WoD Week 7 Recap and VOTE – Who Got Robbed?? (Uppper Team Division Poll)

The only team that didn’t make it that I wanted to make it was Suidy Flamenco…I want some ballroom-adjacent acts to go far!! As for the show as a whole, I see people on twitter complaining that they show behind the scenes stuff and then in the next tweet someone commenting that they love the behind the scenes stuff. Count me in group two. Not only is Derek routinely hilarious, but those behind the scenes bits humanize JLo to a huge degree. It makes me LIKE her, where if all I saw was her judging, I don’t know that I would. I love the guys relationship – just fun. And I would be very happy with Derek attempting a dance move at least once per episode. πŸ™‚

Anyway, let’s refresh ourselves on the winners and losers from Sunday night’s duels:

As I said, I prefer Suidy Flamenco in the first duel…Fuego Dance Crew is not a group I remember today, the day after seeing them perform. Suidy Flamendo, on the other hand…

While the non-Flamenco parts were a bit basic, the skilled required to do flamenco should count for something, IMO.

Next, we have Unity LA versus Style and Grace. Style and Grace just had the misforture of being picked by this powerhouse group, headed by Zack and Ashley from last season and choreographed by Emmy winner Tessandra Chavez. Who did Tessandra win one of her Emmys with? Derek and Julianne Hough. Zach and Ashley also traveled with Derek and Julianne on tour. And that is because they, and the rest of their team, are just first rate dancers. Style And Grace just couldn’t compete with that. They are very good, but they’re just outclassed. They had a few little moments that were a tiny bit sloppy.

Next up, the Exiles take on The Heima…this is another David versus goliath story, I think. I want to root for Exiles because they seem like ordinary dudes with families – much more appealing than a large, professional group, but what are you going to do. I thought this was a pretty damn good routine – competitive. And, luckily, they are made and won redemption. But I’ll show their video anyway. πŸ™‚

Radiance takes on Main Guys next, and win. This matchup only got a single video which shows both dances. Radiance is up first, Main Guys start at about 1:30. Main Guys were excellent, but they had a rough finish on one of their tricks, and I think Radiance being all dressed the same gives their Sync a bigger impact. They were just cleaner with more people.

Final duel of the night was Motiv Crew against, literally, The Kings. You had to know how this one was going to go even before it got started. Here’s Motiv Crew’s performance:

Another David versus Goliath moment that Motiv Crew had little chance of winning. They just seem too immature in their dance compared to The Kings. They may well have fared better against someone else.

When I started this post, I was inclined to say that Suidy Flamenco was robbed – but I no longer think that. I really wanted the Flamenco girls to go to the next round, but Main Guys were really good and probably should have moved on – but the problem is, everyone who made it through SHOULD HAVE made it through. So, can you say that anyone was really robbed when that happens, or just unlucky? I think unlucky. πŸ™‚ So, once again, I’m going with no one was robbed. How about you??

April 8, 2019 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 3, WEEK 7 – The Duels LIVE BLOG

The final night of the duels is upon us. Tonight it’s the Upper Team Division!! I’m about five minutes behind show time so it will be a few before I catch up. Nice weather = me drinking wine outside. πŸ™‚

First, Judges looking fiiinnnneee. πŸ™‚

Next, Fuego Dance Crew chooses Siudy Flamenco – hard to say who all they had to choose from since they were the number for team and presumable, three other teams chose before them.

Rooting for Flamenco. I don’t like extreme arrogance.

Fuego going first. First move is excellent. But their sync isn’t as impressive as some of the junior teams. Not a particularly difficult routine, kinda simple, IMO. But well danced. Read more..

April 7, 2019 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. :-)

WoD Week 6 Recap and VOTE – Who Should Win the Junior Division?? (Poll)

I think there is a fairly clear winner of this Division so far. Let’s refresh our memories and we’ll see if I hold to my same opinion as we rewatch the dancers who made it through to the Cut. First, here our the duel winners for this division:

Juniors – Advancing to the Cut
Ellie & Ava 91.7
Funkenometry 91.7
Moving Forward 90.3
Julian and Charlize 95.3
Lauren Yakima 96
Kayla Mak Redemption

Kayla Mak was our redemption winner. Very good dancer, but too close to Lauren Yakima (who got a 96!!) to likely survive much longer. But I think she was the rightful redemption winner as much as I love me some tap.

