As new reality TV show “World of Dance” continues to heat up NBC, we at Gold Derby are curious to know which of the three judges is your favorite. Is it singer, dancer and all-around superstar Jennifer Lopez, who previously judged “American Idol” (2011-12, 2014-16)? Perhaps your fave is “Dancing With the Stars” heartthrob and Emmy winner Derek Hough? Or maybe you have a soft spot for singer/producer Ne-Yo, who has three #1 albums to his name? After voting in our poll below, be sure to click through our “World of Dance” photo gallery above for more pics of the Season 1 judges and dancers.
Jennifer Lopez — Lopez is no stranger to a judges’ panel, having served multiple seasons scrutinizing hopeful pop stars on “American Idol.” As the executive producer of “World of Dance,” she assumes more creative control while maintaining her place at the judges table. The A-list star of film, music and television has proven to be one of the most versatile entertainers in show business, but dance is quite possibly her biggest passion. Lopez’ first big break came as part of the Fly Girls, a dance crew on the Fox Comedy Series “In Living Color.” But even though Lopez has the longest resume amongst the judges, she is also the least critical. The average score the dancers have received from this diva is 88 out of 100.
Derek Hough — This two-time Emmy-winning choreographer is arguably the most famous professional dancer on the planet. After winning a record six Mirror Ball trophies as a pro on “Dancing with the Stars,” Hough has expanded his career with acting roles including Corny Collins on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” and a reported upcoming stint in the Broadway production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” As a competitive professional dancer, Hough may have the most clout on this panel when it comes to the technical aspect of each routine. To date, Hough has been relatively easy on the acts, scoring them on average 87 out of 100.
Ne-Yo — Besides being a multi-platinum recording artist, this three-time Grammy winner has penned hit songs for artists including Beyonce, Rihanna and Mario. The multi-talented R&B crooner isn’t afraid to cut loose on stage, and also earned praise for his 2015 performance as the Tin-Man in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Despite having the least amount of professional dance training, Ne-Yo has been the harshest critic on the judging panel this season. The average score a dancer can expect to receive from the music star is 84 out of 100.
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