'World of Dance' duels continue with The Lab, Diana Pombo, Les Twins & Super Cr3w advancing
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/28/2017
World of Dance continued "The Duels" and advanced four 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 more duels in which two dance acts from the same division compete head to head on the stage for only one open spot in the next "The Cut Round."
Lopez and her fellow judges, Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo and six-time Dancing with the Stars champion Derek Hough, advanced four dance acts after they won their respective battles during the fifth episode of the season.
Those winning acts were The Lab, a hip-hop act from Los Angeles, CA; Diana Pombo, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL; Les Twins, a hip-hop duo from Paris, France; and Super Cr3w, a breakdance act from Las Vegas, NV.
Four dance acts were therefore eliminated: The Posse, a contemporary act from San Jose, CA; Kyle Van Newkirk, a tap dancer from Morrill, NE; Boys of Temecula, a jazz act from Temecula, CA; and Royal Flux, a contemporary act from Los Angeles, CA.
The three divisions are 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).
Diana dueled it out on behalf of the Junior division against The Posse, as well as The Lab against Boys of Temecula. Kyle competed against Les Twins in the Upper division. Super Cr3w danced against Royal Flux for one spot in the Team division.
Just like in The Qualifiers round, 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. The highest score a dance act can receive is 100 points from the judging panel.
However, during each duel, the dance act to earn the highest score wins and moves onto the next round, sending the opposing contestant, duo, trio or group home.
Based on the scores given in The Qualifiers round, the dance acts with the highest scores in each division were allowed to pick their opponents for the duels.
Diana was up first. She had ranked second out of all the acts who made it to The Duels in the entire Junior Division. She chose to compete against The Posse, who had placed seventh in The Qualifiers.
Diana advanced to the next round with 91.3 points compared to The Posse's total of only 86 points from the judges.
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Super Cr3w, who placed fourth in the Team Division, then chose to dance against Royal Flux, who finished in seventh place on the leaderboard.
The judges chose to advance Super Cr3w with a score of 89 points. Royal Flux received 86.3 points from the judges.
The Lab, who claimed the No. 1 spot in the Junior Division, chose to battle the Boys of Temecula, who had placed ninth in The Qualifiers round.
The Lab will move onto "The Cut" with 89.7 points after Boys of Temecula only earned 84.7 points.
The night concluded with a duel between Les Twins, who claimed the top spot in the Upper Division, and Kyle, who had placed ninth on the leaderboard.
Les Twins blew the judges away and received a total of 92 points, while Kyle definitely rose to the challenge but earned only 86 points.