World of Dance, Season 4 – The FINAL, Live Blog

Dang, almost missed it. Good thing I turned on my TV early. Didn’t realize they were starting early tonight.

Opening moves from all the dancers are looking fine!!

Jennifer says it feels like anyone’s game and she doesn’t know, for the first time, who’s going to win.

Oxygen, from the Netherlands, is an upper group and they are getting mentored by the judges. Ne-Yo says they have a slight advantage. Jen likes the choreography but she needs more at the end. Derek says the final 8-count should be the 8-count of your life.

Derek’s jacket is lovely, by the way. πŸ™‚ Unicorn gel pod. LOL!! Such boys.

Weird to see the place without an audience. Oxygen entering the stage… Read more..

August 12, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – The Semi Finals Part TWO, Live Blog

So here we are at the last week already! Tonight is the rest of the semi-finals and tomorrow night we find out who wins. As I said last week, I’m not sure I’m a fan of all the changes they made to the show this season – one of the main selling points was the scoring system. I suggested something similar for DWTS because the judging was soooo horrible, much of the time. This show has less of an *obvious* agenda that DWTS, but their scoring system seems much more legitimate. I also miss the divisions that hold through to the finale. Ah well, maybe they’ll change it back next season or maybe they’ll even make improvements that I agree with.

One thing that hasn’t changed….Derek Hough is just gorgeous. Especially for someone so goofy. πŸ™‚ It’s nice that he is a genuinely nice, kind man…I’ve met him a couple times and each time it was a real treat. I will miss him on TV every week. Not enough for him to go back to DWTS out of boredom though. πŸ™‚

T-minus 30 minutes…

Derek misses his “little score pad”. Me too, Derek. Me too.

Derek and Ne-Yo being super goofy as per usual. πŸ™‚ Both so handsome, so it works. πŸ™‚ Read more..

August 11, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – Week TEN Semi Finals Live Blog

So, I was reflecting on the season thus far and I’ve kinda decided that I liked it better before all the changes. At first it didn’t seem they made any changes beyond going to the warehouse. But as we went a long I realized they very subtly changed EVERYTHING. It’s now a simple yes or no vote instead of the scoring system which actually set the apart from the very subjective DWTS or SYTYCD. There doesn’t appear to be a difference between Upper and Upper Groups or Junior and Junior Groups…the uppers are all mashed together as are all the juniors. Don’t think I care for that. So how much of the old stuff will come back tonight, now that they’re on the “big stage”. The scoring in particular seemed important to me.

Am I alone in this?? Any other subtle change that I missed?

T-minus ten minutes… Read more..

August 4, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – Week NINE Live Blog

Okay, so unless I’ve completely lost it, we’re in the second week of duels for the Junior Division. Yes? Anyway, I don’t remember what happened last week because I was having work exhaustion. All I can remember is that Derek is hot…and that’s pretty much a given. Oh and of course they picked that tiny girl because JLo. :::rolls eyes::: She was good, but dang.

So, I’m writing this while watching the last half hour of AGT and what is up with Simon Cowell? Did he dye the top of his hair black AND start using eye liner?? I’m not saying it’s a bad look, per se, but it is noticeable. Or….eye lift? Again, no shade – people should do what they want. I’m just curious as to what is different about him.

Anyway, T-minus 15 minutes.

Derek, Twitch and Ne-Yo….all extremely handsome in different ways. Something for everyone. I’m all about Derek, m’self. πŸ™‚

Baily and Kida versus James and Harris – I don’t remember the latter but definitely the former. Was Kida on SYTYCD?? He’s definitely familiar. They’re a gorgeous couple. Actually, now watching the package I do remember James and Harris.

Side bar: love JLo’s hat.

Kida and Bailey up first. Love the detail. They still seem new to each other. Not quite as perfect as long term couples. But the red shoes are effective. That seemed edited which probably doesn’t bode well for either couple.

Derek says it was sick, and the nuances were so powerful, very satisfying to watch.

Ne-Yo says he isolations was unreal. He thoroughly enjoyed it. He was in all the way.

Jennifer got goodies. A real step up from the first time. This allowed her to see the potential.

Twitch says they are architects of sound. He thinks their challenge is showing the edge of their envelope. Have to be working harder than anyone else.

Now for James and Harris… after the commercial.

