updated 09/19/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/19/2012 AT 8:05 AM ET
For the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history, America has crowned two winners.
“I don’t know why we’ve never done it before,” judge Nigel Lythgoe told PEOPLE after Tuesday’s ninth-season finale of the FOX dance competition – where both a male and female were declared “America’s favorite dancers.”
“It’s really great that they win in their own sexes,” said Lythgoe.
And so, with the entire top 20 on hand, the season’s final four – Cyrus Spencer, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Eliana Girard and Tiffany Maher – waited to learn who would take home the titles.