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. :-)

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. :-)

World of Dance Season 3, Week 3 – LIVE BLOG!!

Wow, we’re into week three already, and the qualifiers apparently end tonight. Interestingly, there are relatively few of the acts listed that haven’t made it though with the new, “tougher” qualifiers score of 85. The talent is incredible, but I don’t know that it’s that much better than last season. I guess we’ll see tonight if they have even more to offer!! I do appreciate that they’ve gone to two hours, which means there are fewer acts that just get hosed on screen time. πŸ™‚

MKAM appears to be up first, they’re a large high school team from California. That green hair with the purple jackets is eye catching. WTF with the commercial ALREADY??? Without even seeing a dance?? Perhaps we should cut some of the recap from last week and the teasing for tonight because that was ridiculous.

Anyway…wow, this team is tight, and you can do a lot with all those people, including throwing each other around. That was really good – it might have been edited though because it seemed short.

Ne-Yo thought it lost steam towards the end? Nah. JLo seems to love them, says they were so clean. Ne-Yo says the choreography might be too simple – that I might agree with. He does add that because there’s so many of them that it makes them look more intricate. Derek says it was fire, and mathematical – oddly I know what he means. πŸ™‚

Scores: 88, 89, 92 for an average of 89.7 – through to the duels easily.

Love the judges playing with each other tonight. πŸ™‚

Denise and Josh are contemporary dancers from Canada – and Denise is studying. Girl. πŸ™‚

Anyway, they choreographed their own stuff – that impresses me more than some of the acts. Anyway, they are in the Upper Division, I believe. And her we go…

Most of you who know me know I’m burnt out on contemporary dancing – but I really loved that routine. It wasn’t TOO clean and it had emotion – so many of them are empty feeling. Agreeing with Derek’s comment’s wholeheartedly. And a cute bit with Jlo there. πŸ™‚ Ne-Yo summed it up – rehearsed emotion versus real emotion – theirs was real. Jennifer loves it as well.

Scores: 90, 91, 92 (Ne-Yo, Derek, Jennifer) for an average of 91!!

The Main Guys are from Oslo, Norway – and they’re not the stereotype. πŸ™‚ But first we see Invictus – a young ballroom couple – miss the mark with 82. Then we see a very colorful group The Rookies (an Upper Team) get told they’re too elementary. They also don’t make it through.

Back to the Main Guys. πŸ™‚ This is kinda crazy looking…boneless. Loving it. Great sync. Love the choreo and they have a bit of a story through line, to me.

Derek says they crushed it. Love their outfits as well – the jewel tone jackets/sweaters. Derek talking about their precision movements. Ne-Yo imitating Derek is hilarious. Ne-Yo says they are more than just hip hop, JLo agrees and calls them swaggy.

Scores: 89, 89, 91 for an average of 89.7. I think these guys might be one of my favorites. Very cool.

Oh yay, Zack is back!! Zack and Ashley. πŸ™‚ And the little flamenco girl joined Kosmic Edge – she was SO awesome last season. KE up first. They’re having some sync issues right off the bat. And their transitions aren’t great. I was not impressed with that routine.

Ne-Yo points out the flamenco soloist – he was not pleased with the whole team. JLo says it wasn’t intricate enough, didn’t have he seasoning of a group that’s been together for a while

They only score an 83, so they are out. Sad to say I saw that one coming.

Zack and Ashley are back with Unity LA – I really liked them together. Note: They’ve both danced with Derek on tour before. Zack is a particular favorite of mine. So cute. THAT WAS FANTASTIC!! They might be might be my favorites. I don’t even know what to say!! It wasn’t true contemporary, it wasn’t hip hop, it was cool, edgy different. Excellent.

Jennifer loved it and said the musicality was great, an amazing performance. Ne-Yo says they were clean and sharp with no beats. Derek says he’s dying to talk, says the routine was everything and more, it was so dynamic and so artistic. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Scores: 95, 94, 97 (Derek, Jennifer Ne-Yo) for an average of 95.3. YAY!! My new favorites!! Ne-Yo standing up and clapping is a fairly rare thing… πŸ™‚

Love the all girl team swooning over the all boy team. How Cute. The girl team is from a very small town in Oklahoma. The boys are Battle Droids Crew from Belgium – and they think American girls are amazing. But they’re here to win. πŸ™‚ But first in a very confusing jump cut, we see Str8jackets – who JLo criticizes. And they don’t make it through.

