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On Sunday's season finale episode of World of Dance, The Kings ran away with the $1 million and the title as Season 3 winners. However, there was another storyline that made a strong case for the dance competition show.
Veterans for Seasons 1 and 2 — Sean & Kaycee, Charity & Andrés, The Lab, Michael Dameski and Ian Eastwood — all returned to perform with judges Ne-Yo and Derek Hough. They proved that win or lose, World of Dance is a platform for success.
All of the dancers were successful in their own right before they hit that stage, whether it was on YouTube, Instagram or another competition show. Yet World of Dance has brought them mainstream success.
The Lab, who won Season 2, spent this weekend performing with BTS at the Rose Bowl. One of their choreographers, Sienna Lalau, also created routines for BTS for a few of their recent U.S. appearances. They will also be opening for Jennifer Lopez on her upcoming It's My Party Tour. Sean & Kaycee, who already had a strong fanbase, recently created an original piece with director Scott DW for Dance Network and they both continue to develop their unique choreographic style that is wise beyond their years.
While we've discussed some of our frustrations with the show's presentation and preference of styles, there is no denying that World of Dance has a created a massive platform for professional development. So You Think You Can Dance gets young dancers started, while World of Dance continues that momentum.
In the past, dance fans have worried one show will cannibalize another, but having both shows on the air proves they actually complement each other. With crossover SYTYCD contestants like Audrey Case, Will Thomas, Fik-Shun and Zach Everhart, it's a pleasure to see their work continue in the dance industry.
It will be fascinating to watch The Kings develop their voice in the dance industry. Will they be wooed to the U.S.? A smart promoter would see the value in their showmanship and performance level. The Las Vegas Strip hasn't seen a dance show since the Jabbawockeez, and The Kings could pack a room with their tricks and unique concepts.
World of Dance hasn't officially picked up for Season 4 — that announcement is expected at the NBC Upfronts on Monday, May 13 — but they are already casting. It's a good sign the network has faith in the show and we are already keeping our eyes open on a new crop of dancers.
Don’t miss Dance Network’s exclusive ‘To The Pointe’ interview with ‘World of Dance’ finalist, Briar Nolet: