Brazil the big winner at the first Just Dance World Cup!
The first Just Dance 2015 World Cup lived up to its promise, setting backstage and the Main Stage of the ESWC on fire!
Appearing like some kind of extraterrestrial amidst e-sports comprised of action games played with a controller or keyboard / mouse, Just Dance proved that e-sports can embrace other types of games that are just as demanding and even more spectacular on stage.
After the qualifiers, both online and at dedicated events around the world, 16 champions came together backstage at the ESWC in the Just Dance training camp - which has already achieved legendary status - and drew the attention of players in the other e-sports...
As this was the first World Cup, it was naturally enough hard to pick out clear favourites from amongst such assembled talent.
But the audience that followed live in person and online chose their favourites quickly: Alan, the young Peruvian; the Americans, Avery and Carrie; the Brazilians, Diego, Kelvin and Tulio; and Dina, from France, amongst others.
While backstage the atmosphere amongst the Just Dancer community was excellent (they practised non-stop for the 4 days of the competition!), the Main Stage required much more. Not only did they have to out-score their opponent, they also had to convince the jury, comprised of Matthew Tomkinson (Ubisoft Game Director for Just Dance), Véronique Halbrey (character director) and Medhi Kerkouche (choreographer). And the last judge, but not the least: the online audience could vote on the Twitch stream to break ties.
The result was a series of frenzied matches, uncompromising verdicts and a flood of online votes, all to the sounds of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Arianna Grande and the novelty song, 'What Does the Fox Say?'
The pool matches were physically exhausting and pitted competitor against competitor in pitiless duels. And at the end, only one would go through!
The Brazilians were impressive in this stage, with all three of them qualifying! Precise and stylish, they were also implacable. These 3 tenors were accompanied into the final four by the Frenchwoman Dina, a Britney Spears fan. The first semi-final between Kelvin and Diego left no room for suspense: Diego, who had been faultless in the pool matches, was the clear winner. The other semi-final between Dina and the spectacular Tulio would be resolved in favour of the latter, who won over the jury and the audience.
The Frenchwoman still managed to finish 3rd, winning a well-earned bronze medal.
The final between Tulio and Diego was a hard-fought affair. After a tight first round won by Tulio (51-49% in the voting!), Diego went into top gear and convinced everyone during the next two songs, getting the nod from both the jury and the online audience.
Congratulations to Diego, therefore, for winning the right to incorporate his own choreography in the game, as well as to the competitors, who all truly contributed to the amazing atmosphere throughout the competition - and during the closing ceremonies!