World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 10 Live Blog!! THE DUELS

Dying to see Derek do a couple moves with Ruby Castro…I mean, this photo is pretty amazing!!

Sorry, everyone, I was outside drinking wine with the neighbors and time got away from me. But I am starting at the beginning thanks to my TiVo!!

Ooo…Derek’s opening sequence is hotter than it was last week!! Read more..

August 8, 2018 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 2! WEEK 9 Live Blog!! THE DUELS

Looking forward to what tonight’s duels will bring. They sure are bragging on it on the internets. 🙂

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August 1, 2018 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 2! WEEK 8 PART 2 Live Blog!! THE DUELS

OMG….just got home in time for THE DUELS!!! I haven’t even had wine yet!!

Derek lookin’ fine in his different outfit…that crazy people on the internet have been harping about for WEEKS now. 🙂

You know how this goes – people go head to head, highest score moves to the next round. Highest scoring act picks first.

Karen y Ricardo pick Luka and Jenalyn. This is going to be brutal. I don’t even know who to root for!

Karen/Ricardo got a 99.7 in the first round, but do Luka and Jenalyn have a leg up due to familiarity?? They only got an 87 in the first routine.

First up is Karen/Ricardo. Wow, crazy lift trick, very crisp and sharp. lots of actual dancing in between the tricks Derek’s face – LOL. Tough act to follow. Great spin, but perhaps too long? Hard to say what will work in this round. Last lift was a bit messy, just a bit. Judges are amazed and impressed, safe to say.

JLo says they were very solid but scary to watch. And incredible. Derek says it shows that they are competition dancers. Ne-Yo loves it too. Luka/Jenalyn may be in trouble cuz the judges are he others, but I don’t know if it his as tight. The judges are raving.

Next up: Luka and Jenalyn. In a straight jacket for Jenalyn. Very intricate moves, but the first one is a bit sloppy. Off comes the jacket – this has a paso feel to it and is more aggressive but I don’t know if it’s as strong.

Judges say this is the best they’ve seen them and they’ve stepped it up. Derek loves the concept.

Scores for Luka/Jenalyn: 90, 92, 95 for an average of 92.3.

Scores for Karen/Rickardo: 97, 99, 99 for an average of 98.3. Karen y Ricardo are moving on to the next round. I can’t be mad about that at all.

Commercial break…time for wine. 🙂

Next up are the Expressions (contemporary, 87) versus the Untouchables (samba – 87.7). Close contest. Untouchables features a very familiar face for ballroom fans. But they’re going against contemporary, who have an automatic leg up. Pardon the expression. 🙂 Expressions got criticized for their…expressions. 🙂 Sort of.

Sorry – mom called. I’m a bit behind.

I’m always going to lean towards the ballroom kids and I think they’re the better group. But ya never know what will happen in the duels. The Expressions have a suicide theme, which is very lovely – and they need to make it personal to get past Derek’s previous critique.

First up? The untouchables. Interesting start looking contemporary. Cool visual with the sheet and how everyone appears from behind it. Love this song. This group is Sooo tight. Excellent. This also looks like a Paso, to me, but Court is the ballroom expert. Okay that bit looked like Argentine tango. Very VERY well done. Excellent.

Jennifer calls them gladiators. Ne-yo says they held it and all styles had a time to shine. Derek loves the concept, the production – and calls out all the styles I saw – but then calls it a bit simple. JLo says it doesn’t have to be difficult but I say she should not talk to Derek about Ballroom.

The Expressions are next – all girls in pink/red and dancing to a very over used song. Derek and Julianne used it I think. But they are doing a great job in sync. Great turns. And a lot of them. Excellent routine, felt more genuine this time.

Jen has goosies – still hate that word. Jennifer says they were perfectly in sync and just raves about it. Derek says the quality of movement were second to none and were perfectly in sync. He applauds them. Ne-Yo says it was like there was one person up there.

Scores for Untouchables: commercial….

Scores for Untouchables: 89, 89, 90 for an average of 89.3

Scores for Expressions: 93, 95, 94 for an average of 94 – they move on to the next round. Just what we need – more contemporary dancers. :::eye roll:::

Next up it’s ballroom versus Krumping – B’dash and koncrete versus Daniella and Pasha. Derek is serving as the a VT commentator. 🙂

B’Dash and KonKrete have a story about fear in their dance. They got a 94.3

Pasha and Daniella did a rock and roll ballroom in jeans in the first round. And got a 86.3. Kind of an unfair fight on this one.

