Did Lex Ishimoto win ‘So You Think You Can Dance’? – Orange County Register

Days before the “So You Think You Can Dance” finale on Monday, Sept. 25, Lex Ishimoto, 19, was feeling pretty calm.

“Most of the stress is gone now because the results are out of my control,” the Irvine resident in a phone interview last week. “I am very content with my final performances. I did my job and whatever happens is meant to be.”

But at the same time, Ishimoto said he thrives on competition and he can’t get enough of the nerves and edge-of-your-seat energy that comes with performing to millions of fans every week.

This motivation — along with his quiet confidence and exceptional talent— earned him a spot in Monday night’s Season 14 finale where he was up against fellow contemporary dancers Koine Iwasaki and Taylor Sieve and ballroom dancer Kiki Nyemchek.

Having never been in the bottom three and receiving mostly praises from the “So You Think You Can Dance” judges, Ishimoto seemed favored to win the $250,000 prize and title of America’s Favorite Dancer” but did America’s TV voters think the same thing?

(Warning: Spoilers ahead)

It seems they did.

After a strong run, Ishimoto was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for Season 14 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Ishimoto came in on top in front of contemporary dancer Koine Iwasaki from south Florida who finished second, Taylor Sieve who finished third and Chris “Kiki” Nyemchek who finished fourth and was eliminated first.

From the start, Ishimoto impressed the judges, All Star alumni dancers and guest choreographers, oftentimes inspiring standing ovations.

His New York audition, which aired back in July, rendered judges Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Vanessa Hudgens practically speechless with Lythgoe finally saying, “You, sir, are going to be a star.”

And it appears he was right.

But win or lose Ishimoto seemed primed for…

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