Indian Bolly-hop dance crew The Kings win World of Dance reality show, take home Rs 6.9 crore prize
Indian ‘Bolly-hop’ dance crew The Kings have won the US reality competition World of Dance, taking home a prize of $1 million.Updated: May 06, 2019 16:57 IST
The Kings, a hip-hop dance crew from Mumbai, has found international glory with their victory on American reality television show World of Dance, taking home a cash prize of $1 million (Rs 6.9 crore).
"The Kings are officially World of Dance royalty. Sending big love to our champions," read a post from the official Twitter handle of World Of Dance.
Judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough stood up in awe of the finale performance of the NBC show by the all-men group The Kings, which performed a high-octane sequence involving stunts in slow-motion.
They got a perfect score, with the judges giving them a 100 each. Ne-Yo called it the "greatest action film" he has ever seen, while Hough thought they "altered reality". Lopez was happy to be surprised by their act, yet again.
The 14-member Bolly-Hop squad, involving males aged 17-27, was consistently getting ace scores during its run on the show.
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10 years of struggle, hard work, pain, sleepless nights, fear, sacrifices has been paid off finally! Yesterday’s hard work resulted in today’s victory!!!! With no time in hand, we had to make decision whether to participate or not and with just 10 days before the travel date, we cleared our travel documents and proceeded with our participation in WOD3 . Who knew that a group from India would reach the finals and emerge with the title of WORLD CHAMPIONS. But, we did it and converted our dream into reality with hard work and determination. It seems so surreal for us today and we are still unable to convince ourself that yes , We made it. We are so overwhelmed with the response We received through out the show . This makes us work even more harder for our future dreams. Special Thanks to our Choreogrpher @suresh_kingsunited 🙏🏻👑⚔️🛡🦁 The Team 👇 @karthik_thekings @ritesh_the_kings @shijin_thekings @chandanacharya @mohanpandey @sunnychatterjeey @pavankingsunited @prem_thekings @hardik.rawat @charles_thekings @pratik_thekings @rajadas_thekings @akshay_thekings @naidu_thekings @hritikkingsunited . . . . . #Thekings #Wod #WorldChampions #Wod3 #Worldofdance #Worldofdance3 #KingsUnited #thekingswod
Suresh, the choreographer of the group, took to Instagram to share an emotional post on their victory. "Finally, we can say India is on top in dancing and history has been created which will be remembered and cherished forever... It was the best experience of our life so far. The journey of local dancers from the small gully of Vasai Nalasopara to becoming world champions was really challenging, filled with never-ending hard work and dedication," Suresh wrote.
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#repost @suresh_kingsunited Finally, we can say India 🇮🇳 is on Top in Dancing and history has been created which will be remembered and cherished forever! 🦁⚔️ Tonight, is the night which each and every Indian is going to remember for life and feel proud seeing the Indian Flag flying high with the perfect score for our stellar performance. 100 100 100! It was the best experience of our life so far. The journey of local dancers from the small gully of vasai Nallasopara to the WORLD CHAMPIONS was really challenging filled with never ending hard work and dedication. I am really happy for all my team members as everyone dreamt of having their own houses since long time and finally after winning 1 Million Dollar, they will be able to convert those dreams in reality now. We have struggled a lot and it took more then 10 years of hardwrk and teamwork for us to become the top Dancers in the entire world. I am thankful to my team for having faith in me and being with me for the past so many years because this wouldn’t have been possible without them. I feel like I have got the best team so here we are "WORLD CHAMPIONS" 🏆 . . . #TheKings #KingsUnited #worldofdance #worldofdance3 #worldchampions #nbcworldofdance #Wod #wod3 #Wodwinner @nbcworldofdance @jlo @neyo @derekhough
He said the prize money has brought the team members closer to their dream. "All my team members as everyone dreamt of having their own houses since a long time and finally after winning $1 million, they will be able to convert those dreams in reality now. We have struggled a lot and it took more than 10 years of hard work and teamwork for us to become the top dancers in the entire world," added Suresh.
For the finale, they put up a gladiator-inspired performance, complete with their death-defying jumps, rolls and tricks.
Among their competitors were Canadian contemporary dancer Briar Nolet, the sister duo of Ellie and Ava, VPeepz, a hip-hop group from the Philippines, and Unity LA, a 10-person squad from Southern California.
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First Published: May 06, 2019 16:56 IST