On Monday night the all-stars of “So You Think You Can Dance” season 14 kicked off the Top 4 performance episode by joining the finalists (as well as the judges for a cameo!) for a Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo hip hop number to “Mi Gente.” The thumping opening number set the tone for the final night of competition that included a solo from each finalist in their own style, a duet with their all-star partner, and then three more routines: one with each of their peers, and a group number including all four of them.
Series judges Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Vanessa Hudgens were, of course, on hand to give the dancers their critiques, but as is customary this late in the season their presence has no impact on who will be crowned the champion. That responsibility is in the hands of viewers at home who will cast votes based on Monday’s episode, which will be combined with the votes from last week’s Top 6 episode to determine a winner. Read our season 14, episode 14 recap below for a rundown of all the performances, then let us know in the comments which ones you liked the most.
The competition began with the Top 4 group routine, a surprise collaborative creation from Travis Wall and Christopher Scott. In the piece (“Elements”), each dancer embodied the idea of one of the four core elements (earth, wind, fire, water) and performed solo as well as together. Though they gelled well together here, the highlights of the night were saved for the duets the series is known for. The first round of those duets was a cha cha with Kiki Nyemchek and Taylor Sieve (“Don’t Cha” by Anya Garnis) and a Broadway number with Koine Iwasaki and Lex Ishimoto (“L-O-V-E” by Al Blackstone).
For their performances with their all-star partners, the dancers chose their favorite duet from the season to dance one more time. These routines were spread out across the middle of the episode, with Kiki and Jenna Johnson going first with their selection “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” the Mandy Moore contemporary piece they danced in Top 9 week. After Lex’s solo to “The Melody,” Koine and her partner Marko Germar returned with their African jazz piece “Speaking in Tongues II” by Sean Cheesman from the Top 10, part 2 episode.
Next up was a solo from Kiki (“He’s a Pirate”), followed by a special group number by Keone and Mari Madrid to “DNA.” featuring just the all-stars. We then saw another Mandy Moore piece, “Black and Gold” with the girls, Koine and Taylor, and a Luther Brown hip hop number with the boys, Kiki and Lex, to “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”
Taylor was the third finalist to join her partner all-star on stage, bringing Robert Roldan back for their Travis Wall contemporary number, “Change Is Everything,” from the Top 10, part 1 episode. Koine’s solo to “The Truth” preceded Lex’s duet with his partner Gaby Diaz, an encore of their Anthony Morigerato tap routine to “More,” also from the Top 10, part 1 episode.
Taylor then closed out the solo performances with her own, “Water Me.” And in the last round, Kiki and Koine performed the third Travis Wall routine of the night to “Both Sides Now” while Lex and Taylor took on a Mia Michaels contemporary number to “You Matter to Me.”
Next Monday “SYTYCD” will air its live finale results show. The votes cast after tonight’s Top 4 performance episode will be added to last week’s Top 6 episode to help determine the winner. Who is your favorite dancer in the top four and who do you think will be named America’s favorite dancer? Sound off in the comments below!
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