Two males this style is unusual and that is welcome. They pull in a bit of hip hop into the beginning and then get more into the contemporary. I didn’t think there was that much to it, but that may be due to the poor editing.

Ne-Yo loved it. Jennifer loved it. Said there is a great dance duo here. Ne-Yo says they are strong dancers but they aren’t dancing as strong as they are. Derek interjects to disagree. Derek says he’s wrong and says it was a great routine. I hate the editing on this show. He says they were a fraction out of sync. I feel like I didn’t actually see this dance. Jennifer says she does think there is a lot more there. tWitch says that the feeling that they’re not giving everything takes them out of it. I can agree with these comments.

And the winner is:
Ne-Yo: Baily and Kida
Jennifer: James and Harris (makes no sense per what she had to say)
Derek: Baily and Kida

I think I would agree with Derek on that one; plus tWitch says he has his eyes on James and Harris (which is bad because there was more than one group from last week that deserved a look).

Derek was in a Panto? Cool, not surprised. He never got the fast food experience like Ne-Yo was talking about because he was a competitive dancer from a young age. No shade to Micky’Ds – I worked there as a kid. But it goes to show how different it is for a trained dancer.

Maddie Peti versus Kegan Katz. I don’t know if I spelled either right.

Maddy up first with her ballet/contemporary. More dancing that the typical contemporary, thank god. but still, the gymnastics. And again with the editing.

Derek is killing me with his “critique”. Jennifer says it was a good routine, and she’s a great dancer, but this seemed short of that. tWitch says her technique is incredible but she’s not inviting us into her world and not connecting with the audience. Derek says the technique is extraordinary but there were a few bobbles, but it was a good routine. Ne-Yo says when they first saw her she was all technique no heart.

Keagan Caps up next. Her start is interesting. And she is much slower, which is much harder. Very sharp. Very fierce.

Jennifer says that was so emotional and there was so much yumminess. She broke her heart. Derek says she broke his hamstring. The intensity was great, awareness of her body was great. tWitch says to take that to heart. Ne-Yo says it takes a level of maturity to know hot to milk a moment. Derek says in the future that it’s not just from move to picture, make sure there is dancing in between.

The winner is….my vote is for Kegan. We’ll see.

Derek: Keagan
Jennifer: Keagan
Ne-yo – says he was also going with Keagan. I agree with this one.

Derek has never heard the word coquettish before?? Start reading more, boyfriend.

Now tWitch is up next choosing who gets a shot at redemption. We have three groups who are similar, James/Harris and Maddy Penney. I think I vote for two of the groups just because I was not all that impressed with the others. I think Young Cast and 305.

tWitch picks James and Harris first. Weird, IMO.

Next group is…commercial…

Second pick is…The Young Cast. Are we going to the semi-finals with NO ballroom/latin dancers?

The judges be scared of tWitch’s picks. They should be. We have enough contemporary dancers although I like James and Harris better than most. Judges seem somewhat okay with the picks.

Young cast first. Love the start Very cool. Love when they change speeds so effectively. Very sharp. Yep, I loved that. Lots of speed transitions.

Jennifer says they have a bag of tricks they don’t know about. Derek says they have a slight advantage because of the pictures they can create. Ne-Yo agrees.

James and Harris up next. A tiny bit out of sync. I’m not seeing anything particularly exciting here. And they were out of sync the whole way though.

Ne-Yo says they are strong dancers, Jennifer agrees, but the commentary is half hearted. Derek is similar to that. I think that was a wasted opportunity and if they win I will wonder about the judges.

Jennifer: Duels are harder this year (and this is good). She picks the Young Cast.
Derek: Young Cast and Ne-Yo agrees with Derek.

I think that was a bad duel selection – I don’t think James/Harris even came close to The Young Cast and 305 or someone else would have been a better selection. The Judges seem to think they have to have a contemporary dancer in the semi’s…and they don’t.

And the duels are done? Wait…aren’t we missing a category? Man, I lose track so fast. It sucks having a real job. πŸ™‚

July 28, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Can Derek Hough “Out Bling” Jennifer Lopez?? (Video)

This was too cute not to post. I personally think that, in the height of his ballroom days, Derek and his various partners could absolutely out bling her. πŸ™‚ And that shirt he puts on does look very reminicent of one he wore when dancing with…Lil Kim, I believe.

