Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega, also known as Karen y Ricardo, were eliminated from season two of “World of Dance” in an upset last summer, but now they could get their revenge by winning an Emmy. They’re nominated for Best Choreography for three of their routines: “Pegate,” “La Malanga” and “Caminare.” Scroll down to see those three routines at the bottom of this post.
The Latin cabaret duo were the front-runners to win the show right out of the gate. “Pegate” was their Qualifiers performance, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo were so overwhelmed by it that they leapt out of their seats when it was over. That performance earned them an average score of 99.7 out of 100, which at the time was unprecedented. Then they scored 98.3 for “La Malanga” during the Duels round. And they hit the 99 mark again during the Cut with “Caminare.”
No one could touch them … at least, not until the Divisional Final. They scored 95.3 for “Bemba Colora,” which would have been an extraordinary number for any other act, but it was their lowest mark, which opened the door for soloist Michael Dameski to overtake them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, “Bemba Colora” is not one of the dances they entered for Emmy consideration.
“World of Dance” was snubbed for Best Choreography at the Emmys last year, but this time around the show dominated the field with four nominations. Forcano and Vega are up against Melvin “Timtim” Rogadore, Suresh Mukund and Tessandra Chavez. Rogadore and Mukund were also contestants on the show as members of the groups S-Rank and The Kings, respectively. S-Rank made it to the World Final in season two, while The Kings dominated season three this spring and won the title. Chavez, meanwhile, previously won the Emmy in 2015 for her work on “Dancing with the Stars” with Derek Hough and Julianne Hough.
Rounding out the Best Choreography category this year are two familiar faces from “So You Think You Can Dance”: two-time Emmy winner Travis Wall and longtime choreographer and first-time nominee Luther Brown. “SYTYCD” has already won this award 11 times, so can “World of Dance” top it?
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