'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 4 Perform
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 4 Perform
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
So You Think You Can Dance season 14 is almost ready to crown "America's Favorite Dancer." Last time, Kaylee Millis of Team Cyrus and Logan Hernandez from Team Allison were sent home.

That means that Lex Ishimoto, Koine "Koko" Iwasaki, Taylor Sieve and Chris "Kiki" Nyemchek will dance for your votes and the So You Think You Can Dance crown.


Are you ready, dance fans? This is the So You Think You Can Dance live blog!

We kick off with a fun group hip-hop routine, choreographed by NappyTabs, that is a real crowd-pleaser. It even shows the judges dancing and waving their glow sticks.


Cat looks smashing, as always.

The contestants will dance with each other in varied combinations, dance with their All-Star in their favorite season 14 routine and perform a solo. Viewer votes from last time will be combined with votes from this episode.

Now let's welcome the judges -- Mary Murphy, Vanessa Hudgens and Nigel Lythgoe.

Group Dance: Koine, Kiki, Taylor and Lex
Choreographed by Travis Wall and Christopher Scott

I am already excited! Koine will portray Earth, and Taylor is wind. Kiki will play fire, and Lex is water. Koine is dancing in sand, while Lex dances in a shower of water. Taylor floats above the stage on a rope while wind swirls around her. They all perform beautifully, and I have chills.



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Taylor and Kiki
Cha-Cha choreographed by Anya Garnis

This is Taylor and KikI's first time dancing together and, unfortunately, it shows. The connection between them is sort of lukewarm, and Taylor seems uncomfortable. Mary compliments Taylor's sharpness, except for a little snafu near the end, and Mary puts her on the hot tamale train. Nigel praises Kiki's command of the dance and his partnering skills.


Lex and Koine
Broadway choreographed by Al Blackstone

This number is about the love of pizza, with Lex portraying a pizza delivery man. This breezy routine is filled with humor, and this duo really sells the characters. They also earn a standing ovation from the judges. Nigel praises how much Lex has grown. Mary is impressed by Koine's ability to make her performance feel organic and natural. She also proclaims that this routine is one of her all-time favorites. That is high praise indeed.



Kiki and All-Star Jenna
Contemporary choreographed by Mandy Moore

Kiki and Jenna reminisce about his So You Think You Can Dance journey and how far he has come since his rocky time at the Academy. Kiki loves this routine because it forces him to grow the most. Jenna and Kiki are stunning in this simple and emotional piece. They also earn a standing ovation from the judges. Cat notices that Jenna is sobbing and asks Jenna why she is so emotional. Jenna is sad because she "loves dancing with him." Okay, I am officially getting teary-eyed. Vanessa praises Kiki's choice of routine and his connection with Jenna. Mary is also emotional, and she tells him that he has surrendered even more to the dance this time.



Solo: Lex

Lex's mother expresses how proud she is of her son and all his hard work. He is certainly taking no prisoners and utilizes every pulse of music in this energetic routine.



Koine with All-Star Marko
African-Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman

Koine reflects on how difficult it was both emotionally and physically at the Academy. Koine also struggled with self-doubt at the start of the live shows. This piece, about an insect, is full of lifts and complex movements. Nigel raves about Koine's versatility. Vanessa tells Koine that she "could not stop thinking" about this routine.



Solo: Kiki

Kiki's parents are so proud of him and all his hard work. Kiki's masculine and passionate paso doble wows the crowd.


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Group Routine: The All-Stars
Choreographed by Keone and Mari

I love this hip-hop piece and its old-school feel.


Koine and Taylor
Jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore

This piece is about girl power, and it is sensual and sexy. The judges award another standing ovation. Nigel mentions that Mary and Vanessa are performing this routine during the finale (in his dreams!). Nigel comments on what a great job Koine and Taylor did with such a difficult routine. Vanessa calls it "the ultimate female empowerment routine," and she also praises the Bob Fosse movements.



Lex and Kiki
Hip-Hop choreographed by Luther Brown

This routine is full of swag, and I am impressed that Kiki is almost keeping up with Lex. This duo also wins a standing ovation from the judges. Mary likes the routine and pretty much says that she thinks either Kiki or Lex will win the cash prize. Wow! Nigel is impressed with how down-to-earth Lex is, and he has a special surprise for Kiki. He shows the footage of Kiki's infamous hip-hop routine at the Academy and praises how far Kiki has come. Lex and Kiki also take a moment to wish Luther a happy birthday!


Taylor and All-Star Robert
Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall

Taylor always dreamed of being on the show, and she found that performing in front of the All-Stars was extremely stressful. Taylor believes that this routine has given her the confidence to continue in the competition. Taylor once again demonstrates her control and strength, and the connection between Robert and Taylor is fantastic. The judges again give a standing ovation, and even Travis is blown away. Mary loves the routine and applauds how Taylor "melted into every transition." Nigel tells the duo that this is the best that they have danced.



Solo: Koine

Koine's parents express how proud they are of her. Koine's solo showcases her graceful movements.


Lex and All-Star Gaby
Tap choreographed by Anthony Morigerato

Lex recalls his decision to freestyle his audition and the criticism of Lex not showing his personality enough once the live shows started. His favorite routine is this tap routine that recalls the era of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It is delightful and garners a standing ovation from the judges. Nigel loves it. Vanessa calls the duo "magical."



Solo: Taylor

Taylor's parents state how proud they are of her and how she inspires them. This solo is not very energetic and appears lackluster compared to the other solos.


Koine and Kiki
Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall

This number details a love relationship from its first blush until it fractures. This performance is emotional and dramatic. I love it. Mary tells the duo that, with this routine, they are peaking. Nigel calls Kiki "brilliant" and tells Koine that she has employed good acting skills in all her performances.



Taylor and Lex
Contemporary choreographed by Mia Michaels

This routine is about a love affair, and apparently Taylor and Lex won't have to employ their acting skills because they are in a relationship. That is amazing! Their performance is sweet and lovely. Cue the standing ovation! Nigel compliment their "dive kiss" and the beauty of the routine. Vanessa tells the couple that they will always reflect on this routine and think of their relationship.




How did your favorite dancer perform? What did you think of the dance routines? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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