Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 10 (Finale) – Power Rankings

So ends the inaugural season of World of Dance – can’t say I was entirely surprised with the result, given the song-and-dance we’ve seen from the judges all season long. That sadly made last night’s show a bit of a snooze for me, although I did thoroughly enjoy both of Swing Latino’s performances, one of Eva’s, and one of Les Twins’.

Aside from the general predictability of it all, I think the thing that bugged me most about Les Twins winning was that they were neither humble about it, nor did they really need it. Say what you will about them wanting to send their mom on a permanent vacation, but I go back to “You were touring with Beyonce and modeling for Jean-Paul Gautier before all this.” I sincerely doubt they were too bad off before WOD. On the other hand, Swing Latino members talked about family back in Colombia that they could really help if they won the million dollars, and Eva tearfully admitted that money had been tight in her family in the past year and that she’d like to at least be able to cover her own dance expenses. I thought the million would have genuinely been “life-changing”, as Derek put it, for those two – whereas it just seemed like a nice bonus for Les Twins, which they acted almost entitled to. I’ve really come to question their sincerity when it comes to their backstory, so this is just kind of another thing I’m having a hard time swallowing with regards to them. I only take solace in knowing that – to our knowledge – they can’t come back and win again next season 🙂

Thankfully, it’s sounding like next season is getting a longer time slot, so hopefully things won’t be so hurried and disorganized; I’m also hoping it’s less predictable, given that the show is established now and doesn’t have to try so hard to grab an audience. So there’s that to look forward to 🙂 I am still toying with how I’m going to do the power rankings next season, so feel free to offer up suggestions – we’re still just rolling with it here at PWoD, and things could change a bit next season.  I just ranked last night’s performances in terms of my own enjoyment once again…

1.) Swing Latino, first performance – This was the performance of the night for me – I just felt like they went above and beyond when it came to coming up with new tricks and staging for their dance, and they had my jaw on the floor multiple times.  I really came to appreciate that they were the last act standing that made an honest, conscious effort week after week to up their game and bring something new to the table – too many acts skated by doing the same things over and over, so they have a tremendous amount of respect from me.  Perhaps a bit messy in spots, as Derek pointed out, but considering that Columbian salsa is so fast, I generally cut them a bit more slack on messiness. I don’t really care when they’re tossing women 20 feet in the air 🙂

2.) Eva Igo, second performance – Thank god for this, otherwise I think Eva may not have been able to hope for better than 3rd place after her first, lackluster performance.  Not sure that it really had much in the way of a cohesive storyline, but I liked that she returned to the displays of athleticism that got her to the finale to begin with – much more impressive than the aimlessness of her first performance.

3.) Les Twins, second performance – Probably my favorite performance they did all season, for the simple reason that it was DIFFERENT. Thought the mirrors were a nice touch, and the storyline seemed to sum up their season well. Ambitious song choice, but I feel like it paid off.

4.) Swing Latino, second performance – Not quite as glossy and impressive for me as their first performance, but perhaps cleaner, and still a solid effort. Seemed like a nice ending to the season for them.  Only thing I disliked were the ladies’ costumes…the gold ruffle was kinda distracting.

5.) Les Twins, first performance – Anyone else get the impression while watching this that they were really just kinda running out of ideas? The turntable felt like a bit of an afterthought – like, “Crap, throw in a turntable or something, I dunno, just make it different!” And then the part where one brother was dancing while the other just kinda ran around hyping up the crowd? That bordered on arrogant complacence for me, as if they were saying “Look, we don’t even really have to dance, we can just run around and still win this thing!!!!”

6.) Eva Igo, first performance – She didn’t screw up royally, per se, but I was just shocked at how completely underwhelming the choreography was – it was as if she ditched all the impressive shows of athleticism and just stuck with some vague flailing. I have to wonder if she was either using a different choreographer, or this was just a failed attempt at doing “something different” and kinda running out of ideas.

So those are my final thoughts – what are yours? Did the right act win? ?

