Saturday, April 9, 2011

Byeynyn's review of ABDC6's Lil Wayne Challenge

You have no idea how much I’ve missed this show, probably because you don’t know who I am. But after a whole year, I’m pumped for Season Six. I’m so pumped that I’m going to provide my own recap of the episodes.

But let me get a few issues out of the way. I’m skeptical about this season’s music selection, and the challenges have gotten more ridiculous since the first season, and needlessly so. I suspect that a lot of these crews might be held back by both this season. Can you imagine krumping to Justin Bieber, or while performing a magic trick? I feel it’s like judging Paul McCartney based on how well he sings “Friday.” Second, D-Trix is the third judge who replaces Omarion (whom I do not miss). Despite his horn-dog tendencies, at least Shane Sparks provided the credibility of an articulate hip-hop choreographer, a unique perspective that won’t be offered by JC (not hip-hop), D-Trix (not a choreographer), or Lil Mama (not articulate). D-Trix does a passable job for now, but that void is still hard to fill.

District 78 Lil Wayne Master Mixes now online posted the master mixes for America's Best Dance Crew's Lil Wayne Episode. Click here to listen to the master mixes; they're not available for download yet.

Ninjaboi's review of ABDC's Lil Wayne Challenge

Can it be? Yes it can! Ninjaboi makes his return to BABDC.  Well, at least the review part of his job here on the site. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Ninjaboi.  Nice to meetcha.  I’m a moderator here on the site so I get to read all your comments.  I also help Nancy out with posting. One thing I did last season was to write up reviews of each episode, which for some reason people really liked. *confused*  I guess I’m back, due to popular demand?

And for those of you are gonna question where this whippersnapper gets the authority to judge crews like this… Well, I’m just a human being like ya’ll who happens to be decent at putting his thoughts together in writing, combined with analytical skills.  I’m also a bboy (Reppin Freaks of the Beat), and a popper. So I hope you at least consider these humble opinions of mine when looking at the crews.

Click here for Ninjaboi's rating scale and review of the performances in the Lil Wayne Challenge by IaMmE, Phunk Phenomenon, ReQuest, Eclectic Gentlemen, and Street Kingdom. Thanks Ninjaboi!

Video: Eclectic Gentlemen talk about ABDC, show their audition routine and ABDC rehearsals

WildaBeast and of Eclectic Gentlemen posted a video talking about their ABDC experience, what they're planning to do next, and thanking their fans and viewers. There's also footage of their ABDC6 audition and their rehearsals for the Lil Wayne Challenge. From beast9688 Youtube.

One of my least favorite aspects of America's Best Dance Crew is that the first few episodes of every season usually sends a worthy crew home much too soon. I was looking forward to watching Eclectic Gentlemen on ABDC for longer, and hope to watch them perform live in the near future.

Friday, April 8, 2011

We Got recaps!

-- Ology loved the group number, disliked Street Kingdom, and wasn't surprised by the elimination
-- Reality Wanted gives the reality, skips the opinion
-- AC Slater is back, impressed with the tonight's crews and unhappy at the prospect of listening to an hour of Ke$ha next week
-- Too Interesting for Twitter pulls out Lil Mama's quote about Street Kingdom being "like I was watching Him rise again" among the highlights

Reality Rocks Expo this weekend -- Nirvana for the Reality show fanatic!

For those of you with serious reality TV habits -- Reality Rocks Expo is your event, taking place April 9-10 at the LA Convention Center. The line-up appears to have stars from almost every major competitive and dramatic reality program on TV, including performances from Quest Crew (America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 champions) as well as stars from So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol. There are: autograph stations; chances to audition for Majors & Minors (a new music based show), Shark Tank, Wipeout, Bridezillas, Divorce Court, Minute to Win It and more; and workshops to help you produce your own reality show, deal with casting directors, and brand yourself.  Hell, if I were in Los Angeles, I'd go to this one -- and I'd love a field report with pictures!

Click here for all the info and to get tickets. And, you can get a 15% discount by using the code RR15.

Video: Eclectic Gentlemen interview after ABDC elimination

Layla Kayleigh talked to Eclectic Gentlemen backstage after their elimination on the Lil Wayne Challenge of America's Best Dance Crew Season 6. They talk about their disappointment and feeling that they weren't given adequate chance to show their skills, and thank their fans and MTV for the chance. Posted on MTV's Remote Control.

Second chance: re-enter our top 4 contest

Thanks to all of you who submitted entries on which ABDC crews will be in the top 4 at the end of this season, in the order of their elimination. If you want to change your vote, here's your weekly chance. The prize goes to the first person to submit the correct answer, based on which week they submit it. If more than one person gets it right that week, we'll employ a tie-breaker rule.

