'World of Dance' judges determine 24 "The Duels" contenders after advancing 12 dance acts
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/14/2017
World of Dance advanced the 12 remaining dance acts to the next round during Tuesday night's broadcast of the new NBC reality competition series executive produced and judged by Jennifer Lopez.
Tuesday night's episode featured the final stage of "The Qualifiers" round, rounding out the 24 first-season contestants who will be competing in the upcoming "The Duels" round.
Lopez and her fellow judges, Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo and six-time Dancing with the Stars champion Derek Hough, were responsible for advancing the 12 acts during the third episode of the season.
From the Junior Division, the judges decided to advance Boys of Temecula, a jazz act from Temecula, CA; Eva Igo, a contemporary dancer from Inver Grove Heights, MN; Kyntay, a hip-hop dancer from Memphis, TN; The Mihacevich Sisters, a contemporary act from Brunswick, OH; and The Posse, a contemporary act from San Jose, CA.
The acts who were sent through to the next round from the Upper Division were DNA, a ballroom act from New York, NY; Kyle Van Newkirk, a tap dancer from Morrill, NE; and Pasion, a flamenco dancer from Santa Barbara, CA.
And from the Team Division, the acts who survived were Chapkis Dance Family, a hip-hop act from Bay Area, CA; Ian Eastwood and The Young Lions, a jazz and funk act from Los Angeles, CA; Jabbawockeez, a hip-hop act and former America's Best Dance Crew winners from Sacramento, CA; and Swing Latino, a salsa act from Cali, Colombia.
The three divisions are as follows: Junior (any size act ages 17 and under), Upper (groups from 1-4 people ages 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5 or more dancers ages 18 and older).
Now that The Qualifiers round has wrapped, the competition will consist of four more rounds -- The Duels, The Cut, The Divisional Final and The World Final. The World Final will feature the three division winners going head to head for the $1 million grand prize.
After a dance act takes the stage, Ne-Yo, Jennifer and Derek each determine a score from 1-20 points in each of the following five categories: Performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation.
In The Qualifiers round, the highest score a dance act can receive is 100 points from the judging panel; however, a total score of 80 points or higher is required for a dance act to move on to the next round.
Jabbawockeez earned a total score of 86.7 points from the judges. Ne-Yo scored the group 85 points, while Jennifer gave them 89 points and Derek scored them 86 points.
Ne-Yo said there can't be a competition featuring the best dancers in the world without Jabbawockeez; however, he and Derek both wished they had seen more "isolation" moves rather than just "groove." Jennifer, on the other hand, thought it was risky to perform a more mellow routine but said it paid off. Jennifer pointed out they gave "everyone a master class on how to kill it without breaking a sweat."
The Mihacevich Sisters received a total average score of 87 points after earning 82 points from Ne-Yo, 90 points from Jennifer, and 89 points from Derek. Derek said the dance felt like a contraction or breath, adding that they created something visceral, palpable and beautiful to watch.
Swing Latino received 89.3 points from the judges -- 87 from Ne-Yo, 91 from Jennifer, and 90 from Derek. Ne-Yo said they grabbed everyone's attention while onstage, and Derek called them incredibly athletic artists.
Ian Eastwood and The Young Lions got through to The Duels with 83.7 points after receiving 81 points from Ne-Yo, 86 points from Jennifer, and 84 points from Derek. The judges agreed the routine could have been a little more exciting, that they needed to perform in a competition rather than give a presentation.
DNA received a total score of 86 points. Ne-Yo scored the duo 82 points, Jennifer gave them 88 points, and Derek thought they deserved 88 points as well. Jennifer said if they can deliver more controlled performances, they'll be real contenders.
Eva Igo walked away with a total score of 88 points after earning 85 points from Ne-Yo, 89 points from Jennifer, and 90 points from Derek. Jennifer complimented Eva's "superior" technique and called her "a star," while Derek said she's "extraordinary" and dominated the stage. Derek said Eva proves how an individual can compete against a group on this show.
Boys of Temecula, Kyntay, The Posse, Kyle, Pasion, and Chapkis Dance Family were featured in a montage so the judges' individual scores were often not shown.
Boys of Temecula received a total of 80.3 points from the judges, Kyntay earned 85.7 points, Kyle walked away with 80.7 points, Chapkis Dance Family received 89 points, Pasion earned 87.7 points, and The Posse received a total of 84 points from the judges.
Three dance acts were shown being cut because they failed to reach the 80-point mark. They were 801 Squad Ballroom, a jazz act from Oren, UT; Trent "Memphis Jookin" Jeray from Memphis, TN; and Vibration, a bellydance act Miami, FL, who all received scores in the 78-79 range.
The 12 artists who survived the cut last night will join the following dance acts in The Duels: The Lab, a hip-hop act from Los Angeles, CA; Fik-shun, a hip-hop dancer and former So You Think You Can Dance winner from Las Vegas, NV; Miami All Stars, a ballroom act and former America's Got Talent finalists from Miami, FL; Luka and Jenalyn Cabaret, a ballroom duo from Toronto, Canada; Quick Style, a hip-hop dancer from Oslo, Norway; and Nick Daniels, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL.
The other six acts who will be competing in the next round are D'Angelo & Amanda, a ballroom duo and former Live to Dance winners and America's Got Talent finalists from Miami, FL; Diana Pombo, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL; Keone & Mari, an urban dance duo from San Diego, CA; Les Twins, a hip-hop duo from Paris, France; Kinjaz, an urban dance act from Los Angeles, CA; and Super Cr3w, a breakdance act from Las Vegas, NV.