'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is...
'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is...
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It is finally time to crown the winner of So You Think You Can Dance season 14. This season has been stellar, and for the first time in years, there is no clear frontrunner. I am excited!

So will Koine "Koko" Iwasaki, Taylor Sieve, Lex Ishimoto or Chris "Kiki" Nyemchek win the title of "America's Favorite Dancer" and the $250,000 prize?


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The finale kicks off with a Macy's "extravaganza." The energetic routine is choreographed by Mandy Moore and features glow in the dark stars. I love seeing the Top 10 dancers and the All-Stars back together again.


Cat welcomes the judges: Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. Cat reveals that Vanessa will take the stage later. 

Group Routine: The Opening to the Academy
Choreographed by Mandy Moore

We kick off reminiscing about the beginning of the season. This dizzying piece featured 100 dancers spread out across a college campus and melded every dance style together into one joyous performance. It was a great way to kick off the season.

What Would Winning Mean?

Each contestant reflects on what winning the grand prize would mean for them. For Kiki, just participating has allowed him to believe in himself more. The financial prize would help both him and his entire family. Koine feels that it is an honor to be on So You Think You Can Dance and, as a viewer, would visualize herself dancing on the stage in front of the judges. Taylor calls the entire experience "awesome." Lex declares that winning would be "a game-changer."

Mary's Choice: Kiki and Koine
Salsa

I also love this spicy routine, and the tricks are insane.



Vanessa's Choice: Group Performance
Disco

This piece is full of fun '70s energy, and the costumes are totally on point.

Nigel's Choice: Lex and Taylor
Jazz

This number is another one of my favorites. Both Lex and Taylor do a wonderful job of portraying birds in this piece, and their connection really shines. This time, Lex gets in the bird cage with Taylor, and they embrace. Nigel is literally hopping with joy after this encore.



Mary's Choice: Group Performance
Hip-Hop

This piece was Luther Brown's first group number for So You Think You Can Dance. This African-infused piece is once again a feast for the eyes. 

Vanessa's Choice: Dassy and All-Star Fik-Shun
Popping

This routine is fun, and Dassy really lights up the stage. It's not one of my favorites from the season, but I can certainly appreciate the vibe between Dassy and Fik-Shun.



Nigel's Choice: Group Performance
Jazz

This piece, choreographed by Mark Kanemura, is full of energy and style. From the rose petals sprinkled on stage to the entrance of one of the dancers being pulled across the stage on a bed of silk, this number is one of the most creative in the show's history. 

Favorite Moments

We take a stroll down memory lane with highlights from the auditions and from the Academy. The dancers this season have certainly followed Nigel's sage advice to "bloom wherever you're planted." I am getting a little misty-eyed.

Mary's Choice: Lex and Koine
Broadway

This humor-filled routine about the love of pizza is both memorable and fantastic. Cat shows a clip from rehearsal of another man standing at the door with the pizza box instead of Lex. Koine's shock is priceless!


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New Group Performance: The Top 10 and the All-Stars
Contemporary

Mia Michaels mentors Kiki, Lex, Koine and Taylor. This routine begins with all the dancers seated in chairs. The dancers soon combine with angry and spasmodic movements, with some dancers being tossed across the stage. I feel oddly emotional after watching this piece.


Vanessa's Choice: Robert and All-Star Jasmine
Hip-Hop

This fresh routine makes dancing in a cloud of hairspray look fun.



Travis Wall and Lex
Contemporary

In this new routine, Travis portrays a writer battling against his inner demons, played by Lex. This dark routine is amazing! The movements that these two create are incredible. This number takes my breath away.


Koine and All-Star Marko
Contemporary

This piece, which takes place in a closet, is Marko's favorite and one of mine. It is emotional, and Koine really shines. Both Koine and Marko are teary after the performance, so Cat lightens up the mood by showing how badly Koine's name has been mispronounced all season by everyone.



Lex and All-Star Gaby
Hip-Hop

Gaby's favorite is their Luther Brown hip-hop routine. One thing is for sure: both Lex and Gaby have swag for days in this number.


Kiki and All-Star Jenna
Cha-Cha

Jenna's pick is their sexy and steamy cha-cha. Kiki and Jenna's chemistry is sizzling. Cat tells the duo that she is going to miss them dancing together the most.



Taylor and All-Star Robert
Contemporary

Robert's favorite piece is this Mandy Moore-choreographed contemporary routine. Taylor seems to glide across the floor with such ease, and the lifts are gorgeous.



The First Result

Fourth Place: Kiki

A Special Performance

Vanessa takes the stage to perform her song with Shawn Hook, "Reminding Me." It is a nice performance. I was hoping that Vanessa was going to put her dancing shoes on.



Nigel's Choice: Group Performance (Koine, Kiki, Mark and Taylor)
Contemporary

This routine is set to the spoken-word poem by Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise." Nigel comments that the dance does not divide us; it unifies us. I agree, and this piece is stunning and emotional.



Results


Third Place: Taylor

The winner of season 14 is ... Lex!

Koine finishes in second place.


What did you think of the finale? What was your favorite dance of the season? Is season 14 the best ever? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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