“So You Think You Can Dance” Season 14 revealed its Top 10 in the first live show of the season on Monday night, August 7. Host Cat Deeley and series judges Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe were back on hand after taking a break during the Academy week trials, in house this week to critique the dancers on their performances. One by one the Top 10 were revealed by each of the 10 all-star coaches followed by their first partnership dance. So which dancers made the Top 10 and who received rave reviews from the judges on their first live routine? Read our “SYTYCD” episode 8 recap below to find out!
The 10 all-star coaches kicked off the show with a group performance to Raign‘s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” choreographed by Emmy nominee Mandy Moore. In unfortunate news, Cat pointed out that coach Allison Holker wasn’t in the routine because she sustained an injury to her shoulder in rehearsals and is sitting out this week. Later in the night the Top 10 performed their own group routine to “This Time” choreographed by Wade Robson, but first was the slow reveal of each of their identities followed by their performances.
First up was Fik-Shun and his Top 10 choice Dassy Lee with a hip hop/popping routine to “Shake Your Pants.” Mary complimented the duo on their hard-hitting moves and praised their chemistry, telling Fik-Shun that he finally found his perfect partner. Following them was Team Allison, who revealed Logan Hernandez as her partner so that he could take the stage with Allison’s substitute Audrey Case. Together they took on a contemporary piece to “Protocol” by Tyce Diorio that earned raves from the panel considering how little time they had to learn it and build chemistry together.
For coach Jenna Johnson the choice was hard, but ultimately she chose the guy she felt more confident about, naming Kiki Nyemchek to the Top 10. Resident ballroom expert Mary was impressed with their paso doble to “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. Hip hop all-star Cyrus Spencer was up next, torn between choosing a male hip-hopper and a female contemporary dancer, but went the unexpected route by selecting Kaylee Millis. Following their contemporary performance of “Clown,” the judges were hesitant to compliment the pair, instead urging them both to bring more for their next routine should they make it through.
Gaby Diaz chose the dancer that she felt she could help grow in the competition, picking Lex Ishimoto, who led her for a tap routine in their debut. Though Lex was working outside of his specialty here, the pair received a standing ovation from the judges with a heap of praise from Nigel who called him a “great” all-around dancer, but stressed that he needed to work on showing more of his personality. Comfort Fedoke was the next all-star in the hot seat and she chose Mark Villaver, the dancer she had instant chemistry with. Their hip-hop performance to “REDMERCEDES” was right up their alley and as such brought perfect execution with style and high energy.
Following an inconsistent Academy week with his two choices, Marko Germar revealed Koine Iwasaki as his pick to dance with this season. Mary was touched by their contemporary routine and called them a perfect pairing with a lot of promise. Paul Karmiryan was split between his choice of two ballroom dancers, ultimately going with Sydney Tormey. In their ballroom routine to “All Stars,” Paul and Sydney impressed the judges, but Vanessa had a few reservations about Sydney’s star power.
Robert Roldan had a slow start to getting dancers on his team during Academy week, but in the end happily brought along Taylor Sieve into the Top 10. With their take on a Travis Wall contemporary piece to “Change Is Everything,” Vanessa kicked off the judges’ comments wiping tears from her eyes and hailed Taylor as breathtaking. Closing out the night was Jasmine Harper and her pick for the Top 10, Robert Green. They brought the house down with a hip-hop/jazz number to Bruno Mars. Mary was all screams for the final performance and Nigel was invigorated by the high energy and flashy personalities.
Next Monday, “SYTYCD” will shift into their normal schedule for the remainder of the season where each episode will reveal the lowest vote-getters from this week with one pair being eliminated. Then the finalists will perform a new routine live with their all-star partner. So who is your favorite dancer in the top 10 and who do you think will be eliminated next week? Let us know in the comments below.