Waiting for Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" to premiere is like waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. On the one hand, the anticipation is part of the fun; on the other, OMG SANTA[/J. LO] JUST GET HERE ALREADY.
We're beyond excited to see what amazingness the NBC show, set to air this spring, has in store for us. And that's only more true now that we've heard the latest "WOD" details. Here's what you need to know:
-And J. Lo herself will also wear several hats: judge, mentor and executive producer. Busy lady.
-Solo dancers will compete alongside duos and crews. Interesting!
-Dance categories will include hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, ballet, breakdancing, ballroom and stomping. Sounds like there'll be more people repping #TeamStreet than #TeamStage.
-The dancers have already been selected. Which means we officially can't audition, sadface.
-The prize, as we've mentioned, will be $1 million dollars. But we're mentioning it again, because ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS.
-And the champion will be called "Best in the World." Fancy!
-There's a brand-new preview out. Take a look:
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We keep getting bite-sized pieces of news about Jennifer Lopez's new show, "World of Dance," for NBC, each tidbit more delicious than the last. But the latest info? It's less "delicious tidbit" and more "EPIC FEAST." Because the latest info is that J. Lo has brought on none other than Jenna Dewan Tatum—Danskin model, "Lip Sync Battle" genius and your Step Up forever love—to host.
Take a second and let that amazingness sink in.
Lopez made the announcement in a series of cool-kid Instagram posts, showing her hanging out with JDT and previously announced judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo:
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Don't worry, guys: Dewan Tatum will still have her own dance show on NBC (and Channing Tatum will still be involved in that project). Yes, that was our first question when we heard this news, too. Turns out NBC just loves 'em some Jenna. (Same.)
We'll let you know more about both shows as we hear it. Here's hoping for lots of fabulous press releases via Insta in the near future.
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Is Derek Hough the World's Busiest Man™? It's entirely possible. From cha-cha-ing across the "Dancing with the Stars" floor to lighting up the small screen in Hairspray Live! to taking on Gene Kelly's iconic role in the Broadway revival of Singin' in the Rain, Hough is never not moving. Now it's been announced that he'll be trading one TV gig for another, bowing out of "DWTS" to join Jennifer Lopez's new show on NBC, "World of Dance." (Because when J. Lo calls, YOU ANSWER.)
Hough will be gracing the judges' table on "WOD," a competitive series featuring all kinds of dance styles and culminating in a one million—that's right, MILLION—dollar prize. You can read more about the show here, but the TL;DR take is that it's very, very legit. And with the addition of Hough's sure-to-be-on-point critiques, it's going to be even more so.
No premiere date has been set for "WOD" just yet. While we're waiting on that (and on that Singin' in the Rain revival, which has been postponed, wahh), you can see Hough's stuff on display when he plays Corny Collins in Hairspray Live! next Wednesday, December 7 on NBC. Read our interview with Hough in the December issue to find out how he's been prepping for the musical's non-stop action.
World of Dance is the organization that's been giving artists a huge platform (think more than 30 million monthly views on their YouTube and Facebook videos) since 2008. They now also host events and contests around the world. Lopez describes WOD as “an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community,” and we love that she's bringing all of this dance-love to an even bigger audience on the small screen.
“Dance has always been my passion. It's raw, it's emotional, it's healing," said Lopez in a statement introducing the series. She goes on to describe this show as "Broadcast television's biggest, fiercest, most talent-heavy dance competition ever seen." It's not yet clear whether or not JLo will be making any on-camera appearances throughout the show (but we’re crossing our fingers). Oh, and did we mention that Nappytabs will be involved as well? We’re officially pumped.
It's been a great year for dance on television—ICYMI, World of Dance is actually the second dance show that NBC has approved this year, the first being another dance competition in which Step-Up superstar Jenna Dewan Tatum will executive produce, as well as serve as judge and mentor. Honestly, the limit to the number of dance TV shows needed does not exist, so keep ‘em coming, TV networks!
World of Dance is in the process of casting now. Check out the details here, because who couldn’t use a million dollars and maybe even a chance to meet Jennifer Lopez?!
There's nothing quite like the life of a backup dancer—and nobody knows that better than Jennifer Lopez. You've heard about her kicking off her career as a Fly Girl on "In Living Color," but did you know she also danced backup for New Kids on the Block in 1991? Furthermore, did you know that there is video evidence of said backup dancing? (If that clip doesn't make your day, you are a very sad person.)
Next Thursday, October 3, NUVOtv will premiere "A Step Away," which follows the crew of dancers performing with J. Lo on her first world tour. The supervising choreographer and co-creative director of the series is one Casper Smart, aka Mr. Lopez (C. Lo?), who, of course, has backup dancer roots himself. So the show should give a pretty accurate look at what actually goes on behind the scenes.
Take a look at this preview video, which is, promisingly, very dance-y indeed—and be sure to tune in to NUVOtv next Thursday at 10/9 central!
Now that Jennifer Lopez is such a megastar, it can be easy to forget that she actually started out as a dancer (a Fly Girl, no less!). But J. Lo just announced that she's shooting a 3D concert film—and it sounds like it might take her back to her dancing roots.
Dance Again will apparently tell the story of the past few years in Lopez's life, which have been something of a roller coaster ride, to put it mildly. But the theme of the film, and J. Lo's motto? Always get back up and dance again. And since Lopez's concerts are famously dance-y, we have reason to hope that the film will take that credo literally!
To get you revved up for Dance Again, here's Lopez's recent dance-tastic performance of her hit song of the same name on "American Idol":
Does one of the lovely '90s ladies at right look familiar? That's right: The cutie at the bottom is Jennifer Lopez (rocking quite an awesome perm).
These are the Fly Girls, a dance group from the '90s sketch comedy show "In Living Color." Before J. Lo. became J. Lo., she was perhaps the fly-est of the Fly Girls. (And she wasn't the only star to come out of the show. The pretty face on the far right should look familiar, too: She's "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba!)
Now Fox is rebooting "In Living Color," which means it's time to cast a new group of Fly Girls. The recent auditions in L.A.—led by dynamic duo Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, who'll choreograph for the show—brought out a bunch of big names, including "So You Think You Can Dance" alums Allison Holker and Comfort Fedoke. Take a peek behind the scenes!
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