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post Feb 27 2019, 05:52 AM
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I know this show has been going on for the past two seasons but itís pretty amazing.

It started off as a giant convention to highlight some of the best professional dancers in the business and itís developed into its own show. The judging panel consists of Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez & Derek Hough (aka the main reason why I started watching this). Season 3 is presented by Access correspondent Scott Evans. The dancers compete in four categories (junior solo, junior group, upper solo, upper group), and in the end, one act will walk away with 1,000,000 US dollars.

Iím probably gonna liveblog this but iíll post playlists of the dances with them smile.gif
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WORLD OF DANCE SEASON 3 | WEEK 1 QUALIFIERS

Gonna be highlighting the acts who auditioned for the show and hopefully you guys willlike them. Enjoy.

To explain the scoring system, the judges lock in their scores and the acts need an average of 85 points to move though to the duel rounds.

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THE KINGS | MUMBAI, INDIA | UPPER TEAM | HIP HOP

Theyíre a giant dance crew who got their start winning Indiaís Got Faleng. As I expected from their package, they specialize in death-defying stunts combined with the usual choreography. Itís pretty interesting to see how in sync they are, and their stunts are so clean. Itís like parkour over here.

The judges are for the most part stunned. Ne-Yo thought they defied gravity, and J Lo commends their trust.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 97 | 98 | 98 -> 97.7 - Qualified

J Lo tells them to keep the shoe. rotf.gif

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ERICA & AIDAN | LOS ANGELES, CA | UPPER | URBAN CONTEMPORARY

Hold up... this guy was in Poreotics?!?! Iím in freaking LOVE with that crew! Apparently theyíre fairly new partners - they had only been dancing together for two months. There was a part where they seemed off, but they picked it up, the musicality is off the charts and the lifts were impressive. J Lo noticed the lack of chemistry which came from lack of time dancing with each other. Derek noticed everything I noticed.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 84 | 85 | 85 -> 84.7 - Did Not Qualify

Unfortunately it was Ne-Yoís score that killed them. Itís a tough road out there, and it was the lack of chemistry that got them.

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FUNKANOMETRY | VANCOUVER, CA | JUNIOR | HIP HOP

Theyíre young and... I canít really tell if theyíre related, but you know, Canadians kill it. Their synchronicity is much better than the other duoís. Thereís a nice dissonance between the popping and usual hip-hop choreography, and itís mesmerizing. The judges lord that the dancing was serious but it didnít feel that serious at all. There was so much comedy and characterization laced into the dance and J Lo loved how they stayed in character throughout. Ne-Yo didnít feel the difficulty was there but the execution more than made up for it.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 88 | 87 | 87 -> 87.3 - Qualified

Weird that Ne-Yo gave the most criticism but scored them the highest.

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THE CRAZY 8íS | ANAHEIM HILLS, CA | JUNIOR GROUP | CONTEMPORARY

The group is built through sisterhood, especially when it comes to dancer Maia, who has selective mutism, which means she has he ability to talk but anxiety around others causes her not to talk. The group is the one place where she leans on the most other than her family. THIS ONE GIRL GRABS HER LEG INTO A SPLIT AND SPINS ON HER BELLY *.* Iím very impressed with their technique and turnout, and of course the musicality is amazing. The girls say that Maia was the main muse for the piece. Derek commended their stability and balance and was glad to see all the dancers dancing in the same level. Ne-Yo thinks they can compete and win at the adult level.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 93 | 95 | 91 -> 93.0 - Qualified

THEYíRE SO PRECIOUS *.* J Lo offers them the biggest hug possible.

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JONATHAN Y JORGE | ORLANDO, FL/LIMA, PERU | UPPER | SALSA CABARET

Theyíre a same-gender salsa couple. Iím interested to see how salsa cabaret differs from traditional salsa. It... doesnít look too different, I think itís more informal but has the same technique and stuff. Iím very impressed by the level of lifts and the athleticism! They honestly killed that routine. J Lo loved the lifts and technique, but thought the transitions were rocky and the salsa feel wasnít there. Derek notes changes in the terminology in the ballroom world - instead of applying genders, they note the parts as ďfollower and leaderĒ because of same-gender couples like them. He then gives a demonstration of the hip action the duo were lacking.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 90 | 87 | 89 -> 88.7 - Qualified

BEAUTIFUL.

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JULIAN & CHARLIZE | MANALAPAN, NJ/LOS ANGELES, CA | JUNIOR | HIP-HOP

CHARLIZE GLASS!!! *.* Finally, a dancer I know!

