Who said that talent competitions were dying off? Clearly, someone at NBC did not get the note on that, since they are teaming with Jennifer Lopez on a new competition entitled “World of Dance” that will give dancers of all ages and styles a chance to earn a hefty chunk of change.
Per TVLine and the show’s official description, here is how this will all work:
“Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title ‘Best in the World.’”
As cynical as we are about any new talent contest, one thing we do like is that “World of Dance” seems to be taking elements from many other dance shows, such as “Dancing with the Stars” with the scoring, “The X Factor” with the groupings, and “America’s Best Dance Crew” by allowing groups. Of course, any solo performer can be compared to “So You Think You Can Dance.” It also helps that World of Dance is already an established community, so the show has some sort of established framework.
In a statement, here is what Lopez had to about the show:
“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents … I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”
This is an interesting idea, so we’ll see how it ends up faring whenever it airs. We’re just not that optimistic that new viewers are going to flock to something when so many other talent competitions (“Rising Star,” “Live to Dance,” “Duets”) have flopped after one season.
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