B’Dash has a balloon. I think Steven King.

Pasha and Daniella up first – Still as sexy as ever. Tight and sharp.Tough lift. Good mix of soft and hard. She gives good face too. Wow…hot at the end. I think she was targeting Derek with the stare.

He calls her a tiger/gazelle then talks about the lifts and tricks and how they aren’t usually in ballroom but he likes them. Ne-Yo is still hard on them and thinks it isn’t enough. Jennifer also says she was waiting for something more to happen. Doesn’t bode well.

B’Dash and Konkrete – and commercial. Derek: “I don’t like clowns”. LOL Very creepy. Starts slow, relative to the other dance, but it’s pretty excellent. Okay, that was just evil looking. 🙂 Wow. Excellent. Very well done.

Derek again says he hates clowns and he’s going to have nightmares. 🙂 He loved the narrative. Jennifer was nervous for them going up against the ballroom. She also likes the story and it was effective. Ne-Yo also loved the creativity.

I feel like ballroom is doomed on this show because everyone talks creativity about other dances.

Scores Daniella and Pasha: 85, 89, 91 for an average of 88.3

Scores for B’Dash and K – 95, 94, 94 for an average of 94. They move on to the next round.

Come on, Nappytabs – are you really editing this show so the second dance wins? I swear the first three have been that way. Predictable.

Next is 94.7 (Fabulous Sister) against 84.7 (The Rascals) – I’m totally with the Fabulous Sisters on this one. They were unbelievable in the first round. Incredible. Rascals were great, but they tried a bit hard to be very similar to the other kid groups with faces.

Jenna seems to be giving some good advice, but I don’t know what I would change at this stage…

The Sisters mean business…but so do the Rascals! First up is The Rascals. Very strong and clean, with the boy in the lead really telegraphing the music. They’ve got Derek enthused. Even the Sisters love it. I just think that the Sisters do tougher routines.

Jennifer says they have in grit and they make it up in grit and grime. Neyo says they are clean and in sync. Derek says their grooves are great and love the knee drop.

The Sisters are up next…love their outfits. And another damn commercial. Anyway….Excellent start. Very detailed, very cool. Holy crap, this is amazing Imma be pissed if hey don’t win. Just so intricate and difficult. Those formations should really appeal to Derek. And that little girl at the end can give every bit as good a face as the others.

Ne-Yo says it was art in motions. Jennifer says she loves being teased by the quiet and she loves the face the little girl did at the end. She’s raving. Derek starts raving, talking about their power, and their obvious work effort. Crystal clean, sharp, etc.

Scores for The Rascals: 97, 94, 92 for an average of 94.3.

Sisters: 95, 96, 96 for an average of 95.7!! And the Sisters move forward. Awww..both teams are crying. I feel bad for all the little girls.

That was quite the excellent duel.

Next up is Michael Damesky (94.7) versus Angyl. Classical versus classical with a hip hop edge. Michael says he’s going out of his comfort zone. He says he chose Angyl because she’s the only other soloist. Did we get to see Angyl in the Qualifiers?? Or did she get glossed over last night. No time to go check.

Come on, Angyl!! Michael is up first. Typical contemporary moves, although very strong. Like the speed, for sure. And the jump/spins. He’s obviously excellent – I’m just not that into contemporary.

Ne-Yo calls him a superhero. Jennifer says she was on an emotional rollercoaster the whole time. Derek comments on the dancers who can choreograph – magic. He would know. :-)that is sooo cool.

Angyl is up! Very cool. love the had. She’s amazing. Crap, that is sooo cool. Popping and locking or hip hop or just urban greatness – excellent. I root for her!!

Ne-yo loves it all but says she doesn’t give the moves time to breathe. He’s full of shit. Jennifer says it’s a great routine but says it’s tough – they’re both great in their genre. Derek says the first 30 sec was fire, but agrees with Ne-yo on needing to breathe. She says it’s all freestyle. Ne-Yo and Derek both full of shit. Like we need another contemporary dancer in this competition.

Scores for Michael: 95, 94, 95 for an average of 94.7.