August 9, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 10 (Finale) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, all music lists can be found here.

“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie (opening montage)

“All Night” by The Vamps & Matoma feat. Astrid S (Les Twins first intro)

“Stole The Show” by Kygo feat. Parson James (Les Twins first performance) )

“Give Me Your Love (Extended Mix)” by Sigala feat. John Newman & Nile Rodgers (Les Twins scoring)

“Giants” by Lights (Swing Latino first intro)

“Conga” by Gloria Estefan (Swing Latino first performance)

“It Ain’t Me” by Kygo feat. Selena Gomez (Swing Latino scoring)

“False Alarm” by Matoma feat. Becky Hill (Eva Igo first intro)

“Solo Dance” by Martin Jensen (Eva Igo first intro)

“In The Air Tonight” by Natalie Taylor (Eva Igo first performance)

“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” by Bebe Rexha (Eva Igo scoring)

“Alive” by Sia (Eva Igo second performance)

“Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld (Eva Igo second score)

“Magdelena, Mi Amor (Quimbara)” by DLG (Dark Latin Groove) (Swing Latino second performance)

“Good Times” by All Time Low (Swing Latino second score/elimination)

“B.I.G.” by X Ambassadors (Les Twins second intro)

“Scream” by Michael Jackson (Les Twins second performance)

“The Greatest” by Sia (Les Twins second score; winner announced)

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 9 (Divisional Finals) – Power Rankings

Well, surprising just about nobody at this point, the Les Twins love affair continued and they seem to be poised to win the whole thing…*yawn*. I think I’m just trying to enjoy the rest of the show for what it is: a great platform for great dancers where we see some great dancing.  Not sure I really agree with the politics of it all, but it is what it is.

I was pleased last night with the fact that every single act at least made an attempt to up their game and really go all in for their spot in the finale – everyone seemed to think a bit bigger with these routines. Not sure that the judges got it right all the time, but again, I guess I’m just at the point where I feel like “it is what it is” and just hope that next season leaves things a bit more open-ended. Read more..

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 9 (Divisional Final) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, all music lists can be found here.

“Pep Rally” by Missy Elliott (Kinjaz vs. Swing Latino intro)

“Now or Never” by Halsey (Kinjaz intro)

“Work Song” by Hozier (Kinjaz performance)

“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons (Kinjaz scoring)

“Home” by Zayde Wolf (Swing Latino intro)

“Gracias A La Vida” by Mercedes Sosa (Swing Latino performance)

“Dime Se Soy Latino” by Cuba Cuba (Swing Latino performance)

“Rinzler” by Daft Punk (Swing Latino scoring)

“Ain’t No Turning Around” by Yo Gotti feat. Jadakiss (Keone & Mari vs. Kinjaz intro)

“Symphony” by Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson (Keone & Mari intro)

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra (Keone & Mari performance)

“Brand New” by Ben Rector (Keone & Mari scoring)

“Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake & Lil Jon (Les Twins injury)

“Beggin For Thread” by Banks (Les Twins intro)

“Some Minds” by Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt (Les Twins performance)

“All the Right Moves” by OneRepublic (Les Twins scoring)

“Boom Clap” by Charli XCX (Diana Pombo vs. Eva Igo intro)

“Chained to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry (Diana Pombo intro)

“Wild Things” by Alessia Cara (Diana Pombo performance)

“Fire N Gold” by Bea Miller (Diana Pombo scoring)

“How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara (Eva Igo intro)

“Ready Or Not” by Mischa “Book” Chillak feat. Esthero (Eva Igo performance)

“Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys (Eva Igo scoring)

August 1, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 8 (Cuts) – Power Rankings

Well, I said last week that I thought the judges were bound to get it wrong at some point – and unfortunately, I think that trend extended into this week, with some strange disparity amongst the judges’ scores, disparity between scores and critiques, and general quality of performance and the responses each routine got.  When things feel as wonky as they did on last night’s show, it does give one pause and makes one wonder what exactly is going on…