Well, the closest I could find on short notice was Brooke Burke… πŸ™‚ Wow, this was a long time ago.

July 18, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – Week Seven Live Blog

The Duels Continue!! The previews look exciting, but how is it possible that tonight is the last of the duels? What are we missing? Did all the levels have duels?

T-minus 20 minutes!

So, when are they going back to their legit scoring system – the system that DWTS should have been doing for years?

Here we go.

Good advice from tWitch. Love JLo complimenting Derek’s outfit after he has insecurity about his shoe game.

Okay, they are wrapping up the UPPER division duels. Perhaps the ad was unclear. I was starting to wonder.

I don’t think they’ve been more difficult than previous seasons – I’m still not sure this season is up to par with previous.

First up: Jake/Chau versus Josh/Erica. Ten bucks says JLo picks the couple because she’s a sap. Contemporary – you’re going to have to be amazing to impress me.

Jake/Chau up first. Interesting start – different which I like. Very good. This is actually a stellar routine that is not relying on fake emotion/angst. Okay that was really good.

Derek says incredible – interesting and innovative. Liked the transitions and lifts. Twitch would like more side by side, Jennifer agrees. I think they’re wrong – the side by side in contemporary is over done. Ne-Yo says he wants to speak on the small margin for error – he saw a little off time. He has to judge it.

Josh/Erica are next. They’re hooking themselves together, which is slightly terrifying to everyone in the room. Wow. Sharp. I like that both pairs are not falling back on contemporary cliche. AKA fake angst. This is a marionette act, very cool. That was quite good. This one will be a tough call.

Ne-Yo says it’s very interesting. He stills thinks she’s too soft. Derek disagrees. A lot. πŸ™‚ Derek says it was so creative and so interesting. His butt was clenched. πŸ™‚ Yeah, this dance was right up his alley. Jennifer says it was risky and that it forces them into a box, but she thinks they pulled it off amazingly. She’s not sure they did all they could do to win the dule. Twitch says they have to think about thinking about things that will pop. Great Job.

Derek: Josh/Erica
Jennifer: Jake/Chau (I was right)
Ne-Yo: Jake/Chau

Not sure I agree with that one. I think I’m on Derek’s side on this one.

Love the BTS thing about TikTok – Derek is hilarious. Yes, I probably would kill him.

Oxygen Versus Geometrie Variable is the next duel. Right now I vote Oxygen. Although, I really like Geometrie Variable as well, but it might be too subtle for TV.

They’re all giving face, of course. Geometrie Variable up first.Off to a great start, not quite so rigid and much more flow than their first routing. Still Very intriguing. Liked the chin/shotgun move. Wow. That was quite good.

Ne-Yo has to go out and high five them all. Loves the Chinography. Ne-Yo has zero critiques. Jennifer had wondered how often they could see that but they did a hundred new things. She says it was surprising and really great. Derek says they’ve never had that before as an entire routine. They proved that it could hold up over the course of the show.

Oxygen…commercial. Okay here we go. High energy, tight. I would have given more thought to the shirt colors and who was going to be where. And then they did on the train moves. They’re in rainbow formation. Love the slow down portion. That was really good, but I don’t know if it was up to DV. They went away from what made them unique last time and Ne-Yo points that out. Jennifer seems to agree with Ne-Yo. Derek says they took out the special sauce. I agree. I agree with all that. tWitch thinks it was dope – it was, but was it dope enough? This is right up his alley.

Jennifer: GV
Derek: GV
Ne-Yo: GV

I agree with that pick, sadly. I really loved Oxygen’s first round so much, but they just didn’t bring it as hard this time.

Twitch now has to decide who from the Upper Division is going to compete again for a final spot in the competition.

Redemption Round!! Twitch goes back stage to pick who will get another shot. Your competitors are:

Luca and Alessandra
The Rise
Styles and Emma
Josh and Erica
Oxygen

Damn, this is a tough call. I think he’ll pick The Rise and Luca/Alessandra. Of course, those are my favorites, so…

tWitch picks….Styles and Emma. And…Oxygen. Wow. I got that totally wrong. Very happy for Styles and Emma, but I think Oxygen was probably the wrong pick. I’m miss my white haired guy. πŸ™

I think Derek agrees with me. πŸ™‚ Rooting for Style and Emma at this point. We’ll see. Yep, Derek was with me.

