SYTYCD Season 14

SYTYCD Recap: 3 Notable Moments From The Academy's Last Day

As the All-Stars got ever closer to revealing their Top 10 contestants, Monday’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance featured all the greatest hits of a Truly Dramatic Hour of Reality TV: an inspirational, episode-ending, do-or-die dance routine; an unfortunate stumble by a contestant that seemed destined for the winner’s circle; and, of course, a minor injury that became a major plot point of the installment.

Throughout these 60 minutes, the All-Stars narrowed their teams down from three to two contestants after watching them complete a tricky jazz combination. Then, each pro danced alongside their finalists, one at a time, in an effort to ease the decision of who they’ll take to the Top 10.

Below, let’s recap the aforementioned highlights from Monday’s hour:

THE INJURY | While the remaining dancers are practicing Sonya Tayeh’s jazz choreography, Robert Roldan’s semifinalist Jennifer gets clocked in the head by a fellow contestant, prompting her to rush off the stage immediately. Her injury isn’t life-threatening, but it does result in a mean cut above one eyebrow — and when Jennifer hears from the doctor that any further dancing will open the wound further, she decides to leave the competition altogether, skipping the crucial jazz performance to get stitches at the hospital. Jennifer takes it all in stride, though, admitting that she’s excited to have a badass scar on her brow. Accentuate the positive, people.

THE STUMBLE | Perhaps I’m making this bullet point needlessly dramatic — something I learned from Fox’s marketing department, no doubt. But after her astounding audition and (presumably) terrific run at The Academy, it was disappointing to see Kaylee “Impavido” Millis deliver a wholly average hip-hop routine alongside All-Star coach Cyrus. Don’t get me wrong, the performance was solid by any measure; in addition to picking up choreography quickly, Impavido knows exactly how to get a cheer from the crowd with a few well-timed smirks. But juxtaposed against Cyrus’ routine with Havoc — a fierce, sharp, almost-robotic performance — Impavido’s attempt at the duet very clearly lacked a crispness and command of the movements.

THE DO-OR-DIE DANCE | After nearly giving up on himself during Sonya’s jazz round, krumper Kevin Davis Jr. eked out a finalist spot on All-Star Jenna’s team — and in the closing minutes of the episode, he made an unbelievable case for a place in this season’s Top 10.

Jenna, having left herself with a ballroom dancer and a krumper, decided to choreograph two separate routines for her finalists, in the interest of keeping things fair. First up was Kiki, who turned in a sssssteamy paso doble with Jenna that seemed difficult to top. (Dayum, that final pose.) But Kevin, refusing to go down without a fight, followed it up with an insanely energetic, deeply passionate krump performance that left the entire All-Star panel on their feet (or, like me, adding Bishop Briggs’ “River” to their workout playlists).

Should Kevin make it to the Top 10 — an answer we’ll finally get next week — it’s still unclear how well he’ll fare with other dance styles. But this week, he left everything on the floor — like, literally, his entire body — when it counted the most, and my fingers are crossed that Jenna gives him a shot at the live shows.

With that, I turn it over to you. What did you think of Monday’s episode? And who are you hoping to see in next week’s live performances? Drop a comment below with all of your thoughts!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Shaun says:

    Russell was a Krumper and he won his season.Gotta fight for it though.

    • R Kolb says:

      Russell had five years of dance training before he was on SYTYCD. He went to a performing arts high school, was a dance major in college. He was smart to audition in krumping, way less competition than as a theater dancer or contemporary dancer. Most of the dancers who make it to the live shows have training in multiple genres, something that SYTYCD producers like to hide.

  2. christopher bee says:

    Don´t like the rushed hour at all. A two hour Show would have been more suitable.

  3. Marie58 says:

    No offense, but this is a pretty anemic recap. Where’s Michael Slezak?

  4. ALM says:

    What is this?! I thought SYTYCD was returning to what it once was. This “academy” is ridiculous to me. I want a top 20 divided into pairs, not so-called all-stars mentoring their picks. I don’t watch The Voice, never have and never plan to, so I don’t want to see a dance version of that. I really thought the old format was coming back as advertised, but it doesn’t appear to be so. This used to be my favorite competition show. I did not watch the last two seasons, and I am very close to checking out of this one.

  5. AnnaMarie says:

    Good for each finalist do 1 on 1 with all- star. Wanted next week show NOW. LOVE this show. I’be watched since season two. My fav

  6. Eurydice says:

    This show has become so frustrating to watch – it’s like the producers are deliberately choosing to show everything except the dancing.

