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Jennifer Lopez to Judge, Mentor Dancers on ‘World of Dance’

Jennifer Lopez apparently loved her judging duties on American Idol so much that she couldn’t stop! NBC has announced that Lopez will be a judge and mentor on the upcoming dance competition show, World of Dance. Lopez is also executive producer.

The 10-episode series will feature dancers competing to win $1 million. NBC’s official description of the World of Dance:

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo artists will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more. 

Jennifer Lopez in 'World of Dance'
Photo: Courtesy NBC Universal

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1- 4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title “Best in the World.”

“I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance,” said Lopez in a press release. “I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer’s career and help guide them to success.”

Other judges for World of Dance have not yet been announced. Dancers interested in competing can apply on worldofdancecasting.com.

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