So You Think You Can Dance: How the Winners Plan to Indulge

Chehon Wespi-Teschopp and Eliana Girard

Adam Rose/FOX

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.

After two hours of season 9’s best routines, host Cat Deeley announced America had voted Girard and Wespi-Tschopp as their favorite dancers – a result that came as a surprise to some, including Wespi-Tschopp.

“I was completely prepared to be runner up. This was not a scenario I was expecting,” he said of winning over fan favorite Spencer. “All I was prepared to do was give Cyrus a really big hug saying, ‘Congrats, Mate.’ ”

But instead, Wespi-Tschopp joined his fellow ballet-trained winner Girard as the confetti fell.

“To know that people are inspired and feel what you feel when you’re dancing makes all the stress and tears and pain worthwhile,” Girard said of the win. “I just feel so lucky that I get to do what I love and that people enjoy it.”

Time to Eat and Drink

Both winners planned on celebrating their victories by allowing indulgences they had denied themselves all season – lasagna and ice cream for Girard, and a “good Cuban mojito” for Wespi-Tschopp.

“I’m excited because I have not drunk anything while on the show because it is bad for your muscles,” he said.

And while Florida native Girard, 21, was eager to celebrate with her relatives who were sitting in the audience Tuesday, Wespi-Tschopp, 23, would have to settle for a phone call to his family in Switzerland.

“I’m hoping to call my parents whenever they wake up and tell them the good news and hear how excited they are,” said Wespi-Tschopp, who left home to study ballet at the age of 13.


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