  7. ChrissieK says:

    Did I miss something? Where is the rest of this recap? Deleted by accident? We are going to get an actual full blown recap and then what the building caught on fire? Short-changed just as we are by Fox. Sick of the All Stars and their yelling and screaming into such a poorly edited format. I can’t wait for Nigel and Mary to be back…something we’ve been so lacking along with more time. (And yes, the EW recap was better by one page.)

    • Eurydice says:

      I know, it would be hilarious if it weren’t so frustrating – the pros are all “Ooooh! Wow! OMG!!!”with their mouths open and their eyes bugging out, but we don’t get to see what it is they’re so excited about. For all we know they could be in a separate theater watching Game of Thrones or something.

  8. Colleen says:

    This is so frustrating. I hate this format. Want a Top 20. Can take All Stars in the top 10, but changing partners every week. Hate the concept of All Star dancing with the same person.

    This was all talk almost no dancing. It was insane!

    I hated how this episode was the All Stars making it all about them. “Thank you for sharing my journey” was especially egregious. Tons of time spent on “Oh no, this is such a hard decision for me!” OMG, this is ridiculous. It is like the actual contestants are just background and the story is all about the All Stars.

    Blech. Bring back Top 20. No more All Stars.

  9. Joan James says:

    PLEASE bring back the Top 20 format. This is a bore and doesn’t speak well for a show about dancing (remember “DANCING”?) As someone else commented, this is now the Allstar show! I want to see the dancers with different partners, not the same one show after show. You guys need to get this right again…hasn’t been for a couple of seasons now. I’m ready to give up on it.

  10. Jessica says:

    I don’t like this year’s format. I’m getting less dancing. Its rush, rush , rush. I miss the beautiful choreographed shows. The first season had the best format. Everything else has been less in comparison. Love the show and the judges, but this season is frustrating. Just don’t like this format!!!!!!

  11. Juan says:

    Sad that Jenna is so fixated with Kevin that she doesn’t see the light. She did not choreograph two different routines to make it fair but to make him look good one way or the other. Gaby did not choreographed a contemporary routine for her contemporary dancer, he had to dance a tap routine, that is fair, that is what the show is about.If you cannot dance different styles, then you are not good for the show. Since the show started, better dancers than Kevin have been sent home, asked to get some training or asked to return the next season. Kevin’s pretty face is going to take him far. I used to like Jenna, I do not care for her anymore, all the circus she is making that she doesn’t know what to do, but it is obvious, she is going to kick Kiki to the curb and bring Kevin to the show. Sad, Sad, Sad!!!!!!!!

    • Jes says:

      It will be a shame if Kiki goes – he deserves to be on the show

      • Juan says:

        Do not hold your breath, Jenna has her mind set since she let go two of her dancers just to save the not great dancer but handsome Kevin. It is obvious, it is about liking the man, how handsome he is, nothing to do with his dancing skills!!!!

    • T says:

      I agree – so annoyed at this storyline. ‘Stealing’ Kevin and then giving him special treatment on the final dance. And then the over-the-top reactions from the rest of the all stars? Ugh. But I don’t think it’s because of the handsome face. It’s the ‘rags to riches’ street dancer storyline that they’re after. Except SYTYCD keeps telling this one over and over. Street dancer comes in all raw and then blossoms on the show. And I’m guessing it’s the producers pushing this one, not Jenna.

      • Juan says:

        I know, they should call the show So You Think You Can Hip-Hop instead. Nigel cannot hide that he is a hip hop dancer trapped in an old trained dancer’s body and often they have 2 or 3 hip hop routines in one show when there are so many other dance styles to choose from. Still, I believe that Jenna is infatuated with Kevin and that is why she is pushing so hard to keep him. There are already 3 street dancers among the stars that will indeed push to bring street dancers. We already saw Cyrus asking Havoc to dance for his life to justify bringing him to his team despite of his lack of versatility. Having already 3 street dancers secured why would the producers still make a ballroom dancer star fight for a street dancer??? It doesn’t make any sense to me!!!! Despite of Jenna’s effort to choreograph a special dance routine for him to make him look good, Kevin was moving so clumsy that he looked more like he was undergoing physical therapy to start walking again after a bad accident instead of dancing. An elephant would have performed that routine with more grace than Kevin. Still, all the stars are so bedazzled by him, not to mention his incident and behavior toward Sonya that all of them are choosing to ignore. Vasily who is a fabulous dancer was highly criticized and sent home for much less than that. I do not know what Paul’s problem is either that being a ballroom dancer he was caught on camera saying that he did not want to bring too many ballroom dancers to the show. Also a shame, because ballroom dance has so many different styles to choose from that it was possible to make a show like DWTS just dedicated to it.

