-If people haven’t seen it, you’re looking for
the world’s greatest dancer. -Yes, in the world. -In the world.
And the winner gets $1 million. -$1 million. [ Cheers and applause ]
Which, by the way… As you know, that
doesn’t happen for a dancer. You could work your entire life
and not make $1 million. It’s not compensated
in the right way. So this was a huge deal for us. We just wanted to be part of it. -You are a dancer.
-Yes. -But if this competition was
around when you were, like, out doing —
‘Cause I want to talk about Janet Jackson
for a second. -Oh, are you a massive Janet fan
like I am? -I am a Janet fan, yeah.
-[ Gasps ] -I mean, I’m like,
the number 5… -I saw it in your eyes.
-…4, 3, 2… -Yeah, do, do…
-Yeah, “Rhythm Nation,” yeah. -Yes. Amazing.
-What tour were on with Janet Jackson?
-I did “All For You.” -[ Gasps ]
-Which was 2001, I think? Some Janet fan’s going to
correct me on that, but I think it was 2001.
[ Laughter ] And it was, like,
dream come true. I mean, it was, like,
my Oprah vision-board moment. You know?
I learned it from the TV when I was in high school. I was, like, obsessed
with Janet. -She’s the greatest.
-Obsessed. She’s the best. -I worked with her
on “Saturday Night Live.” We did a sketch called
“Cork Soakers,” and she was fantastic.
[ Laughter and applause ] -Isn’t she disarming, too? You’re just, like,
you’re disarmed by her essence. It’s like, [ gasps ]
-Just awesome. And, she’s Janet, yeah.
-Yeah. So yeah, for me,
the show would’ve been, like, ultimate dream to be on. It was just — I was like,
“I have to do this.” That was my main goal.
-But that’s what makes you great ’cause you’re seen it.
You’ve kind of been through the whole thing.
You get to talk to these people, these contestants,
and you go, you know — ‘Cause it’s emotional, too…
-Yeah. -…if they don’t make it,
and if they do make it. It’s both sides.
-I understand it. I cry with them.
I laugh with them. I’m like an annoying cheerleader
to them backstage. I’m like, “You can…!”
It’s like they’re all my kids. You know?
It’s like I’m a mama bear back there, ’cause I know
what it feels like. I’ve had to go out,
I’ve had to perform, high-stakes like this. I mean, some of them are 14. -Have you ever made a mistake,
like, on the Janet tour? -Well, yes. -But no one saw it.
-Well, just the whole concert of, you know, a stadium. I was doing —
I fall all the time on stage and in life. It’s just something
that happens. -That makes us besties, yeah.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m, like, graceful,
then I fall on my face. But I was doing
“Alright,” you know. ♪♪ Alright ♪♪ Oh, don’t make me sing
on this show. But you know what I’m talking
about, so, I’m doing the dance, I’m up on a platform. I take a step, I fall directly
into the audience. -Off the stage?
-On the fans, yes. Off the stage.
Like, you see me, you don’t see me.
Like, I just literally went… [ Landing sound ]
like, on the ground. -This is pre-stage diving.
-This was not a — Yeah. -This was not a stage dive.
-Not Nirvana. This is not Pearl Jam, yeah.
-This was like — yeah. I feel. I totally fell.
-[ Gasps ] Wow. -And for the next week,
Janet and all the dancers were rewinding it and playing it
and laughing at me. [ Laughter ]
And some of the Janet fans came to the next concert
with, like, a shirt made of me, of, like, a stick figure,
like, falling off the stage. [ Laughter ]
I mean, I was so embarrassed. Like, you know, I’m 19. This is, like,
the most embarrassing thing. I’ve fallen so many times,
though, like… -So, you know, yeah.
-I know how it goes. -But this, I think that it’s
just a great show, it’s fun. Also, we love
Jennifer Lopez so much. -Oh, yes.
-And I should say Derek Hough, too, is coming on the show,
August 8th, with the winner. -Ooh!
-After the show, he’s going to come
on our show and perform, so it should be good.
-I love Derek! That would be so good.
-Jennifer Lopez… -Yeah.
-…is so much fun. And I love her,
and I’m telling you it’s just a good —
The chemistry’s great. You got a good crew of people. I want to show a clip.
-Yeah. Here’s Jenna Dewan Tatum
encouraging some of the junior contestants
on “World of Dance.” Take a look at this. -Your intensity,
you’re amazing. What you do is other-worldly. Go out there, kill it. Good luck.
-Thank you so much. -All right, it’s your turn! [ Ember Island’s
“Creep” plays ] -♪♪ When I’m not around ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ I wish I was special ♪♪ -You two soloists over here
with your emotions! -Oh, my gosh.
That was so good. -That was beautiful. Ava! -Yay! -You two are
our divisional finalists. You will head to head
in the next round of the division finals! Aah! [ Cheers and applause ] -Yes.
-[ As Jenna ] “Ava!” -Yeah, it’s like —
It’s like the mom zone. -Ava!
-Aah! -Come here, Ava!
-[ Laughs ] -Come here! Come here and hug me!
Give me a hug! Ava, you did such a good job! [ Normal voice ] You really are.
-They have a montage of me hug– They actually were like,
“Maybe, like, one less hug an episode?”
-No! -Come hug! Come in!
-All you need is love! That’s what we want!
-Thank you. -Give it up!
Give people love. -Thank you.
[ Cheers and applause ] -That’s all you need.
-Thank you. I agree. I agree. -One quick thing
before you leave. Madonna was on the show
and I asked her to teach me a dance move, because I need
a go-to dance move if I go to a wedding
or something, or the club. I’m always at the club.
[ Laughter ] And I always need,
like, a dance move that I’m always going to do
at the club. -Okay.
-And so, she gave me a dance move,
and I’ve used it ever since, for years now, and it’s
kinda getting a little tired. And I need a new dance move. -Okay, you need a dance move.
-Do you want me to show you the one she taught me?
-I mean, get up. Let’s try something.
Let’s see. All right.
[ Drum beat ] So, it’s kind of like
the Tatum move. -It’s the Tatum move, okay.
-Kind of. We do this a lot.
It’s a body roll. [ Cheers and applause ]
Just got to move your… [ Cheers and applause ] And then, you’ve got to do
your — you’ll do good. Do you shoulders.
-I can’t do this. Shoulders back, yeah.
-Then, stick your butt out. -Stick my butt out. -So, do shoulder, and then
you can, like, move with it. [ Cheers and applause ] And go down. [ Laughs ] You got it! You’re doing it!
-Janet! Janet! -You’re doing it!
-Keep going, Janet! -You got it!
-Jenna Dewan Tatum, everybody. “World of Dance” airs Tuesdays
at 10:00 P.M. on NBC.