Tahani, Jake “So You Think You Can Dance” Video: Watch Moving Contemporary Routine
Tahani Anderson and Jake Monreal were in tears after their bullying-inspired contemporary performance during “So You Think You Can Dance” on Monday. Watch below!
As Gossip Cop has reported, season 13 of the FOX competition is focusing on “The Next Generation” of dancers. That’s aspiring stars between the ages of 8 and 13. On last week’s first live episode of the year, the Top 10 all performed solo, in addition to routines with their respective All-Star mentors.
This week, however, the alumni largely sat on the sidelines as the contestants danced with each other. For Tahani and Jake, that meant both had to leave their comfort zones (hip-hop and ballroom, respectively) for an intense contemporary routine. The choreographer explained the dance was “about bullying, but more important is the process of coming out from under bullying.”
Tahani, 13 said during rehearsal she was nervous about the technique, and that she and Jake, 12, would “have to pull through together because we’re not used to this style.” Judge Maddie Ziegler also stopped by, and said it would be a “big challenge” for the pair to find their “emotional side.” But you wouldn’t think any of that was the case when they took the stage to Danny Gokey’s “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again.”
Paula Abdul praised afterward, “I think you found that emotional connection in such a beautiful way… Your technical lines were really on point.” Ziegler also touted, “That was for sure the best time I’ve ever seen you guys do that.” The teen further stressed, “Bullying is not cool and you guys, I think, really changed a lot of kids.”
Tahani and Jake both had tears streaming down their face as they listened to the positive feedback about such an important dance. Guest judge Twitch, who was sitting in for Jason Derulo, commended the young dancers for the “love and support you just brought to the stage.” He added, “You kind of silently let each other know ‘I got you,’ and it reads.”
And Nigel Lythgoe said, “I got a great deal of satisfaction from watching you two tonight.” The head judge was particularly impressed that Tahani showed a “wonderful performance quality” with the steps given her hip-hop background. Overall, he told the duo, “Together, superb this evening.”
If all that wasn’t enough, Tahani and Jake later received a standing ovation for their super-fun jive duet during the second half of the show. Check out the full videos below!