“If ‘Dancing with the Stars’ doesn’t pick you up after the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour, you can always get a job as an Uber driver in Mumbai,” said judge Nigel Lythgoe after Kiki Nyemchek‘s spirited Bollywood routine with his fellow competitor Kaylee Millis on Monday night’s show. Do you think Lythgoe has the right idea? Should Nyemchek join the cast of “DWTS” pros in the future? Watch his performance above, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Nyemchek stands out as this season’s top ballroom specialist surrounded by hip-hop and contemporary dancers. So he would fit in well on “DWTS,” which predominantly features ballroom styles but also ventures into other dance territory like jazz and contemporary, but Nyemchek has proven himself adept at whatever the demanding “SYTYCD” choreographers have thrown at him.
He certainly wouldn’t be the first crossover between the two series — far from it. As TV’s premier dance competition shows, they share talent quite often. This year’s “SYTYCD” all-stars Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson have already competed as “DWTS” pros, and fellow “SYTYCD” alums Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson are among the pros challenging for the Mirror Ball Trophy in season 25. And “SYTYCD” has also borrowed pros from “DWTS”: Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater have choreographed ballroom routines for the contestants in recent weeks.
About Nyemchek’s performance with Millis, Mary Murphy added, “It was unbelievable. Your brother is proud, your parents are proud, and the ballroom community is proud.” And Vanessa Hudgens said, “It was so wonderful to see you guys in this brand new light.” After the routine Nyemchek advanced to the final four along with Taylor Sieve, Koine Iwasaki, and Lex Ishimoto, but unfortunately Millis was sent home along with Logan Hernandez in the double elimination.