Style and Emma first. tThe splits are unbelievable. Much more balletic this time. They are killing it. His pirouette was excellent. Yeah, that was really good.

Next up, Oxygen. They are dressed in a way that makes me hopeful. Okay, that opening was stellar. The outfits are totally part of the dance. That was brilliant. Just amazing. Sheet.

All judges wondering why they didn’t do that the first time. Derek’s kinda mad because they’re going to have to lose one now. Agreed. Jennifer says you only have here and now and you can’t take it for granted. You have to attack every time.

This is unfortunately a no brainer, IMO. It should be Oxygen, although I want it to be Styles and Emma because of their style being so rare. Love that shot of Derek scanning the room.

The winner of redemption:
It’s unanimous. Oxygen. Use, that one was sadly obvious.

Next week, the Juniors duel. Hopefully they’re not as infuriating. But I suppose they will be. πŸ™‚

July 14, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – Week Six Live Blog

The Duels!! I already suspect that I’m going to be mad before the end of the night. πŸ™‚ We’ll see!!

T-minus 30 minutes!

Damn you, AGT….another week of crying at this dang show. The Spoken Word act that ended tonights AGT rivals Lin Manuel Miranda – I can give no higher compliment.

Apparently the big stage with the audience is the round AFTER the duels.

Twitch gets to pick who heads to redemption. I trust him more than Jennifer. πŸ™‚ And maybe more than the other two as well. And apparently it’s the Upper Division going tonight. Not a fan of Jennifer’s outfit. Love Derek’s and Ne-yo’s though. Read more..

June 30, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance Previews a Latin Dance Duel for Week 5

This is damn good dancing here – although I think having two latin teams duel (thereby knocking one of them out) sucks for the competition as a whole. Seriously, we need latin and ballroom in the competition – how many teams of hip hoppers do we really need? We need variety of style!

June 26, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

World of Dance, Season 4 – Week FIVE Live Blog

Can’t believe it’s week 5 already. Tonight is the call backs and only four teams are making it to the duels. I have no favorites, as I recall, in the call back group. That’s the problem of course – there’s not been anyone memorable yet this season. I hope the duels punch up the competition.

I also don’t think that this season is that markedly different from the previous ones – the qualifiers are the same as always, they just happen earlier in the dancers minds because they’re expecting producers, not the judges. It does sound like the duels have serious potential – if the judges are deciding the dance battles, then the contestants can’t pick who they perceive to be the weakest to try to eliminate them. But the judges need to not fall into the same trap – match them well and make them true battles. I guess we will see…

T-minus 29 minutes.

Damn, AGT – make me cry EVERY week.

Here we go – impress me people!! By the way, Love Jennifer’s hair and outfit.

The Rise is up first with my favorite white haired guy. πŸ™‚ I haven’t kept track of how many acts are in each division – if I had I could probably predict what was going to happen.

They’re off to a great start. Derek just made a “mistake” face. They’re a tiny bit sloppy, but I love them.

Jennifer says it was compelling and she was impressed. Derek and Ne-Yo said they did better. And Ne-Yo loves my guy too. πŸ™‚ He does bring the energy and he has some kind of crazy charisma. And he’s just so cute. They do comment that there’s still some need for a pop here and there. They are a sharp looking group. And the judges did say they nailed it. I’m rooting for them.

Project 21 ain’t going to cut it, they got the short edit and little discussion. Props were always bad on DWTS, but apparently they did okay. Even if they do make it through here, they’ll lose the duels.

Avante Gard is up next…did the outfits. Also get the short edit. Yeah I remember this group – I like they for how different they are. Different music choices, different movements.

Jennifer says much better than last time – the whole routine made sense. Derek says the dancing wasn’t as strong this time. Ne-Yo is with Derek. They went too far in one way. They lost two judges and only gained Jennifer.

CBACTION is up next. These are the guys who had an injury right before dancing. They’ve adjusted more to being short a guy. Hopefully tightened it up.

They are getting a very short edit as well. So short I can’t really comment. Derek says there are still moments lacking impact. Ne-Yo liked it better, said they were quality dancers. Jennifer thinks they’re good, strong dancers, but she’s still not sure.

