Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The First ‘World of Dance’ Winners are Crowned

World of Dance
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough. (Justin Lubin/NBC)

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NBC’s new dance competition show has become a huge hit for the network this summer. So much so that NBC already greenlit a second season of World of Dance which has averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #1 new entertainment series of the summer by both measures and the most-watched new alternative series on the broadcast nets at this point in the summer in 10 years (since NBC’s Singing Bee in 2007). But as impressive as that is, most of the viewers tuning in were not concerned about NBC’s ratings.

Tonight’s broadcast was the show’s finale ending with the crowning of its first winners and grand prize of $1 million. The competition came down to three contestants: Eva Igo, Swing Latino and Les Twins being judged by Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO and Derek Hough. And the winners are…


Les Twins are the winners of World of Dance 2017
Les Twins with Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO.
Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, who make up Les Twins, scored a 93.8 out of 100, while Eva Igo finished with 93.65 and Swing Latino with 93.2 making them the show’s first season winners and have been crowned the best dancers in the world.

The Bourgeois twins were born and raised in Sarcelles, France, and the self-taught duo became well known when their street dancing videos received millions of views on YouTube. Les Twins quickly rose to prominence in the U.S. in 2010 after a video of their performance from World of Dance San Diego went viral. The brothers were also star dancers on the “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” by Cirque du Soleil until December 2011.

In 2011 Les Twins won the Hip-Hop New Style division at Juste Debout, beating out more than 353 dancers. That same year they performed alongside Beyoncé at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and went on tour with her through 2014. Les Twins have traveled the globe many times, over not only dancing with some of today's most notable performers but also doing commercial appearances, club shows, theater, fashion shows, battles, music videos and, of course, teaching their original choreography around the world.

The brothers have also managed to maintain successful modeling careers, having modeled for Jean Paul Gautier and Chanel during Paris Fashion Week and appeared in many high profile commercial advertising campaigns worldwide, including New Era, Benetton, Givenchy, H&M, Uniqlo and Beats by Dre. They were recently named by Vogue magazine as being one of the 30 Most Stylish Men in the world of fashion. Les Twins are currently in the studio and making their own music to add to their long list of accomplishments.

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