In some of the poignant and highly effective moments in So You Suppose You Can Dance’s 15-season historical past, prime six finalist Darius Hickman took on the recent subject of gender identification on Monday’s episode, in a up to date routine that choose Twitch stated “transcended the competitors” and described as “actually a murals. In a single phrase, it’s a masterpiece.”

“We’ve got seen some wonderful routines on this present and wonderful dancers, however that’s going to be proper up there and all of our recollections,” stated present hostess Cat Deeley, to which choose Mary Murphy replied by way of tears, “It can at all times be burned into my coronary heart and in my reminiscence financial institution.”

The controversial and conceptual quantity, set to Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice‘s “It Takes a Lot to Know a Man,” paired Hickman with returning Season 14 contestant Taylor Sieve, and had the 2 dancers depicting an inner emotional conflict between the conflicted female and (poisonous) masculine sides of a single queer individual. Hickman started the routine wearing a billowing skirt and corset, boldly staring down the digicam lens in his heavy make-up. He then battled the indignant and aggressive Sieve, who was androgynously attired in a T-shirt and denims and compelled Hickman to wriggle into comparable clothes. However on the finish, Hickman strutted away and reapplied his pink lipstick, thus reclaiming his identification and self-acceptance.

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Taylor Sieve and Darius Hickman on ‘So You Suppose You Can Dance.’ (Picture: Fox)

The routine was choreographed by brazenly homosexual SYTYCD Season 2 runner-up Travis Wall, who was impressed by his personal painful coming-out expertise. “This piece hits residence for me, as a result of after I was attempting to return out of the closet, I used to be bullied. Individuals might be very nasty, and society conforms us to be a sure method,” Wall defined.

“I relate to is that this piece on so many ranges — being bullied, being known as names. Issues that develop into regular for society to say to you when you find yourself not ‘regular’ in different individuals’s eyes. You must let these issues go and it’s a must to be snug in your individual pores and skin,” stated Hickman. “I by no means thought I must open up like that. I’m glad I did.”

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“I’m so happy with Travis for choreographing this routine,” stated foremost choose Nigel Lythgoe after Hickman and Sieve completed. “I’m so proud, Darius, of you, as a result of I’m positive you and Travis each relate to this routine a lot in your lives. … It’s unimaginable to suppose how courageous it’s a must to be to be your individual individual these days, and it’s depraved that you must must be that courageous. And I can solely say it’s actually essential to evaluate a person not by what he’s, however by who he’s.”

Lythgoe went as so to declare Hickman his favourite dancer of Season 15, which made it such a shock when later within the episode, Hickman, together with prime six contestant Jay Jay Dixonbey, was despatched residence — primarily based on final week’s public vote. Had viewers had the chance to vote for this magnificent piece, Hickman could have even made it into this season’s finale. However choose Vanessa Hudgens, who was “legit shook” by this efficiency, assured Hickman that he’s nonetheless a real winner, telling him, “It doesn’t matter what occurs on this present, I really feel like you’ve gotten a protracted profession forward of you.”

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And talking of lengthy careers (and profitable), it’s probably that five-time Emmy nominee Wall — who has been choreographing for SYTYCD since 2007, gained a Greatest Choreography Emmy in 2015, and is up once more this yr for his “Change Is Every little thing” and “Unusual Fruit” routines — will earn one other Greatest Choreography Emmy nod in 2019 for “It Takes a Lot to Know a Man.”

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