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Get ready for the most intense season of So You Think You Can Dance yet.
In an exclusive first look at season 12 of the dance competition, the judges explain the reality show's new twist, in which the dancers are separated into two categories.
"We're looking for the top 10 stage dancers, which includes tap, ballroom, ballet, contemporary, and the top 10 street dancers – salsa, street, tango and, of course, all the hip-hop," says show creator Nigel Lythgoe. "Then we join them together and all hell's gonna break loose."
The upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance just might be the biggest one yet, with new additions to the judges' table and a new twist in the competition.
It'll be a lifelong duet on the dance floor for Stephen "Twitch" Boss and Allison Holker, who were married Tuesday in Paso Robles, Calif.
Fittingly, the So You Think You Can Dance costars tied the knot at a winery owned by the show's producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe, who joined the happy couple to Tweet photos of their "rustic chic" big day.
Added Holker: "It's official. I'm Mrs. Boss. We got married," she Tweeted.
So You Think You Can … keep a secret?
According to multiple British reports, Cat Deeley quietly wed Irish comedian Patrick Kielty in Rome over the weekend at the Saint Isidore's College chapel.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail cites an apparent wedding photo of the So You Think You Can Dance host, 35, wearing a white dress and having a celebratory drink with Kielty, 41.
However, reps for Deeley and Kielty have kept mum on the reported nuptials.
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.
After weeks of rehearsals, performances and eliminations on So You Think You Can Dance, it has come down to the top two men and top two women, in a final push to claim America's vote for the winning spots.
As the competition winds down, each dancer performed five routines Tuesday. While Tiffany Maher delivered solid performances throughout the night, it was Eliana Girard who wowed the judges and the audience with both her technique and her stage presence.
After Girard's performance of a contemporary piece to "Without You" by Harry Nilsson, accompanied by season 7 alum Alex Wong, judge Nigel Lythgoe proclaimed that she was his "favorite dancer of all time in this series."
For the first time this season, the judges of So You Think You Can Dance had no control over who was sent home.
"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.
But there was no sighing for the panel of Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Christina Applegate.
"It's nice to save someone. It's nice to have that feeling and be able to do that but it was America's choice tonight," Applegate told PEOPLE after Wednesday's show.
Tears were streaming during So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday – even before two more dancers were sent home.
The night turned emotional early on, when, with his Swiss parents in the audience for the first time, ballet dancer Cheyon Wespi-Tschopp took to the stage for his solo. "You have to remember these dancers are kids who have dreamed of doing this their whole life," guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson told PEOPLE after Wednesday’s show. "They grew up far away from L.A. and then are transplanted here. I think it is overwhelming for them."
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.”
But the celebrating came to an end when host Cat Deely announced the bottom two boys and bottom two girls: Witney Carson, 18, Audrey Case, 18, George Lawrence II, 19, and Cheyon Wespi-Tschopp, 23.
"It was a really tough call," Murphy said about having to choose which boy and girl to send home. And for the first time in season 9 the decision was not unanimous between the judges.
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