Jimmy Fallon's signature dance sketches are always a good time. But when he gets actual legit dancers to do them with him, they become something truly magical.
So when we heard that Jennifer Lopez—who a) is promoting the surprisingly dancy movie Hustlers, and b) started out as a backup dancer—would be stopping by "The Tonight Show" this week, we got excited. And hoo, boy: We were NOT disappointed.
If there was one takeaway from last night's episode of "World of Dance," it's that this show truly does attract the best of the best. It seems statistically impossible to have so many talented dancers in one place, but somehow, "Qualifiers 2" introduced us to a whole new group of hopeful contestants, each of whom blew our minds and warmed our hearts. Which acts from last night will be joining last week's lucky bunch? Read on to find out!
NBC's "World of Dance" is officially back! Over the last two seasons, the show has exploded in popularity, and it's easy to see why: The contestants truly are in a league of their own. No matter their genre, every dancer that takes the "WOD" stage gives it their all.
But what exactly is it like to be up there, surrounded by all the bright lights and cheering fans—and watched by not only J.Lo, Ne-Yo, and Derek, but also millions of viewers? To find out, we spoke with Briar Nolet, Kayla Mak, Lauren Yakima, and Derek Piquette, all of whom are competing this season for the (very casual) $1 million grand prize. Here's what they had to say about the lessons they learned, people they met, and experiences they had on the "WOD" set.
Yes, yes, it's a music awards show, but for us, it's *always* all about the dancing. And last night, the Grammy performers—especially the ladies—gave us everything our little dancer hearts desired. Happy early Valentine's Day to us! 😍
Y'all, it's been a long 12 weeks. But at long last, "World of Dance" has made it to the Cuts—and it's every bit as intense as we were expecting. (I'm talking dancers advancing by razor thin margins.) There's a lot to unpack from last night's episode, so let's get into it.
Last night Jennifer Lopez "danced the night away" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and though no words can truly do justice to her jaw-dropping performance, we have to try. The dance legend began her 10-minute mash-up of best hits descending from the heavens, like the dance goddess she is—and somehow things only got better from there. The 49-year-old pulled out some of the fiercest moves we've ever seen, proving why she's such an icon in the industry.
Lest we forget: Not only are the "World of Dance" competitors incredible dancers—the show's judges are, too. And since we still have four days to wait until the next ep of "WOD" gives us another glimpse at this season's competitive acts, why not take a moment to fully appreciate the judges' fabulous skills?
Proving that dance prayers are sometimes answered, "WOD" judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough and host Jenna Dewan decided to bless the universe with the dance battle fans have been campaigning for since Season 1. And the result is EVERYTHING.
So, after you perused the talent-packed list of acts (all 75 of them!) competing in the second season of NBC's "World of Dance," we're guessing you thought something along the lines of, Hey—this could be pretty fun.
Well, forget hypotheticals: The "WOD" team just put out a trailer that shows exactly how fun Season 2 is going to be. Full of mind-bogglingly impressive clips of some of our favorite dancers, plus commentary from J.Lo, D.Hough, Ne-Yo, and J.Dewan, it'll have you wishing May 29th—aka the show's premiere date—would hurry up and arrive already.
It's baaaack! Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" will return to living rooms everywhere on May 29. Also baaaack? Well, judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo, and host Jenna Dewan, for starters. But some fan favorites from last season's stellar cast will also take to the show's stage again. And they'll be facing off against a slew of new competitors—although many of those faces will probably be familiar to dance-world folks, too.
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It seems like only yesterday that we were scream-cheering on our sofas for the very first episode of "World of Dance," amirite? And now the dangerously addictive show has crowned its first winner. (Not its last, either: It's been renewed for another season. 🙌 )
After a very busy episode in which each Division Champion danced not once, but twice—to a song of their choosing, and to a song of their designated mentor's choosing—J. Lo, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo bestowed the show's million-dollar prize upon...
The long, looooong countdown to the premiere of NBC's "World of Dance" is almost over, friends: Just 20 more sleeps until May 30, when we get to see its sure-to-be-fabulousness. And to get everybody EVEN MORE hyped about the show, exec producer Jennifer Lopez and fellow "WOD"-ers Jenna Dewan Tatum, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo have invited all dance lovers to take the #WorldOfDanceChallenge.
It's pretty simple, as these challenges go: Film yourself/your crew dancing the snippet of choreo in the vid below, set to J.Lo's "On the Floor." Upload it, using the #WorldOfDanceChallenge hashtag. Watch the show to see if your clip makes the master compilation video. Enjoy 15 minutes of social media fame/a lifetime of bragging rights if it does.
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.
Look at that smize! (ABC)
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.