Dancetown Divas during their powerhouse performance (Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)
Last night, while the rest of the population was watching "Game of Thrones," we (and all of you) were wrapped up in the drama that was first round of "World of Dance" cuts. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that everyone can agree this season is especially unpredictable: We've got a whole new points system, surprises every episode, and a truly talented group of dancers who bring it week after week. So, who survived and who was sent packing? Here's what went down last night.
Junior Team Division
A standing O from J.Lo is always a good thing, and that's exactly what the Crazy 8's got. Their routine was, as ever, intricate, hard-hitting, and super satisfying to watch. We were living for their energy and facials, and absolutely loved the costumes. The judges were super impressed, giving them a 92.3.
Ahhhh, our favorite ladies from Miami. What can't these super-girls do? (That's obviously a rhetorical question.) They confidently danced in heels, which is a feat in itself, and the addition of voguing had us screaming as loud as the audience. The judges loved it, awarding them a 93.3.
Last but certainly not least, the third junior group safe from The Cut was VPeepz. Their insanely technical, precise, and complex routine earned them a whopping 98.7, as well as a standing ovation from the entire judging panel. Right now, VPeepz is clearly the one to beat.
Our 2016 CMS winner has been on a ROLL this season. Each of her performances builds on the last, and it's clear she's peaking at the right time. Nolet's performance last night highlighted every single one of her strengths. She earned a unanimous standing O, tears from J.Lo (!!!!), and a stellar score of 95.3.
Derion & Madison
These two are just so breathtaking to watch. Their performance was infused with a sense of emotion that'd been lacking a tad this season, and man, did it complete the package. The judges were blown away, giving them a standing O and a 94.7.
We live for some props done right, and Poppin John (or Proppin John—see what we did there?!) did just that last night. The supremely talented popper gave us a lesson in balance by pulling off some wild tricks and optical illusions, while never sacrificing the emotional pulse of the performance. The judges loved every minute of it, giving him a solid 95 and a standing ovation.
Next week is sure to be just as intense, so catch us back here for another recap!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
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