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Ok to set the record straight, THANK GOD IT’S NOT A DANCE CREW CURSE THAT A REALLY PROMISING CREW GOES HOME FIRST! There is some justice in the world!!!

Ok, back to business… HEY EVERYONE! MY NAME IS ROEBBY AND I’M BACK TO BLOGGING FOR AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW SEASON 3! And I have to say that tonight’s premiere was interesting, both good and bad. You’ll find out why as you read ahead.Lil Mama, Shane Sparks, and Kid Rainen

So first off, there was no live audition special, which later had a bothering effect on me. AGAIN, YOU’LL FIND OUT WHY. Another thing, we’re back to 9 crews once again, which is ok with me I guess. And wow we have Kid Rainen as guest judge, which makes alot of sense. Seriously. And lastly, they brought back the elimination rounds and do-or-die rounds. Where was this last season when it was really needed? Ah well. Moving on.

The first crew of the first elimination round is STRIKERS ALL STARS!

Strikers All Stars

Strikers All Stars

Hm. Ok good news for me, not another Status Quo. At first, I was a bit skeptical about this group but after their performance, they changed my mind a little bit. Their performance was a reminiscence of the movie Stomp the yard. I liked that they were clean and that they added interesting steps to their choreo. However, as much as I enjoyed the step, if they want to keep their spot on the show, they will have to switch it up a bit. The steppin’ is hot, but if I see it week after week after week, viewers will catch on of course and boot them off. And I do agree with Shane’s comment about cutting the music to actually hear the UMPH! of the step. If they bring that next week, they’re alright in my book.

The second crew of the first elimination round is Beat Freakz!

Beat Freakz

Beat Freakz

I am definitly glad to see an all-girl BREAKING crew to make their way onto the show. Aside from breaking, they have popping, locking, tricks, etc. I liked how they started their peformance with SWAGG. They brought it! They covered almost every aspect I was looking for! Tricks, CHOREOGRAPHY, precision, smooth, and more! It’s great to see these girls do what they know how and do it good! Femme 5 2 seasons ago tried to do stunts but it didn’t work for them cuz they don’t know how to do it right (however I think Femme 5 was still good, only if they stayed in what they were representing). I really do think that these girls can make it to the end. One thing that does scare me though is that if they let their tricks dominate the performance more than everything else, viewers who saw the same thing with Super Cr3w will react quickly and won’t let them get away with it.  If they bring all aspects like they did tonight for the rest of the season and make it fresh, they will win this season.

The final crew of the first elimination round is GOP dance crew!

GOP

GOP

Hmm. Not to be mean or anything, they remind me of a latino Phresh Select. They have the breaking and something little here and there. And they come from a really bad place. It’s like producers are trying to make justice with this group for not letting Shhh! from last season make the cut. Their peformance was ok, the breaking wasn’t on par. Although I did enjoy the latin flavor they brought with the cha-cha, they weren’t bringing it hard enough as they should have and I ended up getting bored.  They really really need to step it up.

AND THE CREW WHO’S SENT IN THE DO-OR-DIE ROUND IS GOP! Let’s see if these smooth guys can save themselves from being cha-cha all the way home.

The first crew of the second elimination round is QUEST CREW!

Quest Crew

Quest Crew

I really like this crew. They have such a fun and awesome presence on stage, and yet can keep that competetive game on. They do breaking but they also have fun with great choreo and theatrics which were awesome. They know how to entertain the crowd and that really matters. If you leave the crowd clappin loud, you did good. These guys are incredibly athletic, humorous, and they are not an Xtreme Dance Force with the whole pretty boy look. This crew can really bring it and I enjoyed them. I’m excited to see what they bring the next couple of weeks, hoping they make it that far. TOP 2 CONTENDERS RIGHT HERE.

The second crew of the second elimination round is FLY KHICKS!