Click here for contest rules and prizes. More than a third of the Week 1 entries are already incorrect, so please enter again. Just leave a comment below with your name and your picks, and you're in.  Deadline for this round: midnight on Wednesday April 13. Good luck!

BJhayPinoy's Review of ABDC6's Ep. 1: The Lil Wayne Challenge

Hey Guys! It's BJhayPinoy back with the hourly reviews (for the most part created in an hour or a little more). I create these reviews in about an hour so please excuse my typos, errors, and grammatical flaws.  Usually, I include a ranking of what I believed to be the best performances right down to the worst performances, but for the first two episodes I'll keep it as only a review + criticism.

Click here to read his full review of IaMmE,  Phunk Phenomenon, ReQuest, Eclectic Gentlemen, and Street Kingdom. Thanks BJhayPinoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Survey: What was your favorite performance on ABDC6's Lil Wayne Challenge?

Survey: What was your least favorite performance in ABDC6's Lil Wayne Challenge

Vote now and save your favorite crew from the Lil Wayne Challenge

The online voting is now open from now until 6:00am Eastern time. If you want to protect your favorite crew, act now! Click here to vote. Performance videos will probably be online after 11:00pm West Coast time, to aid in your choices. If you want to phone or text instead, the numbers are: Phone: 1-877-96-CREW + (number): OR Text: 22444 then (number):
*  IaMmE: 1
*  Phunk Phenomenon: 2
*  ReQuest: 3
*  Street Kingdom: 4

After you vote, join us back at the party room!  There's a lot to talk about.

The party room is now open! Come in!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 6's Premiere and Lil Wayne Challenge is now open! Join lots of other readers, fans (or not) as they vent on what they love and what they hate. IMPORTANT: If you want to write a long comment, write in in NotePad or Word and then paste it into the comments field. Otherwise, all your work may disappear if someone posts something new while you're in the middle of writing. 

After the show is over: The party has just started, so stick around for more action, reaction, and interaction. Will this be the best season EVER? Do you miss the Live Audition shows? Did the crews live up to their pre-show reputations? This is your party -- snark, humor, recriminations, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome!

ABDC6 Lil Wayne Play-by-Play is now open!

Del, TBone, Ninjaboi and Nancy will be co-hosts of this live play-by-play of America's Best Dance Crew Lil Wayne Challenge. Feel free to follow along (particularly if you cannot watch it until later). Please be aware that your comments might not be posted immediately (or at all) as we have to moderate them, watch the show, and type at the same time.If you want to leave longer comments and be sure they're used, go to the Party Room (the post above this one).

TiVO Alert: MTV's "The Seven" features ABDC preview with judges and crews

MTV's "The Seven" airs live at 5pm ET today with exclusive coverage of America's Best Dance Crew 6's premiere, including interviews with the judges and crews. Thanks for the tip, JabbaJake!

Backstage interview with Phunk Phenomenon before the ABDC6 premiere

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew, Architeks) interview Boston' sPhunk Phenomenon before they go onstage for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6's first episode. They introduce themselves and talk about what they bring that's different, whether the East Coast can win ABDC, how they're dealing with their nerves, and show their handsign. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA.  

Backstage interview with Eclectic Gentlemen before the ABDC6 premiere

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew, Architeks) interview Eclectic Gentlemen before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's first episode. They talk about the bow ties they always wear and how they're dealing with the tension. Thanks to Scott Yoshimoto and MOVeMEDIA Productions for working with us this season!

Backstage interview with Request before the ABDC6 premiere

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos interviewed ReQuest before they go onstage for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 premiere episode. They talk about the support back home in New Zealand, the pressure from their reputation after winning Hip Hop International, their red hair, and show their hand sign. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA productions. 

Join us tonight for Live Blogging, the Critics Corner/party room, and more!

Thank God it's Thursday! Watch America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 Premiere with us tonight! The Party Room/Critics Corner opens at 9:45 ET and stays open as long as you want, so that everyone can comment on anything remotely related to ABDC. What did you think of the first five crews? Do you like the 'superstar' format compared to the old 'audition style' format? How did D-trix do as a judge? 

At 10pm ET, I will be doing live play-by-play while watching the show along with Ninjaboi, Del and TBone, so feel free to tune in and make fun of me or get a sneak preview of the action (for those of you from the West Coast/Puerto Rico/New Zealand or other ABDC-deprived zones). Tomorrow morning, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances. Plus we hope to have recaps, some more backstage videos, and more. And, we'll have Round 2 of the Top 4 Challenge Contest then, so get in on the action. Join us!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MTV's ABDC6 website is half-up -- bios, photos, logos for tomorrow's crews now available

If you seek more information about America's Best Dance Crew Season 6, has now posted the information for the 5 (out of 10) crews that will compete on the April 7 show. Click here for the bios, photos, and crew logos. Thanks for the tip, Teldon!

