- Hero: “I feel like this is a crazy hell/heaven,” Hero said, her voice rising with excitement. “Because 24/7, each single second, I’m thinking about the choreograph, the routine.”
- We Are Heroes came together as if by fate, having never met each other before rehearsals. “We just got together for this show, but I feel like we’ve been together for a long time,” Mami said.
- “What Beat Freaks started,” Ali said, “we’re going to try and finish out."
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- From ZLenox: 'I was there yesterday it was really upsetting....the bottom 2 was one of the best battles I've ever seen one of the best performances in the history of ABDC and the best two performances of the night and the crew that left should have stayed in the competition. None of the crews that were safe stepped it up"
- From MTV Remote Control- JC Chasez loses his ability to form a sentence after one crew's cat-like performance, Shane Sparks calls out the crews, and Lil Mama claims to have a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.
- We are Heroes had the most votes for the Best Performance (29%), followed by Vogue Evolution (20%), Massive Monkees (16%), Afroborike (15%)
- Beat Ya Feet Kings had the most votes for Worst Performance (30%), followed by Southern Movement (16%), Rhythm City (15%), and Massive Monkees (11%)
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Time to Fly to the Cheese: At first I tried to keep an optimistic view of this season considering I love Heroes, Vogue Evolution, and Rhythm City. But in my honest opinion, this was the worst episode of America's Best Dance Crew I have ever seen. Im not sure if its the combination of the pointless and stupid challenges, the voting results, and the less than impressive routines from the rest of the crews, or just the fact that every week so far, a crew has gone home that doesn't deserve to go home. They may not be the best but some crews that are saved ARE NOT as entertaining as the bottom 2 crews. This is the first time where almost every crew had more negative commentary than positive commentary. I really wish ABDC would adopt the elimination format of SYTYCD so it can be fair. The crews that perform the worse that night go home. I actually found myself quite bored during half of the performances. I even heard hints of regret from the judges concerning previous eliminations. I've even thought of not attending these tapings anymore. America better start voting correctly or this will DEFINITELY be the worst season of Americas Best Dance Crew past and/or future.
Czar: Ok, just got back from the taping and i'm happy it was better than last week!! The show started off slow but near the end it brought everybody to their feet. All the crews had a good performance but there was one crew that killed it, and got everybody hyped up. The bottom two crews were once again, unexpected! The judges said that the bottom two crews had the best performances of the night. I agreed with the judges decision. Overall it was a great week and I had fun!! I got to sit in back of Quest!!! . . .ABDC alumni that attended: Quest/ Artistry in Motion/ Matt, Meagan, and Glenda from Fanny Pak/ Rocco of Boxcuttuhz/ some Ringmasters/ Taeko and two others from Beast Mode.
In the article, they deride You Got Served” and “Kicking It Old School" and other current mainstream bboy depictions since it "makes b-boying out to be a joke. They’re definitely trying to make it like another fad, like this is just another fad that’s gonna go out the door." Their conclusion: "B-boying’s more than just tricks, more than shows and competition. It’s a whole lifestyle."
The article nails his early dance experience and exposure. Favorite quote: "That’s why I think I’m so successful in the choreography world, because I come from a world of, '(battling) is all you did.' We battled in a group point of view. We’d call out five or six routines in one battle and people would be done! After the second or third routine, people were like,’ Oh, my God! They can’t come no more! ' And we’d keep coming. Then we started freestyling and would come with another routine. So I think that’s kind of the edge that I have over a lot of choreographers out here because I think from a ‘choreography-battling routine-group’ point of view.'”
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- August 21 - Lydia Paek (who dances both with Boxcuttuhz and Quest) is the headliner at Music 101 in Chula Vista, CA.
- August 22 - Fr3sh Company auditions in Matawan, NJ
- August 24 - Fanny Pak at KIIS-FM Dance Crew Summer Challenge Finals in Universal City, CA
- August 27 - Fanny Pak's Matt Cady and Megan Lawson teaching workshops in Edmonton, Alberta
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I hope to run another Twitter contest in the next 1-2 weeks. Any suggestions for a different contest question? Obviously, both the question and the answer have to be short and sweet.
This was a sad week in the world of America's Best Dance Crew. Not because of anything of the likes of death or illness, but just because I think that, if they hadn't before, everybody realized just how poor the talent truly is this season. In week 1, there seemed to have been an established top 3 crews; We Are Heroes, Massive Monkees, and my personal favorite, Rhythm City. This week, while these three crews didn't perform poorly in any way whatsoever, none of the three really blew me away. Unfortunately, this week wasn't a story of "who performed best", it was a story of "who didn't perform the worst", and I have to say, I think the judges made the wrong decision.