        • Jenna says:

          I agree with you about Vasily, everyone on comment boards was saying he was a jerk. I wasn’t seeing it, all I was seeing was him and his wife having an argument about their dance routine because they didn’t agree. She was actually being nastier than he was but nobody said a word about her attitude. Yet Kevin acts like a baby during a dance routine where everyone, except for him, is working their butts off and he still gets a pass. I will disagree with you on Jenna being infatuated with him because I highly doubt these All Stars have the final say on who gets chosen. I’m sure if the bosses crack down on them and say, hey you need to choose so and so cause that’s what we’re aiming for to get ratings for the show, well that’s what they’re going to do. I don’t find him attractive at all, so how do we know she does? There are a lot of attractive guys on the show, including Kiki.

    • Jenna says:

      This is exactly what I was thinking when watching this episode! I’m like, why did she choreograph two different dance routines to make Kevin stand out?? She basically buried Kiki because she didn’t showcase his individuality like she did for Kevin and that’s not fair! It will be no surprise at all when she kicks Kiki off.

      I also believe her accepting Kevin on her team when he got the boot off the other team was all staged. They did this to stir the pot for ratings. So she kicks off two fantastic dancers to take him when he was acting like a punk cause he couldn’t get the dance routines down and was having a tantrum. Makes no sense at all to do that when he obviously can’t do other dances and doesn’t work well under pressure. They want someone on the show that’s going to cause trouble and have difficulties in order to boost views! Frankly, I could care less about their drama, I just want to see fantastic dancers do what they do best.

  12. don Chichester says:

    I am not a fan of the new format, I like watching the dancers perform and not the all stares cat calling and clapping. I would like to watch the dancers perform so I can make my mind up on who is a better dancer. There too many cuts off the dancers. A fan from the first show.

  13. Ally_D says:

    So are we all choosing to ignore that Kiki was a member of the troupe on DWTS? Circa 2011 I think.

    • Juan says:

      What is that supposed to mean??? Some of the ballroom contestants in the show from the beginning have been even champions in their specialty. Other dancers have been in Vegas and Broadway shows. The requirement is that the contestants are versatile and can dance different styles not that they have never danced professionally. Now, if you are just a fabulous dancer in your own style but look like an elephant moving your legs while doing other styles, then you should not be in the show.

      • Joan James says:

        I so agree. The Top 20 format is the best. This should not be about the All Stars…they’ve had their turn in the spotlight…and where is the DANCING? I like street dancing, but I want to see ballet, contemporary, jazz, ballroom, etc. As you pointed out, Juan, this has become the Hip Hop Show. It seems that the street dancers are valued above the rest and I’m bored with it. As far as I’m concerned, the show could do without Nigel. He annoys me…super condescending and way too hung up on street dancing. I love what you said about “a hip hopper trapped in an old man’s body”…that fits perfectly and sadly, is the reason I probably won’t watch this show any longer.

        • Juan says:

          Hi Joan, I thought I was the only one who noticed or was disappointed with the situation with Kevin, you just made me laugh. The same as you, I want to see other forms of dance, ballet one of them, but because usually hip hop is the first routine challenge after the city auditions, they usually get rid of the real talent, most ballet dancers among them, for not being able to hip hop, without giving them the opportunity they give the street dancers to improve or dance for their life like Havoc did. I have had the opportunity to see Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle and many others on the stage, many many times, in my country of origin and it is one of the most wonderful experiences. Here, to see ballet or even contemporary you have to be in a big city and spend a lot of money. Being SYTYCD a dance show, they should also showcase or promote these dance styles that are not available to the big audiences. As you also said, the top 20 format is the best, it brings more new talent. Somebody said that there is not money for that but I guess they have to pay the all stars more than what they would pay a new contestant so it doesn’t make any sense to me. I am already upset knowing what is coming so as much as I hate it I will probably end quitting watching the show too, let’s wait and see.

  14. Juan says:

    I am very happy to see that Jenna came to her senses and picked Kiki as her partner for the live show!!!! I have never been so happy for being wrong!!!!!!!