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Hey everyone! Sorry I couldn’t recap last week, as I got unexpectedly pulled away for about that whole week so I couldn’t reach a comp in time! Forgive me!

But anyways, I got back just in time for this weeks episode. And hell yes I’m excited! It’s Britney Spears night and I personally think it took this episode to really pump up this season. I’ve been waiting for this night and this is one of the best tribute ABDC episodes, equal to the Michael Jackson tribute from season 1.

The Legendary Britney Spears!

The Legendary Britney Spears!

So tonight, the crews pay tribute to the princess of pop, the one and only Britney Spears! The crews will each be given a #1 single of Britney Spears from her her entire career and make a unique routine to her songs. The first two saved crews of the night and will be  back for the show next week is Beat Freaks and Strikers All Stars. Beat Freaks are up first.

Beat Freaks

Beat Freaks

 Last week, Beat Freaks was a little too masculine for me, even though I like their rough style. Beat Freaks got the song “Womanizer”, their challenge was to show Britney’s sexy and tough side and had issues because they weren’t the type of group to have less attire than what their usual rugged, badass b-girl look is, and did not want to cross the line Britney does when it comes to her attire choices. But they didn’t cross the line too much tonight and had a wonderful performance. They started out with 6 of the girls in office suits with the sexy assistant Britney (Rino) in an office-like background. Then the transformation to their sexy side came out and they did that part really well. It was very Britney in terms of “hair, hips, lips”. They did Britney’s choreo to a T so I was happy with that. Love the flips and hair whips with the choreo and not a single b-girl move in sight, so it’s different. Overall one of the best performances of the night. I did agree that I didn’t view them as an all girl crew at the beginning of the performance because they play like guys really well, which IS  a good thing. Tonight showed me another side to them because I’m used to seeing their rough n’ tough side but now I know they can be more versatile. Next up is Strikers All Stars.

Strikers All-Stars

Strikers All-Stars

 

Aside from the show, Obama’s inaugaration was great and it was nice to see the crews ban together to see the experience. And that must suck for the guy from Strikers to not being able to perform with the marching 100 but he also has something great going on the show so he hasn’t lost alot. This week, their Britney song is Gimme More and their challenge it to create a mirror image of themselves in the routine. Wow, at least they didn’t have to do anything with the pole in the video! Haha moving on, this performance became one of the best of the night as well. They did the mirror challenge really well as if it was an actual mirror and did some nice theatrical stuff like when they slowed down with the lights off and when the guys switched places by jumping through the mirror at the same time. Great stuff haha. I also liked their choreography this week as it wasn’t so much stomp stomp stomp. I had doubts about this crew at first but I’m sure their top contenders now. Nice job for strikers, two great performances in the last two weeks.

Now for the next elimination. Its between Dynamic Edition and Team Millenia. Dynamic Edition moves onto next week and TM is once again in the bottom. Dynamic Edition is up next.

Dynamic Edition

Dynamic Edition

Last week, after being saved from elimination, Cara from DE passed out and had to be helped to the back. She said in the pre-vid that she’s overtaken because after all the years people have made fun of them for clogging, they have the opportunity to change everyone’s mind by being on the show. I totally feel their pain and no one should be able to judge their style of dance because the people who talk sh*t probably can’t even dance so they don’t even know anything. So Dynamic Edition’s Britney song is Stronger. Their challenge is to incorporate the chair scene from the video into their routine. I’m kinda scared for DE because their clogs are not very balance worthy on chairs so this might screw them up. But anyways, I’ve been a major fan of DE since the first episode, but last week was ok, this week just wasn’t their week. I didn’t feel the Britney vibe from their routine. I liked the chair stunts they did and Brandon almost fell of his chair (whew!) However their clogging is getting repetitive and I’m seeing the same hand movements week after week. They seemed too cheery and didn’t give the sassy, sensual, signature Britney from the Stronger song. I think they could have done more with the chair. I didn’t like how JC called the guy a bit too feminine for the leap off the chair (considering the work he’s done on nsync). I agree with Shane about not feeling it, and the white chicks comment haha SO TRUE. So this wasn’t the best performance tonight and we’ll most likely see them in the bottom next week.

We now have Quest, Fly Khicks, and Ringmasters. Quest and Fly Khicks are saved and Ringmasters are in the bottom 2. Up next is quest.

Quest

Quest

Last week, I did kinda agree with JC about the choregraphy (although he didn’t have to sound that bitchy) but last week Quest still put on a great performance. Their Britney song this week is “Toxic”. This should be interesting. Their challenge is where all the members must have a blindfolded section in the routine. One of the guys said that the moves will be a bit more feminine this time than their usual masculine stuff (It’s Britney duh). Anyways they started off the performance with some nice bboy stuff. and they did the flips with the blindfold on. Nice work there. I loved how during the britney shout, Hok and D-Trix were looking around and D-trix grabbed Hok’s chest and they took off their blind folds to reveal a vogue-like makeup haha. Nice humor there. They had some awesome choreo, it was very Britney. Feng showed off humor and feminine side with the booty shake. Haha WORK IT BOYS!! Then Ryan came out from the middle and did this crazy stuff with his leg and ended with a flip into a Shablam (work it snap snap!) Overall this was a pick up performance from last week, and they played britney well. Another one of the best performances of the night. I was entertained. Up next is Fly Khicks.