Yeah, there’s no way that Kayla wasn’t going to win this particular match up. I did love House of Tap’s first number of the night, though. After Kayla, Moving Forward is the low scorer of those moving forward to the next round.

I really loved these guys. What they’re going to have to do is clean up their sync some. That’s the advantage that Kayla and Lauren have – they don’t have to worry about being in sync with anyone else. But this is also what makes a group like Moving Forward so visually appealing. Loved it.

Next up is a tie between Ellie & Ava and Funkenometry with 91.7 – not that this score matters any longer. First, Ellie & Eva:

They are obviously excellent dancers. But I find them falling into the same stuff that other contemporary dancers do – the emotion seems forced or put on to me. I appreciate much more a group like Moving 4ward who don’t try to force it and let the dancing speak. I’ve seen too many dancers actually crying when a routine is over to buy the faux emotion in your average contemporary routine.

I can’t actually find Funkenometry’s duel! What’s up with that?? So we’ll move on to Julian and Charlize…

I actually thought these two needed to tighten up when they first got started. Charlize seemed to be lagging a bit behind Julian. But by 1/3 of the way in, they were on fire. I think the burns gave them life – and those were some pretty funny burns, I must say. πŸ™‚

And that brings us to Lauren Yakima. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m not a big contemporary fan. It has to be REALLY well done. Like Travis Wall (or Derek Hough) or Allison Holker well done. Or Lauren Yakima well done. πŸ™‚

Why do I like Lauren?? Well, she doesn’t seem to default to weepy emotion. She’s strong, confident and tough…or at least, that’s how she dances. She just kills this routine…and she may just kill the whole competition. πŸ™‚ I keep thinking Game of Thrones when I watch her dance. πŸ™‚ P.S. JLo is full of CRAP. She is one of the reasons that contemporary seems fake weepy 90% of the time. There is NO reason why Lauren’s way can’t be THE way.

So, Lauren is my winner…who is yours??

April 4, 2019 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. :-)

WoD Week 6 Recap and VOTE – Who Got Robbed?? (Junior Division Poll)

I didn’t have too much trouble with the duels this week. I’m still seeing a lot of commentary about the behavior between the dancers, although I think there was improvement last night. I also saw a lot of love between the competitors. And on top of that I saw an article about the behavior that used Derek’s “stepping in” as proof that it’s going too far. Come on. I think anyone who knows Derek could see that his “stepping in” between groups throwing shade was all in fun. It’s not like any of these dancers were Ryan Locte protesters that Derek threatened to throw out of the DWTS ballroom. Let’s not get carried away.

Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly the possibility that some of these folks could go too far in their shade – but I haven’t seen that yet. And I see most of it as a way to hype themselves up to compete at the highest level.

So, did you agree with the judges or did someone get seriously robbed of their rightful spot in The Cut?? Here’s a reminder of the losers (and the Winners): Read more..

April 1, 2019 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 3, WEEK 6 – The Duels

This week, the Junior Division battles it out in the duels…can we say no to a ton of contemporary and nothing else?? Please. First, look at these attractive judges…

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Five minutes….

And here we go….definitely the prettiest judges on TV. πŸ™‚
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March 31, 2019 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. :-)

WoD Week 5 Recap and VOTE – Who Should Win the Junior Team Division?? (Poll)

So, now we know the standings for the Junior Team Division – and I’m not sure it’s as strong as some in the past. It includes:

Here’s a reminder of who the competitors are. First, it was JDC – as I said yesterday, I preferred Dancetown Divas in this round and I got lucky because they won the redemption round. And their duel score would have put them in second place behind JDC so I’m giving them second place here. πŸ™‚ Seriously, the school yard pick way of doing it makes the show interesting, but on what planet should a team like Dancetown Divas get shut out while a team who scores a full 7 points below them gets to move on. Annoying. Which is why I’m grateful for the redemption round. πŸ™‚ Actually, the only duel video available is one that shows both teams, so here they are…

In re-watching JDC, I really did love this dance. I just get annoyed when contemporary is given so much more weight by people like Jennifer who respond to that emotion, real or not. It seemed more real here than it has from other contemporary dancers on this show, so good job.

Next up are the Crazy 8’s – I admit, I love these kids. But I liked their first routine better than this one. They picked wisely, but they need to make sure they don’t repeat themselves in the Cut.

