It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for — a.k.a. dreading! The talented competitors of ‘World of Dance’ are now up against finals cuts. Check out the HollywoodLife recap to see who stayed and who went home!
We’d hate to be in Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo‘s shoes tonight! We can’t imagine having to cut the remaining dancers down to three acts before the Divisional Final — but that’s exactly what the judges had to do on this episode of World of Dance, starting with the junior teams. All we have to say is, we don’t envy them one bit. What a hard decision! We especially wouldn’t want to be in Jennifer and Derek’s shoes since they mentored the teams with their helpers, tap aficionado Savion Glover and mega-talented Julianne Hough.
Flip took the stage first and wowed us with both their outfits and their dance! The all-girl group wore super sparkly suits, accented with bright red gloves as they danced to a mix of Bruno Mars‘ “Perm.” Their routine was energetic AF from start to finish. Host Jenna Dewan said they “started the night off right,” and we couldn’t agree with her more! Even Jennifer, who mentored the dancers and saw their choreography in its raw stages, said, “It has come up 100 percent.” The other judges felt the same way and awarded Flip a whopping 88.3!
Hard to follow that, but Expressenz was up next and they brought their A-game — which was good, considering Jennifer had told them to step their game up. “We’ve seen what they can do and we’ve been wowed by them already, so now they have to go to another level,” she explained. And they did just that with their slow-to-start, then fast-paced dance to “California Dreamin” in flowing green floral ‘fits. They stuck to their “signature spins” throughout, but would their talented turning be enough for a high score? Sort of — this junior team earned an 87.
The co-ed group The Pulse took the stage next, and even though they said they said they’d been making it through the competition by the skin of their teeth so far, that may not have been the case this time. They quickly whipped out a dance number before the commercial break, and even though the judges loved it, they only awarded them with an 88. Would that score hold?
The Lab may have been cut in season one, but they’d been improving week after week this time around — and this episode was no exception. Their emotional routine was based off of a traumatic experience one of the dancers opened up to her team about. “I was so broken and you guys helped me,” she said with tears in her eyes. We were rooting for them a little extra because of that as they danced to “Cold Water,” and they didn’t let us down! As if their flips and jumps weren’t amazing enough, Jennifer said they brought emotion and love to the stage and felt like family, which she called their “secret sauce.” Even the other junior dancers were crying! Their extremely high score of 98.3 was so well-earned.
With that, Expressenz dropped out of the top three and were cut. They were sad to go, of course, and said, “We’ll never forget this,” with tears in their eyes. But just because that girl group was kicked off didn’t mean another didn’t have a chance to stay! Quad Squad performed a powerful routine to “Blame,” but it unfortunately wasn’t enough to crack the top three. In fact, with distracting lasers and a score of 86, they were sent home as well!
“The narrative is the one thing that can take it over the top,” Jennifer said to the next group, telling The Rock Company to really focus on telling their story on the stage. But did their performance measure up to her expectations? With a fantastic lift and Jeff Buckley‘s heart-wrenching rendition of “Hallelujah,” we thought they just might make it — and that’s exactly what happened! Calling their dance “poetic, beautiful, magical and ethereal,” the judges gave the young group a 93.7, taking The Pulse’s spot.
Wanting to show off “totally different choreography,” the Fabulous Sisters performed in black veils and gorgeous gold lace dresses to “Black and Gold” — and had some awesome props, too. We’re talking tiaras, a scepter and a throne! Ne-Yo loved it, saying, “You guys can take the most elementary move and turn it into something so amazing,” and Derek compared the last bit of their quick choreography to a “shot of espresso.” With a high 96.3 score, they knocked Flip out of the running. You know what that means! The Rock Company, The Lab and Fabulous Sisters will be in the Divisional Finals next week. But which upper division dancers will be joining them?
With his “game face on,” Michael Dameski delivered an uber-emotional performance to Sam Smith‘s “Lay Me Down” that kicked off with an aerial — NBD! — and continued with splits and flips alike. Jennifer said his spontaneity is what made his dancing so enjoyable, and Derek complimented his “movement and fluidity.” All of those compliments earned Michael a 93, which would be a tough score for the rest of the competition to beat.
The very first couple of the night was up next, husband and wife group DNA. Jennifer and Derek helped mentor them, showing off some moves themselves, but then it was up to the dancers to bring it. With a smoky stage and pale, flowing outfits, these two looked passionate and elegant as they danced to Selena‘s “I Could Fall in Love.” The best part? Their seamless lifts! The judges definitely kept those in mind when they awarded DNA a score of 89.3.
Alisa and Joseph were next up on stage with a lively hip-hop routine to “Rather Be.” But even with their quick moves and cute palm tree props, they only got an 86.3. A low score for an intense round like this, but Joseph shrugged it off and stayed positive. “You never know!”
From ballroom to krump! Bdash and Konkrete used a table as a prop in their amazing routine to a mix of “Something Just Like This.” And while Jennifer initially said they had “weak transitions” in their mentoring sesh, they must have taken her advice to heart because they really flowed on stage. (They also looked dapper in their matching vests and ties). “To be able to successfully tell a story while at the same time keeping the dance interesting — that is very, very difficult,” Ne-Yo said, admitting that the pair pulled it off. No wonder they received a 91 from the judges!
With Manspired up next, it quickly became clear that The Lab wasn’t the only group to pull from personal experience with their performance! Charles and Wyatt wowed the audience with their emotional performance set to “Make Me (Cry)” in differing blue and pink suits. Their inspiration behind the piece? “I never tried to conform and change who I was,” Wyatt said. “There are people out there who will accept you no matter what.” Derek called it his favorite of all of their performances, although Jennifer thought she spent too much time trying to figure out the narrative behind it. The result of this mixed feedback? An 87.5, which did not bring Charles and Wyatt to the next round — but these guys were still proud of themselves. Us, too!
Ashley & Zack, who were once on tour with Derek and Julianne, loved getting feedback from them during their mentoring session! Basing their piece off of a friend who passed away, these two crafted an emotionally poignant dance to “Fix You.” “Be confident in your years and training and just live in the story,” Derek advised them. He loved their final rendition, and so did Jennifer who said it was “perfect” in its imperfections, just like real life. And with a 91.3, they pushed DNA out by climbing into the top three.
With so many talented performances in one night, Karen Y Ricardo were under a lot of pressure to end it on a high note! Their outfits sure did the trick — Karen was rocking a high Ariana Grande-esque pony, looking just as hot as Ricardo in their black and silver costumes. The real-life couple moved with a passion hotter than the flames on the stage behind them as they danced to Marc Anthony‘s “Caminare,” and the judges took note! Jennifer was literally bouncing up and down in her seat when their performance ended. Their almost-perfect score of 99 effectively ended Bdash and Konkrete’s dreams of making the Divisional Finals, and the krump partners immediately teared up. Aw!
Tune in next week to World of Dance on Wednesday at 9 PM to see those who made the cut compete in the DIVISIONAL FINALS!