A star is born on national TV as Eva Igo takes second on World of Dance

Minnesota native Eva Igo takes second place on NBC's World of Dance, completing a metamorphosis from talented young dancer to graceful artist in front of nation.

WORLD OF DANCE -- "World Final" Episode 110 -- Pictured: Eva Igo -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
WORLD OF DANCE — “Duels” Episode 104 — Pictured: Eva Igo — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Jennifer Lopez said it best, Eva Igo entered the World of Dance competition as an accomplished, stunning young dancer and started a summer long journey, weaving her chrysalis through the first few episodes and emerging as a stunning, beautiful and fearless dancer in the through the finals.

Igo stunned the judges with her fierce combination of elegance, grace and power and melted hearts when, moments after the music stopped, her innocent and infectious smile lit up the screen and brought tears to audiences across the country.

In the finals each of the three acts performed two dances.  Igo was competing against the high-octane Swing Latino group and the French duo Les Twins for the grand prize of $1,000,000.

The song that groups danced to was selected by the judges and Ne-Yo selected a rendition of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” which, in Igo’s words was a song that was out of her normal comfort zone.  The performance was technically sound but the judges were heard discussing a potential weakness in the convergence of the choreography and story and the judges scored the dance at 91.  At the end of the first round of dances Igo sat in third place behind Swing Latino (91.7) and Les Twins (93).

The second dance was all Eva Igo, fierce, precise and powerful.  Dancing to “Alive” by Sia, Igo channeled the raw emotion of the song, whose first line is “I was born in a thunderstorm” into a gracefully fiery performance.

With the repetitive refrain “I’m still breathing”…“I’m alive”, Igo danced her heart out and laid everything on the line and impressed everyone including the judges, who rewarded the performance with the highest individual dance score of the evening at 96.3.  The score vaulted her two dance average up almost three points to 93.7 – from 91.

Swing Latino’s second dance followed Igo’s second dance and was scored at 94.7, with that the high-flying dance company’s two dance average was 93.2 and they made their exit.  The final dance of the evening was schedule to be Les Twins, they went last because they scored highest in the first round.  They danced well enough to score a 94.7 in their second dance, bringing their average for the evening to 93.8.

The final results:

  • Les Twins: 93.8 – First place and winners of the $1,000,000 prize
  • Eva Igo: 93.7 – Second place and winner of the hearts of dance fans throughout the country.
  • Swing Latino: 93.2 – Third place and the best group in the Americas.

If you loved the World of Dance shows on television, you can come out to the Mall of America on Thursday, August 11 and see many of the acts for yourself.  The event is free and open to the public, the meet and greet will start at 5 p.m. with the dancing set to start at 6:30.  Tag your favorite World of Dance moments on social media with #mndancenews.

All photos courtesy NBC

WORLD OF DANCE — “World of Dance” — Pictured: Eva Igo — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)