Video: Street Kingdom interview at ABDC6 taping: Krumping and MUCH more!

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos interviewed Street Kingdom before they went on-stage for the America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 Premiere. The crew talked about how Tight Eyez pioneered krumping (and how he's undefeated for 12 seasons), how people have been supportive, how the members do popping and many other styles in addition to krumping, and show their handsign. Thanks, MOVeMEDIA productions!

Jungle Boogie on MTV's Silent Library tonight - April 6, 2011

TiVO Alert: Jungle Boogie (from America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) are among the stars on tonight's Silent Library, airing on MTV at 7pm ET/PT.  don't know what the crew will be doing on this Japanese-game-show-style competition, but it should be interesting.

Video: Backstage interview with IaMmE before ABDC6 Ep. 1 taping

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos talked to IaMmE before the taping of ABDC's first episode. Brian talks about how he taught Chachi when she was 9 years old, how they're dealing with the pressure of already having a fan base, how they feel, their international support, how Chachi feels being the youngest, how the members were chosen, and they show their fingerprint hand sign.  Thanks to MOVeMedia Productions, our partner for this season of ABDC!

Video: Molasses Gang Debut

There has been a lot of speculation that Molasses Gang was formed as a 'hate' group for one of the crews on ABDC6. Let us set the record straight now: that is NOT the case. Molasses Gang was formed as an inside joke amongst friends and has absolutely NO relevance towards this season of ABDC. The only crew MG shows ANY bias towards is 787 Crew because they da homies...and got pretty hurr. MG & 787 Crew!!!!! 2011 Till Infinitiiiii!!!!!!!!....swag.

Video: ABDC6 Episode 1 Group Performance

MTV (and some intrepid Youtubers) posted the group performance for ABDC6's Lil Wayne Challenge. So, here for the first time on the America's Best Dance Crew stage are IaMmE, Eclectic Gentlemen, ReQuest, Phunk Phenomenon, and Street Kingdom.Thanks Brett, Taff1013 and numerous commenters!

Video: Brian Puspos and Chris Trondsen's ABDC6 Ep. 1 'Preview show'

Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew, Architeks) joined Chris Trondsen in the backstage interviews for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6's first two tapings. We have interviews with all the crews who performed that day and some other surprises and will post them soon. But we're starting with Brian and Chris' Pre-show, where they talk about the crews that would perform on the show airing April 7 -- IaMmE, Eclectic Gentlemen, Phunk Phenomenon, ReQuest, and Street Kingdom -- and what they're looking forward to seeing. Our videography partner this season: Scott Yoshimoto's MOVeMedia Productions.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mos Wanted Crew - World of Dance Video, new Youtube Channel, and photo

Mos Wanted Crew just launched their MosWantedCrewTV Youtube Channel. They inaugurated it with their  2011 World of Dance Los Angeles performance (a routine created in just 4 days). And, I love this photo of the group!

Video: WOD Field reporter Isaac gets finger tutting advice from Quest's Hok

Isaac covered World of Dance Los Angeles for BloggingBestDanceCrew (read his report here). At the event, he met Hok (Quest, So You Think You Can Dance), showed Hok his tutting skills and got some technical tips. On poppiniSiK Youtube.

Non-spoiler reports from the taping for Thursday's show

Here's some brief non-spoilery news about the episode that will air on this Thursday, from TimeToFlytoThe Cheese, Crazed Beats, and YoYoYo. I promised MTV that I would hold off all reporting about the April 14 episode until after the April 7 one aired, so I'll post Yoo's report early next week. Thanks guys!
From TTFTTC and Crazed Beats: Five crews performed --Street Kingdom, Eclectic Gentlemen,.I.aM.mE, Phunk Phenomenon, and ReQuest...The five crews danced to Lil Wayne songs and they were all amazing!!! I think the judges had the hardest decision for this one. But somebody had to go. New stage, new judge, and new crews are gonna take this show to a whole new level. 

