Do you believe this is the fifth and final round of Duels?! Tonight is the night we find out the rest of the dancers going to Final Cuts next week! Follow along on the HollywoodLife Live Blog!
First to kick off this episode of World of Dance and the last round of Duels was Victoria Caban who chose to go up against ballroom babes Daniel and Mishella! Recall, Victoria blew the judges away with her stunning Flamenco and love for her home of Puerto Rico. When it came time to take the stage, Victoria gave a sultry performance in her yellow look to Camila Cabello‘s “Havana.” The young star whipped out her fan for her Flamenco and was an absolute queen! Talk about bringing Flamenco mainstream! The judges loved the fiery performance, especially J.Lo who screamed for her throughout!
Mishella and Daniel were equally as impressive in their hot pink looks! The mini-Derek Hough was perfect in his footwork and Mishella and he showed off their talent while dancing to “Sax” by Fleur East. In the end, Victoria came out on top with a 94! We’ll see her in the finals!
Tha Most, were picked by their hometown buddies, S-Rank for an epic duel! S-Rank totally blew the judges away during their Qualifiers, while they thought Tha Most lacked some energy, but made it through. First up was S-Rank, whose epic choreography and sharp, in sync movements, blew the roof off the place! Dancing to “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” the crew had the crowd chanting their name by the end. They were so great, the judges felt that they literally heard the song through their dance, instead of the other way around. “That was a clinic of musicality!” Derek exclaimed. “Off the charts.”
Well, Tha Most had to take the stage after that performance, but they came out strong with a fiery duel. One of the dancers even mocked S-Rank for their “yo yo hat” bit. However, at one point things got a bit sloppy and one of the dancer’s tricks didn’t land properly. Ne-Yo felt the crew was upbeat and their energy was better than last time, but Derek noticed the lack of musicality (Derek and his musicality… always!) Plus, each judge picked up on the little hiccup with the trick. When it came to scores, S-Rank clearly wowed the judges with a 94.3 total, while Tha Most received an 85. We’ll be seeing S-Rank in the Final Cuts!
For the next junior Duel, Josh & Taylor tapped Second to None to go against. Remember Josh & Taylor did an insane chair dance for their Qualifiers, while Second to None was a tap trio the judges said were the best they had seen on the Qualifiers stage! Second to None took the stage first, dancing to MKTO’s “Classic.” They added in the flip that the judges asked for, bringing their A-Game to the competition. The trio brought out boards to the front of the stage and showed their amazing, dynamic talent. The judges were impressed, especially with the flip,
Josh & Taylor danced a twisted and stunning performance, that was once again filled with emotion and brought the judges to their feet. Telling a story of love lost while dancing to “I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond. “So intricate, so intelligent,” Derek said, before of course, complimenting their musicality. Second to None received an 86.3, while Josh & Taylor stunned with a 92.3! We can’t wait to see what they bring to the Cuts!
L&J dueled again DNA and it was a tough one for the duos! L&J brought their passion to the stage once more with a rockstar-esque dance to “I Like The Way You Move.” The pair even did a rendition of the Dirty Dancing lift and it was epic! What a performance! Then, DNA stunned on the stage with an energetic performance to Tina Turner‘s “Rolling On A River.” With fun flips and turns and insane footwork, the duo were high energy and the judges were into it. Recall, last year in Duels, the pair had a flub, so it was great for them to redeem themselves! L&J were met with some lower scores than last time, receiving a total of 86. DNA impressed with high 80s, totaling an 88.3! They totally redeemed themselves! We’ll see them next round!
There were some major girl power duels that came up next, with the Quad Squad defeating Girl Cool, Madison Brown reigning over Elektro Elite and The Rock Company just barely taking over The Tribe Unleashed! The Pulse beat the Iowa Girls by .3, sending them to Final Cuts, as well!
Ashley and Zack and Morning of Owl were the last two left in the Upper Level, and went head to head! Ashley and Zack, two accomplished background dancers, brought tons of sex appeal to the Qualifiers stage. On the other hand, Morning of Owl gave a wild performance that was a mix of martial arts, ballet and breakdancing. Now, Ashley and Zack went with some dark choreography to tell a broken love story. On the other hand, Morning of Owl is insanely innovative with their choreography — they could whip out anything! Ashley & Zack went first with their sensual but heartbreaking performance. With big lifts and unique choreography, Ashley & Zack showed the judges why they deserved that million! The judges were seriously left wanting more, and I got the goosies! “It was so beautifully reformed and it started almost immediately,” J.Lo said, admitted she, too, got goosies!
Morning of Owl went next with their bizarre yet insanely creative performance. There was barely any way to make sense of what was happening because it was truly all over the place, but it somehow… worked. “What the hell am I watching?!” Ne-Yo screamed mid-performance. The judges were so impressed, with Ne-Yo telling them they truly showed them something they’ve never seen before! When it came to scores, Ashley and Zack received a strong 92! Morning of Owl also came in strong with a 91.7, sending Ashley and Zack to the Final Cuts!
For the FINAL DUEL of Season 2, Brotherhood and Embodiment faced off! Embodiment, an all-male contemporary dance crew, is so elegant yet powerful, while Brotherhood is a world renowned hip hop dance crew. Two hard-hitting male groups going head to head for the final duel — this will be big! First up, Embodiment performed their dramatic and beautifully choreographed routine. Filled with throws and lifts, the masculine yet delicate choreography gave a routine we didn’t want to end! “I gotta stand up for that one!” Derek said, with his hand on his heart. “You’re like a group of archangels!” Derek said. Ne-Yo also complimented that they masculinity never suffered in their routine, even with their delicate moves.
Vastly different from Embodiment, Brotherhood came to fight, literally, in camo Army outfits! Despite their 80.3 score from Qualifiers, the guys brought their A-Game this time around and weren’t playing. With new tricks and creative choreography, plus tons of fighting moves, Brotherhood made it clear they didn’t want to go home! Emodiment nabbed a strong 93.3 from the judges, and Brotherhood received a 92.7. Once again, a super close match up! We hate to see them go, but are so excited for Embodiment to go on to the Cuts!
Tune in next week to World of Dance on Wednesday at 9 PM for FINAL CUTS!