EXCLUSIVE | 'World of Dance': Derek challenges Ne-Yo to a fight after he critiques Erica's performance
The 'World of Dance' judges Ne-Yo, Derek Hough and Jennifer Lopez take their love for dance pretty seriously. Although most of the times, the judges seem to share a similar opinion about the performances, occasionally, we see them strongly disagree with each other. But we have never seen Derek challenge Ne-Yo to a fight for critiquing a performance. By fight, we don't mean a dance battle either.
The upcoming episode of 'World of Dance' features a stunning performance by Josh and Erica as part of the upper division's duel round. Josh and Erica were competing against Jake and Chau. The duo gave a brilliant performance to Billie Eilish's 'Bury a Friend'. They used their outfit's suspenders as a prop to their performance by pretending to be puppets being pulled by the strings (suspenders).
After watching the duo's dance routine, Ne-Yo appreciated them for their "interesting concept", while pointing out how Josh's performance seemed more hard-hitting than Erica's whose moves he described as "soft". Even before Ne-Yo could complete his sentence, Derek jumped to Erica's defense and slammed his fellow judge for the harsh feedback. Derek heaped praises upon Erica's graceful performance and raved about how beautifully she controlled her body and put on a stunning performance.
When Ne-Yo once again tries to explain his feedback, Derek snaps and challenges Ne-Yo to a fight for criticizing Erica's performance. Thankfully, the judges didn't get violent but just laughed it off, as JLo took Derek's side and praised both Josh and Erica for their beautiful performance.
She praised the dancers for their very out of the box concept, and how perfectly they executed it. Although she did raise some questions about their performance by wondering if what they performed for the duels was indeed their best ever performance. We will have to wait and watch to see if Josh and Erica manage to make it to the semi-finals.
'World of Dance' airs every Tuesday at 10/9 c only on NBC.