'World of Dance' recap: Kinjaz, Swing Latino, Les Twins, and Keone & Mari advance to "The Divisional Final"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/26/2017
World of Dance concluded "The Cut" and advanced two acts from the Team Division and two acts from the Upper Division to the next round of the new NBC reality competition series.
During Tuesday night's episode, World of Dance wrapped The Cut round which featured 15 dance acts fighting for only two spots in each of the three divisions -- 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).
Five acts were left in each division after "The Duels," and so now that The Cut is over, only two acts remain in each division. Those two acts' performances received the highest total of judges' points in each division, automatically advancing them to "The Divisional Final."
The two acts who advanced from the Team Division last night were Kinjaz, an urban dance act from Los Angeles, CA, and Swing Latino, a salsa act from Cali, Colombia.
The two dance acts who will compete in The Divisional Final on behalf of the Upper Division are Les Twins, a hip-hop duo from Paris, France, and Keone & Mari, an urban dance duo from San Diego, CA.
In The Cut round, each judge mentors one of the divisions one-on-one, with iconic ballerina Misty Copeland serving as a guest judge on the panel that is comprised of executive producer Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo, and six-time Dancing with the Stars champion Derek Hough.
Ne-Yo mentored the Team Division. In last week's episode, Swing Latino was shown receiving 92.5 total points from the judges and Super Cr3w, a breakdance act from Las Vegas, NV, was shown earning 88.8 points, so they were the two groups to beat in Tuesday night's broadcast.
Kinjaz were up first, and their performance was innovative and "almost too perfect." Misty admitted she felt like she was a 14-year-old girl watching N'SYNC for the first time.
The Kinjaz received a total of 93.5 points -- 93 points from Ne-Yo, 90 points from Jennifer, 96 points from Misty, and 95 points from Derek.
Chapkis Dance Family, a hip-hop act from Bay Area, CA, earned a total of 85.8 points but their individual judges' scores were not revealed.
Last up in the Team Division was Ian Eastwood & The Young Lions, a jazz and funk act from Los Angeles, CA, who had defeated the famous Jabbawockeez in the previous round.
While the judges thought Ian's group has evolved and their performance was beautifully executed, Ne-Yo thought the overall picture wasn't perfect.
Ian Eastwood & The Young Lions walked away with 83 points from Ne-Yo, 89 points from Jennifer, 93 points from Misty, and 91 points from Derek for a grand total of 89 points.
The scores determined that Kinjaz and Swing Latino will be the Team Division's competitors in The Divisional Final.
The Upper Division was mentored by Derek, and Luka and Jenalyn Cabaret, a ballroom duo from Toronto, Canada, were up first.
While the couple's lifts and tricks were called "nuts," the judges agreed they would have liked to see more dancing and needed to mirror their moves to the music a little more.
Luka and Jenalyn received 82 points from Ne-Yo as well as 80 points from Jennifer, Misty and Derek. They earned a total of 80.5 points.
Fik-shun, a hip-hop dancer and former So You Think You Can Dance winner from Las Vegas, NV, wowed the audience but the judges were split over whether they loved the performance. Ne-Yo thought it was safe and he expected more from the contestant, but Jennifer and Derek totally disagreed, saying Fik-shun nailed the use of his bench and umbrella props.
Fik-shun earned a total of 84.2 points from the judges, which included 84 points from Ne-Yo, 86 points from Jennifer, 82 points from Misty, and 85 points from Derek.
Pasion, a flamenco group from Santa Barbara, CA, received a total of 78.8 points from the judges but their individual scores were not shown.
Les Twins were up next and expectations were high since they're already famous. The twins, however, managed to blow the judges away and Misty called it a "mind, body and soul" performance.
Les Twins received a total of 93.5 points -- 90 points from Ne-Yo, 94 points from Jennifer, a whopping 98 points from Misty, and 92 points from Derek.
The last Upper Division act to take the stage was Keone & Mari, who were dubbed "true artists" because of their fluid movements and intelligent choreography.
Keone & Mari earned 94 points from Ne-Yo, 92 points from Jennifer, 94 points from Misty, and 93 points from Derek for a grand total of 93.2 points.
The results meant that Les Twins and Keone & Mari will advance.
Last week, Eva Igo, a contemporary dancer from Inver Grove Heights, MN, and Diana Pombo, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL, were chosen to be the acts who will represent the Junior Division in The Divisional Final.
Following that phase of the competition, one act on the show will be crowned the $1 million winner in "The World Final."