For the first time ever, World Of Dance holds callbacks for the acts that did not receive a yes or a no during “The Qualifiers.” Stepping away from the electric blue stage and instead hosting the competition in a warehouse has brought many new changes present in tonight’s episode. 

Jennifer Lopez began by saying she is excited for callbacks, as it will resemble an authentic audition process. In order for the judges to determine their decision, they will have to watch 10 acts re-compete for one out of four spots, meaning more than half the acts will be eliminated and, unfortunately, not proceed to the duels. 

The first act to try and redeem themselves is upper team “The Rise.” From the get-go, it is clear “The Rise” will be one of the standouts of the night, given their whole routine was broadcast, and they received many compliments from the judges regarding their improvement. Also noted was Myson Junior is the star of the group and should plan on taking center stage from now on, as he clearly amplifies the energy and holds the judges’ attention. Every dance group has to have a star, which sometimes hurts every other dancers’ feelings but is the cold hard truth. 

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Throughout, other teams such as “Project 21,” “Showstoppers” and “Pumpfidence” attempt to wow the judges the second time through, and although they are given the affirmation that their latest performance was better than the first, it still seems as if they have not upped their ante high enough to proceed in “The Duels” and ultimately remain competitive throughout the competition.

However, acts like junior teams “GRVMNT,” “305,” and “The Young Cast” showed up. In fact, “The Young Cast” was credited as the most memorable performance of the night, considering they were able to take all of their critiques from their first audition, apply them, regroup and return stronger. J-Lo even went as far to say she couldn’t imagine letting them go, not knowing that they had that much talent and tenacity within them. 

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Clearly, the juniors had themselves a day, taking three out of four of the spots, meaning the teams advancing would be “The Rise,” “GRVMNT,” “305” and “The Young Cast.” Specifically, the judges thought “The Rise” and “305” still had some improving to do before battling out in “The Duels.” 

Truthfully, even the acts that did proceed were not overly impressive. After seeing all of the contestants who would be competing in season four of World of Dance, it seems they are not as competitive or advanced as the most infamous acts from seasons past such as “Kings United,” “The Lab,” “Les Twins,” Eva Igo, Michael Dameski, Briar Nolet, “Unity LA,” “S-Rank,” Charity and Andres, “Fabulous Sisters,” Karen y Ricardo and so many more. 

Only time will tell if any of season four’s acts will join the list of World of Dance royalty, but until then, viewers will have to patiently wait for next Tuesday to see how the new setup of “The Duels” will operate — which will also take place in the warehouse — and where, instead, the judges will pick which two acts will battle each other head-to-head versus the higher scoring acts picking their opponent, given there are no scores. With the elimination of scoring, it is drastically more difficult for contestants to gauge which acts are forces to be reckoned with. With all that said, we are eager to see which acts will battle it out for a spot in “The Cut.” 

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