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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World of Dance, By the Numbers – Week 9

Well, only one more week of this season of World of Dance and our finalists are Eva Igo, Les Twins and Swing Latino.  I had a few problems with this episode as you may have gathered if you read my post on what could be fixed for next season of World of Dance. 🙂  Specifically, Jennifer’s score disparity between Les Twins and Keone and Mari, not to mention her comments to Ne-Yo when he gave Keone and Mari a 100.  I find that exchange to be both telling and disturbing.

In any case, let’s take a look at how the scoring broke down.

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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. :-)

NBC’s World of Dance – Looking Forward to Season TWO, What Would YOU Fix?

It’s funny. I have a twitter search for World of Dance so every week I see people claiming it’s “rigged” or “fixed” or the “judges suck”.  It’s always fans of people or groups who were eliminated.  Is this what our society has come to: when things don’t go your way, it’s all fixed or rigged? I guess when you look at the White House…well, that mentality trickles down into everyone after a while, unless you keep your brain engaged and really THINK about the issues that surround the country. That mentality is VERY immature. But I’m not here to debate politics, only a silly dance show.  And the squeaky wheels on twitter are often mental midgets in any case. 😉

Is World of Dance “fixed”??  No, I don’t believe so – not in the real definition of that word in this context: meaning that when the show was cast, they already knew who the winner was going to be. THAT would be “fixed”. Is it produced and manipulated? Of course – it’s TELEVISION. If you go into watching a show like this and don’t expect some sort of manipulation then you’re just being naïve.  The editors and producers job is to make a TV show that people want to watch and for that there needs to be a bit of drama and suspense – they’ve learned that from other dance shows.  It has to be entertaining! And honestly, righteous indignation over your favorite being eliminated shows you CARED. That you’re invested. Mission accomplished.

Do the judges have favorites which may make them biased in one direction or another?? Probably. They’re human beings. That’s how human beings work. Don’t YOU have a favorite?  I have several. Otherwise, what the hell’s the point? People have favorites. Judges are people too. This is not hard to figure out.  Does one judge pick people she wants to work with in the future and score them better than others? Well, seems likely – but that’s all part of them being her “favorites”.  Is it crappy? Yep.  Of course. That’s why there are three of them.  To get your way, you have to be obvious – and take the heat. 😉 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. :-)

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)

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NBC’s World of Dance, Season 1, Week NINE – LIVE Blog

So, does anyone reading tonight follow Nappytabs on twitter?? If you do, (even if you don’t) go read their twitter feed from today and the last few days. And last week at this time as well.  Tell me what you think.   All I will say is this – I was under the impression from Derek’s feed that all this (with the possible exception of the finale) was all taped quite some time ago. So what’s the deal?  I’ll wait here for your thoughts….

Sorry, Nappytabs was there, but it was @NBCWorldOfDance twitter feed. I’ll be more specific. This is the tweet that had me raise an eyebrow.

Okay, so we’ve heard stories on twitter and youtube about the tapings from people who were there…and NO ONE ever mentioned a Les Twins injury. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Here we go…Eva, Kinjaz and Keone/Mari, that’s who I’m rooting for, although I really like Swing Latino.

I LOVE Jenna’s dress!! So cute.

Team Division is going first. Eeep!!

Not a fan of Jennifer’s track suit. Jennifer points out that the Kinjaz can’t “out energy” Swing Latino so they need to make an impact in another way. And they’re wearing another cool jacket in the rehearsals.

Sharp white suits for the performance. Oooo…love the staging and the voice over. That’s a lot of people in perfect sync. Great song choice. Live the story of the struggle for the sword…or life.

All in all, I think I have other routines of theirs that I liked better. I sort of agree with Ne-Yo when he said there was no “Kinjaz moment” but I also agree with Derek when he says that the synchronicity is the moment.

Their score is a 92.3. Derek gave them a 95 while Jennifer and Ne-yo both gave them 91. Seems that Ne-Yo doesn’t care for the quieter routines – he’s shown that over and over. Conversely, Derek is always going to score something higher that touches his heart and it seems he related to the struggle for the sword in that dance.

I think that shows they picked good judges for this show….each have their preferences. Makes the scoring interesting at times. But since my taste runs similar to Derek’s, Ne-Yo can annoy me. 🙂

Swing Latino is just ungodly fast. It’s hard to believe. Even backstage with Jennifer. Amazing

Derek will be happy with the sparkles. 😀

Oooo..love the flags. Very patriotic. There are just so many of them but I think they’ve improved in how they present their dances…it’s not so overwhelming now.

Whoa, crazy ass trick there towards the end. Great routine. This is actually a tough call.

Hmmm…it looked pretty clean to me, Derek. :::shrug::: He’s an expert. 🙂 But I suspect they’re not going to beat the 92.3. Now they’re getting the sympathy talk from Jennifer. Aw, making me sad.

And their score is….Holy….Crap!!! Swing Latio takes it with a 94.7. Ne-Yo and Jennifer gave them a 25 and Derek gave them a 94. Okay, I’m not mad at that! Love the Kinjaz, but damn Swing Latino is awesome as well.

It also shows that the spoilers were WRONG about the final match up.

Upper Division is next – Keone and Mari versus Les Twins. Team that went first in the last round was eliminated. Boo – KM going first in this round.

Let’s kill it, K/M!! Cool costumes. OMG…I love this song. This should REALLY appeal to Derek. It looks so much like something he would do. OMG, I adore this dance. Gorgeous.

