Michael Dameski was one of just two Upper Division soloists to advance to the Duels on “World of Dance” this season, so he decided to challenge the other soloist for a head-to-head single-elimination battle. A contemporary dancer who won season four of Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and choreographed his own routine, he was up against the popping skills of hip-hop dancer Angyil, whose entire Duels performance was improvised. So how did he do?
Watch his performance to Ellie Goulding‘s “Hanging On” above, and read what the judges had to say about him below.
Ne-Yo: “You’re like a damn superhero, bro. No narrative needed with this, man, it was just pure artistic beauty, power and softness at the same time, which is very difficult to do. Great job.”
Jennifer Lopez: “I’m going to disagree with you on the narrative because the whole time all I was thinking was, what happened to him? Tell me everything, something’s wrong! It was an emotional roller coaster. Yes, I love all the big moves, but it’s the subtlety in the movement in-between that I love so much. Really great routine.”
Derek Hough: “With dancers who have the ability to choreograph, magic happens. It’s like you’re dancing in water. The double twirl over there with your hands up in the air, landing to the ground instantly with no fidgets, no bounce — pure quality. And you push yourself right to the edge of your greatness.”
In the end it wasn’t really close. Dameski averaged 94.7 — even higher than he scored during the Qualifiers. Angyil scored 88.3, which is impressive under most circumstances, but wasn’t enough to match the acrobatic beauty and intricacy of the dancer from Down Under. Did you agree with the judges’ decision to send Dameski through to the next round and eliminate his rival?