Scores for Angyil: 90, 87, 88 – utter bullshit, IMO. Michael moves on and I’m annoyed. Finally, nappytabs changes the routine, lousy timing.

The Bradas choose the Jam Project for the next duel. Let me predict ahead of time – the tap group will lose because you have to be contemporary or hip hop to get ahead on this show.

Bradas up first. Sharp outfits. Great sync for sure.Are they actually hip hop? I’m losing track. The jump rope might be too much, but that flying twist they did was excellent. Magic canes!! cool trick, but they lost a bit of sync there.

Derek says the props can be dangerous but it paid off for them. He loved it. Ne-Yo says kudos on adding more dancing. Jennifer raves, says it was amazing.

The Jam Project is next…and commercial. Anyway. Big tap group with great sync work and I feel they took notes well too. Classic and perfect, IMO. The bridge was awesome. That was awesome.

Derek – crisp, clean, together, great impact. Incredible. Ne-Yo says issue is you can’t completely hear it, but that’s not the case with them at all. Says he was worried for them, but not anymore. Jennifer says it’s a great, dynamic routine, and sound was crystal clear. Performance 100 times better than last time. Says tap can compete.

Scores for the Bradas: 90, 90, 89 for an average of 89.7

Scores for The Jam Project: 86, 88, 91 for an average of 88.3. The Bradas go through as I predicted. Another bullshit score. This show is pissing me off big time.

Eh, the Bradas were great, but we’re going to have a Cut round that has no one outside contemporary or urban genres at the rate they’re going and I don’t think that a lot of these styles really can go head to head.

Eva Igo up next against Avery and Marcus – I predict they kiss her (Eva’s) ass. I feel like she tried too hard in the qualifiers. Avery and Marcus are rock and roll contemporary en pointe. They are different and I love them. We’ll see.

Jenna is really doing a good job at mentoring here, IMO.

Eva up first. More standard contemporary. Amazing flexibility. I feel like I’ve seen this from her before. Of course she’s amazing, but….

Of course the judges rave. Derek is critiquing that emotion and how the dance relies on it – he would like more structure to the routine. Valid. Ne-Yo calls her a powerhouse and Jennifer weighs in with a beast. Ne-Yo says he feels he’s seen it before too. Thank you, Ne-Yo. Jennifer says she’s amazing and fearless. She’s raving. Glad that Derek and Ne-Yo are keeping it real.

Avery and Marcus have much more texture right at the start. I like their quite moments which Eva doesn’t have. And that was a crazy flexible move. Holy crap. These two have Eva’s flexibility beat, IMO. And fancy tricks. HOLY CRAP that ending pose!! All the judges were stunned by that one. And JLo realizes that her baby Eva might just have gotten beat.

Derek is raving, loved the fusion of ballet, contemporary etc. He’s going crazy over their performance. Ne-Yo says they made him cross eyed. Loved how they both shined at points. Jennifer says this is one of the hardest duels, both dynamic and beautiful. Jennifer finds a way to critique. Hmmmmm….

Scores for Eva: 94, 91, 91 for an average of 92.

Scores for Avery and Marcus. 92, 93, 95 for an average of 93.3….and Eva gets beaten. I’m sad for her, and Jennifer is devastated of course. But Avery and Marcus killed her. The judges all hug Eva. Awww….

And the internet melts down in 5…4…3…

July 25, 2018 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 2, Week Eight – The Performance Videos

If you missed World Of Dance tonight, below are the performances. I think I liked L&J and Morning Of Owl the most. Just magnificent! What a great night!!

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July 24, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 8 Live Blog!!

As you may have read, WoD is moving to Wednesday nights, starting tomorrow, after tonights final qualifier round AND it’s going to change to two hours in length. Thank god for that – maybe they won’t edit the dances for time that way. I’ll be curious to see if everyone who made it past the qualifier round is actually seen in the duels or not. We know that around 20 or so acts that auditioned will never make it to air, so I wonder if the same will happen in the duels. Before the show starts tonight there are:

