The Duels are over on “World of Dance.” The single-elimination round reduced the field by half, so now we’re headed into the Cut, which will decide the top three acts from each division. There are eight competitors left in the Junior Division, which consists of performers under the age of 18 with up to four members. So who’s the best? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The Junior Division is unique this season in that all eight who made the Cut are American. They consist entirely of duos and soloists. And half of them are contemporary acts, so they might have to work even harder to set themselves apart from the pack and win one of the three spots in the Division Final.
Charity and Andres probably won’t have much trouble standing out. During the Duels the contemporary pair earned the first ever perfect score in the show’s history. But that could be both a blessing and a curse since they have set what might be an impossibly high bar for themselves. Also, it puts a target on their back: the other contestants know exactly how good they need to be and will likely push their limits even further.
There’s one other contemporary duo, Avery and Marcus, who blend contemporary with ballet and already have experience upsetting a front-runner after they knocked out season-one breakout Eva Igo during their Duel. Judge Ne-Yo also compared contemporary soloist Madison Brown to Igo, while Jaxon Willard gave one of the highest scoring performances in any division during the Duels.
There are two hip-hop duos in The Cut: Josh and Taylor and Sean and Kaycee. Jonas and Ruby are the only Junior Division representatives from the world of ballroom dance — they might especially appeal to ballroom specialist Derek Hough on the judging panel, though he might also judge them more meticulously. And Victoria Caban is the only flamenco dancer from any division, so all three judges might want to push her forward to increase the stylistic diversity on a show chock full of ballroom, contemporary and hip-hop performers.
But who are you rooting for? Vote below.