So You Think You Can Dance
season 14 is winding down, and one-third of the remaining contestants will be sent home. The four remaining dancers will leap into the finale. I think that we can all agree that season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance
has featured epic talent.
Last time, Mark Villaver of Team Comfort was sent home. I am going to miss this break-dancer's huge personality.
Grab your tissues, dance fans. This is the So You Think You Can Dance
We kick off with a strange group routine, choreographed by Christopher Scott, featuring the competitors and the All-Stars. It also features large white cubes that the dancers push and even dance on.
Cat also shares the good news that Mandy Moore and Travis Wall each won a well-deserved Emmy. Congratulations to them.
Now welcome your judges -- Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. The contestants will perform three times -- once with their All-Star, once with another competitor and once as a solo performance. I need a power nap, and I am just recapping!
Lex and All-Star Gaby
Samba choreographed by Sasha Farber
In this piece, Gaby and Lex will show the world the passion of their love through dance. Lex fears he is not sexy. I am feeling this spicy routine, and so is Vanessa, as she gives the duo a standing ovation. Mary praises Lex playing Gaby's "butt bongos," but she has some issues with Lex's posture in frame. The mighty Mary surprises everyone with a scream of delight. Nigel liked the energy of the performance but suggests that Lex take ballroom lessons.
The contestants are sharing about their mentors. Kaylee's brother, who is a boxer, taught her boxing. Kaylee credits that unusual skill with helping with her strength and control. Her solo is an interesting mix of slow and fast movements.
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Koine and All-Star Marko
Contemporary choreographed by Elizabeth Petrin and Mandy Korpinen
Marko is portraying a man who comes across some clothing left in his closet by a former lover. This pair is dancing within the structure of a closet and using a large hanger as part of the routine. What could go wrong? It is absolutely mesmerizing. Mary declares that it is one of her favorite So You Think You Can Dance
routines of the season. Vanessa comments on Koine's strength and the size of her forearms.
Taylor's mentor is Michelle Wegner, who owns one of the studios where Taylor dances. Her solo is dramatic and plays to her strengths.
Kiki and All-Star Jenna
Jazz choreographed by Ray Leeper
Jenna is hoping to bring out "Daddy Kiki's" sexy side, and I have no problem with that. There is no story for this piece, and it starts slow, then gets very fast. Their connection and chemistry are great. Mary praises Kiki and puts this couple on the hot tamale train. Nigel also loves the routine but wonders if Ray Leeper added the kiss at the end or if Jenna and Kiki did some improvisation.
Logan's inspiration is his sister, Nolanie. He watched her dance class rehearsals and decided to try it, and this shared love brought them closer together. Logan's solo shows off both his physical strength and wonderful technique.
Kaylee and All-Star Cyrus
Hip-Hop choregraphed by Phillip Chbeeb
This piece is about how people lust after objects such as money and fame, and it incorporates a large device that looks like a four-sided metal ladder. This pair shines in the routine. Nigel loves the piece and raves about the triple lift. Vanessa comments about Kaylee and Cyrus' groove.
Koine's mentor is her brother, who was a figure skater. Since her family could not afford to pay for both activities, her brother gave up skating so that she could pursue dance. Koine's solo brims with emotion and graceful technique.
Group Routine: The All-Stars
This number, choreographed by Andrew Winghart, features interesting cape work by all the dancers.
Taylor and All-Star Robert
Hip-Hop choreographed by Keone and Mari
This piece is about two creatures who are clashing because of their different appearances. This performance is blowing my mind with how clean it is and how precise the movements are. They garner a standing ovation from all three judges. Nigel tells the duo that "they nailed it." Mary loves everything about the routine.
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Lex's mentor is Zak Ryan Schlegel, who has been training with Lex since Lex was 9 years old. Lex's solo starts out slow and then bursts into hyper-drive. I love it!
Logan and All-Star Allison
Contemporary choreographed by Dee Caspary
In this routine, Logan and Allison are portraying a couple with a dark and unhealthy relationship. The duo utilizes a rose and its petals to symbolize their relationship. I'm enjoying this sexy routine, as do the judges, who take to their feet. Vanessa gets the giggles as she repeatedly calls the dance "hot." Mary marvels at the couple's partner work. Nigel wants Logan to show more emotion.
Kiki reveals that his mentor is his older brother, Marcus, who decided to step away from ballroom dancing so that Kiki could continue his dancing dreams. Kiki's solo is sexy and filled with charisma. KikI snags a standing ovation from Mary, but it could be because he lost his shirt.
Koine and Lex
Disco choreographed by Doriana Sanchez
This routine is fresh, fun and filled with lifts and tricks. Koine really shines in this performance. At the end of the performance, it looks like Lex is in pain, but he says that he is okay. Nigel calls Koine "the best performer this season" for him. Vanessa states that the routine was "mind-blowing."
Koine is in danger
Lex is in the finale
Taylor and Logan
Jazz choreographed by Mark Kanemura
Logan and Taylor are portraying a long-term couple that breaks up but lets each other go in a loving and positive way. This piece is filled with quirky movements, but I don't feel much emotion. Nigel praises the duo for following his previous suggestions. Mary raves about how free the performance was.
Taylor is in the finale
Logan is in danger
Kaylee and Kiki
Bollywood choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan
This piece is about a rickshaw driver who cheers up a sad girl by dancing with her. I think that Kaylee and Kiki kill this routine. Vanessa praises how well they did outside of their comfort zone. Nigel loves their commitment to the routine.
Kiki is in the finale
Kaylee is in danger
The Bottom 3
Who is Safe?
Who is Going Home?
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