NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Brings Jennifer Lopez Back to Her Roots: ‘It’s the Perfect Job for Me’

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez will return to the judges’ table this May on her show “World of Dance,” and the superstar says the NBC competition series is “the best thing I could have ever done.”

“It’s like a dream come true and, like, the perfect job for me. In a sense, we created literally the perfect show for me to be a part of,” Lopez said Monday at a NBC press event in Beverly Hills., California, speaking on a panel with her fellow judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, host Jenna Dewan Tatum and executive producers Matilda Zoltowski, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina.

Lopez, who started as a dancer and first broke through as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color,” is a judge and executive producer on the reality show, and was integral in the development of the series. At the press event, she explained that “World of Dance” — which will feature solo artists, duos and teams of all ages in all genres — allows her to give back to the dance community.

“I ate one slice of pizza each day — no breakfast, no lunch. I would eat it at 6 p.m. so it would hold me over until the next day. That’s how I lived, once I moved out of my mom’s house, and I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Lopez said, reminiscing on her early days, struggling, but loving life as a young dancer.


Jennifer Lopez World of Dance judge

Jennifer Lopez to Serve as Judge on NBC Reality Competition Series ‘World of Dance’

“I love dance such at a core level and I always consider myself a dancer first because I became a singer and an actress after. That was my first form of artistic expression. It’s so part of who I am,” Lopez continued, adding that the show “reminded me of all the reasons why I love dance and why I wanted to do this in the first place.”

Here are 5 reasons why Jennifer Lopez and her cast wants you to watch “World of Dance”…

The judges’ chemistry:

“Having done [these shows], I know that is key that you have judges knowledgeable on what they’re judging on and they have a lot to offer and they have their own personalities but also a chemistry with one another…we definitely have that,” Lopez said. “We were lucky. I was so fortunate in the projects I’ve been doing over the past years, and to pull together my dream team…these were three first choices. It was like, ‘Can we get Ne-Yo? Can we get Derek Hough? Can we get Jenna Dewan Tatum?’ “

However, you can also expect some tension between the judges. “There are definitely disagreements…that’s also what makes it interesting,” Hough said. “There were little mini battles happening.”

The show is authentic:

The entire cast is made up of born-and-bred dancers.

“We’re all dancers. We’ve all been in this business as dancers. So we have that authenticity and that voice,” said Dewan Tatum, who serves as host and mentor on “World of Dance” and broke onto the scene in the dance film “Step Up.” As for mentoring the competitors, she said, “We want to be part of that elevation for them. It just felt very authentic.”

The show is emotional:

“I guarantee within the first half hour of the show, you’re going to laugh and cry and you’re going to dance,” Lopez said on the panel.

There is a cash prize of $1 million dollars:

The highest prize of any other major reality competition show, the “World of Dance” winner will receive $1 million.

“You don’t get into dance because you’re going to be famous or rich. You do it because you love to dance,” Lopez said, to which Ne-Yo added, “We don’t have that multi-million cushion that basketball players have.”

Hough chimed in, “You can be the top dancer in the world and go on tour worldwide for a decade and never reach a million dollars, so this is life-changing.”

The world is ready for more dancing:

“World of Dance” follows in the footsteps of broadcast competitions like ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” — the former on which Hough has been a longtime dancer.

The panel said after a decade of those dance shows, audiences have an appetite for the genre. “Being a part of that movement over the past decade of dancing, I feel like America has been sort of elevated and now this is the never level of a dance show,” Hough said.

Executive producer Benny Medina added, “We are essentially going to do to dance what ‘The Voice’ has done to singing.”

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  1. Don Jones says:

    how could this be the perfect job when you don’t pick the true winner for the million dollars the 13 year old should have won everyone knows Eva was the best

  2. KSmith says:

    Please get this to the judges on World of Dance:
    Eva was the skilled dancer and should have won !!!!
    The twins are NOT dancers.
    You judges really blew it!!!

  3. Carolyn DeVol says:

    This dance show just doesn’t hold my attention for some reason and the Les Twins scoring so much higher than the other two makes me realize why…kind of stupid……

  4. Vivian Camilli says:

    I feel Jennifer Lopez you were very unfair your show is new i have always watched the others also went to see shows like dancing with the stars, but I feel you were very unfair maybe prejudice, the show June 20th that young White man totally deserved to win!!!! He was amazing

  5. Rosemary J Bonello says:

    To Premier Entertainment: That’s what America is all about. I’m guessing you folks believe like the Republicans that only one person knows all. I’m looking forward to seeing the Dances. And I am fascinated to see these pros bring out the best in these performers.

  6. Premiere Entertainment LLC says:

    Jennifer Lopez, you know stealing other peoples reality show is wrong, especially when you and/or your associates did not create the concept. It’s a damn shame to become an entertainment thief.

    • andybe1 says:

      What did she steal? World of Dance is a franchise, like American Idol (Pop Idol UK, Indian, Norwegian, Canadian Idol), the Voice (the Voice Australia), America’s Got Talent (Britain’s Got Talent), not to mention Amazing Race, Survivor and Big Brother (please, don’t mention them, lol…). Ive seen her say so in interviews many times, that it’s a worldwide franchise, and she’s bringing it to the US (with her production team). If you don’t like her, that’s one thing, but your comment is just incorrect.

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