Jennifer Lopez made her biggest breaks in showbiz as a singer and actress, but she's been making headlines in recent years due to her contributions to reality TV, both in front of and behind the camera. Now, she's signed on to help produce a new dance reality competition series that could be a lot of fun. Lopez will work with NBC on the show, which will be called World of Dance.
World of Dance will be a series that brings the best of the best in the dance world together to face off for a grand prize of $1 million. Contestants will be judged based on their levels of artistry, precision, and athleticism. All styles of dance - ranging from hip hop to ballet to clogging - can be used by dancers to prove that they deserve the cash prize as well as the chance to show off their talents to the entire world. The series has been ordered for ten episodes to start.
The new show will differ from other dance reality series like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance in a number of ways. The most notable has to be the flexibility of who can compete. Unlike other shows that pit only individuals or pairs against each other, World of Dance is open to solo dancers, pairs, and groups of however many dancers make up a certain team.
Jennifer Lopez will work with the World of Dance organization to craft the ideal platform to showcase a wide variety of dancers with the skills and drive to become stars in their own right. Lopez is an ideal example for competitors to look to for inspiration; she's found success in both music and performance, but she never would have become nearly as unforgettable an artist as she is without the dances that set her apart from others in her fields.
The competition does not have any major age restrictions. Contestants under the age of 16 will compete in the Junior category, while contestants over 16 will either be sorted into the Upper category for groups of 1 - 4 dancers or the Team category for groups of 5 or more. As long as dancers have the talent, they'll have the chance to win big on World of Dance.
The contestants will be handpicked from qualifying events spread throughout the nation as well as from hundreds and hundreds of online submissions. Those who make it past the first audition round will face off against others in dance duels until only one dancer/group remains in each category. Judges will use a precision point system with the criteria of routine, presentation, execution, and crowd appeal to determine who deserves the top prize. In addition to $1 million, the winners from each division will win the title of "Best in the World."
There's no news whether or not Jennifer Lopez will appear in front of the camera on World of Dance in addition to her roles as a producer. You'll be able to catch her in her starring role on the NBC drama Shades of Blue, which has been renewed for a second season. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you'll be able to find on the small screen in the near future.