The world’s top dancing talent and groups gave it their all on Season 2 of NBC’s dancing competition, World of Dance, but one team in particular stood out from the rest.
The Lab (Junior Team) walked away with the victory and $1 million for its outstanding and moving performances throughout the competition. The team’s finale routine to John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” even brought judges Derek Hough and Jennifer Lopez to tears for its beautiful and touching representation of how small acts of kindness can go a long way when spread daily!
Celeb Secrets was lucky enough to chat with The Lab team members Logan (Logistx), Edra and Victoria Hernandez (Lil Sweets), about their big win, reflection on the competition and future plans in store!
Celeb Secrets: What was going through your head in that final moment when the scores were being calculated?
Logan: When they were calculating the scores, I was already crying. We had already executed everything we needed to do and were so present throughout our finale performances. All we had to do was be present in the moment and enjoy it together, and it was just really special for all of us.
Celeb Secrets:Going back to the beginning of season, did you ever think you’d win the competition and $1 million?
Logan: That was definitely our goal from the start, but we were more focused on proving to ourselves that were good enough to win rather than focusing on just the money and 1st place title. We wanted to see how far we could push ourselves creatively, mentally and physically!
Celeb Secrets: What was the inspiration of the “Waiting on the World to Change” performance?
Logan: Since World of Dance is such a great platform for dancers to showcase what we do, we wanted to use that to our advantage and spread a message that viewers could resonate with. We wanted to emphasize how important it is to show love to each other whether it’s on a large or small scale. We wanted to did that through storytelling and our movements!
Victoria: All of the people we represented in the piece are normal people that we see in our everyday lives including the homeless, veterans, business people and children. By handing them a rose, we were spreading love and light to them during their hardships.
Logan: It was just a continuous ripple effect of showing love and proving that one act of kindness can go a long way. We brought the light that they needed to get out of the darkness.
Celeb Secrets: Why do you think it’s so important to spread these positive messages through your dance and performances going forward?
Logan: We were so fortunate to be able to dance in front of thousands of people on World of Dance. Dance is an art form that heals and can change people’s way of thinking and feeling. If you get down to the root of that, all we have to do is use our strength and powers to create performances that positively influence the rest of the world and their way of viewing life.
Celeb Secrets: Let’s talk about your team. Can you speak to your relationship and dynamic as a dance squad and family?
Victoria: The chemistry we have between each other is so unique — we are pretty much together 24/7. One thing I really admire about the team is that when one person is down, we are all there to lift that person up. At the same time, if one person is happy, we are all insanely happy for them. As a team, we’ve grown and matured so much since Season 1. We have learned that we have to fight for what we want and keep pushing ourselves.
Logan: They are some of my closest friends not only in dance, but outside of dance too. I can talk to them about anything, and we have the art of dance to thank for connecting us and making us all brothers and sisters.
Celeb Secrets: What’s the step for The Lab?
Lil Victoria: As a team, we’re really just staying on top of our game and training non-stop. The only way we can go is up so we are giving it our all!
Logan: This actually feels like the beginning for us not only because we’re really young, but also because winning World of Dance is such a great start for all of us going into our future careers. One thing we want to do as a group is offer more scholarships to young dancers who may not have the resources to train in dance or the arts. We’ve also been thinking about what we want to do as individuals to better ourselves. For example, some of us want to be choreographers, while others really love makeup or dance battles!
Celeb Secrets: What kind of advice would you give to aspiring dancers who haven’t gotten their big break yet?
Victoria: Never give up and always go to the root of whatever you’re learning. Find that one person you can call your mentor because they can really help you throughout your journey. Also as artists, we are perfectionists but you have to realize that failure is essential for success.
Logan: Find something you absolutely love to do and find out how it can help the world. I think that’s one of the biggest ways that artists live. You can touch people’s hearts if you find positive benefits of with your passions and hobbies like we do with dance!