Regionals: The East
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
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
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
Next up, Legendary Seven... a lot cleaner
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
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...
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