“World of Dance” returns for season two on Tuesday May 29 with a one-hour premiere on NBC beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT. All three judges from season one – Jennifer Lopez, Emmy-winning choreographer Derek Hough and Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo — are back as is host Jenna Dewan. And, as with last year, the contestants come from all over the world to compete with an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom and stomping.
However, there are several format changes to the show. The number of episodes is upped to 16, from last year’s 10. That will put the show on the same schedule as its lead-in, “America’s Got Talent.” And the competitors are now divided into four divisions: Junior (17 years old and under, one to four dancers), Junior Team (17 years old and under, five to 15 dancers), Upper (18 years old and older, one to four dancers), Upper Team (18 years old and older, five to 15 dancers).
Each of the judges gets up to 100 points to award across these five criteria: performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation.To move to the next round, an act must earn an average of 80 points from the three judges.
The competition has five rounds. For the first four — Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut and Divisional Final — dancers only compete within their division. In the World Final, the winners from each division compete against each other for the grand prize. Last year’s winner of the $1 million grand prize was the French duo Les Twins over young fan-favorite Eva Igo.