“So You Think You Can Dance” awarded their ninth season grand prize to one girl and one boy! They winners, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard took home $100,000 each. They answered reporters questions about just how they plan to spend the prize money, their reactions to winning, the future, and what they learned by competing on the show.
Eliana said that she forgot her name when she was announced the “Favorite” girl dancer winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”. She said she blacked-out. Chehon said he anticipated on being the runner-up. “I was going to be fine with any result. I was hoping that Cat didn’t say the wrong name.”
Most defining moment was when his Mom was able to visit him on the show. “I was already in the bottom the week before. I thought it would be my last show.” He said because of that, he just enjoyed the act of being on the show. But it turned out to be his “break-through moment” as he described it to be.
Eliana reacted about her comment that she wanted to give ballet a different reputation by explaining, “I think I want people to see a different side of it. People unappreciated it and it has a lot more to offer. I want people to see it as Chehon and I see it.”
Chehon commented on what Nigel said about him needing to enjoy his performances more. “I think my first couple of performance was hindered because I was extremely nervous and scared of failing on the SYTYCD competition.” So, he started-out more focused on trying to get the technique instead of enjoying the experience. As soon as I was able to break through that barrier, I was able to overcome a certain fear of being vulnerable on-stage and open-up. SYTYCD journey has taught me in that regard. It was the pressure that I thought in the beginning needing to be good. You don’t have to be perfect. It’s about the journey and the growth.”
Eliana said that being partnered with less experienced dancer Cyrus was a bit challenging for her at times because they were on two different levels of dance experience. “It was difficult at points because he doesn’t have the same partnering skills as Chehon for instance. So its been like teaching him like where to put me on his leg. She said it was a huge learning experience for her “to get to see someone grow and to help them out. You have to water-down the choreography. But it was so well worth it.”
Their Achilles Heel was Ballroom for the most part, and Chehon said for him it was also trying to learn the Cha Cha which was his most difficult dance.
As for their winnings, Eliana said she will pay a bills, buy a bird, and help her Mom out. Chehon said he will use the money for whenever he wants to visit his family in Switzerland, and plans to move to Los Angeles to get into commercial work and acting. He wants to choreograph for films and commercials and sees himself using acting and choreography together.
They both said it’s been great getting feedback from fans and “can’t wait to put faces with the letters” when they go on the “So You Think You Can Dance” Tour which starts Thursday, October 25th. For tour dates and tickets, visit: http://www.fox.com/dance/