

Season 10
Female and Male Winners: Amy Yakima and Fik-Shun

Styles: Jazz and Hip-Hop
Clip: Hip-Hop
Choreographers: Tabitha and Napoleon

Season 11
Winner: Ricky Ubeda

Style: Contemporary
Clip: Contemporary with Jessica
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh

Season 12
Winner: Gaby Diaz

Style: Tap
Clip: Tap with Zack
Choreographer: Anthony Morigerato

So You Think You Can Dance airs Mondays at 8/7C on FOX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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