Fly Khicks

Fly Khicks

Ok, their video description made me skeptical but not too much. The last time we heard DANCE TEAM + BASKETBALL = SassX7 (who weren’t bad dancers but hyped themselves a bit too much). And then I heard Miami Heat, and I’ve seen their dances which are pretty good. So lets hope for the best. Ok, dancing to Kelis’s “Milkshake”..idk if that is a smart song choice to dance to but I guess they did ok with it. Before “milkshake” came on, I enjoyed majority of the performance. I definitly saw the technique in their step and that can bring alot to a performance if used right. We saw a LITTLE BIT of Live In Color, but that ended in 5 seconds. This crew has POTENTIAL. They may not look like the best, but they COULD be.  This is one of those crews who develop over time and really get better, like Fanny Pak. I want to see more technique with the hip hop. Lose the booty shake, keep your groove. I did find that etchy but funny how Shane said “please be a girl group who will stay on for more than two episodes” (considering last two seasons, the all-girl crews have been elminated on the second episode). Overall, they can dance really well, they just need to tap into what works for them. They experimented a bit tonight and technique definitly works for them. I’m interested to see what Fly Khicks will bring. Fly Khicks = Femme 5+SassX7+Shhh!+a little Distorted X.

The final crew for the second elimination round is RINGMASTERS!

Ringmasters

Ringmasters

 

Prior to ABDC season 3 premiere, I’ve been reading comments about Ringmasters (formally known as Main Event) and they haven’t been that good. I’ve heard alot of hate and that majority of viewers didn’t like them. However, from other blog sources, I’ve read that they are a suprise group that we should all look out for. Anyways, they have a unique dance style, which is called “Flexing” which is contortioning. Again, skeptical but have been proven otherwise thus far. The performance brought something new and fresh and I enjoyed it. The “flexing” was incredibly ill, WHEN THEY WINDED UP THE GUYS ARMS..eww! I mean I can bend but not that far. Whew. This crew is crazy. Overall beginning towards the end was pretty good. The ending however, killed it for me. And not in the good way. I found it to be way too much like Status Quo. I’ve seen enough flips to make my dog want to do one. If they can show us how flexing works in different ways each week without being repretitive, that alone is enough to get me. Leave the flips out. I’ve had my fair share of flips. They have something unique here, let’s not kill it for them. Lil Mama got emotional tonight. Which is understandable I guess. This crew is representing the the East Coast. And I would be proud if a group of people represented where I came from that well. When she said they gave one of the best performances tonight, I gave them a 8 1/2, which is still pretty good.

AND THE SECOND CREW TO BE SENT IN THE DO OR DIE ROUND IS.. FLY KHICKS! I’m really rooting for the ladies this season so I’m hoping these Heat hotties bring that technique I’ve been asking for to stay on the show.

Now for the final 3 crews of the night. But before I move onto them, let’s take a small recap of the last 6 so far. So far, great here, a little poor there, and decent. Let’s see what the final 3 crews of the night round off the season.

The first crew for the final elimination round is BOX CUTTAHZ!

Box Cuttahz

Box Cuttahz

Now this is an interesting crew. They mainly focus on the choreography being done and they do it really well. They play their A-game to musicality which does the song  justice. I really enjoyed the performance and I liked how their geeky look is somewhat futuristic-esque.  However, I did kind of agree that Lydia needs to step it up with the guys but JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE PARTS OF THE PERFORMANCE STRONGER. I didn’t have much of a problem with her gentler sides of the peformance, I just needed her to go hard WHEN SHE NEEDS TO GO HARD. I do love their choreography, it’s something weird yet exciting about it. It’s like Fanny Pak meets Revenge of the nerds. Overall, very theatrical AND IT DIDN’T BORE ME. Watching them is like watching a silent musical but just with music. You appreciate it with attention. I want to see more out of this crew. They just need to bring the energy a little bit but still keep their sleek vibe they have.

P.S. Lydia looks like a cross between Yuri Tag from Kaba Modern and Margaret Cho. Weird but true.

The second crew of the final elimination is DYNAMIC EDITION!

