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Jennifer Lopez will judge dancers on NBC's World of Dance

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Jennifer Lopez is returning to the world of competition TV. The former American Idol judge has signed on to judge and mentor contestants on NBC’s new dance series World of Dance, the network announced Wednesday.

Over the course of 10 episodes, viewers will watch some of the world’s top dancers compete for a $1 million prize and the title of “Best in the World,” according to NBC. Solo dancers will face off against duos and dance crews, and the show will feature a variety of dance styles, from krumping to tap and ballroom dancing.

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

The World of Dance competitors, who were selected from qualifying events and online submissions, will be divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of one to four, over 16 years old), and Team (groups of five or more, over 16 years old). Developed by the dance brand World of Dance, the judges’ scoring system will evaluate competitors on routine, execution, presentation, and crowd appeal.

“This show centers on the need to celebrate and reward the art and athleticism of the dance community and there is no one more passionate about that then Jennifer,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, in the press release.  “Her role at the judges’ table takes our joint ambitions to the next level, and we can’t wait to get started.”

 

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