VPeepz are next – looking at the total youtube views from last week is interesting. You have to keep in mind that the qualifiers took place over three weeks, so some videos have been up longer than others, but they have 2.4 million views which seems to be pretty darn good. Them, the Kings, the Crazy 8’s and Poppin’ John seem to be killing it with the repeat viewers. And in rewatching this performance, I can see why they have so many views. Great dance, even with the slight fumbles. Clean it up for next time, kids!!

Took WoD a bit to get Electro Crew up on their youtube channel other wise I would have posted this yesterday!! I liked this routine – not too much Thriller, pretty unique, creepy ending. Watching it a second time I liked it even better than I did on Sunday night.

Get Down District are the group that reminded me of cheerleaders…

And here is the redemption round, where the Dancetown Divas were victorious over MKAM – good call, in my opinion.

So, who are your top 3 acts from the Junior Division?? You can pick three below. If you want to tell me who got robbed from this division, you can head over to my previous post by clicking the link. πŸ™‚ If you’re still fuming from the Upper Division eliminations, you can vote on that too. πŸ˜‰

March 25, 2019 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. :-)

WoD Week 5 Recap and VOTE – Who Got Robbed?? (Junior Team Division Poll)

Another crushing week of duels – with some very feisty duelers!! The Junior Team Division is NO joke. I saw quite a bit of commentary on Twitter about how the teams were behaving toward each other; comments about poor sportsmanship and how that shouldn’t be reinforced in children. I totally get that point, and at first I felt the same way. But that’s what dance duels are about. As long as they are using that behavior in a way to hype themselves up in the moment AND the good sportsmanship comes in after the dancing is done, then I think I can let it slide. And it certainly seems, from watching the BTS clips, that they do congratulate each other backstage and there is none of that behavior when the dancing is done and the battle is over. Agree?? Or do you still think it was too much??

So, did you agree with the judges or did someone get seriously robbed of their rightful spot in The Cut?? Here’s a reminder of the losers (and the Winners):

 

Since there were only two or three teams who really thrilled me to begin with, I might not be the best person to make this call. πŸ™‚ That’s why I have a poll. Anyway, Battle Droids Crew – the boys from Belgium – were the first ones to be eliminated. Seriously, if you’re going to throw that much shade in your routine, you have to back it up. And I don’t feel like they really did – not as polished as their competition.

Next we have Intention – this one makes me a bit sad. They only lost by a point and it was likely due to Jennifer’s not feeling like the music was a good choice. I disagree. I thought Get Down District was too much like a group of high school cheerleaders, while Intention has beautiful roll ups and more…character? Not sure how to describe why I preferred them. Another side note, in the comments on this video someone pointed out that the trick right at the beginning is shown twice – obvious editing mistake. While the commenter adds a nefarious intention to it, I tend to think it’s an honest mistake. I don’t think WoD needs to work hard to get the audience on this side of the judges – there is no gain to doing that. What is the advantage?? The show is giving away a million dollars and, unlike season 1 where it seemed like Jennifer had something to gain with who won, I don’t see to much of that since then. All of the dancers get great exposure – hell, half the people who lost last season are being employed by Derek. πŸ™‚ It’s not like they need to make the audience like Get Down District more because the editors already know they won the whole thing – I find that to be highly doubtful, based on what we’ve seen so far.

MKAM is our next eliminated group. I appreciate their honesty, but ya gotta be careful looking at someone who’s made it to the duels as someone easily beaten. As they found out the hard way. In any case, I really liked this dance a lot more the second time around. Were they robbed?? Eh, no, I don’t think so. They chose Electro Crew, and they only lost by 0.3 – very, very close. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

In the final duel of the night, Dancetown Divas face off against JDC…and lose?? Madness. It’s colossal duels like this one that make me wonder of the judges know they want both teams to go through and they only way they can try to make that happen is to score both teams high. But here’s my big gripe – I personally thought that Dancetown Divas were easily the better squad. By a lot. But if you make Jennifer cry tears with your contemporary routine you’re a shoe in, even if the competition is technically more difficult and superior (the audience gets sucked in by this a lot as well). This has been my gripe with contemporary dancers for a long time now, not just JDC – they work really hard to tug at the heartstrings and less is shown in the choreography and the technique…especially when compared to latin/ballroom. Add in that a world champion, trained ballroom dancer is one of the judges and the latin/ballroom folks just have a tougher roe to hoe. Derek is slightly harder on those folks and they tend to have amazing technique with out working hard to make you weep. Luckily, Dancetown Divas easily won the redemption round, so they get to stick around. πŸ™‚ I’ll show their video tomorrow in the “who should win” the division post. πŸ™‚

ETA: Ooops…completely left out West Springfield Dance Crew getting beaten by the Crazy 8’s. While I’m sad for them, I did think the Crazy 8’s were the better team. And Clowns ARE scary. πŸ™‚ They did a good job, but the Crazy 8’s (the tiny little nuggets) did pick someone they were pretty sure they could beat. I suspect that they have more time to devote to dancing than a high school team does – and it shows. I did like this routine though.