Dynamic Edition

Dynamic Edition

Ok this whole night so far has been skeptical to me BUT THUS FAR has proved me wrong. Dynamic Edition is one of them! At first, I was like “Clogging may not fair well on ABDC.” I totaly take that back now. This crew has alot going for them. They obviously dance really really really clean. And they have wonderful formations. They have nice partnering sections. And the clogging mixed with hip-hop is essentially needed this season. Overall I really did enjoy this performance and to see something this new brings flavor. I love clogging now haha! However I did agree with Kid Rainen on how they didn’t fully tap into the hip-hop as they should have. But he also said it will take some time to fully grasp and use it in daily dance along with clogging. I am happy however that they took the time to show what their style is really about. Another crew of potential if done right. I would like to see more hip-hop flavor next week.

The 3rd crew of the final elimination round is TEAM MILLENIA!

Team Millenia

Team Millenia

So I’m glad to see Team Millenia back on the show. I did understand however why they got booted off (FOR YOU TEAM MILLENIA FANS THAT ARE READY TO BERATE ME ONCE YOU READ THIS, READ FIRST THEN B*TCH LATER) Last season, their dancing was good, however I think that being the last team to perform and being that we saw everything they did been done by the other crews kind of killed it for them and made them look *harshword* generic. But as season 3 is back, their performance wasn’t like their one last time. They had a character and they stuck with it well. They excited me alot more this time around. I can see why they won Vibe and other dance competitions. They dance pretty good and are top contenders. However, Idk why but after it was over, it kinda died for me. The last couple of crews got me talkin AFTER the performance was over. TM did it for me but it didn’t last long. Idk maybe I’m still trying to shake off last season’s effects of being labeled a generic crew. Maybe next couple of weeks my mind will change. But overall this is a good crew to watch out for, I’m just hoping that they can keep me excited enough to keep wanting to watch them each week. Let’s hope for the best.

AND THE FINAL CREW TO BE SENT INTO THE DO-OR-DIE ROUND IS..BOX CUTTAHZ. I really like this crew and they interest me to really keep them on the show and see what they potentially have. Can they cut their way to the top or have a dull edge and get cut themselves out of the ABDC picture?

Now that GOP, Fly Khicks, and Box Cuttahz are now under fire, the do-or-die elimination round begins.

Sad to say, GOP didn’t excite me again. They definitly tried this time but still didn’t do it for me.

Fly Khicks are up next and they definitly brought it this time. They gave me that technique I’ve been asking for as well as nice tricks, creativity, and good dancing. Like I said, if this crew is given enough time on the show, they can become legit contenders and even possibly win.

Box Cuttahz are up last and have to bring their A-Game. They definitly brought it and Lydia really stepped up her game from earlier tonight. She did a nice back slowmo cartwheel type thing which was awesome. They incorporated their theatrics really well and I enjoyed it.

The elimination begins. The first crew saved is… FLY KHICKS!.

Now it’s down to GOP and Box Cuttahz.

The first crew eliminated is…….. GOP! Box Cuttahz stays another week.

These guys are good dancers and they have a touching story. I wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.

Whew what a night. Tonight I realized that the underdogs can pull a fast one under the main contenders if the main contenders don’t watch their backs. Fly Khicks, Dynamic Edition, and Box Cuttahz have something good going if they keep heading in the right direction. One good thing did come out of tonight and that was a really really great crew wasn’t eliminated first. Last season, Distorted X went home first after a promising performance and there was alot more from them we could have seen if they had stayed. This almost became the case tonight with the final two crews GOP and Boxcuttahz. I was seriously biting my nails for box cuttahz to stay. And I’m glad that they did. I said earlier that it did kind of bother me that we didn’t have a live audition because the live audition would have helped us kind of get a nice feel on the crews and not shove them in our face right away. It took me a while to get used to it but it turned out great after a while. I’m hoping that producers don’t get rid of the good crews early because viewers want to see what they’ve got. We’ve got a great batch of crews this season, so lets not waste their potential.

