“I’ve already got chills,” said Jennifer Lopez mere seconds into the balletic routine by Styles and Emma during the “World of Dance” Qualifiers. They performed their graceful, seemingly weightless number to Billie Eilish‘s “When the Party’s Over,” and even the song choice elicited oohs and ahs from the panel of judges. Watch them above.
“That was gorgeous, and I did not want it to end,” Lopez told them after their performance was over. She, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough were gutted that the routine ended after only a minute, which is always a good sign for prospective “World of Dance” contestants. “I didn’t know who to pay more attention to,” Ne-Yo said about how equally impressive both of their movements were. Hough called them “pure quality … Your leaps, your extensions — everything about it was just so poetic.”
And the most important bit of praise: “I already got goosies. I wait for that for the finale,” said Lopez. For the uninitiated, goosies are goosebumps, and as Ne-Yo explains to the dance duo, “Please know and understand how big of a compliment goosies now is.” The preview clip doesn’t show us whether the judges voted to advance Styles and Emma to the next round, the Duels, but I think that’s a pretty safe assumption.
This season there are no scores during the Qualifiers, just a yes or no answer from the judges. And I don’t think you can give Lopez goosies during Qualifiers without advancing through the competition. I have a feeling the party’s just begun for Styles and Emma.
Be sure to make your predictions so that the contestants can see how they’re faring in our racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before each episode airs. You’ll compete to win a spot on our leaderboard and eternal bragging rights. See our contest rules and sound off with other fans in our reality TV forum. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.