Once Billy Crawford sat down after being brought to his feet by what he had just seen, all he could say was "wow."
After all, a ragtag group of kids just put on perhaps one of the best performances early on in "World of Dance Philippines."
Setting the bar high, Ace of Spades, whose members hail from Rizal, delivered an incredible routine in Saturday's pilot episode, featuring moves and flips that had the judges on their feet.
"Ang linis ng choreography ninyo, iyong formations napakaganda, iyong transitions swabeng-swabe, so ano pa iyong masasabi namin? Wala kaming masabi kung hindi napakagaling ninyo," said Crawford.
Fellow judge Gary Valenciano added: "Saludo ako sa choreographer ninyo dahil nakita niya iyong potential ninyo at na-maximize niya iyong kaya niyong gawin."
Ace of Spades is part of the junior category of the show, which pools all of the groups and acts who fall under the age of 18.
Their choreographer explained that he only found these kids playing on the streets when he decided to teach them how to dance. Since then, they have performed in international competitions.
Ace of Spades received an average score of 94.3.
Contestants will only need at least an 80 score to move to the second round. They will be judged based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. The maximum score is 100.
"World of Dance Philippines" airs Saturdays after "Home Sweetie Home" and Sundays after "Wansapanataym."