…which brings me to my next point: it’s important to remember that, while this is a reality show, it is still very, very produced, and there’s little things that go on behind the scenes that may help “shape” the show in a certain way.  Heidi, Vogue, and I had a pretty enlightening email conversation earlier today about some things we had read in various interviews that made us really question the validity of some of what we had seen on the show – particularly how the editing has been rather poor and left the show feeling a bit disjointed.  Something to keep in mind that I think escapes a lot of viewers: when you’ve got a show that is completely pre-taped like WOD, it’s entirely possible (and it’s entirely legal) for the show to edit portions of footage that do not effect the overall outcome of the competition.  This may mean we only see short snippets of acts that are probably going to get eliminated fairly quickly, anyway, or maybe the judges’ comments get edited together in such a way that they appear to be more positive or negative in tone than the complete critique they gave an act. It may even be that they may cut to a judge making a facial expression during a dance, and that particular clip is from another performance altogether, but contextually fits with the “story” of this particular dance better (this sneaky clip poaching is a technique oft-employed on Rupaul’s Drag Race, where several queens have claimed that critiques from the judges have often been shuffled around to make it seem like they’re talking to one queen, when they’re really talking to another). As I’ve said many a time over at PureDWTS – you guys should watch UNReal.  Very eye-opening about the world of reality television and how it’s often not all that…real.

But I digress.  What does all that have to do with the price of tea in China? I think the reason that last night’s show maybe felt so strange and incongruous was some editing – albeit poor editing.  Some of the acts got fairly positive critiques, but only lukewarm scores; other acts seemed to get nitpicked quite a bit more, but ended up with fairly decent scores in the end. And some cuts from the judges to the contestants and back seemed kind of jerky and abrupt, as if whole sections of dialogue had been cut.  I’m hoping that, with hopefully a live format and a longer time slot next season, a lot of these awkward bits of editing disappear. And as for the scoring disparities – I find myself wondering if this might be one of the caveats of the judges scoring on multiple metrics, and not seeing how their fellow judges are scoring.  The only analogy I could come up with takes me back to my sorority days, during formal recruitment.  There were multiple rounds, and each potential candidate was interviewed by a different sister during each round, and then we’d score each candidate and come up with an average that helped to determine if the candidate was going to be offered a bid. Each year, there always seemed to be a candidate that was either rude/distant/uninterested/generally unpleasant that somehow managed to score high enough to get into bid territory, despite all of the sisters who interviewed her being generally unimpressed. We figured out that, because we were scoring independently, most of us tended to pad our scores a bit, just so we didn’t seem douche-y, figuring that the girl wouldn’t make it through, anyway. And when we all did it – it actually had unexpected side effects.  Part of me wonders if something similar is happening with the judges scores – the fact that they aren’t colluding is leading to unexpected disparities, since they can’t really bounce ideas off one another.  Or I’m just trying to make sense of nonsense 😛 Read more..

July 26, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 8 (Cuts) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, all music lists can be found here.

“No Limit” by Usher feat. Young Thug (Kinjaz performance)

“Once In A While” by Timeflies (Kinjaz scoring/Super Cr3w eliminated)

“Work B**tch” by Britney Spears (Chapkis Dance Family intro/performance)

“Have Mercy” by Eryn Allen Kane (Ian Eastwood & the Young Lions performance)

“Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran (Ian Eastwood & the Young Lions scoring)

“Into You” by Ariana Grande (Upper division intro)

“The Cure” by Lady Gaga (Luka & Jenalyn intro)

“The Hills” by The Weeknd (Luka & Jenalyn performance)

“Finesse” by Bruno Mars (Fik-Shun intro)

“7 Years” by Lukas Graham (Fik-Shun performance)

“Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons (Fik-Shun scoring)

“Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (Pasion performance)

“Together” by Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko (Les Twins intro)

“Never Know” by 6LACK (Les Twins performance)

“The Man” by Aloe Blacc (Les Twins scoring)

“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur (Keone & Mari intro)

