Hannahlei Cabanilla has been a favorite of the judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” throughout the season 15 live shows. But she hasn’t yet risen to the top of our predictions for who will win at the end of the season. Going into Monday night’s show when the Top 6 performed she ranked third in our racetrack odds. That could change after another pair of standout performances, including a contemporary routine where she more than held her own with “SYTYCD” all-star Marko Germar. Watch it above.
Germar wasn’t the only all-star involved in the routine. It was also the choreographic debut of fan-favorite Robert Roldan. Set to the song “Welcome Home” by Joy Williams, it was full of loss and longing, and though it was full of difficult lifts and transitions, the dancing duo made them look virtually effortless. During rehearsals Germar expressed gratitude that he was paired with a dancer as petite as Cabanilla so the lifts would be easier on him.
But of course it wasn’t just her size that made their on-stage connection feel so natural. Judge Twitch thought it was “amazing because it was so many different things … I really do think you might be one of the hardest-working dancers this season.” Mary Murphy thought the architecture of the routine was “brilliant … and you made it look so easy. I just love every single moment you’re on that stage.”
And Nigel Lythgoe pointed out how her stature belies her stage presence. “I keep forgetting how small you are,” he told her. “When you dance you don’t look small. Your extensions are beautiful, your legs are fantastic.” Cabanilla has consistently received raves from the judges, and she was never in the bottom four based on America’s votes, so it was no surprise that she was announced as one of the top four contestants advancing to the finale, along with Genessy Castillo, Jensen Arnold and Slavik Pustovoytov.
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