LOS ANGELES – The judges on NBC’s World of Dance knew they had a hit last summer when they were scorned by angry fans on Twitter.
The first big reaction on social media happened when judges Jennifer Lopez (also an executive producer), Grammy-winning singer and dancer Ne-Yo and choreographer and Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough voted the popular group Jabbawockeez off the competition series. . Another huge eruption was sparked by the judges’ decision to give French duo Les Twins the $1 million grand prize over dancer Eva Igo.
“I gotta admit, I was a little worried when I was reading Twitter (last July). I thought initially, ‘Oh my God, (the viewers) are gonna kill us,'” Ne-Yo told USA TODAY on the Dance set during a break taping Season 2, due Tuesday (10 ET/PT). He says Lopez had to talk him down, and convince him that negative feedback was a positive thing.
“Here’s what I did love about Twitter: that people were tweeting about it” at all, says Lopez. “That means they care.”