“Darkness And Light” by John Legend feat. Brittany Howard (Keone & Mari performance)

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding (Keone & Mari scoring)

July 25, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 7 (Cuts) – Power Rankings

Well, it was bound to happen at some point – the judges got it wrong. For the most part, I’ve generally agreed with them on most scoring – but they really screwed the pooch last night when they scored Diana, because they kinda backed themselves into a corner scoring her so high that they had to go even higher with Eva, thereby bumping out The Lab…who I think deserve a spot in the final two far more than Diana. And now we’re stuck with two angsty, flailing contemporary girls, representing (or rather, MISrepresenting) the entire talent pool of the junior division.  We lost a fantastic tapper, a fantastic ballroom couple, and a fantastic hip-hop group for this???

The only saving grace for that FUBAR was Misty, who thankfully called out Diana in particular for some technique issues with her feet – I feel like some of the judges (particularly Jennifer) allow themselves to get so carried away in the emotion of a routine that they tend not to notice when the choreo or execution is a bit lacking…so I’m glad Misty didn’t seem to have rose-colored glasses on when she basically told Diana “Girl, work on your footwork.”

So because last night was a bit odd in terms of format (we got through the 5 acts in the junior division, and then only 2/5 team acts…three more to be shown next week), and because I’m absolutely exhausted from work and I feel a migraine brewing, I’m gonna keep it simple and just gonna rank the acts we saw last night purely in terms of my own enjoyment. This is irrespective of whether or not they advanced to the next round or how they scored – this is just how much I personally liked them (or disliked them). I’m hoping they get granted a 2-hour time slot next season, so they have a bit more time to work in all of these acts and don’t have to do some questionable scheduling to make everything fit 🙂

Predictions headed into next week? I think Swing Latino stands a good shot of making it through the cuts to the next round, but I think Super Cr3w is probably screwed, along with Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions and Chapkis Dance Family; Kinjaz seem to stand a good chance of making it through, barring any major snafus. I’m not even sure I want to think about the upper division – I’m guessing one of the spots is has already been reserved for Les Merde Twins, and the other seems like a toss-up between Fik-Shun and Keone & Mari; my ideal scenario would be Les Twins getting shut out completely in favor of Fik-Shun and Luka & Jenalyn advancing, just to add some variety to the next round… Read more..

July 19, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 7 (Cuts) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, all music lists can be found here.

“Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet (opening montage) 

“Rockabye” by Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (explanation of cuts)

“Rise Up” by Andra Day (Diana Pombo intro & performance)

“Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhyme & Lil Wayne (Immabeast performance)

“Stand By Me (The Voice Performance)” by Darby Walker (Mihacevich Sisters intro)

“Beautiful Thing” by Grace Vanderwaal (Mihacevich Sisters performance)

“Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne (Mihacevich Sisters scoring)

“Music Please” by Gary McFarland (The Lab intro)

“Stay” by Zedd feat. Alessia Cara (The Lab intro)

“Disco Inferno” by 50 Cent (The Lab performance)

“Children of a Miracle” by Don Diablo & Marnik (The Lab scoring)

“River of Tears” by Alessia Cara (Eva Igo intro)

“Creep” by Ember Island (Eva Igo performance)

“Anything’s Possible” by Lea Michele (Eva Igo scoring)

“Magdelana, Mi Amor (Quimbara)” by DLG (Dark Latin Groove) (Swing Latino intro)

“Welcome To The Party” by Har-You Percussion Group (Swing Latino performance)

“Hey Mamama (Extended Mix)” by Tritonal (Swing Latino scoring)

“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran (Super Cr3w intro)

“Let It Go” by James Bay (Super Cr3w performance)

“Hard Love” by NEEDTOBREATHE (Super Cr3w scoring)

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 6 (Duels) – Power Rankings

So in what’s seemingly becoming a pattern – I apologize for the extreme tardiness of these rankings 😛 At least this time, I have a legitimate excuse – we were experiencing some pretty hefty technical difficulties this week, which have only recently gotten remedied. Thank god for bosses who know how to fix this stuff…thanks John!

