Lex Ishimoto, Gaby Diaz “So You Think You Can Dance” Video: Hip-Hop Performance Gets Standing Ovation – WATCH!

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Lex Ishimoto Gaby Diaz SYTYCD Hip Hop

By Shari Weiss |

Lex Ishimoto Gaby Diaz SYTYCD Hip Hop


Lex Ishimoto and Gaby Diaz opened “So You Think You Can Dance” on Monday with a standing ovation for their hip-hop routine. Watch the video below!

As Gossip Cop has reported, Ishimoto became one of the season 14 frontrunners, if not the predicted winner, as soon as his audition aired. He seamlessly blended hip-hop and contemporary for an improvised style that was all his own. In fact, the judges remarked that he was doing moves they had never seen before. The aspiring star continued to stun during the Dance Academy, where several All-Stars wanted to work with him. Ultimately, he was partnered with Gaby Diaz and welcomed into the Top 10.

For their first live performance, the contender proved he could master tap. Two weeks later, Ishimoto and Diaz received a standing ovation for their Broadway number. And last week, he was finally able to do a contemporary performance. Now tonight, halfway through the competition, they were tasked with hip-hop, which made “SYTYCD” season 12 winner Diaz a bit nervous, but excited Ishimoto, who wanted to make his mom proud. In rehearsal, choreographer Luther Brown said the routine would be “straight fire, straight dancing, something just to show their personalities even more.”

Well, Ishimoto and an unrecognizable Diaz killed the dance, which was set to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” Following a standing ovation, Mary Murphy exclaimed, “Okey damn dokey, Luther! You took it to a whole ‘nother level tonight!” She said Diaz was “on fire, every single second out there,” and then declared, “Lex Nation, let me tell you, you destroyed every second of that… You kept it at a peak level… You are the Iron Man of this competition.”

Nigel Lythgoe told Ishimoto, “You didn’t only make your mom proud tonight, you made me proud, Lex.” The show’s creator explained that he conceived the program as a chance to show dancers can master multiple styles. “You proved that that is possible, and that makes me so very, very happy,” Lythgoe said. And Vanessa Hudgens admitted, “They took the words right out of my motuh. You really do have the ability to do all these different styles and you do them so well.” Check out the video below!

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