“World of Dance" Returns for Season Three with Judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO

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23 February 2019
World of Dance
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“World of Dance"
Season Premiere Tuesday, February 26 at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC
          In the World of Dance season three premiere, global superstar Jennifer Lopez, dance phenomenon Derek Hough and Grammy Award-winning singer and dancer NE-YO join forces at the judges' table in search of the best dance act in the world. In round one of "The Qualifiers," the competition is fiercer than ever before as the world's top dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the "World of Dance" arena to face off in the challenge of a lifetime. The acts have one chance to showcase their artistry, precision and athleticism and new this season now must score an average of 85 in order to move forward in the competition and ultimately win a grand prize of $1 million.
World of Dance
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          In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.
          The contestants are handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions.  The competitors are divided into four divisions: Junior (17 years old and under, 1-4 dancers), Junior Team (17 years old and under, 5-15 dancers), Upper (18 years old and older, 1-4 dancers), Upper Team (18 years old and older, 5-15 dancers).  Our panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation.  The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final - the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize.

         New for season three, the score to get from The Qualifiers to The Duels has been raised from an 80 to an 85, meaning many contestants from past seasons wouldn’t have even made it through the first round this season. In The Duels round, judges have also added a round of Redemption. In this round, the two highest scoring acts that lost their head-to-head routine get one last chance to compete for the final open slot to proceed to the next round in the competition.
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