Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Chance to 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. Note: there's no penalty for entering each week. If you get it right early, that's the vote that counts! 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. Quite a few entries were proven wrong this week, and other people may be having second thoughts after having seen the crews perform a second time.    Just leave a comment below with your name and your picks, and you're in.  Deadline for this round: midnight on Monday April 25. Good luck! This round is now closed.

Recaps galore!

Byeynyn's and Zekeish's reviews of ABDC6's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Here are two hilarious, insightful, and extremely different reviews of America's Best Dance Crew's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. Thanks Zekeish and Byeynyn!

 -- From Zekeish: Hey there BABDC, this is Zekeish coming at cha for my third review for the Black Eyed Peas Challenge, reviewing for you in a hospital after an appendectomy (yeah my appendix was like “yo, get me up out of here”).This episode we get to see the Week 1 safe crews and the Week 2 safe crews perform back to back, which is nice, because you can see who the top crews really are. We get to see who shines when the task is handed to them, and we also get to see who fails miserably. Shout hooray for excitement and do a little dance cause its reviewin time. Click here to read his full review. 
-- From Byeynyn: Last week, the pole dancers and their innocent poles were sent home. Eight crews were left, representing six different regions. Could this finally be the season where the champions represent a location that isn’t within driving distance to Hollywood? We’ll find out. For this week, all eight crews will be dancing to songs by the Black Eyed Peas, with an additional twist thrown in. Even though the gaps between the good BEP songs and the horrible BEP songs are wider than the Grand Canyon, I generally find their songs easy enough to dance to, so these professionals should be able to handle whatever, Fergie, Taboo, and can throw at them. Click here to read the full review.

Exclusive interview with Phunk Phenomenon: "Do It Afraid"

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen talked to Phunk Phenomenon before the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. They talk about how it feels to be underdogs and show what they can do, their repping the US at Hip Hop International, how they can do more than just choreo, repping Boston along with the Celtics, why "do it afraid" is their motto, and how they'll adapt for ABDC. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Third Round of ABDC6 Elimination Challenge contest is now open!

The Elimination Challenge: Which crews will be in the bottom 2 each week and which one will be eliminated? Enter each week; the person with the highest cumulative score for Season 6 wins an ABDC crew shirt of their choice and size (up to $35 value). 

To enter: Each week, we'll publish a new post for this contest. When the weekly post is up, leave a comment with the names of the bottom 2, specifying which one is eliminated. For example, in Season 3, a winning entry for Week 7 would have read: "BOTTOM 2 WEEK 7 - Quest, Fly Khicks. Eliminated: Fly Khicks." From now on, you will be awarded 1 point for each crew you name in the bottom 2 that week, and an extra point for identifying the eliminated crew, for a total of 3 possible points per week.  This week's deadline: midnight on Monday April 25, 2011. THIS ROUND IS NOW CLOSED.
**IMPORTANT**: Create a user name you will use every week for the entire contest, and make it memorable (not just a common first name or word). I can't track email addresses, and if it's difficult for me to track votes, they won't be counted.
Credit: Drawing by Peter Gibson (aka Roadsworth). Photo by: bo2krocketman on flickr

Instant Noodles interview: Jet Li calls them "The Taller, Breaking Version of Poreotics"

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Instant Noodles before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. Jet Li talks about how he's worked with IN for years and compares them to Poreotics. The crew members also talk about how they dealt with the negative criticisms from the judges their first week, what they will do to make the judges say "Oh My!", Mike's return to IN after his injury, and how they describe their style. And, they give a detailed instruction on executing their handsign. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production.

Dance's Review of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge competitors

Hey everyone, this week all of the crews had to tackle the Black Eyed Peas Challenge. This episode had many great moments in it, but I felt like all of the crews were lacking something special in their performances. However, Phunk Phenomenon gave it their all and were the surprise highlight of the night.

Click here to read the details from Dance's review. Thanks, Dance!

Clips from all the ABDC Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Here are the clips from ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge, for your review and further critique.
- First up: FootworKINGz

Click here to see the clips from ReQuest, 787 Crew, IaMmE, Street Kingdom, ICONic Boyz, Instant Noodles, and Phunk Phenomenon.

Send some love to FootworKINGz

FootworKINGz brought a Chicago style and flair to America's Best Dance Crew and introduced us to a unique way of dancing. I loved the fast moves the first time I saw the group on America's Got Talent and loved the energy they brought to all their routines. I was looking forward to seeing them take on the different superstars and am really sorry they were sent home so soon.  Let's all hope they continue to bring their moves to World of Dance, Hip Hop International, and other live dance events!

This post is only for kind words about FootworKINGz. If you've got complaints about them or other aspects of ABDC, please take it to the Critics Corner. Any negative comments on this post (about FootworKINGz or any other crew) will be deleted.

Survey: What was your favorite performance in ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge?

