The Pulse’s journey on “World of Dance” came to a close on Wednesday night.
During The Cuts round on “World of Dance,” The Pulse earned a score of 88 from the three judges — Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo — for their Paso Doble routine. While the group sat in second place for a brief moment, the Orem ballroom dance team slide to fifth place out of seven teams in the Junior Team division. Only the top three teams advanced to the Divisional Final.
From the beginning, the Orem ballroom dance team battled its way on the show, often scraping by to advance to the next round. But the group made it to the next round by constantly upping their game. Each round, The Pulse improved its score, earning a 80.3 in the Qualifiers, 84.3 in The Duels and a 88 in The Cut.
“We watched you guys get better with every single performance,” Ne-Yo told The Pulse following their performance. “And this one was your best one yet.”
The three groups advancing from the Junior Team division are The Lab (98.3), The Fabulous Sisters (96.3) and The Rock Company (93.7).
In the Upper division — which includes adult solo acts or adult groups up to four people — Karen y Ricard won with a score of 99 followed by Michael Dameski (93) and Ashley and Zack (91.3). During The Cuts, the 30 remaining acts will be eliminated to the top three in each division, totaling to 12 acts advancing to the Divisional Final.
Utah County has two other young contestants in the competition: American Fork’s Jaxon Willard, a soloist, and a duo which includes Springville’s Charity Anderson and Vineyard’s Andres Penate. Both will compete in the Junior division next week on The Cut. During The Duels, Charity and Andres earned the first perfect score in “World of Dance” history and Willard was called a “walking masterpiece” by the judges.
The Cuts continue on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. MDT on NBC.