'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates Dassy Lee and All-Star partner Fik-Shun
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/29/2017
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated Dassy Lee and her All-Star partner Fik-Shun, which determined the fourteenth season's Top 7 dancers, during Monday night's broadcast on Fox.
Based on home viewer votes following last week's Top 8 performance show, Dassy fell into the bottom-three dancers with Kaylee Millis -- who is partnered with All-Star Cyrus Spencer -- and Koine Iwasaki, who is paired with All-Star Marko Germar.
So You Think You Can Dance judges Nigel Lythgoe, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary Murphy were then forced to choose which contestant was going to be sent home, and Nigel announced that the panel unanimously decided to oust Dassy despite her "magical presence" onstage.
"I moved to America because of So You Think You Can Dance. This journey has been amazing to me. I learned if I trust myself, there really is nothing that I can't do," Dassy said in her final words, adding that she learned a lot about dance and life.
"I think I had the best All-Star. Fik-Shun has taught me to do my best. Being able to come to America and be in this competition, it was my life-changing moment, really."
Fik-Shun said that working with Dassy was a "very great and growing experience."
"I truly believe that no one can do what she does -- do what's asked of her in other styles -- as well as her. And I'm so happy I picked her, and honestly, she did contemporary today and wowed everyone and ended on a high," the All-Star added.
When the judges deliberated on the bottom three dancers, Nigel expressed how Koine's placement was a shock because she's "brilliant" in every style of dance she's given. Koine was therefore saved first, leaving Kaylee and Dassy in jeopardy of elimination.
The judges then saved Kaylee, saying she's a "unique dancer" and a "strong woman" who manages to stick within the boundaries of the choreography she learns week to week.
Nigel said it was "awful" to send Dassy packing and she certainly made her home country of South Korea proud.
During Monday night's show, each of the Top 8 contestants performed twice -- once with his or her All-Star partner in a style picked at random as well as a duet with a fellow contestant.
Dassy and Fik-Shun performed a contemporary routine choreographed by Jaci Royal, and then she took the stage with Mark Villaver for a jazz number by Christopher Scott.
Kaylee first took the stage with Cyrus for a cha cha routine choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy, and then Kaylee danced a contemporary number with fellow contestant Logan Hernandez choreographed by Travis Wall.
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Koine and Marko initially danced a jazz routine by Mandy Moore, and then Koine joined Kiki Nyemchek for a salsa routine choreographed by Val.
Going into next week's performance show, the Top 7 is comprised of Kaylee and All-Star Cyrus, Koine and All-Star Marko, Logan and All-Star Allison Holker, Mark and All-Star Comfort Fedoke, Kiki and All-Star Jenna Johnson, Taylor Sieve and All-Star Robert Roldan, and Lex Ishimoto and All-Star Gaby Diaz.