A teen from Chicago who once performed with pop star Justin Bieber, a man dancing for his mother, and a dance group that tries to bring awareness to social issues –these were just some of the acts who passed their "World of Dance" audition Saturday.
First off was Nate Porcalla, a 15-year-old from Chicago. His freestyle routine earned him an average score of 89 points from the judges — something expected from someone who already got to share a stage with Bieber in 2016.
Second on stage was Step One Latin Sensation, a ballroom dance group from General Santos City. Despite a few timing errors, their impressive footwork ultimately led to them getting enough to move to the next round.
Zyro Santos, whose only wish is for his mother to become proud of him for his dancing, was third to grace the stage.
His hip-hop routine started off energetically, drawing comparisons with Gary Valenciano himself, but drew criticisms for the drop in quality of the moves he showed off in the latter parts.
Still, he scraped past with 80.3 points. Acts will need an average of 80 points from the judges.
His achievement was made sweeter when he saw his mother waiting for him backstage to congratulate him.
Last off was Novel Crime, a dance group that tries to incorporate socially relevant messages in its routines.
For their audition, they took the stage one inspired by poverty. They shared that most of them are poor and that they often had to pawn off their phones just to pay for their costumes.
While their theme attracted praise from the judges, it was pointed out that there was barely anything outstanding in their moves. They got exactly 80 points.
"World of Dance Philippines" airs Saturdays after "Home Sweetie Home" and Sundays after "Wansapanataym."