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Season 3 contestant Kayla Mak (Andrew Eccles/NBCUniversal)

NBC's "World of Dance" is officially back! Over the last two seasons, the show has exploded in popularity, and it's easy to see why: The contestants truly are in a league of their own. No matter their genre, every dancer that takes the "WOD" stage gives it their all.

But what exactly is it like to be up there, surrounded by all the bright lights and cheering fans—and watched by not only J.Lo, Ne-Yo, and Derek, but also millions of viewers? To find out, we spoke with Briar Nolet, Kayla Mak, Lauren Yakima, and Derek Piquette, all of whom are competing this season for the (very casual) $1 million grand prize. Here's what they had to say about the lessons they learned, people they met, and experiences they had on the "WOD" set.

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Last night Jennifer Lopez "danced the night away" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and though no words can truly do justice to her jaw-dropping performance, we have to try. The dance legend began her 10-minute mash-up of best hits descending from the heavens, like the dance goddess she is—and somehow things only got better from there. The 49-year-old pulled out some of the fiercest moves we've ever seen, proving why she's such an icon in the industry.

After the performance, Lopez graciously accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, becoming the first Latina artist to receive the title. "Music, acting, performing—this career has always been an obsession for me... I kind of had to forge my own path and rules," Lopez said. And then she paid the ultimate compliment to her mother Guadalupe Rodríguez, calling her "the original dancing queen. Anybody who knows Lupe knows that's where I get my skills from," she told the crowd.

The only way MTV will ever be able to outdo this performance is if they get J. Lo and her mom up on that stage next year for a duet. Till then, we'll just be over here replaying this epic routine.

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