There have been a handful of tap acts on “World of Dances” since the show debuted in 2017, but while the judges have consistently admired the dance style, it has never had quite the showy, theatrical flair of the hip-hop and contemporary styles that tend to do better on the show. In the first two seasons of the show no tap act made it past the Duels. So did the D’Angelo Brothers from Italy change that? Watch their routine above, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know if you thought it was the best performance of the night.
The D’Angelo Brothers were challenged by Tobias and the EZTwins, who had the highest Upper Division score from the Qualifiers round, so the tappers were definitely underdogs. The hip-hop trio even planned on incorporating some tap into their routine almost as if to troll their opponents. But the D’Angelo Brothers were determined to improve their showmanship, and they even tried rehearsing some back flips, resulting in a broken nose and a broken finger. They ultimately left that maneuver out of their final performance, but it was still the first time Jennifer Lopez ever got her patented “goosies” from a tap routine. Check out some of the judges comments below.
Ne-Yo — “I want to start by saying thank you, thank you for taking our note. Thank you for getting the music out of the way so we could hear the amazingness that you were doing with your feet. Thank you so much for that. It made a major difference.”
Jennifer Lopez — “Guys, I think that was the first time I ever got goosies from a tap routine. The speed, the complex sequencing of sound that you were doing when you broke it down, I really loved this routine. You were aggressive for tappers … There were moments where you guys got a tiny bit out of sync, but other than that, honestly, the first time I ever got goosies on a tap routine. It made me really feel something”
Derek Hough — “I love this Duel. It’s like New Age mixed with classic. It’s that sort of visually stunning and sonically stunning, where the sounds are so beautiful. The moves got a little bit complicated. It got a little bit muddy, and there’s an expression: ‘Complexity is the enemy of execution.’ Sometimes it’s better to keep it a little more simple so it’s a little more clean.”
The D’Angelo Brothers ended up with an average score of 89.7, while Tobias and the EZTwins ended up with 87.3, giving the tappers an upset victory. So not only did they give Lopez her first tap-induced goosies, they also make history as the first tappers to advance to the Cut. But how many more bones will they have to break to win the million-dollar grand prize?