Saturday, March 7, 2009
- Buddy TV credits Quest's tricks as the reason they won America's Best Dance Crew Season 3
- Entertainment Weekly complains about the America's Best Dance Crew finale being tedious, the group dances being 'unmeshed' and her favorite crew taking second place
- LA Times liked the show a whole lot better than EW, and posts about a dozen video interviews taken after the finale
- San Francisco Fashion Examiner was disappointed at Lil Mama's non-outlandish outfit at the finale.
- New York Post talks to Mario Lopez about the Season 3 girl crews, the idea of an all-judges crew, and the America's Best Dance Crew drinking game (alcoholics- pray that Mario doesn't say 'megamix')
- TV Guide interviews JC Chasez, who won't answer which is his favorite team, which crew is the fan's favorite, or whether season consistency is better than a strong finish.
Friday, March 6, 2009
- Top 4 Challenge - Baby Boy was the first to get the finishing order of Quest - Beat Freaks - Fly Khicks - Strikers for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3. Though there were over 200 entries in the first 4 weeks, nobody got it right until he hit it in Week 5.
- Elimination Challenge - There was a tie between Eddie (who went into this last week with a 1-point lead, but guessed Beat Freaks for the win) and Jeff #1. However, Jeff came closer to predicting the number of votes cast in the last week.
- Over the next week, we'll run videos of our interviews at the finale. During the off-season, we'll try to have regularly scheduled podcasts with the Season 1-3 crews
- We'll post the latest news on America's Best Dance Crew plans, including news of any tours and Season 4 (we hope)
- We'll keep up with your favorite crews, judges, and ABDC personalities. We'll supply information on performances, workshops, meet-and-greets, films/videos, merchandise, and anything else they're up to.
- We try to get YOU in the action, letting our readers tell us what questions they want to ask their ABDC favorites, and getting ABDC readers into local hip hop dance events as field reporters
- ABDC may be done, but hip hop dancing is thriving. We'll provide news and videos about other dance events including World of Dance, Hip Hop International, and any international Dance Crew competitions.
- We'll run forums, contests, and polls so that you can stay connected to others who love ABDC.
As with last season, I watched in the press tents with BABDC reporting crew members Sarah, Michelle, Cheryl, and with members of 21 other press outlets. Though there was some laughter (especially at the Ninja Turtle comment), wild cheering (at the Quest announcement), and lots of videotaping (why would you tape a TV in the press tent?), I missed on-line blogging and chat with this site's readers. Afterwards, we waited in an area suspiciously like a windtunnel, and finally got to see the stage around 30 minutes after the show stopped taping.
Then all hell broke loose. 22 media outlets and about 14 interviewable celebrities/crews = media feeding frenzy. We tried to interview Quest, but kept getting moved aside by other larger or more persistent camera crews. Man, I should have had my NY game going more. We did get to talk on camera to Shane Sparks, Randy Jackson, Ringmasters, Dynamic Edition, Beat Freaks, Strikers, and off camera to GOP, co-producer Howard Schwartz, Fanny Pak and JC Chasez.
No major revelations (except that there WILL be a Season 4), but we'll share the answers to our reader questions soon. And, we're going to try to talk to Quest tomorrow. No promises, but here's hoping... they did smile at us!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
ETA from Tbone: MTV is hosting an online after party with the ABDC Insider and Tim Kash featuring interviews with the crews, judges and various hangers-on. Keep your eye out for our own Nancy T! And of course the party will continue all night long right here on BABDC...Photocredit: MTV
Even though this software gives readers the option of sending comments, please post most of them on the separate Party Room/Critics Corner post instead (unless you REALLY want TBone to see your message real-time). Reason: with this software, reader comments must be manually inserted and he'll be pretty busy between the TV and the keyboard.
- 82% of respondents said that Quest gave the best performances over the whole Season 3 (1,238 responses)
- 88% said that Quest gave the best Week 7 performance. (1,149 responses)
But, if you were an ABDC producer, what would YOU do? What other performances and guests could they trot out to make it a truly memorable show? What retrospective footage would you want to see (the auditions, top moments, crew candids?
At 10pm ET, TBone be doing live play-by-play while watching the show, so feel free to tune in to get his take or to get a sneak preview of the action (for those of you from the West Coast/Canada/India or other ABDC-deprived zones). I'll be watching from a press tent in Los Angeles, preparing to interview crews and ABDC people on-stage after the show ends. I promise to visit the Critics Corner when I finally return to my motel room (it'll be late!)to see what you think. Perhaps I'll even have some scoop (or dirt) to share.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The place was packed and aroar. The competition differed from ABDC format, using full size crews (a dozen and more members) performing five minute programs. All of them captured the attention and love of the audience. For me, the best ones distinguished themselves through tough moves, precision, and holding my interest by varying how they changed up with their different subgroups, how they varied tempo and energy, and their use of surprise in transitions. My personal favorites were winners Rhythm City (who I loved at the ABDC auditions too), Capital Funk (second place), EPIC Motion (third place), and newcomers WRUSH. This competition was a supremely good idea for showcasing new talent and proving that the East Coast can stand up to the West.