What I like about Charlize stylistically is that she notes the dissonance between dancing hard and dancing soft, and it really shows in her musicality. She works with Julian well, and Iím impressed at how in sync they are despite the challenging choreography. Julian notes that the routine was about the ups and downs of a relationship. Ne-Yo noticed some spacing issues but loved the routine as a whole. Derek wants them to be more consistent in their clarity.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 87 | 88 | 86 -> 87.0 - Qualified

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THE HEIMA | SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA | UPPER TEAM | BREAKING FUSION

Thereís one guy who brings his wife over who has stage 4 cervical cancer, and he says that she inspired him to become a better dancer.

Honestly the camera angles arenít doing the routine justice because there are some really nice angles where only the judges can see the intricate shapes being made. Derek leaps out of his seat because heís just too excited about the performance. He also loved how the back line created shapes that complimented the floorwork at the center.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 95 | 92 | 94 -> 93.7 - Qualified

That is... probably my favorite routine so far.

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MINIBOTS | VANCOUVER, CANADA | JUNIOR | POPPING

Theyíre pretty much here to freak the judges out by dancing like robots. The choreography is amazing and at the same time itís nothing I havenít seen before. Ne-Yo felt that there was barely any synchronicity, and J Lo felt that it wasnít competitive enough for the competition.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 85 | 83 | 82 -> 83.3 - Did Not Qualify

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POPPIN JOHN | FARMINGTON, NM | UPPER | POPPING

A lot of kids consider him a pioneer of popping as a mainstream dance style, especially after he garnered fame from the early days of YouTube. His popping almost doesnít feel real, like itís a hologram of himself glitching but yet he moves across the whole stage with so much ease. J Lo notes that popping had just as much difficulty as tap and it may not seem impressive but his skills far encompass it. Ne-Yo doesnít feel like itís competitive enough but he loved it.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 84 | 86 | 86 -> 85.3 - Qualified

Geez, does Ne-Yo underscore every dance? J Lo adds that there needs to be more emotion in the dance.

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ELLIE & AVA | WOODBURY, MN | JUNIOR | CONTEMPORARY

Straight legs, pointed feet, impeccable technique, and their control/core strength is phenomenal. It puts them at such a huge advantage because they can interpret moves and musicality to a different degree. J Lo commends their synchronized butterfly jumps. Ne-Yo loved how it told a story.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 95 | 89 | 93 -> 92.7 - Qualified

J Lo tells them that they need more danger and intensity in their dancing and itís something to keep note of in the future.

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DíANGELO BROTHERS | SAN CESAREO | UPPER | TAP

Tbh I expected Italian guys to be much hotter tongue.gif Theyíre from a small town but theyíve been tapping for almost their whole lives.

Thereís a part where theyíre talking and it almost looks like theyíre stomping so much that the floor is indenting. Itís a very simple dance (so Ne-Yo is not gonna like it tongue.gif( but itís slick. Derek suggests that for a future routine, they do something where they create the beat. Ne-Yo was impressed by the musicality and synchronicity; they didnít miss a beat.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 87 | 86 | 89 -> 87.3 - Qualified

Derek has TASTE *.*

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LAUREN YAKIMA | NORTHVILLE, MIN| JUNIOR | CONTEMPORARY

Sheís a competition kid; she eats, lives and breathe dance. She wants people to recognize her dancing, and thatís why she signed up for the show.

Almost immediately, we can see the control in her upper body. The acro elements were fantastic and we can clearly see the switch between the fast and slow movements. Thereís one part where she leaps as if to keep on spinning, but other than that, itís probably my favorite performance of the night now.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 97 | 94 | 96 -> 95.7 - Qualified

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ELEKTRO CREW | GILBERT, AZ | JUNIOR TEAM | HIP HOP

Do they have some connection to Elektrolytes, a dance crew from the same city? Thereís one guy on the team went through a nasty divorce where the dad completely disappeared from the picture, and the team really has his back.

Their costumes SCREAM cheerleading squad. They literally have one guy doing the majority of the lifts but their athleticism is there and every single member seems to carry their own weight. It just felt a little... Iíve seen this all before. J Lo wants them to amp up the difficulty, and Ne-Yo agrees.

Scores: [Ne-Yo | J Lo | Derek] 87 | 87 | 85 -> 86.3 - Qualified

BLESS YOU J LO.

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World Of Dance airs Sundays on NBC but you can still catch all the previous performances here!
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