This ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestant brought Allison Holker to tears by honoring tWitch’s memory [WATCH]

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The season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” was full of mostly contemporary and hip-hop performances — some better, some worse — so it was a breath of fresh air when Jin Lee told us what her performance style would be: bone-breaking, Chinese folk and waving. “I lost my father two years ago,” the 24-year-old hopeful explained. “He brought me to be curious about so many things and so many forms of art … I would not be able to move like this without him.” Watch her complete audition above.

Her routine wasn’t the most grandiose that we saw on night one, but the emotions it evoked brought judges Allison Holker and Comfort Fedoke to tears. “I just felt the tide, I felt the energy just kept building up until you got into a bit of your bone-breaking, and yet it still had grace in it. It was lovely,” said Fedoke. When asked by judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy what her experience and intent is with dance, she told them she was “obsessed with storytelling.” That’s exactly what Holker felt from the performance, but the audition only got more emotional from there.

“As someone who lost their father, and watching my mother watch the love of her life transition, I’m grateful that I have this opportunity, regardless of whether I pass, I really just want to speak to you directly and say, I’m really inspired by the way that you’ve held yourself in grace and the way that you’re holding tWitch‘s legacy,” Lee told Holker. “Thank you for continuing to be a light for us.”

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was and will forever be an icon and a legend because he was truly the best at what he did, but also because he brought out the best in everyone around him,” Holker responded. She and Boss were both contestants on “SYTYCD” and eventually married, but Boss tragically died by suicide in 2022 at age 40. That’s why it was so moving when it was announced that Holker would be judging this season of the series, paying it forward to dancers like Lee who represent the next generation of talent.

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