  • Five Upper Teams that we haven’t seen, including Brooklyn Dancesport Club (ballroom, obviously), ClubHouse (fusion/swing), Funkywumps, Opus Dance Collective and Pursuit.  I suspect we definitely see Pursuit since they are contemporary – and this show is as obsessed with contemporary as SYTYCD is.
  • Five Uppers, including 6 Feet Deep, Angyl, L&J, Morning of Owl and St Kingz – all are urban, hip hop, poppers except for L & J who are contemporary.
  • Nine Junior Teams, which is really too many to list, but include The Pulse (ballroom), Tribe Unleashed (hip hop), Iowa Girlz (contemporary), LilKillaz Crew (break dancing), and Dollhouse Dance Factory (hip hop).
  • Eight Juniors, including 3 Xtreme (hip hop), Avery and Marcus (ballet contemporary!!), Kaeli Ware (contemporary ballet!!), Lil Motormouth (popping/annimation), Second to None (Tap), plus Victoria Caban (flamenco dancer) and some hip hop kids.

Since we only see between 6 and 8 dances per one hour show, that means roughly 20 dances won’t see the light of day during the qualifiers.  Of course it begs the question how many duels we will see. 🙂 Read more..

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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. :-)

New Time For World Of Dance, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Ciara, And Mel B More To Mentor

According to SFGate via The Wrap, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Ciara, Savion Glover, and Mel B will start guest mentoring on World Of Dance in the coming episodes. Also, Misty Copeland will be a guest judge again. Also note that World Of Dance will be switching to a two-hour telecast on Wednesday. More info below on the cut rounds and episodes 8, 9, and 10.

NBC tells TheWrap exclusively that the summer dance competition series starring Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jenna Dewan is bringing five famed choreographers and performers in as guest mentors for its currently-airing second season. These include Paula Abdul, Julianne Hough, Mel B, Savion Glover and Ciara. Professional ballerina Misty Copeland has been set as a guest judge.

The first batch of short-term mentors will begin their residency just as the show shifts to its new night, time and length.

Currently airing after “America’s Got Talent” at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, “World of Dance” is switching to a two-hour telecast on Wednesdays at 8 — with the two episodes of “The Cut” round (the reason for the guest mentors’ entrance) set to air Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 29.

ETA: TV Guide listings for World Of Dance as of this time. Check your local listings for times:

Tue Jul 24
The Qualifiers (Season 2, Episode 8)

Wed Jul 25 (Wednesday time slot begins)
The Duels 1 (Season 2, Episode 9)

Wed Aug 1
The Duels 2(Season 2, Episode 10)

July 23, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

‘World Of Dance’ Season 2, Week Seven Qualifiers – The Performance Videos

If you missed World Of Dance tonight, below are the performances that qualified. I liked Marinspired the most. I loved their story telling and the choreography was so well done. Great night!

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July 17, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 7 Live Blog!!

I’ll likely to a post on this tomorrow or the next day, but as tonight is the last day of qualifiers, I thought I would look to see who’s left to be shown on the show. They have NOT done what they did last season – there’s been no “fast forward” through several acts each week who either go through or don’t. And there have only been three acts who got no package at all. The most they’ve done is edit some of the dances last week. I find that highly annoying, but I’ll be able to live with it if they DON’T edit in the later rounds of the show. Anyway, here’s where we stand going into tonight:

  • Out of 74 groups/dancers announced, 35 have yet to dance. Since they only get to 6 or 7 per week, there are going to be a LOT that don’t see the light of day.
  • 11 upper teams have qualified
  • 7 uppers have qualified
  • 7 junior teams have qualified
  • 11 juniors have qualified

Hmmm…..that seems rather….symmetrical.  So are we going to see mainly uppers and junior teams tonight to balance it out? Or are they not being so obvious this season? We already know we’re seeing Luka and Jenalyn from last season (Upper) tonight and odds are good they’ll go through.  From what I can tell, the others performing tonight are mainly junior teams and uppers soooo….

T-minus 30 minutes to show time!!

Okay, here we go. Let’s see some great dancing!!

Haha…JLo says Derek is “still good” to have kids at 32. 🙂

First group is a whole bunch of cute kids who have “faces – this kids are going to kill me. Hilarious. they are the CubCakes, a junior crew from …

Orange County California.

They’re quite good, but I’m not sure how I feel about that first little one kind of sexing it up. And they might be over playing the face, having watched the The Lab last season. But dang, they’re great.

They judges totally go for it…I don’t blame them. They were fun, great kids. JLo: “makings” of a really great dance crew. Not sure what that means.