Battle Droids Crew is up for real this time and they are very excited. πŸ™‚ And they actually drop someone right in the opening moment. Can they redeem themselves? they aren’t very sharp after that. Not sure why one guy is in white. Is he a mad scientist? They definitely pick it up toward the end, and Derek loves the no hands head spin.

Jennifer says there were a couple things that were really good. But she thinks they have a bit of work to do. Derek is feeling that they didn’t nail the move. Derek has them show us how it was supposed to go. Ne-Yo appreciated that they kept going.

Scores: 85, 87, 89 for an average of 87 – they just made it and the girls are happy. πŸ™‚

The girls, “Intention,” are up next. A junior team from Oklahoma. After all that showmance I hope they make it.

Wow, super cool opening moves. This is bizarro contemporary and it’s great. Wow, I really loved that. Hope the judges did.

Jennifer says it was subtle and touching, loved the roll offs in the beginning. Derek says they’re likable, the routine was perfectly together. Ne-Yo says it was crystal clear and it was very in sync.

Scores: 87, 88, 88 for an average of 87.7…and the boys are happy. πŸ™‚

Nice little aside from Derek, to set up Derek Piquette, the guy who needs a double hip replacement. He’s a Cirque dancer!! Derek, you’ll still be able to dance, you’ll just have to do it differently. He’s only 21 – that extreme flexibility may go, but there are other forms of dance, dude, don’t give up.

In the meantime, a ballet couple don’t make it through, didn’t catch their names. So now it’s his turn.

Back to Derek P. – he’s an extraordinary contemporary dancers, but the moves don’t seem new or different. It’s contemporary. He does seem authentic though.

Derek the judge says it was stunning and effortless, he made it look simple. Derek asks him why WoD and he explains that he has to have a double hip replacement. Ne-yo loved it all but the very end. πŸ™‚ Jennifer tells him to push the creativity.

Scores: 90, 91, 93 for an average of 91.3. And he’s on to the duels.

I do love seeing all the dancers get along so well. Whoa, tappers who are goooood.

Mia and Audrey are up next – a Krump duo!! Wow, really good!! It’s more fascinating because they don’t look like a Krump duo. Great sync, hitting it hard.

Derek loves it, Jennifer says they look like the Disney channel. Ne-Yo needs more intensity. they get an 86.3, so they will be on to the next round. the editing doesn’t bode well for them though.

House of Tap are up next…I don’t think these two are who I profiled early on!! Two young girls, awesome. They were rivals, and now they’re partners.

They have a bit of contemporary movement in the opening seconds before they go into hard core tap. They slow it down a bit toward the end. Don’t know how that’s going to fly.

Ne-Yo loves the personality and sync – but his problem with tap is that there’s too much music. I would agree. He says it’s quality work though. Derek agrees with him, but he says they are very strong tap duo. Jennifer agrees and says they have a stylized upper body – yep.

Scores: 86, 86, 85 for an average of 85.7 – so they make it through. I do wonder if they will listen to the critiques??

DD Flection won WoD Thailand so I expect them to do well here. They are an upper, contemporary duo. Wow, very good. Great opening bars. Great tricks too! That was very good. I loved that.

Ne-Yo loved it, asked where they are from. Derek now says there’s an expectation, but he loves the partnership, the fluidity, the chemistry. Derek wants to see even more the next round. Ne-yo talking AGAIN – how many turns does he need? Jennifer says it was a very difficult routine, but they made it look easy.

Scores: 90, 91, 95 (Ne-yo, Derek, Jennifer) for an average of 92. Excellent.

Ah, they showed one of Derek’s routine from his tour – one of the best. Yum. He started dancing to be part of a team.

And we have more male teams flirting with the female teams. Style and Grace is an all hip hop team from Vancouver. Love their outfits. Break for Siudy Flamenco a female team – they get good comments, but the editing is not a good sign. They make it through, but I don’t think they’ll beat the duels.

Next up is Apprentice – also edited – all female group. They don’t quite make it through. That leads back to Style and Grace – an upper team, by the way. Still love the outfits. πŸ™‚

They have a fall in the opening but beyond that they are quite awesome. They need to bring up the intensity. They are recovering nicely though from their mistake. I ended up really liking that in spite of the fall. Ne-yo likes that they kept going. Jennifer raves – she thinks they have potential. Ne-Yo talking AGAIN…dude, please. He wants more intensity. Derek felt a bit of nerves in the performance.

