February 27, 2019 at 12:03 pm PST | by Mariah Cooper
Watch: same-sex dance duo impress ‘World of Dance’ judges

Jonathan y Jorge on ‘World of Dance.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Same-sex dancing duo Jonathan y Jorge made a memorable debut on “World of Dance” with their audition performance on Tuesday.

Professional dancers Jonathan and Jorge performed to “El Anillo” by Jennifer Lopez with a mix of salsa, spins and lifts.

The performance was heavily praised by judges Derek Hough, Lopez and Ne-Yo. Lopez called the dance “outstanding” and Hough noted a significant change in the dance community.

“What’s so fantastic – I don’t know if people know this – in the dance world we no longer say the ‘male part’ and the ‘female part'”, Hough explained. “We say the ‘follower’ and the ‘leader’ – for exact reasons like this. Because it doesn’t matter,” Hough says.

Hough also gets on stage and experiments with salsa dancing with Jorge.

After the judges submitted their scores, Jonathan Y Jorge received a combined total of 88.7. In order to move forward to the next round dancers must receive a score of 85 or higher.

Jonathan Y Jorge will advance to the Duels round.

Catch “World of Dance” on Sundays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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