Ok I had to get this out. I like Team Millenia but they have to live up to their hype. Their performance tonight was good but did not live up to the expectations like they usually do. Maybe its just tonight and next week they could blow me away. I just don’t want them to become like Supreme Soul who was really really good, but only on again, off again. Let’s see what the next couple of weeks bring.

Overall, another great season to watch. It took me a while to get the feel of the dance after watching it over again but its ok now. I like the crews they chose, despite all the complaints about crews who should have made it. They made the right choice there. Next week is most likely the music video challenge. Let’s see what the crews can do with their talents next week.

Best Peformance of the night:

Quest and Beat Freakz

Worst Peformance tonight:

GOP

Till then, blogging for ABDC,

 

-Roebby

As I said from last week, I was going to give this week’s episode some insight because as much as I hate how last weeks results turned out, I’m curious to know what happens this week. And I wasn’t disappointed but I didn’t have my breath taken away (maybe just a little). But one thing is for sure, tonight changed things up for the voting and we may OR may not get a suprise twist for the winner next week. ALL UP TO AMERICA!

 

So tonight, our final two crews will dance 3 times tonight; the all around the world challenge, create-your-own dance craze, and the last chance challenge. Tonight was ok for both these crews and I was definitly sure when I thought Fanny Pak was going to own them all in tonights challenge. If only a wicked twist was at the end of tonight’s show and Fanny Pak makes a surprise return. But only in a perfect world, right? Anyways we start off the night with the All Around The World challenge, taking every dance style from literally ALL OVER THE WORLD and turning it into a routine.

First off is Super Crew. I agree with Lil Mama that the formations were a bit off and I had a hard time comprehending the routine in the beginning. I do agree with Shane that as they switched to other dance styles, it did get better. But I noticed some sloppyness here and there but the tricks pulled away from it. I think when it got to the Latin dance, they could have put more “umph” into it because if Fanny Pak has 3 dudes that can booty shake like the dirty South, they can too. Overall, I would put this at the bottom of the list of their performances. But hey its the first of the night, I’ll give them a break.

Now onto SoReal Cru. Now I said last week that I wanted SoReal to prove to me that they deserved to be in that top spot because I would take them out right on the spot and bring Fanny Pak back. And their first performance tonight did not definitly help. Here was the problem: there were so many mess-ups in this performance, if they were so much cleaner, the performance alone (no tricks) would be enough to impress me. I honestly thought this was a good routine but it was REALLY SLOPPY. Jackie was so off at some parts. I did love the row boat trick and the ending with Ailyn in the air. So I give this one to Super Cr3w for the first performance.

Wow I miss Fanny Pak already so badly.

Now onto the dance craze challenge. I kind of already knew that SoReal had this one in the bag considering that SoReal does more floorwork dancing that tricks and they could easily make something up where as Super Cr3w doesn’t have floorwork that stands out mainly because its the tricks we look for in them.

So first off is Super Cr3w. Ok, you might as well just stamp one big DUH! on your tvs when Super Cr3w had to make a move for the craze. Of course, the notorious “S” makes its dance debut in form of a song. “S to the chest, S in the sky!” Or something like that. Anyways, their dance craze was ok but in order for a dance craze to click with people, you have to be able to relate to them and make it possible for them to perform the craze. The “S” part of the song would only come back for a good 5-6 seconds THEN ITS BACK TO TRICKS. I guess the “S” part of the song only works well when you back it up with some crazy trick. Not everyone b-boys people so I think they lost out on this challenge.

Now SoReal Cru steps up to the plate AND THE EXPLOSION MAKES A GRAND RETURN TO THE ABDC STAGE! I actually liked this performance because it turns out to be a great dance craze. And the great thing is, ANYBODY CAN DO IT and still do their dancin thang on the side! I loved the parts when it would go SMASH IT UP! And I loved when the hulk hands come into play. Finally something about that crazy-ass EXPLOSION has some depth. I liked the closing parts of this performance. At least now I think SoReal’s final 2 position on the show wasn’t an entire “WTF!?” moment. It’s too bad only now they start to REALLY grow on me. Then I would have been more understandable about it now. But oh well, this challenge goes to SoReal Cru.