Scores: 85, 83, 87 for an average of 85 – they just make it. I hope they step it up for the next round. Derek was the low score, surprisingly.

Radiance is a girl team from California…I think they are an Upper Team. Love the outfits – harem pants?? Not sure. This is their first performance as a team?? Not a good sign, I don’t think.

Wow…that was really lovely. I enjoyed it very much. Ne-Yo loves the name, wants to know the narrative. They have their own stories. Jennifer loves the large group of strong women. She wants to know what the lift is about, wants the story. Derek respects that they told her that. Jennifer is confusing story with audience impact – I think Derek is more right than Jennifer. I think Jennifer is flat wrong, actually. Ne-yo always talks twice. Why?

Did Jennifer just diss ballroom??? Beyotch. Who is the trained, champion dancer? That would be Derek.

Scores: 87, 87, 90 for an average of 88. Yay!! Good for them.

March 10, 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 – VPeepz

The VPeepz actually debuted on WoD last night and made quite the impression! I loved them for many reasons, not the least of which was the excellent dancing and great story. Totally agreed with JLo and her comments regarding kids like them and the future. Their local media reported on their accomplishment last night:

The Philippines’ VPeepz junior dance crew showcased their amazing moves on NBC’s World of Dance (WOD) stage in the second part of the competition’s season premiere on March 3, Sunday (March 4 Manila Time).

The 13-member hip hop group from Manila went into the Qualifiers needing a score of 85 to get through to the next round of Duels. VPeepz received the following judge votes: 89 from NeYo, 89 from Jennifer Lopez, and 93 from Derek Hough.

With an average score of 90.3, VPeepz earned a spot to proceed to the next round of the competition.

To Derek Hough’s question as to why the team traveled all the way from the Philippines to America to join WOD, VPeepz said β€œI guess we just want to show the world that even though we’re all different, I can say that there’s really unity and diversity.

This same outlet, Good News Pilipinas, did some of the profiling work for me a while ago, when they wrote about their kids appearing on the show:

VPeepz achievements include:

-defended Regional and National title at the Hip-Hop International Philippines two times since 2016
-awarded the Philippines’ state recognition for the prestigious Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) for three straight years
-becoming a household name in the Philippines dance community
-setting the standards for excellence for junior teams in the country

VPeepz Profile:

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Members: 13
Ages: 12-17
Style: Hip-Hop
Division: Junior Team
Social: @vpeepzofficial / @charles.leppard / @darloemman / @jaye.felicity / @gerardnicolas / @heartuy88.official / @jeloamorin / @julian_ville / @mendoza_liam / @coolmicolitz / @penelope.reeve / @og_sean26 / @sophiaamercado_

Here is there excellent routine from last night!

I think this might be more awesome than what they did last night…

March 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. :-)

World of Dance Season 3, Week 2 – LIVE BLOG!!

Week 2, coming up!! Just a few more minutes.

Qualifiers part 2, right now!!

Kayla Mak, contemporary ballet is up first tonight. Thank god – something other than hip hop or contemporary.

The start was much more contemporary, but she transitioned into ballet. Beautiful dance. Gorgeous.

Derek loves it, as does Ne-yo. Derek says it felt fresh. JLo raves but says she needs a bit more musicality.

Scores: 87, 92, 92 (Jennifer, Ne-Yo, Derek) for an average of 90.3 – on to the duels for her.

Fuego Dance crew is up next, but first they will flirt with all the girl groups. πŸ™‚ They do look like a boy band. I think this is an Upper Team, judging by their look. Lots of screaming in the audience.

That was pretty damn good. Very tight, very in sync. Derek loves them, says they were very clear and clean. Ne-Yo digging it as well. Jennifer says that is so hard to do, and it was very arrogant. Ne-Yo says the arrogance worked.

Scores: 92, 94, 95 (NeYo, Derek, Jennifer) for an average of 93.7 and they’re going to the duels. Not sure how they’ll hold up against teams with bigger tricks, but they were so clean.

By the way, Derek’s jacket is rather cool. Has some interesting detail. And he’s intuitive. πŸ˜‰

I see ballroom people!! Yay!! But first, Motiv Crew preforms and judging by the editing they aren’t long for this world. Of dance. πŸ™‚ They make it through this round with an 85.7 but I don’t think they will make it through the does. JDC – same story. Big group of girls heavily edited. 87.3, so they all so make it. but not for long. Ballroom kids Ethan and anastasia – same thing. Except they don’t make it through. They are very young though.

