Kiki Nyemchek, Jenna Johnson “So You Think You Can Dance” Video: “Proud Mary” Jazz Routine Ends With Kiss – WATCH!

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Kiki Nyemchek Jenna Johnson SYTYCD September 11

By Shari Weiss |

Kiki Nyemchek Jenna Johnson SYTYCD September 11


Kiki Nyemchek and Jenna Johnson shimmied and shook to “Proud Mary” on Monday’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Check out the video below!

Season 14 of “So You Think You Can Dance” is winding down, but Nyemchek has certainly been one of this year’s unexpected highlights. After failing to wow the judges when the Top 10 competed in the season’s first live episode, the Latin ballroom dancer has proven to be a quick study. In fact, last month, head judge Nigel Lythgoe made a point of noting how well Nyemchek was keeping up with Johnson, “one of the best dancers we’ve ever had.” The pair continued building on that momentum last week.

As Gossip Cop reported, Nyemchek and Johnson did a fun Broadway routine that had an interesting challenge: The duo had to repeatedly catch canes that were thrown to them as props throughout the performance. They pulled it off, leading to a standing ovation from all the judges. Even host Cat Deeley confessed, “I’ve never cheered on someone more in my life.” Lythgoe told Nyemchek that he’s become a “brilliant, all-around dancer,” adding, “Your improvement is the best I’ve seen on the show this season.”

Now as the FOX competition entered its second-to-last phase, Nyemchek had to perform three times over tonight’s two-hour broadcast. For his new performance with his All-Star partner, he and Johnson were given jazz with choreographer Ray Leeper. It was a very fast-paced routine set to “Proud Mary,” and the energy was palpable. Vanessa Hudgens even said afterward, “First of all, thank you to Ray Leeper for making us all move it and groove it!” She then told Nyemchek and Johnson, “Wow, that was a blast. You guys killed that. You are so wonderful together… It was amazing.”

Mary Murphy, who was quite the proud Mary herself, shared that her dad would always say, “Learn, earn and you’ll get a return.” She went on, “You’ve learned everything that’s been thrown at you. You deserve every accolade that’s been bestowed. And here, finally, is your return.” Lythgoe also declared, “We couldn’t ask for more than that.” He then amusingly pointed out that many of their routines have ended with a kiss, as did this one. Watch the video below!

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