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January 28


Nine teams have the opportunity to do what the Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, and We Are Heroes did - and be America's Next Dance Crew

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Host Mario Lopez
Co-Host Layla Kayleigh
Judges JC Chasez
Lil' Mama
Creator Howard Schwartz
Karen Schwartz
EP Joel Gallen
Abe Hoch
Randy Jackson
Rob Lee
Howard Schwartz
Karen Schwartz
Harriet Sternberg
Josh Greenberg
Packager Tenth Planet Productions, Hip Hop International, Bayonne Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television for MTV Series Development
Origins Warner Bros. Studios; Los Angeles
Web abdc.mtv.com
Airs 10p Thurs, MTV
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Regionals: The East
February 4

Last time on ABDC, Mario & company visited the South to see what they could do. They landed Swagger Crew, Jungle Boogie, and Royal Flush to move on to Nationals. Now it's time to venture back east to see what flavor the seaboard can bring.


The East is the home of Big Ill, Biggie, and the original B-boys and breakers, but with zero ABDC titles, what will we see tonight?

Joining the panel tonight for regionals is Kevin from season 1 champs the Jabbawockeez.

First up, we go to Boston with LEGENDARY SEVEN, featuring two former members of Status Quo, the crew that came up just a bit short in season 1. Will the judges give them a second shot at the title? Kevin says that the dancing has improved. We'll see how well they've improved with a master mix featuring "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Li'l Wayne & Swizz Beatz.

What they say: Omarion says that all the elements are there. Lil Mama says that they come back and switch things up. The helicopter transition is very smooth. JC says that they don't waste any time. They have a lot of enthusiasm.

What we say: Lots of coherence to start, but then things get a little bit wonky. If they move on, they're going to have to get a lot cleaner with their moves.

Back on the road, we find DRAZTIK from Providence, RI. They've been dancing for seven years, but they've been overlooked until ABDC came around. Lil says that they're passionate. Will they keep up their energy when presented with a master mix of "Shattered Class" by Britney Spears.

What they say: Mama loves the way they work together. They pace themselves to the music. But she wants to see something a little more crazy. JC says that it was a tight clean routine, but it wasn't unique. Nothing memorable jumped out from that. Omarion wants the crew to use the stage more. There's no real energy.

What we say: Yes they're smooth and yes they're clean, but they don't do much. It's all a case of "Yeah, show me something I haven't seen before". I have a feeling that their dream of victory will remain just that.

Next up, Canada is hoping to field America's Best Dance Crew with BLUEPRINT CRU out of Montreal. Lil Mama says that she's got nothing to say. Which is a good thing, because you shut people up. They're emerging as the best of the East, but can they follow that up on the big stage with moves to a master mix of "Feel on It" by Bishop Lamont.

What they say: JC says that they made an impact. Their resident b-boy did mad combos, while the other moved with the music. Omarion says that the energy from the girls has to match with the energy from the guys. Mama said that they had dimension. She wants to see the group grow.

What we say: I'm speechless. Way to shut me up.

Next up, an eclectic group out of Cambridge, MA known as STATIC NOYZE. Some were classically trained in ballet and jazz. Some had cultural lessons. they come together to create something that they judges will hope that they've never seen before. They say that it's important to stay true to themselves and not mimic other crews. They'll try to do that to "Onto the Next One" by Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz.

What they say: Mama says that they're one of the most well-rounded crews in the show's history. She likes the transitions. They have the swag for both lyrical and hip-hop. Omarion says that they have different styles, but that could be a disadvantage. JC completely disagrees with Omarion, saying that it's a very cerebral performance.

What we say: Moving as a unit while bringing something new and interesting to the party. They have a lot of energy, but it's not coming from the usual places, and what makes them different makes them great.

Last crew up mixes hip-hop with jumproping. They're SALTARE from Raleigh. They want to bring jumproping to a national stage. Kevin thought they were entertaining, but can they do more dancing, or are they going to just have to learn the ropes? They'll jump to a master mix featuring "Imma Shine" by Youngbloodz.

What they say: Omarion says that timing is going to be an issue, but he loves the 540 into the ropes. JC thought they were flawless. It was a very stunt heavy routine. Mamacita had to take herself out of the element and just look at what they do.

What we say: They're definitely bringing it with choreography and stunts what not, but I'm worried that the shtick will grow old fast.

Now you've seen the crews. Now it's time to see who takes the hot routes to the Nationals and who'll go one more time in Sudden Death.

Moving to Nationals

As for Legendary Seven, Draztik, and Static Noyze, they must bust the battle routine in Sudden Death. This is the last shot at a post in the nationals. The song is... "Hip Hop is Dead" by Nas.

First... Draztik. A lot more active than before.

Next up, Legendary Seven... a lot cleaner than before.

Finally, Static Noyze. A little bit more of everything. This is going to be a tough battle to call.

Three crews have gone to the edge. One will come back. The other two... look out below. Locking up the final slot in the Eastern Bracket is... STATIC NOYZE! As for Draztik and Legendary Seven, time to hang up your shoes and say your goodbyes.

Next time, we're going west to see which three from the west will have the honor of defending the title banner from the South and the East, and which two will go down swinging. Stay tuned...

To see this episode in its entirety, go to abdc.mtv.com.