That whole segment seemed to be about Aydin Eyikn’s reaction to them. He’s 15 and he either has a great story or is a great dancer because this whole segment is really about him. He’s very contemporary. He’s very good, but I don’t know what different he brings, except perhaps he’s dancing like someone ten years older. Great pirouette.

Derek says his technical foundation is supreme. Jlo agrees and says he has an x factor. Derek talking about his musicality, match the crescendo to the moves. Ne-Yo says he is an amazing dancer regardless of age.

Scores: 89, 87, 89 for an average of 88.3 – and on to the duels.

Female duo “All Ready” from South Korea up next, doing a latin and street dance fusion. I’m guessing they’re upper, since one of them is a mom, but I could be wrong. Love their outfits!

I profiled these ladies a week or two ago, they are actually amazing latin dancers. This definitely shows a more playful side to their dancing. I’m loving it.

Jennifer think there’s something cool about their fusion. Ne-Yo obsessed with the wardrobe, but points out they don’t want to be jack of all trades, master of none. I’ve seen their videos, and they are solid latin dancers. Derek is loving them. I love these girls.

Scores: 85, 89, 90 for an average of 88 – has anyone else noticed that Derek is a bit tougher on anyone close to his speciality? I guess that makes sense.

The Exiles are up next, a hip hop crew from Coolidge Arizona. A Christian team – Upper team I think. But first we see another crew heavily edited team, Guest of Honor – who don’t make it. This is relevant because Exiles were bonding with them prior to their dancing. Exiles are setting up a studio to keep kids off the street – multipurpose studio, not just dance. They want the million for their studio.

Okay, I thought that was excellent. Clean, tight, sharp – might not have had some complicated moves, but it was cool. Telling Jennifer what they would do with the million – the want to finish their studio. Derek says they were shot out of a canon. Jennifer likes it also. Jennifer tells the lead guy to hold the center – Ne-Yo agrees, but says they had a conscious choreography. Derek liked it, but tells them to bring the wardrobe up a bit. He talks about making it the whole package, presentation.

Scores: 87, 88, 89 for an average of 88 – and they make it through!!

Briar Nolet is a contemporary dancer in the upper division – she’s up next. Her story is that she had a severe seizure – was having them every time she danced. She’s taking a risk. Epilepsy was the diagnosis and she’s figured out how to work through it.

She’s pretty amazing, but she comes close to gymnastics at times. Really amazing though. And he fact that she’s older I think helps her. Excellent job.

Jennifer says she has a real sensual quality that she loves, felt she fell short in the musicality a bit. Derek says she’s got stunning quality of movement, and he loves the construction of the routine, it was so good. Ne-yo likes that it was sensual without going over the top.

Scores: 88, 86, 88 for an average of 87.3!! Good for her. I thought she was better than that, but then I liked her better than I like most contemporary. She seemed different.

VPeepz up next from the Philippines! Love their outfits. Crap, we’re all crying. Okay, cool start!! I think they needed to be a bit more dynamic, but Derek clearly loved it. All in all, very good dance, but I hope they can hold up through the competition. Jennifer is getting all teary, about how kids like this are going to take care of our world, talking about unity and diversity. Jennifer wasn’t thinking that at her age (neither was I). Ne-Yo loves it as well and Jennifer can’t say enough. Seriously, she can’t say enough. πŸ™‚

Scores: 89, 89, 93 for an average of 90.3 and they’re all crying. Me too. I loved them. They have heart.

Dancers are athletes, of course. How can anyone not see this??

Derion and Madison are up next. Derion says if you can name the move they can’t put it in their piece. I dig that. First though, we see that Movement Society just misses making it through. Derion and Madison are in the upper division and I guess it’s contemporary or hip hop. It’s very different. Very cool. It has a lot of personality. Very difficult moves. Excellent.

Ne-Yo says they are the epitome of Artistic Athlete. He’s seen a lot in them. Jennifer found it very interesting, very different. Derek talks improvisation directing their choreography.

Dang, Derek – I know you could do it!!

Scores: 89, 90, 92 for an average of 90.3 – very good but should have been higher.