They make Derek feel good…which is what Derek’s choreo does for me and this was in his vein. Derek critiqued the lift. I might have to smack him. 🙂

Score is HOLY CRAP – Ne-Yo gave them a perfect score and he gets a head rub from Derek. And Les Twins are shocked. Derek gave a 95 and Jennifer a 90 for an average of 95.

Well, what are they going to do with Les Twins? Is the one with the cool hair going to dance by himself. Yes, I don’t know which one is Larry and which is Laurent. Sorry. 🙂

Ne-yo talking some crap about connections. I suspect we’re being set up for a Les Twins win here. Tugging heart strings.

Very cool concept though, I must say. This might be their best work this season and it came to of adversity. Not a huge fan, but that was a damn good dance.

Score – 95 from Derek and grrrrrrr commercial. I think Les Twins are going to take it. I’ve been manipulated by reality TV before and these editors have shown they’re no better than any others. Although…why wasn’t this the last duo of the night??

Will Jennifer’s underscoring of K/M come back to haunt them??

Score – damn it. I knew it. 99, 99, 95. Agree with Derek – I feel sick too. 97.7. Thanks a lot, Jennifer. Very stingy score to K/M did them in.

Finally…the Juniors.

Derek with kids is like the best thing ever. 🙂

Diana Pombo up first with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Cute dress. Diana has been hanging out with Les Twins, eh? Pretty sharp movements there. She gets flailing there towards the middle and end. Good dance though. Not my favorite of the night for sure.

Jennifer is loving all over her as is Derek. Ne-Yo calls her fantastic and points out that she did a lot more dancing this time. He also correctly points out the angsty face in what is theoretically a happy routine.

Score: 89.3 – 90 from Ne-Yo and 89 from both Jennifer and Derek. That’s not going to be nearly enough. Even if she were to beat Eva that wouldn’t hold up against Les Twins or Swing Latino.

Where’d ya get that jacket Derek?? 😉

I’m with Derek when it comes to Eva’s faces. Hilarious. Eva has really grown on me over the last few weeks.

Is this a jungle gym out of Les Miz?? 🙂 This kid is tough. I don’t know what to make of this dance though. It was kinda weird. I liked it better than Diana and this kid gives great face. And I love the big smile at the end. But the dance was just strange.

Score: 96, 97, 97 for a 96.7 so Eva takes it handily. Expected. Both good kids. Their style of contemporary is usually not my favorite – too angsty – but I think both girls will grow into having much greater range and amazing dancers.

So, two of my three picks are out of the competition. I kinda feel like it’s being set up for Les Twins and this was the first week I feel like they deserved it. I would not be upset to see Eva or Swing Latino take it.

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Keone & Mari Video Teasers For ‘World Of Dance’ Tonight!

Below you can watch how Keone & Mari were inspired for tonight’s dance on World Of Dance (in the video links in the tweet). You can also watch a little clip for what’s coming. I have a feeling we’re going to get another goodie!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes 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. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

One Of The Brothers Of Les Twins Hurt, How Will This Effect Their Division Dance?

Hollywood Life has posted a gallery of photos from World Of Dance tomorrow night. They also write of how one of the Les Twins is hurt. Read on…

Can Les Twins overcome the biggest obstacle yet? When one of them ends up on crutches, Ne-Yo steps in to encourage the guys to keep their heads up — and let them know they still are in this competition.

World of Dance is one of the most inspiring shows on TV — and judge Ne-Yo is making sure that the competitors are inspired as well! Les Twins are facing a huge setback going into the final rounds before the finale — Laurent is injured and actually on crutches. In this exclusive sneak peek, we see the coach giving the twins advice on their upcoming performance. How do they overcome an injury so close to the end?

“Don’t feel like you’re at a disadvantage by of this, because you’re not,” he tells them — Laurent actually sitting and can’t use one of his legs, so understandably so, Larry Nicolas Bourgeois is very worried. “Keone and Mari have a husband and wife connection — which is a strong connection — but then there’s not only the brotherly connection but the twin brotherly connection. If you can tap into that, you can beat them.”

This is going to be interesting to say the least. More at Hollywood Life. Thanks to Linz for the heads up.

ETA: Here are the clips mentioned in the article….

July 31, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes 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. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

World of Dance, By the Numbers – Week 8

Well, the last of the cuts tonight and then it gets even harder.  I’m quite sure, at this point, that my favorite won’t win, but I’m going to try to not let that spoil the show. 🙂

As always, you’ll have to bear with me as my view of the show usually changes over the course of the week and rewatching….

But that didn’t happen with the Kinjaz – they are freakin’ amazing!! I love them. And I want a jacket too. 😉 But I have to say it broke my heart to see the looks on SuperCr3w’s  faces as Kinjaz got their scores. Very sad. Anyway, The Kinjaz end up with a 93.2 with two great scores from Derek and Misty (95 and 96, respectively) and kinda ridiculously low scores from Ne-Yo and Jennifer. I’ll be curious to look closer at the scoring of all four once the season ends.

Chapkis Dance Family has been doomed from the start, unfortunately, due to the need for time. Their routine looks pretty cool up until that last big turn at the end. Of course we don’t actually know if it was at the end because it was so shortened. For that matter, we don’t really know if it made sense because of the editing- there could have been a really strong story there. 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. :-)

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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