Derek: “World of Cute”. LOL. NeYo doesn’t know how to judge them cuz they are so cute. Derek is raving and talking about how great their support system of each other is.

Judges: 80, 84, and 85 (Derek, Ne-Yo, Jennifer) for an average of 83. Ridiculously low score from Derek – I would love to hear more of what he was basing that on. Perhaps TOO cute??

Luka and Jenalyn up next! Very excited to see what they do this season.

Massive improvement from last season, so far. Lifts are still incredible. Derek is digging it. Okay, that had fewer tricks than last season, but they danced way more, far more polished, very lovely.

JLo loved it, very complimentary. Derek picking on Luka’s body roll (he’s correct), but other than that he loves them. Ne-Yo says he has a “straining” face, Derek and Jlo disagree.

Scores: 87, 86 and 88 (Derek, JLo, Ne-Yo) for an average of 87 – making it through easily. As well they should.

Some arguing between Derek/JLo and Ne-Yo about the straining face which leads to Derek trying to get Ne-Yo to lift him. I’m not sure if that would help. 🙂

Ohhhhh….a tapping crew!! This excites me. The Jam Project, an upper team. They are a rock and roll type group of tappers. This excites me.

JLo says it takes a certain type of gentleman to do tap (you’re sitting next to one) – wonder if she still thinks that. I like the idea of a tap crew, and these guys are pretty damn good. Good amount of sync with still some individuality. I think I dug it, but perhaps not as much as I wanted to.

JLo thinks it’s hard to really appreciate it, they disagree. Derek says they’re selling him. Derek tells the audience how very difficult it was to do what they did and had a suggestion to make it stand out more. Jennifer wants them to bring all the legacy of the art form to it. Interesting.

Scores: 82, 83 and 84 (Ne-Yo, Jennifer, Derek) for an average of 83 and they’re on to the next round. This makes me happy.

Jennifer…how do I tell you this without hurting your feelings….DEREK DOES EVERYTHING. I’m not sure there’s a style of dance he hasn’t at least tried (and possibly done on DWTS) at this point. You might have to work hard to find something he hasn’t done on TV. Okay…I don’t remember a polka. 🙂

Marinspired from Los Angeles is up next – this is the male contemporary duo that’s been getting a lot of play (and a lot of bigotry) on twitter. I thought they were pretty amazing. “Let’s just get to being people.” Amen, brother.

I appreciate any contemporary that is not flaily, and they do some pretty amazing lifts. Great musicality. The one risk I see is that they played it a little too light at the beginning. Okay…excellent. I just love the musicality.

JLo says they are so strong and it was so awesome. Derek loved the turns, thought the movement was abstract and beautiful. Ne-Yo says the lack of clean makes it great. Very intentionally, if you look at their hair and outfits. Definite choice.

Scores: 90, 88, 96 (Derek, Ne-Yo, Jennifer) for an average of 91.3 – great job. Of course going to the duels. I agree with JLo….they are cute. 🙂

Alysa and Joseph are up next – Upper couple doing contemporary to a song that talks about their relationship.

Coming out with books and school costumes…shades of Keone and Mari. In fact, it starts off VERY like a Keone and Mari routine. I wonder if they choreographed. Great sync. I think they have the personal chemistry and humor of K/M too!! Delightful.

OMG…JLo just copied my “delightful” and my K/M comment. Ne-Yo says he loves when it feels real. He also says he feels like he’s seen it (I agree). Derek loved how theatrical it was, the isolations, etc. Derek wants to know if it will be competitive – JLo says yes. (And we all know she’ll do what she has to to make them win if she so desires…)

Scores: 92, 94 and 86 (Ne-Yo, Jennifer, Derek) for an average 90.7.

Next up: The Gentlemen, juniors from Fairfield, CA. Pretty tight boys on the hip hop!! Very well done and giving JLo a flower never hurts. Jlo said it felt like two brothers dancing on the street, tells them to take it to the stage level. Derek likes the swag, groove and charisma.

Scores 81, 79 and 79 for a 79.7, so they won’t advance to the next round. Sad for them, but they do need to step it up.