This round of the power rankings is brought to you by this face, my favorite gif of the moment 😛 :

So this week wrapped up the duel round, and I gotta say – why the hell have they turned the last episode of each round into such a slapdash, gotta-fit-it-all-in-despite-taking-our-time-the-first-two-episodes pace? We’ve only got 4 episodes of this show left in the season, and there’s acts that we still know next to nothing about and have only seen tiny glimpses of, and the pacing of each of these third episodes of a round just leaves my head spinning.  Really hoping this was just a result of this being the rookie season of this show, and everything next season will be a lot better thought-out and more organized.

Another thing I’m hoping not to see next season? A bunch of previously-established acts with super-rabid fanbases that have a sense of entitlement about their faves. I’ve said it before, but I get the impression that certain acts may have been invited to do the show for the simple purpose of bringing along their previously-existing fanbases and hopefully boosting ratings for the show – I get that.  But at the same time, watching Jabbawockeez fans have an absolute MELTDOWN on Twitter and Ne-Yo (naively) trying to reason with them just gives me apoplexy. Oofdah. So let’s just leave it at “I get it, you needed to get viewers for the show.  Well now that you’ve got them and are guaranteed another season, maybe try turning your attention to fresh, new, undiscovered acts?”

So fifteen acts remain – five in each of the three divisions, and apparently that’s gonna get cut down by half in the next round…how? No idea 😛 But at this point, I think Kinjaz are the most likely to win the team division, now that Jabba is gone; The Lab, Diana Pombo, and Eva Igo will probably be duking it out for the junior division; and I’m not so sure now that Les Twins is gonna coast through and win the upper division spot in the finals – their appeal seems to be fading in the eyes of at least two judges, and I’m seeing more and more fans complaining online about how “overrated” they are. I’m not sure that it’s necessarily in the best interests of the show for these guys to win…but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.  I’m thinking Mihacevich Sisters, Immabeast, Pasion, Chapkis, Super Cr3W, and Swing Latino are probably goners in this next round – I just don’t think they can hang. The rest is up in the air. Read more..

July 15, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1, Week 6 (Duels) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, all music lists can be found here.

“Run Boy Run” by Woodkid (opening montage)

High For This” by Ellie Goulding feat. Sorta Eazy  (Kinjaz qualifier recap)

“Glory” by Common (Stroll Groove qualifier recap)

“Jungle” by X Ambassadors (Kinjaz vs. Stroll Groove intro)

“Change” by Troyboi (Kinjaz performance)

“My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown (Stroll Groove performance)

“You Don’t Own Me” by Grace feat. G-Eazy  (Luka & Jenalyn qualifier recap)

“Powerful” by Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding (DNA qualifier recap)

“Built For This Time” by Zayde Wolf (Luka & Jenalyn vs. DNA intro)

“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya (Luka & Jenalyn performance)

“Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic (DNA performance)

“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga (Luka & Jenalyn vs. DNA scoring)

“Perm” by Bruno Mars (montage of duels from acts we didn’t see in qualifiers)

“Run Boy Run” by Woodkid (D’Angelo & Amanda qualifier recap)

“Warrior” by Demi Lovato (Mihacevic Sisters qualifier recap)

“Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas (D’Angelo & Amanda performance)

“Unstoppable” by Sia (Mihacevic Sisters performance)

“Like a Boy” by Ciara (Rouge qualifier recap)

“Chunky” by Bruno Mars (Ian Eastwood & the Young Lions qualifier recap)

“Still Feelin’ It” by Mistah F.A.B. (Jabbawockeez qualifier recap)

“Yellow” by Silent But Deadly (Rouge vs. Jabbawockeez vs. Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions intro)

“Trini Dem Girls” by Nicki Minaj feat. Lunchmoney Lewis (Rouge Performance)

“Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest (Jabbawockeez performance)

“Hot in Herre” by Nelly (Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions performance)

July 12, 2017 I Written By

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