Hmm I wonder what Fanny Pak’s dance craze would have been. Something loony toons Fanny zipper Pak but we would have loved it any way.

Now onto the last chance challenge. I admit the way these final performance were well done and well put together and I enjoyed them.

Super crews final performance was obviously going to be TRICKS CITY CENTRAL but considering its their last chance to sway votes for them, I wanna see what they got..ONE LAST TIME. I really liked their divided sections with 2 members in the 3 sections. It reminded of Live In Color’s dance craze challenge when they had that divided section of the routine. Anyways, good routine and this gained my vote. I liked the end..it had a very look beyond the stars and reach moment. They gave it their all and this proves a strong point for next week. If you want the WOW-factor, Super Cr3w got it tonight. I don’t hate this crew and I respect what they have done on this show. I like them so I want to finish this season on a good note.

SoReal wanted to get down and dirty one last time. And I’ll be honest, it was really good. Alot of things in this performance made me happy. There was no recycled moves and it wasn’t boring. I liked how they got right down to it and pumped out pretty much every non-recycled move they had and gave it up tonight. THEY WENT HARD. I could tell that this was something they wanted and not all of it was necessarily HANDED TO THEM VOTING-STYLE. They have shown me that they COULD be America’s Best Dance Crew. Just wished things would have been different many weeks before. I know I was really rough on this crew last week but it was just out of rage. I think they are great dancers and it’s no wonder why they are final 2. I just have to learn how to accept the way the show has turned out now. Respect to this crew and do not want to leave on a bad note. If you wanted choreography, SoReal Cru got that tonight. (If only the finale was final 3 instead of final 2, I wouldn’t have bitched about it so much)

So now that the season has almost reached its full circle, I admit that this season was no better than last season because we can all compare and contrast these last 2 seasons; from what was better or what was worse from both. This season’s final two may be arguable but its comprehendable. Again, I just accept it as it is. But I have enjoyed this season of ABDC and I hope next season will be better (in the voting aspect at least). I’m happy that this blog had alot of reconsidering done and it was somewhat positive for its outcome 🙂  . Good luck to both crews and their future endeavors. See you guys for the finale! I’m dying to see the other crews come back!!!!

*My final pick for next week:

-To be honest, I’m unsure because this week actually switched things up a bit for the voting. It can go both ways because Super Cr3w impressed more people and gained more votes but SoReal has stepped it up this week and could change that. I was originally for Super Cr3w but SoReal has done tonight some good in my mind. I’ve grown to like both crews so whoever wins will be ok with me. Still wanted Fanny Pak to win, but this still  would be ok with me.

Wow I am very very shocked and angry with last nights results. I am saying it right here, right now, despite people may hate me for I probably would not be happy with whoever wins at this point. 2 reasons:

1. SoReal Cru may have never been in the bottom but they have only been able to impress me twice (Missy Elliot challenge and this week’s second performance) but with past lackluster performances (or boring I’m not afraid to say) I would have respected them more if they went home last night, instead of taking the place of a crew that really deserved the final spot. Them being in the top would be more understandable if they had impressed me earlier on in the show but it’s a little too late for that now. If they win, I am 75% sure I’m not watching next season because I don’t want to have to go through the pain of watching a deserving crew get screwed over.

2. Super crew I must admit have been very good this season. Yes, they have had choreography problems (and shocked that they hired a choreographer because at least the other 2 crews made up their dance routines from scratch) but nevertheless, they have impressed me and gained my vote. I am really hoping they win because if they took Fanny Pak’s place (who by the way owned Super Crew last night) they should at least do them justice but I will also be mad that they win because if another breaking crew wins this season, MTV, FUCK THE REST OF THE DANCE AND MAKE IT A BREAKING SHOW OK!? IF YOU PLAN TO MAKE A BREAKING CREW WIN EVERY SEASON AND SCREW OVER OTHER DESERVING CREWS (FANNY PAK), I REALLY HOPE ANOTHER DANCE SHOW WHO HAS THE BALLS TO EMBRACE VARIETY GETS MORE POPULAR THAN ABDC!