Fly Khicks

Fly Khicks

Last week, Fly Khicks was so-so to me. I was disappointed because their sudden death round gave me alot to look foward to and last week didn’t bring it to me. I do however give them props for trying to give us something other than bootyshake last week and their energy was high last week. Love harajuku. Fly Khicks britney song is “Baby One More Time” which is right up their alley. Their challenge is to incorporate sharp turns into their routine. Gina was under pressure this week because of her mess up last week (which I didn’t even notice) so she’s afraid she won’t land her turns. So they started off with a nice silouette curtain and strutted down the stage. They had a little Pussycatdoll/Beyonce thing going on. They did their turns great into the drop like the video. Although the formation change was a bit messy in the beginning, they did the routine well. Loved the choreo and the pirouette ripple. I liked the ending. Overall this was also a pick up performance from last week for Fly Khicks. They brought Britney as well as other female artists vibe. It may have not been the most best of the night but it’s alot better from last week. Good job Fly Khicks.

Now for the bottom 2 crews, Team Millenia and Ringmasters to fight for their lives.

Team Millenia

Team Millenia

Team Millenia has been an off crew to me from the beginning. The first episode did not impress me and last weeks performance was only ok. TM’s Britney song is “Me against the music feat. Madonna”. Their challenge this week is to incorporate hats and canes from the video. Now i’ve been reading about how their challenge wasn’t that hard but I disagree. Those props are hard to use when you want to impress correctly. I liked how they started off the performance. They did the song really well and recreated the video with the Madonna and Britney section face-off. Their cane section was good. However, it seemed that Wobz who played Madonna stood out more than the girl who played Britney and you need to have Britney stand out especially if character is significantly in the performance. But other than that it was great choreo, probably the best choreo  of the night. This was the biggest pick up performance of all the crews because this is the TM I was looking for. Good peformance from TM. Up next is ringmasters.

Ringmasters

Ringmasters

Last week, Ringmasters failed to impress me because I did not see alot of choreo in that routine and I saw more tricks and flexing than choreo. Ringmasters Britney song is “Circus” (not a big suprise here) and their challenge was to somehow make stilt dancers in the routine. At first I assumed that they were going to climb on each other to make the stilts but I guess not. They started it off with making the illusion of a giant stilt performer w/o climbing on each other which I enjoyed. Then they did that heart pumping trick which was fun to see. Of course we were gonna see their bone crunching. Ok so far no choreo. OOPS I guess I was wrong as they got into a nice tutting section and finished it off with a freakshow like ending. Overall a better performance from Ringmasters this week compared to last week and good choreo from them this week.

Both Team Millenia and Ringmasters put on great performances this week and probably should not have been in the bottom if I had it my way. If I had it my way I would have Dynamic Edition eliminated tonight (sorry to say). But one of these teams has to go and its Team Millenia. I do understand why TM has ended up where they have due to really bad image choices in the beginning episode. However this week was a major turnaround for them but I guess it was too late. Despite that I was not impressed in the beginning, this week Team Millenia showed me they are a good group and have earned my respect. I’m proud of them for not complaining one bit that their second run was cut short and their comeback dream came to a halt. They were just glad to dance for the time they were on the show. I wish you nothing but the best Tm in all your future endeavors.

Good luck in all your future endeavors TM!

Good luck in all your future endeavors TM!

Tonight was one of the biggest nights in ABDC history. The tribute to Britney really brought out some crews, while other crews fell short. Beat Freaks, Strikers, and Quest are really showing themselves as the top contenders they are, while Dynamic Edition, Fly Khicks are falling far behind, with Ringmasters improving shortly at a time. I made a statement in my last blog that if the main contenders don’t watch their backs, the underdogs can pull a fast one. So far my underdogs are fighting a losing battle. Boxcuttahz are already gone, and it seems that the rest of my underdogs, Fly Khicks and Dynamic will most likely end up in the bottom next week and one will end up eliminating the other. Strikers was once considered an underdog to me but have proven to me that they are legit top contenders in the last two weeks. I only wish that Fly Khicks and DE would do the same. So I’m still having hope that Fly Khicks and DE will prove me right and I won’t have to regret making my statement. Only next week will tell whats going to happen. So tonight I truly enjoyed the show (thank God for Britney Spears) and I enjoyed the performances tonight. Next week the crews will be peforming to the WHACKEST OF THE WACK SONGS! I started laughing as soon as I heard this. Maybe this will be the calling I’ve been looking for. Next week the main contenders could drop the ball and the underdogs can finally step up but I could also be wrong.

Possible song choices for next week that I could think of:

Macarana song, Saved by the bell theme song, I’m too sexy for my shirt, Who let the dogs out, Chunky Pam song.

This is Roebby blogging for ABDC and I’m out.

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