So, who got robbed?? You only get one choice, so pick wisely or tell me in the comments if they all were. I did add a No One to the poll this time, Linz. πŸ˜‰

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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 5 – The Duels

This week? Junior Teams!! This tends to be my favorite division. πŸ™‚

Going out of order, again – the VPeepz choose the Battle Droids Crew. Interesting. Battle Droids Crew talking smack – makes me wonder if we’re being set up. After all, last week all the performers who picked, lost.

VPeepz are up first. Little stumble of the first trick, but their sync is incredible. and very effective in these outfits. A little sloppy on that leg raise thing, but again their sync is incredible. Whole lotta smack talk.

Ne-yo comments on the sync. Jennifer agrees, and says they were hitting it hard. Derek comments on the wobble, but says they did their thing overall.

Now for Battle Droids. Their tricks are all right, but they aren’t as hard hitting as VPeepz. Goops also a stumble on the landing of the trick. Just not as clean, IMO.

Jennifer comments on their lack of traditional technique makes them raw. Ne-Yo says the dancing needs to be a bit better. Jennifer comments on the in between moments. I agree with both of them. Derek says he loves them. Funny comment on little blond dude being a mini-Derek. Read more..

March 24, 2019 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. :-)

WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – The Crazy 8s

These kids have been one of my favorites so far this season. A contemporary team from Anaheim Hill, California, you may remember during the qualifiers their story was the darling little girl who doesn’t talk due to anxiety. And my reaction to this team was similar to Jennifer’s initial reaction. πŸ™‚

And let me tell you, win or lose WoD, these cuties are going far. They’re getting media that I’ve not seen other contestants get just yet. Like Access Hollywood. Wonder if this is the routine we’ll see tomorrow night.

Then there’s Ellen…so does this mean they get eliminated or that they win?? Or does it just mean they are compelling??

Since they are mere babies, there isn’t that much out there about them that is pre-Wod (at least that I can find). Here, CarmoDance goes with the Crazy 8s on a tour of their home studio.

Of course they have social media profiles…and you can read more about them at worldofdance.com

Crazy 8s Instagram

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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. :-)

WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – Briar Nolet

This young lady really impressed me with her fighting spirit in the redemption round last week!! And those of you who know me know that it takes quite a bit for a contemporary dancers to impress me. Briar did it!! Her dances starts at 0.57 in the video below.

Come to think of it, I really liked her qualifiers performance as well. Fierce!

Briar is a self-described “Dancer-Actor-Artist chick” from Toronto, Ontario. You’ll also recall from the show that she was diagnosed with epilepsy which she now has under control, thankfully. What you may not know is that she also stars in a Canadian “mockumentary” dance show called “The Next Step” – you can click the link to read more about that show. She’s also been interviewed recently by Dance Spirit Magazine on what it’s like to compete on World of Dance. I’ve put a short excerpt below, but click the link to read the whole thing.

The DS staff let out a collective squeal upon finding out our very own 2016 Cover Model Search winner Briar Nolet was one of the Season 3 contestants. She’s a powerhouse dancer who knows her way around a TV set thanks to her starring role as Richelle on “The Next Step”β€”but she says “WOD” was an entirely new beast.

Dance Spirit: How did you prepare for the show?

Briar Nolet: I really needed to get my mental health and dancing to a competitive level. I’d been dealing with a health issue (that’s all better now!), so I started preparing months in advance. I did ballet, tumbling, and every style that wasn’t contemporary. The dancing I do on “The Next Step” is very commercial, and I’m playing a character; for “WOD,” it was important for me to be able to dance at a high level of intensity, all while staying true to myself.

Here’s a fascinating video from several years ago – Briar and Tate McRae in “Bird Girls”.

Briar also does some beautiful dancing with her boyfriend (and costar on The Next Step) Myles Erlick.

In any case, if you want to read more on Briar Nolet, the girl is all over the internet. I’ve listed her social below.

Briar Nolet Instagram

Briar Nolet Twitter

March 23, 2019 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. :-)