Click here to read the full review. Thanks AM Pond!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
AFROBORIKE: "I Know You Want Me" (Pitbull) - Capoiera
BEAT YA FEET KINGS: "Chillin" (Wale) - Tae Kwon Do
MASSIVE MONKEES: "Bounce" (Masterkraft ft. N.O.R.E) - Extreme Martial Arts
RHYTHM CITY: "LaLaLa" (LMFAO) - Muay Thai
SOUTHERN MOVEMENT: "Ugly" (Bubba Sparxxx) - Kali
VOGUE EVOLUTION: "Work" (Ciara) - Shaolin Kung Foo
WE ARE HEROES: "Starstruck" (3OH!3) - Karate
At the end of the season, I'll post who won, and who else got the right combination (and in which week). So, even if your choice has already been taken, you can enter a new one now and get some bragging rights. And, there are still some combinations that haven't been picked, if you want to place a bet on some dark horses.
Click here for contest rules and prize. Good luck!
"The stage lights came up, the music started to play loudly, Mario Lopez walked out on stage and with that the second episode of Season 4 of ABDC began. Week 2 of this season was a must see! For any fan of the show, this is the episode that makes it feel like the show is BACK! Whether it was having Beyonce as this episode's 'mentor' or the judges' lackluster enthusiasm for most crews' during week one, each group came out stronger and harder this week, showing what their crews were really made of."
Click here to read the rest, including the highlight that wasn't shown on TV and the list of standing ovations. Thanks Chris!
- LA Times focuses on the impact of the challenges and the props
- Buddy TV thinks that Artistry in Motion was robbed
- Scream Mary gives the facts and her favorites and also wishes that AIM had stayed on.
- NY Daily News is uncomfortable about Mario Lopez' dimples and finds the crews' names
- NY Post lists their favorite moves: We are Heroes' ending formation, Vogue Evolution's triple spin drop, and Afroborike's 'propeller blade'
Monday, August 17, 2009
- Rhythm City before show taping (with Boogie Bots Bryan)
- Rhythm City after show was taped
- Beat Ya Feet Kings pre-taping (with Boogie Bots Bryan and Ryan)
- Vogue Evolution on history of voguing (with Boogie Bots Bryan and Ryan)
- Rhythm City's Dominique sings
- Week 2 review by Beat Freaks Lady Jules and Teresa
- My favorites: Beat Freaks with Vogue Evolution:
- Massive Monkees strip for Beat Freaks:
- You Love to Watch didn't love to watch this week. Pet peeves included lack of a break-out outstanding performance, generally sloppiness or lack of energy, hoochy outfits, and uneven distribution in the difficulty of challenges
- Zatzz: "I for one, and this seems to be the opinion of a lot of ABDC viewers, was extremely underwhelmed by this episode. Some crews I didn't like so much kind of stepped it up, while one of my early favorites fell flat. But overall it was still an enjoyable episode, filled with sexy moves, Beyonce wannabes and BARE LEGS (from both men and women). Click here to read her full recap, filled with amusing and probably controversial takes on the action.
As of now, the leaders are Diggy Digs and Jumpp4Me with 4 points total. But the game is young and everybody has a chance to win. So, post your votes now, and remember to include your email address in the appropriate field. Here's the rules. Voting closes midnight Wednesday August 19. UPDATE: This week's challenge is now closed for votes.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Photocredit: NBC/Saturday Night Live
At 9pm, I'll be doing live play-by-play for those of you on the West Coast or have other reasons you can't or won't watch at that time. And, early tomorrow morning, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances of the evening. And, we'll have recaps, week 3 of our challenges, some backstage videos, etc. Join us!
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- Potential performance problems for Artistry in Motion and Afroborike due to rehearsal injuries
- Cool moves including an homage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and a dancer tossed 15 feet into the air
- Unusual costume choices including a male crew wearing extremely short shorts and a crew impersonating policement
- Shane Sparks telling one crew they are "the sexiest females to ever grace the stage"
- What it takes to get on ABDC: "It has to be athletic, it has to be charismatic, it has to be together, it has to be technical but still very grounded and so it's going to take a little bit of everything"
- "In the first show there's three or four groups out of the nine that I've got my eye on. But that could change next week. I try to be as objective as possible."
- Regarding an official ABDC tour: "Wouldn't it be great to partner up with one of the other shows?"