So You Think You Can Dance
season 14 is down to just seven contestants. I agree with Nigel Lythgoe -- we need a return to a full Top 20!
Last time, we said farewell to sassy popper Dassy Lee, who was on Team Fik-Shun. This season's talent is phenomenal, and I hate to see anyone go.
Get ready, dance fans. This is the So You Think You Can Dance
We start off with a fun and retro Broadway group routine from the competitors and All-Stars, choreographed by Warren Carlyle.
Welcome to our judges -- Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. The dancers are working overtime as each will perform three times. Starting with this round, viewer votes will decide who moves on to the So You Think You Can Dance finale. Next time is a double elimination. Yikes!
Lex and All-Star Gaby
Hip-hop choreographed by Luther Brown
Lex is excited to tackle hip-hop, and it shows in this old-school routine. The duo garners a standing ovation from all three judges. Mary loves Lex's isolations and energy. Nigel tells Lex that he has made him proud.
The competitors are sharing a bit about their dancing pasts. Taylor started dancing at the age of four and graced the stage as a rubber ducky. Her solo is graceful and emotional.
Logan and All-Star Allison
African Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman
This routine is about a secret tribe that only ventures out at night. Allison and Logan bring the energy to this animalistic routine. They also earn a standing ovation. Nigel praises the performance and says that Logan "hits the ball out of the park every week," a nod to Logan giving up baseball for dance. And all Vanessa can say is "wow" about 10 times. Mary puts them on the hot tamale train.
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Mark reveals that he was a mischievous child, and his first dance performance happened when he was in the sixth grade. Mark's solo is fresh, fun and overflowing with energy.
Kaylee with All-Star Cyrus
Contemporary choreographed by Tyce Diorio
This number is about a couple who loses everything. Kaylee shines in this gut-wrenching piece. Vanessa compliments Kaylee's performance and calls it "stupendous." Mary praises how powerful and fierce Kaylee is. Nigel calls it their best performance.
Koine fell in love with dance, and because she didn't yet speak English, she would copy her friends during dance class to learn the moves. Her solo is powerful and full of charisma.
Kiki with All-Star Jenna
Broadway choreographed by Warren Carlyle
This routine features canes as props, and I love the simplicity of the piece. Kudos to Kiki and Jenna for repeatedly catching canes that are thrown to them off-stage. This incredible piece gets a standing ovation -- and deservedly so. Cat and Jenna even take a victory lap around the stage. Mary is amazed that they could catch the canes, coming from different people and different directions. Nigel calls Kiki a "brilliant all-around dancer."
Logan's stage debut was in a hip-hop dance at the age of 7. Most of Logan's solo comprises of head spins, which I must confess surprised me.
Koine with All-Star Marko
Jive choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin
Marko portrays a nerd who dances with a popular girl. It is a fun routine, but it feels like there is a lack of connection between this duo, but apparently it is just me as they receive a standing ovation from the judges. Vanessa praises Koine's versatility and puts them on her hot tamale train. Mary loves the side-by-side dancing. Koine is very emotional and doesn't want this experience to end.
Kaylee started dancing at 8 years of age. Her first performance had her tapping in a yellow sundress with an umbrella. Her solo shows plenty of personality but isn't very energetic.
Group Dance: The All-Stars
This Brian Friedman routine is very stylized and is partially in black and white. It is not really my cup of tea.
Taylor with All-Star Robert
Contemporary choreographed by Mandy Moore
This number is sweet and romantic and very sensual. Once again, the judges are on their feet. Mary is emotional and tells Taylor that she touched her soul. Nigel wants Taylor to find even more emotion and bring it out, as her technique is already incredible.
Lex was an energetic child, and he began taking dance classes at the age of 7. His first performance was a hip-hop routine that he would rather forget. Lex's solo has wonderful turns and spins.
Mark with All-Star Comfort
Hip-hop choreographed by Misha Gabriel
Mark and Comfort portray a master and student ninja during a practice fight. I like this hard-hitting hip-hop number, but it falls a bit short of my expectations. Mary praises their synchronization. Nigel tells the duo that they did a "good" job.
"Daddy Kiki," as he is known on Twitter, first hit the stage at the age of 4. His solo is fast, furious and fun!
Group: Lex, Kaylee and Logan
Contemporary choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden
This piece is about how we can discover common ground even though we have differences. I love the dynamics in this routine. Nigel loves that Kaylee could keep pace with two amazing contemporary dancers. He calls the trio "terrific." Mary also loves these contestants.
Group: Kiki, Taylor, Koine and Mark
Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman
This routine is about diversity and how love can change the world. It is set to a spoken-word rendition of "Still I Rise" (Maya Angelou) by Alexis Henry. The movements are amazing, and it is powerful and dramatic. I get chills watching it. Vanessa calls the performance "out of control." Nigel congratulates the dancers. Now on to some results!
The Bottom Three
Who is Leaving?
The judges still have the power right now, but they have agreed to go by America's votes from last time. Mark is going home.
Remember to vote since the viewers have all the power, and the four dancers with the most votes will move on to the So You Think You Can Dance finale.
What do you think? Did America get it right by sending Mark home? And what did you think of the performances? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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