Jenna Dewan Tatum Joins NBC’s ‘World of Dance’

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Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan Tatum (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC)

Jenna Dewan Tatum is the newest member of the World of Dance team, signing on to NBC’s upcoming dance competition as the show’s host. In addition to her hosting duties, Dewan Tatum will be mentoring the competitors while providing viewers with insight into the technical elements of dance. Jenna Dewan Tatum joins the World of Dance lineup of talent that includes Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and NE-YO as judges. Lopez also serves as executive producer alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas.

World of Dance is a show by dancers for dancers,” said Lopez. “Jenna is the perfect addition to join NE-YO, Derek and me in our World of Dance family. We are thrilled to have her.”


“Jenna’s background as a dancer, entertainer and actress make her the perfect choice to host and work alongside our three incredibly talented judges,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get started and give these four superstars a chance to both articulate and demonstrate how transformational dance can be.”

Award-winning choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (‘Nappytabs’) are reuniting with Lopez for World of Dance. The Emmy winning couple choreographed Lopez’ Las Vegas show, “All I Have.” Dancing with the Stars‘ Alex Rudzinski is directing the 10 episode first season.

Details on NBC’s World of Dance:

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1- 4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title “Best in the World.”




Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at Showbiz Junkies
Journalist covering the entertainment industry for 18+ years, including 13 years as the first writer for About.com's Hollywood Movies site. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and President of the San Diego Film Critics Society.
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