It’s a pretty big accomplishment to leave just one judge tongue-tied after you’ve given the performance of a lifetime, but by the time Charity Anderson and Andrés Antonio wrapped up their routine on NBC’s “World of Dance” last week, Jennifer Lopez wasn’t the only one left scrambling for words.
“When you choreograph your own routines, you know what you’re capable of doing, you know your limits, you know your strengths,” Derek Hough enthused. “And you guys choreographed a routine that didn’t just play to your strengths,” he added, “it surpassed them. It transcended dance.”
The duo surpassed even their own expectations after receiving a combined score of 95.3 in last month’s Qualifiers segment, with their interpretation of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.”
That, of course, allowed them to advance to the Duals, where they performed to Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go” — and walked away with the first perfect score in the show’s history!
The fast-paced dance is filled with such a dizzying array of flips, turns, lifts, and pretty much every other move you could incorporate into a routine — it’s really hard to pick out a favorite. The simultaneous flying leg kicks? The flying somersaults? Andrés’s perfectly timed backflip so that he lands squarely over Charity’s prone form? Or how about this one, when he lifts her high over his head before giving her a little mid-air pop?
But Jennifer Lopez — and everyone else in the audience, based on their cheers — especially loved when Charity leaped, almost spider-like, onto Andrés’s back. This was how the judges reacted when they saw the move:
But when Jennifer tried to verbalize what she witnessed, she was literally at a loss for words to explain it:
The blind jump onto his back, with him not even, like, ‘She’s just going to jump onto my back right now.’ He knew it was coming, like, if it’s time… I don’t even understand… that was ‘The Matrix’!
Charity and Andrés, both 17, hail from Springville, Utah, and started ballroom dancing together when they were just 8 years old. Andrés eventually veered off to focus on contemporary dance, and they only recently joined forces again to come up with the routine for the Qualifiers segment!
With their historic perfect score in this latest routine, this dynamic duo is moving on to the Cut rounds.
And if this routine is any indication of what’s to come, they stand a really good chance of winning that $1 million grand prize! Check out their stunning routine below, and remember to share their incredible talent!