Survey: What was your least favorite performance for ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vote now and save your favorite crew from the Black Eyed Peas 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):
*  +1  ICONic Boyz
*  +2  Phunk Phenomenon
*  +3  IaMmE
*  +4  Street Kingdom
*  +5  787 Crew
*  +6  Instant Noodles
*  +7  ReQuest

After you vote, join us back at the party room!  I gotta feeling that the REST of tonight's gonna be a good good night.

The Party Room/Critics Corner is now open -- join in!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 6's Episode 3 Black Eyed Peas Challenge is now open! Join lots of other readers, fans (or not) as they vent on the best and worst parts of the challenge, America's Best Dance Crew, and other things. 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 and join your friends (old, new, and not-yet) to vent, wish, and amuse. Are the ABDC voters delusional? How's the Season of the Superstars going for you? Are the crews living up to their pre-show reputations? Which ABDC6 crew members (or hosts!) should hook up? This is your party -- snark, humor, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome!

Join us now for live play-by-play of the Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Del, Ninjaboi, and Nancy will be co-hosts of this live play-by-play of America's Best Dance Crew Black Eyed Peas 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).

Weekend dance events: World of Dance Dallas, E.P.I.C. Motion Showcase

Two dance events for your consideration on April 23:
  • World of Dance comes to Dallas with Mos Wanted Crew, Jungle Boogie, D-trix and over a dozen crews in competition and exhibition
  • E.P.I.C. Motion successfully raised money for their expanded showcase that will be held at Peridance Studio in New York City

Exclusive video: Jet Li on his current favorite ABDC6 crews and on returning to the 'School of ABDC'

Chris Trondsen and Jet Li (Poreotics) talk backstage before the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. He talks about whether he prefers the name Justin or Jet Li, his nostalgia at returning to the School of ABDC, his opinions about each of the crews, Poreotics' tour and where he'd still like to perform, and his love for the fans. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA

Exclusive video: ReQuest interview backstage before Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed ReQuest before the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. They talk about  how ReQuest beat out Poreotics at Hip Hop International, polyswag vs. Pokemon, how the crew felt being in the bottom two in the first week, the closeness of all the ABDC crews, and how ReQuest modifies their choreography for the TV camera (compared to their live shows). Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for all the camera and production work!

Exclusive video: IaMmE interview backstage before Black Eyed Peas Challenge

 Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed IaMmE before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. They talk about their reaction to JC's criticism on the first show, how they've modified in response, handling the pressure of an established fan base, whether they will trademark the Brainbang, how to get a date with Chachi, and how Chachi is the 'hot girl' on ABDC this season. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production. 

Join us tonight for play-by-play, party room/critics corner, surveys & more

Thank God it's Thursday! Watch America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 Black Eyed Peas Challenge 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. Did America screw it up yet again? Do you crave the costumes? What's with Lil Mama, anyway?  Which superstar would you most like to actually SHOW UP at the tapings?

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 new rounds of the Elimination Challenge and Top 4 contests, so get in it to win it. Join us!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yoo's Nonspoiler report/preview from the ABDC6 Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Yoo reports (with no spoilers) on this week's ABDC taping of the Black Eyed Peas Challenge, with a somewhat different perspective than the earlier report from Crazed Beats. Click here to read the full preview. Thanks again Yoo!

Video: Poreotics at Russia's 2011 Hip Hop International competition

Poreotics were guests at the 2011 Russian Hip Hop International competition, which determines which Russian crew will compete in Las Vegas this summer. Thanks for the tip, Roberteus!

Survey results for ABDC's Ke$ha Challenge favorite and least favorite performances

Over 1100 votes were cast in our polls for most popular and least popular crews during the ABDC Season 6 Ke$ha Challenge. Results:
  • Out of 1629 votes, 787 Crew was the winner for most favorite performance with 35% of the vote, followed by FootworKINGz (26%) and ICONic Boyz (18%). Only 6% thought that the group performance was the highlight of the episode.  Click here to see the full survey results.
  • Out of 1137 votes, Jag6ed was voted the least favorite performance (53%), followed by Instant Noodles (20%) and ICONic Boyz (13%).   Click here to see the survey

Crazed Beat's Nonspoiler report/preview from the ABDC6 Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Crazed Beats was in the audience for the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. Click here to read his  preview/report (with no spoilers!) on the dancing, music, costumes, and celebrities in the audience. Thanks Crazed Beats!

Playlist for ABDC6's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Week 3 of America's Best Dance Crew Season of the Superstars features music from the Black Eyed Peas. Here's the playlist. Thanks, Crazed Beats and others!
  • 787 Crew - Boom Boom Pow
  • FootworKINGz - I Gotta Feeling
  • IaMmE - Meet me Halfway
  • Iconic Boyz - Just Can't Get Enough
  • Instant Noodles - My Humps
  • Phunk Phenomenon - Don't Stop the Party
  • ReQuest - The Time (Dirty Bit)
  • Street Kingdom - Imma Be

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tell us if you attend tonight's taping!

America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 (aka the Superstar Season) Episode 3 will be taped tonight, with the 8 crews dancing to hits from the Black Eyed Peas. If you attend the taping, leave a comment and let us know what it was like -- the judges, the songs, the crowd, the crews, the costumes, celebrities, you name it.