Now onto my thoughts on tonights show:

SoReal Cru:
Was not impressed with their first performance for the not. It looked sloppy at some parts, looked decent in the middle, the ending probably would have been nice previous weeks before but not this late in the competition. I do not know how after a performance like that, they end up on top. I do feel bad for them though because now they have to deal with being the scapegoat of negative feedback because from their initial reaction when they were told they were top 2, they were shocked, which probably means its not their fault that they have to go through all of the negativity. Their second performance however, did impress me. It reminded me alot of their audition piece with the hands (this time with mirrors) which was very nice to see. I actually liked all the hand moves they did because for one, THEY DIDN’T REPEAT MOVES LIKE THEY HAVE THROUGHOUT THIS SEASON! The broom move was nice to see and they did justice for the movie Breakin’. Like I said, I would understand more them being top 2 if I saw performances like this earlier on.

Super Cr3w:
Their first performance was pretty good. They did the challenge well for having only 4 feet on the ground. I enjoyed this more than their second performance of the night. The second performance of the night didn’t do alot for me. I saw a small percentage of Footloose and that was the heel shuffle and the knee slide but other than that it was another breaking routine. Hate me or whatever but this was not a routine that did the challenge well, I saw a move that was used AGAIN, and it wasn’t as creative. No way with a performance like that, they beat out Fanny Pak. I do not buy it.

Now onto the crew of the night and my forever favorite crew, FANNY PAK:

Their first performance was good. I really liked it. The athletisism from Beau and Phil was nice when they did the facefreeze/ scissor kick (sorry I don’t know the terms for those) and the secret weapon is Glenda!! She is the athletics for this group I swear. You do not see many girls do what she does, especially that scissor kick because most guys do that. I think they did their challenge well, dancing Ice, ice, baby horizontally. The “word to your mother” was funny and cute. Loved Cara’s face. Now onto their second performance, in which if this was the finals they would have won hands down. I thought Fanny Pak + Flashdance = Great Performance. This was their week to really show what the crew was about. Are they 80’s or is it just for show? THEY ARE TRULY 80′S PEOPLE. They did Flashdance justice. I loved the idea of making the audition scene from Flashdance more modern with the mock Lil Mama, Shane Sparks, and JC Chasez. Go Cara for taking on the role of the countess of Flashdance, Jennifer Beals (the original Flashdancer herself). Cara did her justice as well. I loved the humor when Cara went on top of the table and did her thing. I am suprised Shane didn’t reply badly about how they portrayed him as a sexhoundog haha. Great form for the pierouets and nice jump to the knee slap to the hair flip slide. And there goes Glenda again doing her thing on the table. She’s good. I laughed so hard at the end with Phil’s freaky resemblence smile to JC. Overall, show-winning performance. They worked so hard to impress America and for whoever wasn’t impressed you must be so dumb not to be. They impressed me from the very beginning of the competition and I am very glad that their time on the show was something I was able to see and I am blessed so have seen them. And out of all the crews who went home (from both seasons) it was Fanny Pak’s leave who actually made me cry. Yes as stupid as I sound they were the first crew to make me cry. Thats how much their dance has influence on people. It rattles your emotion with simply, pure dance. I was hoping they would win the competition to maybe give Glenda the home she deserves for her dedication to this show. I know this isn’t the last of Fanny Pak, thats for sure.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Since there is one more episode for the final 2 crews to give everything they have to get the final votes, THEY BETTER GIVE EVERYTHING BECAUSE THIS WILL DECIDE IF I STILL HAVE ENOUGH HEART TO WATCH ANOTHER SEASON OF THIS SHOW. I hope they really bring it enough to prove my blog wrong. I am hoping for that. My final words for now because I am not in the giddy mood to praise these crews. I’ll save it for next week if they prove me wrong.

“Soon to be ABDC’s most hated blogger”

– Roebby