Everything We Know About Jennifer Lopez's New Dance Competition Show

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If you’ve ever slept on Jennifer Lopez, congratulations, you played yourself. She has one of the entertainment industry’s most robust, modern careers. She is one of only a few entertainers to achieve long-term mainstream success as both an actress and musician. To put it in perspective, J.Lo remains the only woman to have a number one film and movie in the U.S. at the same damn time. She also has a bunch of producer credits under her belt. But those of us in the know are aware that her breakthrough came not from her acting or singing chops, but from her moves. Jennifer Lopez has come a long way from her In Living Color “fly girl” days.

And now she’s putting her love for dance behind a new television project called World of Dance. J.Lo will serve as executive producer and judge on the upcoming reality competition show — which sounds like a hybrid between an edgier Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, which she also judged. According to Variety, World of Dance “will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more.” For the winner, $1 million is up for grabs.

Here is what we know about the show so far.

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World of Dance is being created in partnership with the global dance brand by the same name. WOD hosts dance competitions around the world and brings in hundreds of thousands of diverse dancers and fans.
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Professional dancer Derek Hough will be one of J.Lo’s fellow judges on World of Dance. Hough is a two-time Emmy winner and will appear on NBC’s Hairspray Live! on December 7. Judging the new competition might mean that Hough sits out of season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. What a quitter, he’s only been on 18 seasons and taken home the title six times.
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J.Lo is really pulling out the big guns for this one. Platinum-selling, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and dancer Ne-Yo will also be joining the judges panel. Ne-Yo served as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent and strutted his stuff as the Tin Man on NBC’s 2015 The Wiz Live!
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While there is no release date for World of Dance yet, I’m already practicing my moves.