Dancetown Divas up next – latin ballroom Junior team. And a whole bunch of dance moms. πŸ™‚ In a new thing for this season, they start with Dancetown and then cut in another group who make it, but are heavily edit. Why?? This is some crap editing. Sorry, not sorry. Now back to Dancetown Divas. Oh wait, first Femp3 has to dance with no package. :::rolls eyes::: They don’t quite make it.

Dancetown Divas finally dance. Fast, tight, clean – loved them. Kinda like a latin ballroom Rockettes. Derek loves fringe pants. He says it was so fun and so much energy. I disagree with him about the cleanliness – but Jennifer agrees with Derek. Ne-Yo always says he gets so involved that he forgets to judge. It’s his thing.

Scores: 87, 87, 88 for an average of 87.3 and they’re on to the next round. The dance moms rejoice. πŸ™‚

Tobias and the Eztwinz are next profiled and they’ve done a LOT of backing dancing for people like Arianna Grande. they’re upper Division and their costumes are cool. These guys are awesome, so clean, so cool. They had what looked like out of sync moments, but I don’t think they were, I think they were cool choices. Very good.

Ne-Yo loved it, says it was crystal clean. Jennifer says it was it’s own distinct style. Agree with Jennifer when she says that they were unique. Derek says the choreography was thoughtful and pleasing to the eye. Agreed. I don’t know if I can put it in words really.

Scores: 94, 92, 92 for an average of 92.7 – well done.

The Trilogy is up next – a contemporary trio. This poor kid lost both his sister and his father to this horrible sounding illness. Unbearable. They are dancing for him tonight. So sad.

That was some beautiful dancing, so many cool moves and tricks. Excellent.

Ne-Yo likes a trio because it has interesting transitions. His only critique is don’t show effort on your faces. Jennifer liked the configuration, some transitions were bumpy, she felt the emotion of it. She’s interested to see how much more they have. Derek says it was really creative, compelling. He talks about making it more polished.

Scores: 85, 87, 87 for an average of 86.3, so they make it through!!

March 3, 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. :-)

WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – Lauren Yakima

Lauren is a contemporary dancer in the Junior Division – she gave a stellar performance last night and I suspect she’ll go a ways in this competition. She’s also SYTYCD winner Amy Yakima’s sister, per Justin.

She’s an interesting dancer, for sure. More interesting than some previous contemporary juniors. I think a few years age difference makes a big deal.

Lauren Yakima Twitter

Lauren Yakima Instagram

Lauren’s home town paper, the Detroit Free Press, did a nice write up on her before the show got started. Click the link to read the whole thing – an excerpt is below.

If Yakima’s name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because she’s the youngest sister of Amy Yakima, who won Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” back in 2013. The Free Press spoke this week to the latest Yakima to step up as a network TV contestant.

How she got into dancing

“It just kind of just like fell in to my lap,” says Lauren, whose older sisters Amy and Emma also grew up immersed in local competitive dancing. “It ended up being a passion for all of us and something we were good at. It snowballed from when we were kids.” Lauren’s mother, Mary Beth, and father, Daniel, are both proud dance parents who’ve spent more than a decade supporting their daughters’ ambitions and supplying the necessary money and chauffeuring for lessons, weekend dance competitions, national conventions, summer workshops and costumes.

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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 3 Premieres with Strong Ratings

Per Deadline, WoD got it’s best ratings since the second episode this past summer. It’s second in the demo behind the voice.

Both shows are on the bubble for next season, and were topped in primetime by the dominant The Voice (2.0, 10.55M) and the season premiere of World of Dance (1.4, 6.27M) on demo leader NBC as well as CBS’ crime dramas, which took the top viewership spot in each hour as the network won the night overall in that metric.

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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 3, Week 1 – LIVE BLOG!!

I can’t believe we are at Season 3!! Amazing! I’m going to try to continue doing contestant profiles as we go along…if you scroll down the page you’ll see those that I’ve done so far.

T-minus ten minutes!!

Whoop here we go!! Nice plaid Derek. πŸ™‚

This looks like it’s going to be great!

Sorry, trained dancer should get top billing. πŸ˜‰

Scott is looking fine, I must say.

First up are The Kings from Mumbai, India. Man, I love the Indian dancers, particularly if they do that style. They are billed as “Bolly Hop”.

Start is a little generic, with some cool tricks. the step thing is very cool. I was hoping for more belly, less hop though, if I’m being honest. But at the end of the day, great job. JLo is throwing shoes. Calm down Derek.