They are really blasting through the dances now. Slow down!! I can tell they’re really sped it up because of how hard it is to blog all of a sudden. 🙂

Dragon House – isn’t this the group that has all the poppers and lockers (including Cyrus) from SYTYCD. And they all call themselves members of Dragon House? Ne-Yo is not terribly impressed, needs more. JLo likes their sync, but the in between moments were lacking. Derek says they had great moments but it wasn’t consistent.

Scores: 79, 80, 81 for an average of 80 which means they just squeak through!! That’s surprising from that crew, because they have always killed it on SYTYCD.

Judges having the “artistic athlete” discussion again, talking about doing more than dancing to keep in shape.

Next up is a junior team that works out and talks about having big quads. They’re all tiny but muscular. They are Quad Squad for obvious reasons. 🙂 Great formations, great spins, great sync. Fell to of it a bit there in the middle.But in general they are killing it.

Derek is talking their language, loves them. Ne-Yo loving them spins like I mentioned. Jennifer calls them mind blowing. Ne-Yo trying to get his leg up there (hint: he can’t :-)). Jennifer says they’re a great team.

Scores: 86, 90, 91 (Derek, Jennifer, Ne-Yo) for an average of 89 – through to the duels!!

TWO NIGHTS next week – Tuesday is the end of the duels, Wednesday is the first night of the duels!! I saw in numerous places that this was the last night of the duels, but I guess they decided to give the 20-some dancer(s) another chance to be seen.

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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 2, Week Six Qualifiers – The Performance Videos

What a show again! If you missed it, below are the performances that qualified. The Rock Company was my very fave. Creative, moving, and so powerful! I loved DNA too!

July 10, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 6 Live Blog!!

Okay, I think we’re back to normal after a repeat last week?? As for me – BEWARE!! I’ve been awake since 1 am (work life is hell) and I’ve had wine. It’s like a double whammy. 🙂 Super punchy and it’s very possible that I could fall asleep during the commercials. My *eyes* hurt.

Here we go!!

First up, some familiar faces from last season – DNA. He’s the one who got picked on a bit for not being strong enough for the lifts they were attempting. Curious to see if he’s done some strength training.

Opening is very impactful. Excellent. Gorgeous. I think they’ve modified their routine a bit to avoid the strength issue although they still have crazy good lifts. EXCELLENT routine.

JLo and Ne-yo both comment on his bigger muscles. Derek likes that he took responsibility. He loves her legs – I agree, she was amazing as well.

Scores: 85, 89 and 89 for an average of 87.7. They’re going through and rightfully so!!

As of right now there are 41 acts that we haven’t seen yet. I’m still wondering when they’re going to cut to the chase like they did last season. Of course, last season there were quite a few acts that we never saw. Interesting to see how they proceed this season!

What are the judges talking about when we come back from commercial? No idea. I must be tired cuz I’m not following it.

Next up…guys in hockey uniforms?? Am I delusional? No. This is Brotherhood – Upper team from Vancouver, Canada.

Wow. Super tight opening. and there’s 10 of them. Not easy. Love that linked up move. Oh and bringing the sticks in is risky. Using the whole stage is awesome. I feel like they got edited a bit more than previous acts.

Derek is digging them although he has some commentary on the props – be careful they don’t go to far. Ne-Yo wanted more props and for them to be careful with their faces. JLo thinks they started a bit slow and that they’re missing an “it” factor. Not sure I agree with her. I liked them!!

Scores: 85, 81 and 75 (Derek, Ne-Yo, JLo) for an average of 80.3 – barely squeaked through!! JLo kinda low balling. Odd.

Whenever we get to the end of the Qualifiers, I will do a big recap/summary. Anything in particular you want to see?

We have a youngster up next who is talking about her boyfriend breaking up with her. I don’t think you could pay me to go back to that age. So freakin’ hard. What is this child’s name? She’s a junior named Vivian Ruiz. From Miami, dancing contemporary, cuz that’s what you do.

Great control. Not too flail-y. She’s kinda interesting. Great feet. Geez, WoD, why are we editing the acts suddenly.

Derek asking her what the routine was about. She talks heart break. Girl, trust me – it gets better. Derek commiserating. 🙂 Talks about writing love letters. He points out her off balance moment – I agree, I noted it as well.

JLo feeling the pain and relates. Says she does a good job. Ne-Yo talking about pain and not out running it.

