For this round, each of the judges and the host, Jenna Dewan, became mentors for one of the four divisions; They were also joined by four guest mentors: , , , and. This also looks like a Paso, to me, but Court is the ballroom expert. Derek says the first 30 sec was fire, but agrees with Ne-yo on needing to breathe. Scores for the Bradas: 90, 90, 89 for an average of 89. This show is pissing me off big time. Scores for Eva: 94, 91, 91 for an average of 92. Jen has goosies — still hate that word.
Not a fan of the gymnastic moves disguised as contemporary though. She wants the routines to mean something to him. Derek starts raving, talking about their power, and their obvious work effort. There will also be performances from Season 1 winners throughout the night as well. Jennifer says they smashed it, they were perfectly in sync, really innovative. Derek is critiquing that emotion and how the dance relies on it — he would like more structure to the routine. Ne-Yo says they are the cleanest team in the competition.
The winner of the World Finals was determined by the judges combined average scores from both performances. And a lot of them. Scores: 94, 91, 89, for an average of 91. Scores are coming in hot this season! The jump rope might be too much, but that flying twist they did was excellent. Jennifer says they stand out from the Ballroom routines — diss, they stand out from all. On World Final there are intermezzo shows. Paula likes the different tricks but their roll offs — off on the timing.
Derek says the quality of movement were second to none and were perfectly in sync. If the number of contestants in a division is uneven, the last duel will be competed by the three remaining opponents that were unpicked previously. The energy is incredible for such young competitors and they are bringing the Miami heat! This group is Sooo tight. They have already won some of the biggest dance competitions in the world and even some of their competitors are huge fans. Derek enjoyed the various dance styles they incorporated. Their performance, while dynamic and showcased unique musicality and ability to marry movement and stillness, may not have been to the level all the judges expected. Guest mentor helped each division in their practice as well.
Those formations should really appeal to Derek. Might be too much going on. You know, Jaxon did a great job, but the judges ridiculously underscored Jonas and Ruby. Vivian is moving on to the Duels! Like it or not, everyone in the same outfit with those red gloves is very effective. Derek loves the opening picture and all the shapes, all unique moves. Their journey has inspired others, as they receive support and message from fans regularly. But you can see the confidence as well.
Love that huge spring move. And check out our exclusive video interviews with Lopez, Hough, Dewan and Ne-Yo at the bottom of this post. I love how they infuse their own culture into the dance. Derek says their name suits them, they are one, says they did really, really good. Vote in our poll below to let us know who gave the best performance. All times listed below are Eastern.
This group has also incorporated Brazilian capoeira moves. Scores for The Rascals: 97, 94, 92 for an average of 94. Derek says it was so beautiful and powerful, they filled out the music with their rhythms. And I'm cynical and jaded too. Highest scoring act picks first.
The three judges lock in their votes based on set criteria; including choreography, musicality, technique, and performance. Ne-Yo gave them a 79, which was under the threshold of 80 needed to advance. They love incorporating joy and humor into their performances and emerge on stage with big smiles and dressed in dapper suits. While she may not return for season 3 as a host, she confirmed she would be returning briefly as a mentor. This group is pretty stellar.