From YoYoYo (edited by Nancy): 
  • IaMmE was up first.....very clean and sharp...Their story is that Jaja is not from america and she left home to dance in America  
  • Phunk Phenomenon were like Rhythm City meets Phresh Select...very versatile crew. Their story is that the leaders' father passed away and it was his dream for his boys to be on the show.    
  • Request-  very clean, sharp, and hard....story is that Kaili has a birthmark on her face and she always felt self conscious
  • Eclectic Gentlemen- they had fireman....they were very clean and versatile with tricks and isos and popping
  • Street Kingdom-everyone SK knew was at the taping. They did free-style the whole time 

Monday, April 4, 2011

BABDC Collab the Third

Last Friday, I made a post about the third BABDC Collab that may or may not have been an April Fools Joke. It wasn't.
Ninjaboi Productions proudly presents the third Blogging America's Best Dance Crew Collaboration Video.

Just a couple production notes I wanted to share.
-This video was about 2 months in the making, from conception to completion (though I guess the choice of Yeah 3x as the song was chosen long before).
-I know the credits are really long (almost as long as the collab itself, but please watch it, even through my fail tutting).  If you wish to connect with these dancers, I have included their contact information. 
-If the credit dancing doesn't look like it matches the music, it's because I used excess footage from whatever was sent for Yeah 3x that were cut for time purposes.  
-The dedication to Japan is something personal for me (though I don't doubt that the other dancers feel the same), but this video was not conceptualized with that intent.  However, I strongly encourage that you continue to help relief efforts.
If you are interested in being in the next collab, it won't be for a while, but email me anyway (provided in the video). Just a note that BABDC members who are agreeable and consistent are more likely to be considered for the next collab.  

Finally, I'd like to say thank you (again) to
-Nancy, for being an awesome mod
-All the dancers for participating and putting up with my nagging
-Special thanks to our guest dancers
-Members of the BABDC community who did not dance but have been very supportive of the site as a whole. 
-Dance crews for inspiring us to dance
-viewers like you


Isaac's Field Report on 2011 World of Dance Los Angeles

Overall, this was, in my opinion the best World of Dance to date, considering I have been to 4 in the last 2 years, this being my fourth. A few crews that stood out to me are as follows:
--Hype Jrs. - Killed it the way their older brothers and sisters did. It honestly felt like if it was a little cleaner here and there they may have taken it from Emanon, but they used a great mix of grit, strength and signature island flavor. 
--Emanon - It seems every year I see this crew, they get better and better. One part that really stood out was the fact that they elaborated off the lightshow idea they did last year and turned it into a full fledged piece, which held some very cool concepts while still throwing in their signature swag. 
Here's the Hype Jr. video (no video posted for Emanon yet). Click here to read the rest of Isaac's report including his review of Hype, GRV, The Company, Quest Crew, and Mos Wanted Crew. And watch many of the performances here. Thanks Isaac!

Videos from World of Dance LA - Watch Quest Crew and the WOD winners Hype!, GRV, The Company

We'll post a field report about World of Dance later today, but there are many great performance videos from the event. Pacific Rim has the best early coverage, with videos of Urban Movement, third place winner The Company, 2nd place winner GRV, and Mos Wanted Crew (we'll post the World of Dance video of their performance later!). Here are two of our favorites from the night: 1st Place winners Hype, and Quest Crew (in exhibition).

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Let us know if you attend today's tapings -- but NO SPOILERS!

The first two episodes of America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 tape today, with the 10 crews introducing themselves and showing why they were chosen for the show. If you attend a taping, leave a comment and let us know what it was like -- the judges, the atmosphere, the crowd, the crews, the costumes, celebrities, you name it.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT -- NO SPOILERS. DO NOT SAY (OR EVEN IMPLY) THE FATE OF ANY OF THE CREWS, INCLUDING WHETHER THEY WERE SAFE, IN SUDDEN DEATH, OR ELIMINATED! OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED FROM COMMENTS.  If you want us to continue to provide full coverage of the show, we have to abide by MTV's rules. So, keep it spoiler-free!!

Trailer for Honey 2, featuring members of Quest, Beat Freaks, Fanny Pak, Strikers

"Honey 2" not only features some of the more memorable dancers from America's Best Dance Crew, including Quest Crew, Beat Freaks, Fanny Pak, Strikers All-stars, and Super Cr3w.  It uses ABDC (called Battle Zone for the movie) as a plot device, with Mario Lopez as host. Here's the trailer -- are you looking forward to this movie yet?

Video: Meet the members of IaMmE

ABDC6 competitors IaMmE created a video to introduce each of the crew members, give their group and contact information, their motivations for dancing, and talk about whether they'll still be dancing years from now.  This was posted on PacMan Youtube (the channel that was taken down by Youtube earlier, but has been fully restored with all the older IaMmE and other dance videos); the video also mentions that they are starting a PacinMotion Youtube Channel for new dance videos. Thanks for the link, Koopa and LMFAO!