In a world full of competitive dance, there is a new kid on the block. World of Dance premieres tonight on NBC. But what sets this show apart from So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars?
This new show is brought to us by executive producer and judge, Jennifer Lopez. And she sees this as an opportunity to help make life easier for young dancers trying to make it.
“I remember my days of dancing and having pizza, only a slice (to last) all day, and going to dance classes and trying to make an audition. It’s a hard life,” says Lopez. “This is about creating opportunities for people.”
Contestants will compete in their categories for four elimination rounds, with the winners of each division going against each other for the $1 million grand prize in the World Final. The competition will be divided into three divisions: Junior (17 and under) and two 18-and-up divisions, Upper (one to four dancers) and Team (groups of five or more).
Lopez says the money is significant in dance, which doesn’t offer the kind of money it offers singers and actors.
“You don’t have lots of opportunities to make money, which is why people evolve out of it at a certain point. Also, it’s like (with) an athlete. There’s a stop date,” Lopez says. “So, to create an opportunity where they not only could make a name for themselves and have an outlet in television but could also make a million dollars, that’s groundbreaking.”
Jenna Dewan Tatum hosts the show which features Derek Hough and Ne-Yo along with Lopez as judges. This competition will feature a broad range of styles, including hip-hop, ballet and stomping, and dancers from places such as Russia, Japan and Colombia.
“We have flamenco dancers, salsa groups, contemporary, tap. The variety you’re going to get from this is unlike any other show out there,” judge Derek Hough says.
Hough has said that he is proud to have been part of a TV dance revolution over the past decade. “It’s been such a blessing, and I’ve been so fortunate, seeing dance grow over the years and being part of that movement. This is just the next level… We want to share. We want to give back to the next generation of dancers and give them a real prize.”
I can’t wait to see the premiere tonight on NBC at 10 PM