ABDC ALL-STARS RETURNS JULY 29!
Poll: which crews are you most excited to watch?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
You can watch the show live on RedBullBCONE.com and on MTV Remote Control. Here's a preview:
How have crews changed since auditions for Season 1 and 2? "They are getting more in tune with what it's about. Howard Schwartz has expanded on what was seen in Seasons 1 and 2 and is making it better. We're also seeing that some talented individuals changed crews and are coming back to audiion as part of a new crew."
"Are there differences in crew styles from city to city? YES! Miami -- Salsa and Reggae; New York -- Trannie groups, also known as Voguers; San Francisco - Turfin'; Los Angeles -- Krump; Atlanta -- Crankin'; St. Louis -- Krunk; Baltimore -- Roll.
Once the auditions are over, what's the process for picking the nine crews that will appear on the show? "There will be a big room full of producers, judges, and TVs. We'll watch all the crew video playbacks for many hours, narrowing it down to the final nine...we will have all nine by the end of November. The crews aren't being picked by region. So it's possible that there could be five crews from the LA auditions."
Photo credit: So You Think You Can Dance
Photo credit: AP/Dave Einsel
Friday, October 31, 2008
Here's our disclaimer (get used to it, you'll see it a lot): They watched about 4 hours of auditions, so they didn't get a chance to see all of the crews. In addition, they (and BABDC) have no inside information or control over judges' opinions.
An appetizer for things to come: Box Cuttuhz, from Southern California
- Name Background: They are geeky underdogs, cutting open the box that they've been forced into and showing the world their talents.
- Members: Lando (25), Aris (24), Rocko (22), Diamond (21) Jesse (23), Lydia (18) and Brian (20)
- Dance style: Hood, Funk, Jazz Funk
- Why are they auditioning: they feel they are underdogs, so they have no limitations
- Favorite crews from ABDC past seasons, JabbaWockeeZ, Fanny Pak, Kaba Modern
- What they'd do with $100,000: travel, give it their families, and invest.
- On November 1 and 2, Monsters of Hip Hop descends on Chicago with dance performances, contests and lessons. Instructors include JabbaWockeeZ Phi Nguyen and Kevin Brewer, as well as Napoleon Dumo (one of the judges for America's Best Dance Crew auditions). Click here for details and to get your tickets.
- Monsters and Critics summarizes Mario Lopez' interview with Obama. Best bit (and very timely for this Halloween): Michelle's nickname for Barack is 'Pumpski'. Awww.
- Zap2It reports that So You Think You Can Dance alums Dominick and Hok "killed it" at the ABDC auditions in LA with their crew Quest.
- And, for you techies: an explanation of the grandMA lighting console used in ABDC Live.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
- November 5: JabbaWockeeZ in Vancouver at the Bell Performance Centre. For tickets, call the box office: 604-507-6355
- November 7-8: Fanny Pak, Boogie Bots and Kaba Modern in Guam at Father Duenas Memorial School Phoenix Center as part of "Music, Dance, and Wishes II". Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m.General admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets $50. Tickets are available at DoCoMo Pacific, DNA Evolution, The Talent Box and the Fokai Shop in Tumon.
Mario goes gonzo, talking about how hard it was to get a suit, get a car, get past road blocks, and get Obama's attention. But he gets in and talks about... Jennifer Hudson's family and Barack's Grandmother.
And in the next few days, we'll start posting our own videos of favorite crews from the Los Angeles auditions, along with interviews with Randy Jackson and Shane Sparks.
First up from Pacific Rim: a teaser video with some stills, audition clips and shout outs from The Hype, Quest (the crew with So You Think You Can Dance alums), Head Hunters, Box Cuttuhz Show, Street Vibe, Foreign Exchange, and Essence.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
- Masks are hard to find, so paint your face white
- Wear a JBWZ shirt or a black button-up shirt with a white tie
- Don a red baseball cap or Kangol bucket hat
- SHUT UP and mime it.
"The overall experience of auditioning for A.B.D.C. 3 was so amazing for Tha' Truth! We had the occasional jealousy and negative looks from the opposing competitors because of the lack of attention while waiting outside in line. Once inside, the down-to-earth staff was extremely professional and informative. After glancing at our application and the name of our group, Michelle McNulty, A.B.D.C.'s casting director, was in total shock by our performance because she said, "I thought you guys were going to be wack! But you guys actually turned out to be GREAT!!"
Like in audition, the anticipation as you get closer for a chance to impress the judges can turn into a physically and emotionally draining process. If you want to know the "truth", there's a lot that goes into dancing besides what people actually see televised. If casted, future A.B.D.C. contestants, watch out for Tha' Truth."
You can watch their Youtube account of the audition here and join them on MySpace here. And, here's their audition video:
Important warning and disclaimer: I am not a judge and have absolutely NO impact on the judges. My only qualification is being a huge fan of the show. For another opinion on the auditions, read this post by Stuff Fly People Like.
In honor of these results, here's an excellent video of JabbaWockeeZ look into the future from Dabid111:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Graziella from G-Volution talks about her audition experience and shows some video of the wait. I'm sorry I didn't get to watch your crew!
Photo credit: Allison for the NY Daily News
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Urban Empire has a 6-page album of photos from the ABDC Live show in San Diego here.
Good luck to all the crews who auditioned in NY and elsewhere. Over the next week, BABDC will post coverage of the Los Angeles auditions, as well as sharing interesting audition stuff (like crews' impressions of their audition experiences) from around the net.
The last crew that I'm featuring is Sour Logic from New Jersey. They showed their own sense of style and humor in everything they did during their tryout, from explaining their crew name to bantering with the judges to their b-boy based choreography.