This Week on World of Dance Season 3 – The Junior Teams Duel!

Get ready!! Anyone in particular you’re looking forward to??

March 22, 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 4 Recap and VOTE – Who Should Win the Upper Division?? (Poll)

So, now we know the standings for the Upper Division. It includes:

The Upper Division – Advancing to The Cut
All Ready 92.3
Poppin John 91.3
Jonathan Y Jorge 90.7
Derion & Madison 90
D’Angelo Brothers 89.7
Briar Nolet Redemption

Here’s a little reminder of who our competitors are. I’m including the full performances from either the qualifiers or the Duels, depending on what my favorite was. 🙂 It’s all about me. First, All Ready – I adored their Qualifiers performance. So different, so upbeat, so unique. I love the fusion of ballroom/latin/hip hop. Just wonderful.

Poppin’ John went up against DD Flection and won – something I’m not sure I agree with at all, but it wasn’t up to me.

Jonathan Y Jorge, this one I agree with. I just love these guys.

Derion and Madison – I loved this routine. This is what I wish more contemporary dancers did – something that makes me go “what? was? that?” Very cool.

I love tap as an art form – LOVE it – but for whatever reason it doesn’t always translate onto live TV. And no, I don’t include non-live TV. There’s this thing called looping which means that sound is put in in post production -otherwise you wouldn’t hear it as well. Well *hearing* it is an integral part of tap. The D’Angelo Brothers took notes from what Ne-Yo and Derek said, about the sound being very important to that style of dance and they KILLED this dance. It had the duel mentality and they nailed it. Well done.

Here’s the redemption round – I liked Briar’s performance in this round better so I decided to include this one:

So, now that I’ve refreshed your memories on the winners of the individual rounds, who are your top three?? Who should make The Cut??

My top three are All Ready, Derion & Madison and Jonathan Y Jorge…and the D’Angelo Brothers get an honorable mention. What do you think??

March 21, 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 4 Recap and VOTE – Who Got Robbed?? (Poll)

Dang, the duels are usually crushing and this week was no exception. The Upper Division went head to head and a bunch of them went home. 🙁 Question is, 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):

The Upper Division – Who Was Eliminated?
Loser Score Winner  Score
Briar Nolet 90.3 All Ready 92.3
DD Flection 89 Poppin’ John 91.3
Denise & Josh 90 Jonathan Y Jorge 90.7
Derek Piquette 89.3 Derion & Madison 90
EzTwins 87.3 D’Angelo Brothers 89.7
Briar Nolet Redemption

This was an interesting grouping in that, when they are separated into winners and losers, I don’t have any real disagreement with the results. At all. Very rare. I was annoyed by the EzTwins – mainly because their attitude cost them a slot. By contrast, the D’Angelo Brothers upbeat and happy attitudes won me over easily.  But surely there are some folks out there pissed that their favorite didn’t make the cut.  Let’s take a look at the losing dances – stay tuned for tomorrow, when I post all the winners and ask you to vote on your top 3. 🙂

First is Briar Nolet – not really a loser, since she went on to win the redemption round. Imma post her duel anyway, cuz you’ll see the redemption tomorrow. 🙂

Next up is DD Flection. I’ll be honest, I was shocked by this outcome. I fully expected the judges to go with the champions from Thailand. And I think I preferred them, myself.

Denise & Josh lost to Jonathan Y Jorge but this was a very close call. The only video I could find was both duel participants. Denise & Josh are at the two and a half minute mark, approximately. I do appreciate them more than most contemporary dancers, but I did love Jonathan Y Jorge. 🙂

Derek Piquette lost to Derion & Madison…I was not that impressed by him. I was touched by his story, but I’ve seen too much of this style of angsty contemporary.

And finally…Tobias and the Eztwins.

So, what do you think?? Did any of the above dancers get totally robbed?? I think only DD Flection was really robbed but that’s just me. What do you think?

March 20, 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’s New Twist – The Redemption Round

This video explains it all, but basically the two highest scorers (from each division??) who lost their duel, have a chance to stay in the competition. Apparently they will compete against each other for an extra spot!! Excellent!

March 14, 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. :-)

Derek Hough and Ne-Yo Promote World of Dance Season 3 – February 27, 2019

Thanks to Linz for finding me a couple more fun interviews with Derek and Ne-Yo.

February 27, 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. :-)

The Judges Promote World of Dance Season 3 – It Starts TONIGHT!!

Be here tonight for the live blog we typically do when the show is airing. First, though, is some promo that our judges have been doing recently – mainly Derek at this moment, but I’ll update as I find more.

Next, a great interview with Parade Magazine. There’s a tiny excerpt below (with something I didn’t know about Derek before!), but click the link to read the whole thing.

To judge ballroom dance, you have to study and pass a test or something.

Which I have.

Did you have to learn anything to be a judge on World of Dance?

No. I think that for me personally and my experience in being a World Champion, winning shows, and choreographing, whatever it might be, I feel like that was a 20-year test that I might have taken.

ETA: Nice little facebook interview that I can’t embed

February 26, 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 – Battle Droids Crew

I picked this Junior Team to profile next because I thought their name was interesting. 🙂 I have no idea if we’ll actually get to see them on the show or not – every season there are a few that aren’t seen on screen, and lots that don’t make it to the second round. Fingers crossed!!

As I said, this is a Junior (Breaking Team and they are reportedly from Antwerp, Belgium. Another place I’d love to visit!! This video is from three years ago or so…hopefully they’ve grown and polished up their dancing a bit since then.

Here’s another video…better than the first, also two years old. This doesn’t quite hold up to the likes of last season’s winners

Flash forward two years and they are champions!!

Battle Droids Crew Facebook Page

Battle Droids Crew Instagram

February 21, 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. :-)

Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo Promote World of Dance Season 3

Coming next week (already!!) to TV screens near you. Here are several bits of media that I’ve collected over the last day or two…

For Vanity Fair – pretty fun video, I must say. Particularly the beginning. 🙂

February 20, 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 Profile – Mia and Audrey

Figured it was time to start working on these, despite my busy schedule. I’m also not sure how much info I’ll be able to find on a lot of these dancers. By all means, if you have more info, let me know in the comments!! Mia and Audrey are up first, from the Junior Division. They are a female hip hop duo from Seattle and Chicago.

Here’s a great compilation video:

Mia and Audrey is how they’re listed for WoD but they are Mia Mugs (Mugavero) & Audrey Lane-Partlow

Mia Instagram

Audrey Instagram

February 18, 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. :-)

Jennifer Lopez and the World of Dance Judges Present the Season 3 Premiere

A nice glimpse of all three of our lovely judges! Nice jeans, Derek Hough. And hey, Scott Evans!

February 14, 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. :-)