Filipino dance team UPeepz ends ‘World of Dance’ journey –

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Filipino Dance Group UPeepz Finished in NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Season 4 Semifinals | Photo from Instagram / @ upeepz

Despite an outstanding performance in the semi-final, the Philippine hip-hop dance team UPeepz failed to reach the final stage of this year’s “World of Dance”.

Oxygen, MDC3, Jefferson y Adrianita and Geometry qualified for the final of the American dance competition. Contemporary group MDC3 ultimately won the crown and the million dollar grand prize.

“It was definitely a big moment for us in 2020. Well done to the judges, producers and contestants who became friends that we made along the way,” UPeepz shared on their Instagram account (@upeepz).

“Thank you for providing us with a platform to showcase Filipino talent and for producing for treating us like VIPs!” World of Dance has definitely made us feel our worth as dancers, ”the group added.

The 11 members of UPeepz brought Filipino culture to the international stage by incorporating several local influences into their performance. They wore costumes that featured local weaves reminiscent of Mindanao royalty, danced to “Bebot” by Black Eyed Peas with a short mix of “Mga Kababayan Ko” by Francis Magalona and added traditional folk dances like tinikling and singkil in their one-minute routine.

Judge Jennifer Lopez was fascinated by routine, praising UPeepz as a “strong group” that “almost dances as one”.

Judge Ne-Yo, for his part, enjoyed the groove with the dance team and praised the overall “cleanliness” of their performance.

He also shouted at UPeepz on Twitter, sharing the group’s performance with the caption: “Pagmamahal @UPeepzOfficial”.

Meanwhile, Judge Derek Hough said he liked UPeepz to showcase Filipino culture in the dance routine.

“I feel your passion for dancing so much and I love that you brought your culture to this room,” he said.

UPeepz received a score of 88 from Lopez, 89 from Ne-Yo and 90 from Hough for an average of 89.0.

UPeepz is a two-time world champion in hip-hop dance.


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