Scores: 97, 98, 98 (Ne-yo, Derek, Jlo) for a 97.7

Next up, Urban contemporary dancers from LA – Erica and Aidan. He was with Poreotics last season. And he got a girl out of it. πŸ™‚

Love the tricks. And I definitely like Urban contemporary better than plain contemporary. Just a tiny disconnect there towards the end. But pretty good for a couple that have only just joined up.

Jlo thinks they have all the ingredients but can feel that they haven’t been together long. Derek thought they were a bit out of sync (agreed). He thinks it was strong though. Ne-Yo feels it didn’t come together.

Scores: 85, 85, 84 (Jennifer,Derek, Ne-Yo) – for an average 84.7. So close!!

Funkenometry from Vancouver is up next. They’re both 15 but the height disparity is amazing. πŸ™‚ Oh and they are dancing

Very kid like and not up to snuff at the start. But they sharpen it up as they go along. They are amusing, but I don’t know that they’re going to make it. Oops..they were edited. Not a good sign.

Derek is amused by them and says that helps. He thinks their popping is great and they’re refreshing. Jennifer says the dancing was really good, and they made them laugh. Ne-Yo thinks they were entertaining but not competitive – too simple. Then he says “however” – they danced it so well the difficulty didn’t matter as much.

Scores: 87, 88, 87 for an average of 87.3!! I’m surprised, but good for them!!

Super cute little girl group coming up next. So sad, such anxiety. These cuties are the Crazy 8s from Anaheim Hills.

Super flexible, these little girls are really good!! The judges love them too. And the judges just die from cuteness. And the talent is amazing.

Jennifer wants to know all about them. I can’t even type actually, they are so cute. Derek calls them munchkins and he’s so impressed with them, stability in their turns. All are at the same level. Ne-Yo says they could win at an adult level

Scores: 91, 93, 95 (Derek, Ne-Yo, JLo) for an average of 93. Yes, they were that good. I love them and I love all the crying.

Love the camaraderie between the judges.

Jonathan and Jorge – salsa couple from Peru. Hilarious dudes so far. “Little nugget of a man…” LOL. Compared to Alyen and Maria, also salsa? – they don’t make it. Heavily edited so you saw it coming. But what about Jonathan y Jorge??

Great spin. Nice transition. Great spin again. Amazing. And the throw was killer. Pretty good sync. Whoa…another killer throw. Holy cow…that was really good. Tough routine!

Ne-Yo loves it – the energy, the costumes, all of it. Jennifer loves the costumes and the spins but she thinks the transitions weren’t as good, and there wasn’t enough Salsa (agreed). Derek says it was so fun and so entertaining – what’s so fantastic is that the genders don’t matter. Derek has to salsa of course. Derek pretty much kills it. πŸ™‚

Scores: 87, 89, 90 (Jennifer, Derek, Ne-Yo) for an average of 88.7!! Hooray!!

Who will go next?? Some interesting looking dancers here. Still waiting to be shocked. I’ve been entertained and pleased, but still waiting for the big bang.

Julian and Charlize are next dancing hip hop. They’re from NJ and LA. They have more experience, professionally and they think that gives them a leg up. We’ll see!!

Oh, I like how they are dancing together to the music – sounds weird, but not many have been dancing as a real couple in hip hop. This is quite good. Talented duo. And I love the song choice. Very good!!

Ne-Yo says quality quality quality. Great job. He says there were one or two places where the staging was hard on them. Great job though. Jennifer loves when moves make her go “OOOHH” – super strong. Felt like she was watching two kids from the neighborhood. She loved the whole thing. Derek says clarity is power, needs to be super clean – and 80 percent was that. Over all, he says – great job.

Scores: 86, 87, 88 (Derek, Jennifer, Ne-Yo) for an average of 87. Excellent.

The Heima – a b-boy crew from Korea – are up next. And we have some romance between one of the guys and his girlfriend who got cancer. Even with subtitles, this is a lovely story. They got married, and she made it through chemo. So romantic! And now they’re all crying. Damn, I hope they’re good – I love them!

Love the costuming. I don’t want to look away. Afraid I’ll miss something. This was amazing…but the ending pose was just brilliant.

