Diana Pombo was vying for a chance to compete in NBC’s new dance competition show, produced by Lopez. The young girl from Miami gave an emotional and impressive performance to Sia’s “Bird Set Free” that seemed to take Lopez by surprise.
Nearly as soon as Diana finished dancing, Lopez asked her about her background. The preteen responded that her parents are from Colombia.
“Yes, you’ve got that Latin fire,” the Nuyorican judge said. “I can see it in you.”
“When you took your foot and looked at me backwards and wiped your forehead with your foot and looked like your face was going to cry, I ...” Lopez continued, trying to piece together her thoughts. “No, it wasn’t just all the flexibility you had. It wasn’t all the strength you had. It was the passion that you put into every move.”
Fellow judges Ne-Yo and Derek Hough echoed Lopez’s sentiments. After their comments, Diana told the singer and dancer that she was her idol, and Lopez stood up to give her a hug.
Diana passed through to the next round with a score of 89.7 from the three judges, which means the Colombiana will get a chance to continue in the competition that gives dancers the opportunity to win $1 million.
Watch Diana’s full performance in the clip above.