“I didn’t expect to make it this far, especially as a soloist, just because all of the competitors left in the Cut round were all pairings and I was the only single person standing,” admits Michael Dameski in his online confessional video for “World of Dance” after his performance in the Cut (watch it above).
Despite sticking out as the only individual performer (or perhaps partly because of that), the Australian contemporary dancer has made it through to the Upper Division Final as one of the three very best acts among contestants aged 18 and over with up to four members. He did it with a moving, graceful and physically demanding routine inspired by his grandparents. It scored 93 out of 100 from the judges, and even though that was the first performance judges saw it held up throughout the night as ultimately the second best dance in the Upper Division.
“I’m very happy, and I feel super excited that I get another chance to show the judges why I love to dance and why I’m here basically,” Dameski says about the next round of the competition. Unfortunately, he’s up against Chilean Latin cabaret dancers Karen y Ricardo, whose lowest score so far this season was 98.3. Beating them for a spot in the World Final for the $1 million grand prize will be a tall order, but “I’m going to put up a good fight I think,” he insists. “I’m excited for that.”
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