“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.
“You can breathe a sigh of relief and sit back and enjoy,” host Cat Deeley told the panel on Wednesday’s episode, which would determine, based on America’s vote from the previous week, the final four of season 9.
All-stars raised the So You Think You Can Dance finalists to a new level Wednesday, but two contestants still went home after a night of stellar performances.
“The all-stars could have taken all of the thunder and stolen all the light, but that wasn’t the case,” judge Mary Murphy told PEOPLE after the show. “We had a lot to celebrate tonight in the fact that [the contestants] held their own.