Thoughts on NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

So I just finished watching NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1 and I’m not exactly sure how this is going to pan out for the rest of the competition. In a format that’s a bit similar to The Voice, two competitors will go head to head to head with only one emerging as the victor moving on to the next round, The Cut.

NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

Judging these performances must have been hard. All the competitors are talented and passionate. It’s sad to see any of them gone but I’m glad that there’s always a community behind them going all out with their support.

Side note: I’m glad that Jenna Dewan-Tatum is finally given time to give comments and provide insight as their mentor.

Fik-Shun (90.7) vs Nick Daniels (87.7)

Fik-Shun is a strong competitor but I’m worried that his freestyling may only take him too far. I was worried for him because Nick really gave it all with calculated moves and technique. He’s got to up the wow factor if he wants to go head to head with Les Twins.

Swing Latino (91.7) vs Miami All Stars (88.3)

Not surprised the ballroom dancers are pitting themselves against each other. Both teams are Latin based so this is probably the closest you’re going to get to an Apples to Apples comparison. The tricks they showed were crazy and I don’t even know what to say about them.

I’m a bit sad to see Miami All Stars go with that routine. It was fun and the costumes were so adorable! One thing I like about watching this show is how the competitors are always supportive of each other. From watching backstage to cheering them on and then hugging each other after, it’s amazing!

Eva Igo (89) vs KynTay (82.7)

I’m surprised Eva Igo chose KynTay. I’m not entirely sure if she’s playing it safe but this girl is a powerhouse and I think she could have taken on the Mihacevich Sisters or Diana Pombo.

I think KynTay is overhyped though. They’re putting so much power on their moves that they lose their cleanliness and technique. And those facial expressions? Ugh. NOT. A. FAN. I don’t know why the judges are super into it. I felt like the facial expressions could have been on a competition of their own. Still, props to them because it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there online and on this competition.

Keone and Mari (91.3) vs Quick Style (89.3)

BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful. Keone and Mari are more than just choreographers, they’re artists. Very good strategy on their part to focus on storytelling. It really sets them apart from the other competitors. Derek made a point, each step can be simple but when done with intention, it creates a whole new layer to the dance.

Quick Style deserves their name. I can’t even handle this match up. Can’t we keep both teams please? 🙁

I heard the Keone and Mari clip shown on TV wasn’t their full routine. Hoping to see the unedited one soon! It makes me wonder how many routines were cut for the show.

Can’t wait for next week!
What are your thoughts about NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1?
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