Saturday, August 29, 2009
"ABDC is gradually becoming dry and losing steam. One of the less obvious reasons for this is that the show is lacking PERSONALITY. ABDC is a reality show, but it comes off a bit too strictly as just a competition. Therefore, the producers need to make the show more HUMAN by allowing more FUN and INTERACTION between the crews, host, and judges. So to make this show more fun and interactive, the producers should make these two changes:
(1) Allow the crews to more fully express themselves in the previews shown before they perform. So far, the previews basically have only TWO TOPICS - the weekly challenges, and the sob stories / personal challenges. What about broader topics and more positive things to illustrate the crew members' characters (e.g., interesting things about crew members, their first impressions, goals other than winning ABDC)
(2) Let the crews, host, and judges interact WITH each other. It would be much more interesting if the host asked the crew questions and if the judges, crew members, and host actually talk back and forth with each other, flirt, ask questions, have fun, etc.
If the producers made these changes, the viewers would be able to know the crews not just by their performances, but by their characters as well. It wouldn't make the show perfect, but it would certainly bring something new and make it more enjoyable to watch."
- Rhythm City was by far the favorite performance, with 55% of the vote, distantly followed by Massive Monkees (19%)
- 40% thought that Afroborike gave the worst performance, followed by Beat Ya Feet Kings (24%)
Friday, August 28, 2009
- I spoke to an MTV insider today who was REALLY happy with how awesomely the crews performed during the Bollywood Challenge. He posited that it went so well because the specific Bollywood challenges were well integrated into the performance rather than just tacked on (as seemed to be the case with the Martial Arts Challenge)
- According to MTV Remote Control Blog and its comments, a crew romance is revealed between Rhythm City members and JC Chasez gets another crew's undergarments thrown at him
TimetoFlytotheCheese: I am pleased to say that this week's episode definitely saved the season for me. Last week I went off on how I thought it was a horrible season, but tonight definitely changed my mind. Every crew delivered and the Bollywood challenge was much more interesting than people anticipated. I was shocked about the bottom two however, but mostly on one side. This was the most energetic audience I've ever been a part of, and but there weren't many ABDC alumni except some girls from Fysh N Chicks, Femme 5, and Artistry In Motion. Hopefully next week will be even better, as they bring back the Dance Craze Challenge from Season 1."
Mee: "It was really interesting to see how they do it. Kind of annoying with the constant clapping, but eh. That was my first taping and I'm going again next week. Anyway, I have a feeling a lot of people will be happy by who goes home this week. Or at least I was...Leyomi is such a diva!...I don't know what else to say except that I now know who I'll for sure be rooting for - Rhythm City"
Submit your questions in the comments section. Guidelines:
- They're never sure which crews they'll interview, so submit both general questions for all crews as well as questions specific to any one crew
- Keep it simple -- something that can be answered in 30 seconds or less
- This is video, so questions that require visual responses (e.g., dance steps) are cool
- Be original! There are a lot of interviewers out there, so we want things that are relevant but will surprise and delight the people being interviewed.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
BUT PLEASE NO SPOILERS ABOUT WHO WAS IN THE BOTTOM AND WHO WENT HOME! Thanks! If you feel a need to leave a spoiler -- GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO DO IT!
- Saturday August 29 is TM's Summer Intensive 6 in Glendora, CA with performances by all the different Team Millennia Groups, plus Poreotics, Sheroes, and more. Click here for details and to buy tickets
- TM Auditions begin Tuesday September 1. Click here for details.
- Tuesday September 1, is als0 the application deadline for groups that want to compete in Prelude SoCal (to be held December 2009). To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Turn the Beat Around" - "a struggling young dancer gets the opportunity to fulfill her professional dreams when she convinces a wealthy club owner to open a modern disco where young people come to connect through dance". It involves choreography and talent from SYTYCD Canada, but nobody from ABDC...AND
- "My Super Psycho Sweet 16"- "Madison Penrose gets everything she wants, including her wish to re-open the desolate Rollerdome for her sweet sixteen party. The site of several grisly murders a decade earlier, things become 'psycho' when the killer returns to crash her party." This is set to air on MTV in October. I am totally game for a play-by-play party on this, if you are!!
