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SYTYCD's Lex Ishimoto Thought Koine Iwasaki Was Actually Going To Win Instead of Him

SYTYCD's Lex Ishimoto Thought Koine Iwasaki Was Actually Going To Win Instead of Him

Lex Ishimoto and Koine Iwasaki pull out their best dance moves for the photo booth after appearing on Build Series in New York City on Monday (October 16).

The two — who placed 1st and 2nd on So You Think You Can Dance season 14 — opened up about auditions, the run of show, and more.

Koine even shouts out Val Chmerkovskiy about teaching her how to salsa in under an hour, saying he was one of her favorite choreographers on the show.

Lex added that when he’s dancing with Koine, especially with the Broadway pizza delivery guy number, that “all I have to do is basically support her.”

He continues, “It’s really easy [with her]. She’s an amazing partner.”

Check out their full interview below!

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SYTYCD Winner Lex Ishimoto Praises All-Star Gaby Diaz (Exclusive)

SYTYCD Winner Lex Ishimoto Praises All-Star Gaby Diaz (Exclusive)

Lex Ishimoto is still letting his win sink in from Monday night’s So You Think You Can Dance finale.

The dancer, who hails from Irvine, Calif., opened up about that final moment and working with season 12 winner and All-star, Gaby Diaz.

“I felt really content with whatever was going to happen,” Lex tells JJJ. “This was one of the scenarios where it was out of my control, for all of us. I did what I needed to do throughout the competition and I was perfectly happy with whatever was going to be the outcome.”


Lex also says that working with Gaby was kind of a dream come true.

“It was amazing. She’s definitely one of those people who’s taught me a lot in this specific experience and I’m so grateful,” he says. “Just seeing her dancing is inspiring and I love her.”

In fact, Lex‘s favorite performance throughout the season was their tap number.

“I felt like it was just a classic, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers vibes and it was actually the only tap number throughout the show. It was a much needed to have tap out there and be seen.”

If you missed that one, check it out below!

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SYTYCD Winner Lex Ishimoto Was Grateful Girlfriend Taylor Sieve Was By His Side Throughout It All (Exclusive)

SYTYCD Winner Lex Ishimoto Was Grateful Girlfriend Taylor Sieve Was By His Side Throughout It All (Exclusive)

So You Think You Can Dance viewers were surprised to find out that winner Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve had been a couple the entire time they were on the show together.

In fact, Taylor and Lex have been dating for quite a while and were on another tour prior to the show, which is where they met.

JJJ spoke to Lex after his big win and asked him about having Taylor by his side throughout the show.

“It was such a good thing to have,” he revealed. “Without her, I don’t think I would’ve been able to go through this show as much as I actually did.”

Lex adds, “Mentality wise, it’s such a grueling process and to have her by my side was a very calming and made everything so much easier.”

In fact, it wasn’t just Taylor who helped him through the show, but all the Top 10 dancers, especially Kiki Nyemchek and Koine Iwasaki, who rounded out the Top 4.

“It’s actually awesome. All four of us just connected so well together and we felt deserved to be in the Top 4,” Lex said of their friendship. “They all brought something specific to their own table and it felt amazing to experience this with them. They are such great friends.”

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Vanessa Hudgens' Family Celebrated Her 'SYTYCD' Performance in the Sweetest Way

Vanessa Hudgens' Family Celebrated Her 'SYTYCD' Performance in the Sweetest Way

Vanessa Hudgens has been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance all season, and her family is so proud of her accomplishments on the show.

The 28-year-old singer and actress took the stage herself last night, singing “Reminding Me” with Shawn Hook, and dancing with Robert Roldan.

When Vanessa returned to her dressing room, her family literally showered her with rose petals, shouting “SURPRISE!” when she opened the door.

“I can’t,” she wrote on Instagram with the video. “I love my family so so much. This is how they greeted me after the finale last night lol.”

It was a gorgeous performance, and it’s no wonder her family wanted to surprise her!

Watch the aww-worthy moment below:

I can't. I love my family so so much. This is how they greeted me after the finale last night lol

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Vanessa Hudgens Reunites With HSM Co-Star Allison Holker at 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale

Vanessa Hudgens Reunites With HSM Co-Star Allison Holker at 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale

We’re melting over how cute this pic of Vanessa Hudgens and Allison Holker is!

If you didn’t know, the two starred together in High School Musical over 10 years ago, and then again, in High School Musical 2!

While Allison didn’t have a speaking part, you can see her in the cheer team in the first movie, and then trying to get her yearbook signed by Sharpay Evans in “What Time Is It?” in the second movie.

If you missed the So You Think You Can Dance finale last night, Vanessa also took the stage to perform “Reminding Me”, her collaboration with Shawn Hook — and even danced with all-star Robert Roldan.

Check out the full performance below!

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Who Won 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14? Find Out Here!

Who Won 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14? Find Out Here!

So You Think You Can Dance just revealed who was America’s Favorite Dancer!

Taylor Sieve, Kiki Nyemchek, Koine Iwasaki, and Lex Ishimoto all performed together one last time on stage before being narrowed down to just one left standing.

Don’t forget that the Top 10 Dancers, plus All-stars Marko Germar and Jasmine Harper, will be heading out on the SYTYCD tour.

Click inside to see who was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer NOW! More Here! »

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale: Top 3 Dancers Revealed!

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale: Top 3 Dancers Revealed!

So You Think You Can Dance is ready to crown it’s new winner!

Taylor Sieve, Kiki Nyemchek, Koine Iwasaki, and Lex Ishimoto all performed one last time on stage, dancing a new partner number, and some repeat performances that the judges wanted to see again.

After the judges comments and fans calling in and voting from last week, it was revealed just which dancers were the Top 3.

Click inside to see who the Top 3 dancers are NOW! More Here! »

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale - Watch All The Performances Here!

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 14 Finale - Watch All The Performances Here!

We can’t believe it’s the final night of So You Think You Can Dance season 14!

The Top 4 dancers — Lex Ishimoto, Taylor Sieve, Kiki Nyemchek, and Koine Iwasaki — lit up the stage with some repeat electric performances, both solo and partner numbers.

The show also threw it back to the Academy, showcasing all the dancers’ skills before the Top 10 were chosen.

Be sure to check back throughout the entire night, as we’ll be updating all night with all the Top 4′s performances before America’s Favorite Dancer is crowned.

CLICK INSIDE NOW TO WATCH ALL THE PERFORMANCES! More Here! »

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