Next up, another girl group, The Difference. Highly edited again, but I”m liking what I see, seems tight.

Jennifer says they have heart and were better than last time. Ne-Yo likes the story. Derek still needs more but he loves them as dancers.

Man, they are zooming through the dancers and it’s not even 20 after the hour.

GRVMNT is up next…do I remember them from the first time around?? They’re cute, but I don’t remember. Β They’re getting a longer edit, much more discussion before they dance.

Very tight. Nice sync. Good energy. Derek is moving in a positive way. πŸ™‚ Yah, they’re killing it. Just the tightest group of the night. And the bridge was great. Well done. Loved the ending as well.

Jennifer says bring that EVERY time. Much better. They still have a ways to go, she says. They killed it. Β Derek loved the transitions (agreed). Ne-Yo points out the youngest dude – that’s the energy they need. Jennifer says whoever comes up front is whoever is killing it the most.

Pumpfidence is up next – they got highly edited in the first round, I don’t expect this one to be much better. Β There’s just not much to this in terms of actual dancing. Their sync wasn’t that great.

Jennifer says the choreography was better than last time. Derek says there were times they weren’t together, but better than the first time. Ne-Yo says that they have a long way to go, but better than the first time. Β Jennifer makes the comment about them needing to be able to compete with everyone else. Β I agree.

Derek is too funny. They all are, actually. This show has given me a whole new appreciation for Jennifer and she needs to thank Derek and Ne-Yo. πŸ™‚

“Stars are meant to shine, Derek” LOL

Show Stoppers up next! That’s yellow. Wow, sharp. I like that they’re all women doing this style of dance.. Slight misalignment there, but the sync is good. Not sure there were enough wow moments

Jennifer and Ne-Yo say they are a lot stronger. Jennifer says they need more surprises. Derek says they started strong, but by the end they had stayed in the same zone.

Latin dancers 305 are up next. Β Are there any ballroom/latin acts on the show this year? Not many.

Go Derek, go! πŸ™‚ That’s a whole lot of dancers. That they dance so well as a team is amazing. Dang, this is fast. Good shapes, good overall dancing. I feel like there might be too many of them.

Derek thought it was fun and the song was so hype. He’s on the fence. Jennifer says much better, could see the dancing better. Not sure they’re up to par the whole time. Ne-yo points out one girl and tells everyone else to match her level.

By my count, there is only one team left and they edited all but two or three, so this one ought to be good. Maybe?

Derek the little brother. πŸ™‚ He is a photo bomber, for sure.

The Young Cast are up next. Junior team from Canada. They’ve been trying since season 2 – hope they make it.

Like the opening – like a flower. First actual lift of the night? Still a bit low energy but they sync is good and they’re pretty tight. And right when I say that they go double speed and it’s pretty effective. Ending similar to the beginning and that was good as well.

Jen has ninja vibes. All three judge say “much better”. Formation were beautiful, felt strong, clean connected – all by Jennifer. Ne-Yo loved the intro picture as well. Derek the downer says he doesn’t want to see the lift – they saw them set up. Needs to come out of nowhere as a surprise. But judges over all are very positive. I think they should make it.

Okay, I think they’ll pick The Rise, The Young Cast, GRVMNT and…..Show Stoppers? Β Not sure about that last one, but that’s my guess right now.

They judges do a So You Think You Can Dance style elimination discussion.

Show Stoppers, Young Cast, The Difference all in the room together and only one of these three are going to make it. Β And that makes me wrong with one guess. But I was right with The Young Cast!!

Next, Pumpfidence are in the room with Avante Gard Collective and both groups get eliminated.

Next to enter the room are The Rise and 305. Β Jennifer says they’re not sure 305 are ready – same for The Rise. Hmmmm…

Both groups make it through! Β 305 is a surprise, but I’m very happy for them.

Only one spot left – CBACTION, Project 21 and GRVMNT are the last three standing. GRVMNT was on my list. And I was right!!

So the four groups making it through are:

GRVMNT
305
The Rise
The Young Cast

I called three out of the four – not too bad. Next week the duels!! I’m looking forward to it – how about you??

June 23, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The World of Dance Judges TikTok It Behind the Scenes

This is so great – LOVE IT. Derek and Jennifer should dance together ALL the time. πŸ™‚

I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)