The exhibition teams were amazing, giving lie to the idea that ABDC has used up all the best talent. Here's The Lost Kids:
Click here to see my performance videos of Boogie Bots and Fr3sh Dance Company, as well as other people's videos of Rhythm City and EPIC Motion.
The Appalachian Online (the student newspaper for Appalachia State University) spoke with Status Quo when the crew performed locally. Status Quo describes how they met, how they came up with their crew name, what it was like to watch themselves on TV, and what's on their IPods. And, they plan to make a movie about hardcore street dancing.
Congratulations to Mario Lopez at receiving one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Male awards!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
- Team 1: Boxcuttuhz, Beat Freaks, Team Millennia performing to "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga
- Team 2: Dynamic Edition, Strikers All-stars, and Quest performing to "Right Around" by Flo Rida
- Team 3: Fly Khicks, GOP, and Ringmasters performing to "Numba One (Tide is High)" by Kardinall Offishall ft. Keri Hilson
How would you have grouped the crews together?
Before the show and during intermission, I talked to judges, teams, and audience members who had an America's Best Dance Crew connection: Rocko from Boxcuttuhz, Brian (Boogie Mind) from Boogie Bots, Brandon Tyler from ICONic, and the Lost Kids (who auditioned for Season 3, and are favorites of many of my readers). They discussed their ABDC experience, how the show impacted them, who they want to win this season (my favorite phrase: The Lost Kid's 'Freak the Quest'!), and showed me some of their favorite moves.
Here's my noisy hallway interview with Boxcuttuhz' Rocko: Click here to see the interviews with Brandon, Brian, and the Lost Kids. And come back later for a report on the performances, complete with videos of the Lost Kids, Fr3sh Dance Company, Boogie Bots, and the winning crews.
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Beat Freaks and its fans take full advantage of free tools including a Wordpress blog, a Facebook page, a Youtube channel, MySpace page, and twitter. The FreaktheVote.com site has a professional look and feel, with voting access
- Quest's website is less oriented toward fans, and Maria thinks the mission statement is more corporate than social. Their Facebook and Myspace pages have relatively low usage and there is no Twitter or Youtube channel
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Soulciety show in Alameda, CA, featuring ABDC alumni Supreme Soul and ASIID. Smart Mark from Phresh Select also did a smashing solo performance.
Soulciety was organized by Ron Carino in an effort to educate and benefit underprivileged youth overseas. The Alameda installment of the non-profit fundraiser was packed to the reafters with amazing talent. From beat boxing, to turntablism, to turntablism with a solo violinist, to spoken word, to some of the freshest, most unique (check out Ill Abilities) dancing Alameda has seen in a while, the truly wonderful acts kept a smile on my face for the entire two-hour show. The energy was upbeat with positive vibes coming from the crowd. It really was a great night and a very successful show. ASIID started the night off right with a touching lyrical piece to Halo by Beyonce. This was a very technical and difficult piece; something we really didn't get to see from the group on ABDC. I was totally impressed. Later in the evening, ASIID brought the house down with a slamming combination of jazz and hip-hop. Their choreography and musicality was fun and flirty and their performance was full of attitude and sass. You should have seen the girls in the audience screaming for Joey! It seems that he has attained rock-star status in Alameda!
After the show, I had a very chill, impromptu backstage interview with Melissa and Tristan (and Della at the end) from ASIID, where they also reveal who they are cheering for at the end. Despite the fact that I more or less intruded on their backstage downtime, they were incredibly sweet and ready to talk. Honestly, I felt like I was just kickin' it with my friends. They were so laid back and unaffected by the fame that they've attained since ABDC. Talking to them was just easy. Thanks go out to them for taking time out to talk with me and for giving such an amazing performance later in the night!
Click here for rest of Jayne's report, including her description of Supreme Soul's performance and highlights from her interview with the crew. Thanks Jayne!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- Bossip interviews Lil Mama about her music, her life, and her role on America's Best Dance Crew. Here, she talks about her unique role on ABDC: "I bring swag and identity. I definitely inspire the show... As you can see a lot of the crews wear studs in their clothes. They wear bright colors. That’s all inspired by Lil’ Mama. Before that, that style wasn’t on our show or any show...It’s so many people that love my style and love what I bring"
- If MTV cancels America's Best Dance Crew, it shouldn't be based on ratings alone. According to TV By the Numbers, last week's ABDC delivered its highest ratings since the Season 1 finale for people aged 12-24
- Pacific Rim uploaded 11 new backstage videos of Quest, Beat Freaks, and Fly Khicks
- LMFAO help Jim Cantiello figure out this week's ABDC
- Spoil the Ending thought the show was 'fire' and can't figure out who to vote for anymore
- Reality TV thinks the tide had turned (at least in the studio audience) for Quest
- You Love to Watch lists the 5 reasons she loves Quest
- Buddy TV calls it 'a whole new ball game' and cites Steve's somersault over 2 Quest crew members as the move of the evening