“Ladies, I’m so sorry,” said Koine Iwasaki, hoping to diffuse any jealousy from “So You Think You Can Dance” fans who wish they could dance with “Daddy Kiki.” Apparently Kiki Nyemchek‘s sexy performances on the series have inspired the social media hashtag #daddykiki. “I’m flattered,” said Nyemchek with a laugh, “but it’s not my preferred choice of hastags.” However, if he was hoping to shake off the sex-symbol moniker, his salsa dance with Iwasaki didn’t help. The frisky and flirtatious number on Top 8 night was right in ballroom dancer Nyemchek’s comfort zone, so Daddy Kiki was out in full force. Watch the routine above.
Choreographed by “Dancing with the Stars” pro Val Chmerkovskiy, the routine was a hit with the judges. Mary Murphy said, “Wow, if you’re going to do something like that, you’re going to make me scream!” And scream she did, before adding, “It was hot! I was expecting this from you Kiki, of course, but you had such an authentic feel for it … Pack your bags, you are definitely on the hot-tamale train tonight!” Nigel Lythgoe said the choreography brought “a different level to ballroom dancing,” that Nyemchek’s energy was “fantastic,” and that ballroom-novice Iwasaki was a “natural” at the dance style. And Vanessa Hudgens told them, “You guys are absolute fire together.”
What did you think of Daddy Kiki this week? After his stellar performance at the end of Top 9 night he moved up in our predictions for who will win the season. This performance can only help. And let’s not forget about Iwasaki. She was in the bottom three this week, but this dynamite pairing could potentially keep her off the chopping block for at least one more week. Vote in our poll below to let us know if this was your favorite contestant duet, and enter our predictions contest for next week to let us know who you think will win the season and who will go home next.