Derek can’t sit down he’s so excited he’s going to express his excitement through his body. Beautiful pictures all the way through. Ne-Yo says WOOO! πŸ™‚ He’s pleasantly confused. He loved it – calls it elegant breaking. Well put. Jennifer says it was spontaneous and surprising and one of the most interesting ever. πŸ™‚

Scores: 94, 92, 95 (Derek, Jennifer, Ne-Yo) for an average of 93.7. They make it through easily – very worthy. They should be a contender for the title if they keep to that level.

The Minibots are next – a popping group from Vancouver. All scary kids except one. They get edited down so I suspect they aren’t going to make it. They do ask fun questions of all the judges. Cute. Ne-Yo says they have to work on sychronicity. And they only get an 83.3. πŸ™

Popping John is up next…and he’s a popper of course. πŸ™‚ He’s from Farmington. He’s 34 and calls himself a dinosaur. He might be right, but with age comes wisdom and experience.

Interesting start, for sure. He’s still remixed what sounds like a classical piece. He’s very good. I worry that he won’t hold up against all the tricky people. Hmmmmmm…..

Derek asks if he’s the godfather of popping, Jennifer says it has the same challenges as tapping (good call) but he’s a master of what he does. Ne-Yo thought it was really good, but not sure if it’s competitive.

Scores: 86, 84, 86 for an average of 85.3 – makes it through by the skin of his teeth. Ne-Yo was the low score, FYI.

Get Down District – cute girls who make it through but are severely edited which means they aren’t long for the show.

Who was the scary group?? They made it though but I missed their names. The editing means they might not make it past the duels.

Mya Walters also heavily edited – Derek says she’s a superstar wanting to come out. She didn’t make it. πŸ™ She needs a better routine.

Next up is a girl duo – Ellie and Ava. Contemporary, I”m guessing. Need to be more flown at the beginning, but they get very solid after that. I’m biased against contemporary dancers, but this duo has some interesting moves. And the ending pose was on point.

Derek loved it so much, says their individual ability is amazing. Sibling rivalry is good for them. He has experience with that. πŸ™‚ Derek and JLo say they were perfectly in sync. Ne-Yo says they were flawless from start to finish. JLo says there was a poetry to it. Says there is something interesting and beautiful here. Agreed on all points.

Scores: 95, 89, 93 (Ne-Yo, Jennifer, Derek) for an average of 92.3. They are going to the duels.

Tap Duo up next, the D’Angelo Brothers. They’re from Italy which means they have my vote. I went to Italy last summer and it is amazing!! Nice pants, boys. πŸ˜‰

Their sync was not good to start with, but the jump splits were pretty amazing. And they sync gets there. One thing about this show is how acts like this seem to get out out due to the lack of massive tricks compared to some of the others…but they had a couple great ones in here!

JLo loves how they talk. Derek talks about how tap is difficult on this show, but they are so clean. He asks if they can do something if it’s just them tapping sans lots of over playing music. He says they are phenomenal. Ne-Yo says his issue is sychrnicity of everything, usually, but they didn’t have that problem. JLo says it was intense and in your face. Great job.

Scores: 87, 86, 89 (Ne-Yo, Jennifer, Derek) for an average of 87.3!!

Lauren Yakima from Michigan is a contemporary dancer. And she’s up next.

She has to live up to Eva Igo. Great opening. Very similar to Eva, but I wasn’t a huge fan of hers so, let’s see. She has more maturity to her dancing. Not sure why Derek is so hyped. But okay. She was really good, but I didn’t see anything that much better than previous acts. But that might be me.

Derek says she’s exceptional…whole bunch of technical terms….they all raving. πŸ™‚ Jennifer loved how she commanded every single moment. Says this is a level of WoD that is expected. Ne-Yo also raving.

Scores: 94, 96, 97 (Jennifer, Derek, Ne-Yo) for an average of 95.7 – no hate from me, it’s just like I feel I’ve been watching dance for so long that I’m tired of contemporary. The moves seem limited.

Elektro Crew from Arizona is up next. tight crew, love the alternating slow and fast moves. Very slick.

Derek says they are fierce competitors, JLo says they are very clean and are fierce competitors. Ne-Yo says they have little room for error. Judges want them to step up intricacy. Derek says great start.

Scores: 85, 87, 87 (Derek, Ne-Yo, Jennifer) for an average of 86.3, so they make it. I loved them. Thought the score could have been higher.

That’s it until Sunday! Who was your favorite from the night. Mine is the Crazy 8’s – so cute and tiny yet so awesome!!

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. :-)

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 onΒ 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

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. :-)