“We just need to make it raw and genuinely emotional,” said Taylor Hatala about her routine on “World of Dance” for The Duels. The Junior Division team of Josh and Taylor were one of the highest scoring Junior Division performers during The Qualifiers, but that wasn’t their first time on the show. Hatala and Josh Beauchamp actually competed in season one as parts of different dance acts. But teaming up with each other this season seems to have done the trick for them. And the judges were “Fallin'” in love with their Duels performance to Alicia Keys‘s breakthrough hit.
Did you agree with the judges? Watch their lovelorn performance above, and read the judges’ comments below.
Jennifer Lopez: “First of all, you guys were one of my favorite routines from the qualifying round, and this I think even topped that for me. I’ve always been in love with dance, and this just made me fall in love over and over and over again. It’s so good. I stood up because I just loved the drama. I love a good love story: that was like when dance becomes a movie. You are talking. There was dialogue when you guys were head-to-head like that. It was amazing. You guys should be so proud.”
Ne-Yo: “You will always win with me when there’s a crystal clear story being told. That’s always a plus in my book. The musicality was perfect. I just loved the authentic emotion that I felt like was here: you’re very much in love with him, and he was was kind of not. It was clear. I loved it, great job guys.”
Derek Hough: “The choreography was so intricate, so intelligent, the musicality at the very beginning — what got me was following the piano. I saw a little salsa move in there when you stepped over her and then picked her up with your foot — I was like, ‘Okay, I see that little variation. I like that.’ Beautiful, beautiful routine. I loved it.”
Josh and Taylor ended up scoring 90 from Ne-Yo, 95 from Lopez and 92 from Hough, giving them an average of 92.3. That was just a point off their score from the qualifying round, but Lopez actually gave them a higher score this time out, and it was more than enough for them to defeat their rivals in this Duel, the tap trio Second to None, who averaged 86.3.