Season 4 of NBC’s “World of Dance” competition series premieres on May 26, but while we haven’t yet met this year’s contestants, we can probably make a confident prediction: at least one hip number. -hop will be in the final. Heck, he might even be safe to bet that one hip-hop act will win all the competition. The top three winners of the show are all hip-hop artists.

The show’s inaugural season ended with the French duo Twins of the upper division (18 years and over with four members or less) which prevails. Season two warped younger with The laboratory prevailing for the Junior Team division (under 18 with five or more members), but it was also a hip-hop group. And season three brought another change of pace with the stars of the top tag team division. The Kings bring the grand prix back to their native India – yes, they were a hip-hop group too, though they put their own specific cultural imprint on their death-defying routines.

So can someone get to the top by portraying a different style of dance this time around? The most likely is perhaps contemporary, which has grown closer year by year. This fluid and emotional style often produces the most moving acts, but contemporary artists were the finalists for “World of Dance”. Everytime. Teenager Eva go placed second in the first season, then the Australian alum “So You Think You Can Dance” Michel Dameski was number two in season two, and most recently the contemporary cast LA Unit were unable to overthrow the kings from their thrones.

These two styles do their best every year, but maybe it’s finally time for something completely different. Maybe a winner in the world of tap dancing, the ballroom, Latin or even ballet? Sometimes dancers in these disciplines find it more difficult to distinguish themselves from the high-flying stuff of contemporary hip-hop and theatrical storytelling. On the other hand, dancers with under-represented styles have the advantage of not getting lost in the mixing of the most dominant disciplines of the show. The opportunity is there if the right candidate can seize it.

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