And, while you''re at it, please vote in our surveys for the best and worst performance in the Martial Arts Challenge!
World of Dance San Diego this weekend - Quest, Fanny Pak, Super Cr3w, Strikers All-Stars, Kaba Modern, more!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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. Click here for contest rules and prize. Good luck!
AFROBORIKE "Dance Bailalo" Kat De Luna
Challenge: KATHAK - Kathak performers are noted for their fast turns and stomping footwork, whose rhythms, exaggerated by ankle bells, develop into complex metrical sequences. Kind of like tap dance, but without the shoes.
BEAT YA FEET KINGS "So Fine" Sean Paul
Challenge: GARBA - People dance around the center, bending sideways at every step, their arms making sweeping gestures, each movement ending in a clap. Formation changes, switching partners and barrel turns make a diverse and difficult Garba.
RHYTHM CITY "Jai Ho" A.R. Rahman & Pussycat Dolls
Challenge: BHARATA NATYUM - The movements are ample and precise, always symmetrical. The technical vocabulary comprises jumps, spins and balanced attitudes. This style has a lot of bending, squatting and large arm movements.
MASSIVE MONKEES "Bang" Rye Rye Ft. M.I.A.
Challenge: BHANGRA - Bhangra is considered to be the most energetic dance style of India. The movement requires lot of athleticism. Bhangra is somewhat graceful, but the moves are large and powerful. It’s a very masculine form of dance.
Challenge: RAJASTHANI - Rajasthani Dance comes from the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a folk style performed during Indian celebrations. The style is fluid with swaying movements, hand gestures and small hip movements. Women generally perform this in a circle wearing brightly colored veils and skirts flaring out as they twirl in circles.
WE ARE HEROES "Arab Money" Busta Rhymes & Ron Brownz
Challenge: GIDDHA - Performed in a circle, Giddha consists of clapping and often becomes a friendly battle between two people trying to out do each other, with a story. This style is performed by women only and is considered the female version of Bhangra.
"After the martial arts episode, I felt compelled to toss my two cents into the review jar! :-) Now, I am by no means a dancer; in fact, I am far from it. LOL! However, I can appreciate what these crews do to show the viewers their versatility and skills each week because I know I could not do it. With that said, I kept the criteria Nancy posted on BABDC in mind while I watched the martial arts episode again without interruption (i.e. laptop & cell phone)…"
Click here to read the rest! Thanks Jai!
My favorite quote: "If I folded to the media and folded to the press and basically got weak and gave them what they wanted all the time then who would I be? What would make me any different? I would look just like everybody else...There’s nothing unique about wearing the same old same old, made up all the time, it doesn’t describe who you are, only you can do that... I’m going to do it because this is mine not nobody else’s.”
- RealityWanted and Reality TV Online present just the facts
- We'll Fix It In has a very funny, very snarky play-by-play
- LA Times has the facts, some trivia (every crew got a standing ovation from the audience this week), and video interviews with Afroborike, Vogue Evolution, Rhythm City, and Southern Movement
Monday, August 24, 2009
What's going on? Are they just trying to get their readers to engage, or what?
As of now, the leader is Diggy Digs with 6 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 26.
This post is only for kind words and positive thoughts about Southern Movement. If you want to post negative comments about them or other aspects of ABDC, please comment in the Party Room/Critics Corner.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Then, please come back to our Critic's Corner/Party Room! We need you!
After the show is over: Give us your reactions. We like it rough.
At 9pm ET, Tbone will 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. Early tomorrow, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances for Week 3. And, we'll have recaps, the next round of our contest, backstage videos (with guest interviewer Glenda Morales from Fanny Pak!), and more! So join us!
"Right before going out onstage and performing, each crew on ABDC does a group huddle and a prayer. Some needed it this week. There had been gossip going around that perhaps judge Shane Sparks felt this season's crews hadn't stepped it up to the level of past seasons' contestants so far. That rumor was pretty much confirmed at the taping of Episode 3 of this season's America's Best Dance Crew.
After the first act, Shane stared blankly and said, "The choreography sucked, the dancing was boring, and we've already seen this before from you the past two weeks." Not only was it what he said, but how he said it. It cut through the stage with a knife. The audience and the press box backstage was silent. You could hear a pin drop."