Scores: 83, 84, 82 for an average of 83 – she’s going through!!

Derek tells the story that his fans have heard before from when he was 16 and writing love letters, dropping water on the paper to make it look like he was crying. Ne-Yo scoffing – dude, I’ve heard this story 4 times now. Real deal. 🙂

By far, they haven’t show the Junior teams the most. There’s still a ton of those on the list who haven’t aired yet. I wonder if they just weren’t good enough to air??

D’Angelo back with the Untouchables. He was on last year with Amanda as a ballroom dancer. He’s Ruby’s sister – we saw her in week 4 or 5 – she killed it. Don’t get carried away, dad. The finals aren’t that easy. The Untouchables are a Junior group dancing…salsa??

Great start. Lots of tricks. Great sync. Might be too much going on here. Eh, losing a bit of sync there in the middle. Pretty tight towards the end. Great routine all in all, IMO.

JLo loving them and their outfits and the latino energy. She says they’re different. Really? Okay. Ne-Yo commenting on the business that I mentioned. Derek talking about how D’angelo recruited an army (in a funny way) and is talking technique.

Scores: 87, 89, 90 for an average of 88.7 – going through on a nice high score. Derek scored them very well. Of course, he’s most qualified to score that group.

Derek, why you so handsome?? 🙂

Good versus “World of Dance good”.

Next up ST Kingz from Japan. Looks like a Broadway group. But they say “Hip hop/comedy”. Okay. Great song, and they are kind of amusing. Better yet, they’re decent dancers. Once again, an edited routine. I suspect every time I say that they are going to lose a duel.

Derek says it took too long to get to the dancing. Ne-Yo says that it was technique versus showmanship. JLo wanting them to go to another level and dig in. Judges not raving for sure.

Scores: 79, 78, 80 – not enough to make it through with an average of 79. I would agree that they need tougher choreography.

Nest up is a very familiar couple from Derek and Julianne’s MOVE Live on Tour – Zack and Ashley both danced with Derek and Julianne. Finally, a couple dancers that acknowledge that. Talking about Derek the energizer bunny. Both are nervous they will let him down. Unlikely. I saw both live.

Loved Zack on MOVE. Contemporary dancers…I would swear he was a tapper, but I could be confused – excellent combinations. Not too flail-y. pulling some of their expertise from dancing with Derek and Jules. Wow. This is a tough routine with HARD lifts and tricks. Zack is kinda hot. I’ve always thought so. 🙂

Ne-Yo comments on how it was sensual but not raunchy. JLo loves them as well but didn’t care for the song – artistic choice. Derek loves the emotion, the lifts, comments that he’s not seen one of the lifts before.

Scores: 84, 84, 87 – average of 85 means they move on to the next round!! I personally thought they were better than Eva Igo. I hope they go far – loved both on MOVE last summer.

Finally up tonight, a contemporary group from Las Vegas – been looking forward to them since seeing the commercials from this week. They are dancing in tribute the the Vegas shooting. Very emotional. Some are only 11 and 12 years old. They’re killing me.

They’re message is about having hope – The Rock Company!! Expecting a lot from these babies.

Oh geez, the opening i just amazing. What do you call that?? I think of a waterfall with those movements. The little once are doing some heavy lifting. Excellent routine, although they were edited as well, which pisses me off!

JLo out there hugging them and they’re all sobbing. And now I am as well.

Derek asks what it was about – October 1st in Vegas. JLo says it was really beautiful and powerful. She’s raving. I’m kinda pissed that there was clearly more to that routine that we didn’t get to see. Derek is saying how special and powerful it was – how their foundation was so strong and how it allowed the emotion to come through even stronger. Ne-Yo agrees with Derek. Should be good scores.

Scores: 97, 97, 96 for an average of 96.7. Very excellent. I wish we could have seen the whole routine, damnnit. They are one huge puddle of joy.

Ne-Yo – I love when juniors are only junior because of their age. Truth.

Familiar faces next week too!! Like Luka and Jenalyn. The status is as follows:

Uppers – 10 acts
Upper Team – 6 teams
Juniors – 9 acts
Junior Teams – 11 teams

Weird. We could be in the qualifiers for a while, with only 6 acts a week. More likely is that we just don’t see some acts much like last year. We’ll have to wait and see!!

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