Videos: Brian Puspos talks about Mos Wanted Crew, how it felt to be backstage at ABDC again, & a secret

Brian Puspos worked with Chris Trondsen conducting our backstage interviews for the taping of ABDC's Lil Wayne and Ke$ha episodes. We turned the camera on him as well, so he could talk about Mos Wanted Crew and their debut at World of Dance, how they feel about not getting chosen for ABDC Season 6, what it's like to be back on the ABDC set, who they're excited to see for the season, his Twitter and plans, and one thing that nobody know about Brian (hint: it has to do with tomatoes). Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for all the camera and production work. FYI -- Jet Li (Poreotics) joins Chris for this week's interviews.

Mailbox: Dancing robots, more on Blueprint Crew idancing in Michael Jackson The Experience game

  • A dance crew made up of five robots entertained the crowd at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in April 2011. Click here to watch the coverage from KETK.
  • As reported earlier, the new Michael Jackson The Experience videogame for Kinect was completely choreographed by Blueprint Crew's Steve Bolton. Among the numbers in which Blueprint Crew members perform: Billie Jean,Thriller,Smooth Criminal,Beat it,Black or White, Don't stop til you get enough. Here's another promo for the game:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Coming April 19: Super Cr3w 11th anniversary party featuring All-star exhibition battles

On April 19, Super Cr3w is hosting an 11th anniversary event in Las Vegas. The main events: exhibition battles featuring RedBull BC One champions -- Ronnie (Full Force/Super Cr3w),Hong 10 (Drifters/7 Commandoz),Roxrite (Renegades/Squadron),Taisuke (All Area Crew/MZK) -- as well as Vegas All-stars -- Rock (Full Force/Super Cr3w),Ben (KHZ/Super Cr3w), ATN (Battle Born), and the winner of Times Up Battle. JabbaWockeeZ (ABDC1 champions and stars of MUS.I.C) are special guests. Visit for the details.

Video: Brian Puspos and Chris Trondsen's ABDC Ep.1 and 2 wrapup

Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew) and Chris Trondsen talk backstage at ABDC about their impressions of the taping of the first two episodes. Brian talks about how it feels to be back, the quality of the dancers this season, why the eliminated crews can expect post-ABDC, and his upcoming plans. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for filming and tech.

Poreotics dance in Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song" video

ABDC5 Champions Poreotics are the featured dancers (the men behind the monkey masks) in Bruno Mars' latest music video "Lazy Song". Thanks to Jay for the tip!

ABDC still winning in the ratings!

ABDC's Ke$ha Challenge dominated the rankings on April 14, 2011. It ranked #1 in its time period across all of television (cable AND network) among persons 12-34, and was the #1 original cable series of the night for that demographic.  The telecast averaged a 2.0 rating and delivered 2.4 million total viewers.  In addition, it posted the second highest rating in ABDC history among female teens.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ninjaboi's Review of the Ke$ha Challenge

Oh hey, it’s Ninjaboi.  No long fancy introduction, except to say that you’re free to have your opinions about the crews just the same as I’m free to mine.  If you’re going to comment, be prepared to back it up because I will debate about it 8P. 

Also, just some credentials: I’m a college student who dances on the side.  I’m a bboy, popper, aspiring locker/houser as well.  I also do traditional Filipino dance and dabble in new style.  I’ve been doing these reviews for 2 seasons, this being the third, and posted a lot last season, enough so that Nancy doesn’t hate me enough that I somehow became a mod? Anyway, I like using math to quantify things, so here’s my numerical review.

Click here to read the review. And, I love most of my readers!

Exclusive video: D-trix talks about his judging decisions on the Ke$ha Challenge

Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew) and Chris Trondsen interviewed D-trix after the taping of ABDC's Ke$ha Challenge. They talk about his judging of Instant Noodles and Jag6ed during the show. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA productions. 

Video: RNG Tribute to JabbaWockeeZ

RNG (a crew that auditioned and made it to callbacks for ABDC6) created a JabbaWockeeZ tribute on RNGDancers Youtube. Thanks for the link, Koopa!

Video: Instant Noodles after Ke$ha Challege -- how D-trix's critique will change their routines

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos interviewed Instant Noodles backstage after the taping of the Ke$ha challenge. The crew talks about how it felt to get negative feedback from D-trix, how they'll change in response, talk about their toe-toe-tower, give some shoutouts, the pressure of being in the bottom 2, dealing with member injuries, and their group's long history working together. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camerawork and video production

Mailbox: New ABDC choreographers, 787 Crew, Instant Noodles

  • Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante of Creating Opportunities are taking the place of Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo as choreographers for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6. Congratulations!
  • Latina profiles 787 Crew, including how crew members came back after the GOP elimination in ABDC Season 3: "We’ve been practicing for a year and half, from 8pm-1am every day...“It’s like something religious. We see each other more than we see our own families.” 
  • The Other Asian profiles Instant Noodles including team inside jokes, guilty pleasures, worst injuries, bonding experiences, and favorite brand of Instant Noodles. Thanks for the link, Teldon!