Fik-Shun already had an impressive dance pedigree before he arrived at NBC’s “World of Dance.” He’s probably best known for winning another TV dance competition: he was the male champ in season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2013. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it as far this time around. During The Cut on July 25 he delivered an emotional performance to Lukas Graham‘s Grammy nominated hit “7 Years,” but he didn’t score high enough to make the finals for the Upper Division. Was he robbed? Watch his performance above and decide for yourself.
“I love the fact that you always go for the emotional,” said judge Ne-Yo, “but for me the usage of the prop could have been a little more poignant … I feel like this performance was a little safe for you.” But Jennifer Lopez blasted back, saying, “I totally disagree … I felt it. This is a Cut round. You’ve got to bring all your strengths to the table. I think you did a great job of that.”
Guest judge Misty Copeland also said, “I disagree with Ne-Yo. Your use of the props, the connection of the music to your movements — it just made sense to me, and I loved it.” Derek Hough joined the majority: “You used the stage. You used the prop more to tell the story … You did great, man!”
However, none of the judges gave him a high enough score to send him through to the next round. In fact, the lowest score didn’t even come from Ne-Yo. He gave Fik-Shun an 84, while Copeland scored him 82 and the highest score from Lopez was a still-modest 86. Hough gave the performance an 85, for an average of 84.2. That was well below the 93.5 scored by Les Twins and the 93.2 scored by Keone & Mari. Those two acts advanced to the division final instead.