Round of 9: Chart Topper Challenge
For the last three weeks, we've been on a mission
to see the best and the brightest dance crews throw down for the East Coast, the
West Coast, and the Dirty South. Now it's time for them to come together as the
search for America's Best Dance Crew begins in earnest.
The battle stage is set, America. These
nine crews are in the running to be America's Best Dance Crew...
BLUEPRINT CRU - Montreal
HEAVY IMPACT - North Hollywood, CA
HYPE 5-0 - Honolulu, HI
JUNGLE BOOGIE - Stone Mountain, GA
POREOTIX - Westminster, CA
ROYAL FLUSH - Atlanta
SALTARE - Raleigh
STATIC NOYZE - Cambridge, MA
SWAGGER CREW - Atlanta
As a reminder, the West has fielded all
four champions of "America's Best Dance Crew". The other six crews have
a lot to live up to. And starting tonight, their fate is on you,
America. At stake, $100,000 and the title of America's Best Dance Crew.
After a moment to get hype with EP Randy Jackson,
we get the presentation of... the BANNERS! By the time we reach the finish,
eight will fall.
This week, it's the Chart Topper Challenge, where
the crews will take a current chart topper and turn it into a hip-hop routine
that will showcase their strengths. We'll perform in threes according to
bracket. The top two teams will advance, but the bottom will head to Sudden
Death Battle. Lose there... and your banner will fall TONIGHT.
First up, HYPE 5-0 from Honolulu. They're trying
to put Hawaii on the Hip-hop map. They decide to get tattoos of themselves on
each other. That's how much they believe, but belief can only get so far. Let's
see how they open the show with "Imma Be" by the Peas.
What they say: Lil Mama said that the energy went
down, but they're still clean as a group. She liked the wind-up and the jump in
the slow-mo. Omarion agrees, saying that intensity needs to come every night.
They can definitely do better. JC's in agreement with the others. The moves were
cool, but they resembled each other.
What we say: Nice of them to incorporate a small
hula, if only to put them apart from the competition. They also have no problem
moving in sync. This is a crew to watch.
Next up, HEAVY IMPACT from LA showed us that size
definitely doesn't matter, but can they bring the flow? They get "Say Aah" by
Trey Songz with Fabolous.
What they say: Omarion loved the groove on the
floor and Isaac's backflip. JC loves that this group is "giving the fingers for
all the haters". He didn't like the first half, but he loved the second. Mama
doesn't think that the crew is gimmicky. Now they have to take it to the next
What we say: It starts out kinda clunky, but it
gets cleaner as they move on. Then it gets into the story of the song. And the
piece de resistance was the big boy backflip in the end. They're definitely
light on their feet.
Final group from the West are the shady robotics
of Westminster, CA's POREOTIX. They have charisma and entertainment value for
days, but will it be game over for the gamers after the master mix of "Day'n'Nite"
by Kid Cudi.
What they say: JC likes that they're telling the
story of the song creatively, but it's the isolations that will make or break
them. And it's more or less the whole routine. Mama says that their intensity is
amazing. They just need to grow. Omarion says that they have clean isos, but
they need more choreography. He's going to make them work.
What we say: Technically the most proficient
group out there. But will it be enough to make it to the next round?
The answer to that question comes... right now.
Because it's time to see who'll represent the West in Sudden Death tonight.
Returning next week... POREOTIX and HEAVY IMPACT. Hype 5-0 will dance for their
life in Sudden Death. But that's later...
Next up, it's the ATL's SWAGGER CREW. They're
confident, they're smiling, but at the same time, they're glad to be where they
are considering the past year was filled with hardship. Will we have more with
"Hard" by Rihanna?
What they say: Mama is worried that they're going
so hard that they lose the swag and the transition. The performance threw them
off. Omarion calls them mediocre. JC respects their art and their fight,
singling out both Liz and Jason. Though the whole routine was "one-dimensional".
What we say: It's clear that Liz is the "star" of
this routine, but the rest of the group is more than able to keep up. But yeah,
they needed to step up their game and clean it up a little.
Keeping it dirty with Stone Mountain's
JUNGLE BOOGIE. They're bringing out their inner animal, each one. Raqi
is the mother hen, so to speak, but will her tiger instinct make the
crowd go ape after cranking to "How Low" by Luda? .... Zebra.
What they say: JC says that the
competition is on. It had energy and enthusiasm. Mama agrees, saying it
was powerful and that Raqi has the eye of the tiger. They know how to
pace it between swagger and smoothness. Omarion commends the group in
following their leader.
What we say: Again, smart move putting
the lady in front, making her take charge and set the tone of the piece.
The whole routine just fell into the pocket and into synch. That's a
Should we even bother with the second
A-Town group? Ehh, why not. Here's ROYAL FLUSH, who give a little bit of
everything. They're looking to be a street crew that can bring choreo.
Can they stack the deck with "Down" by Jay Sean featuring Li'l Wayne?
What they say: Omarion says that the
cards were used creatively, the move of their arsenal being the flying
squirrel. JC says that they're threading everything in their arsenal
together. Mama says that they're most improved.
What we say: Very tight. VERY tight. I
can see that they have been practicing.
Now let's see who gets the deal for the
next round and who's dealt into a game of Sudden Death. Carrying the
dreams of the South into the next round are... JUNGLE BOOGIE and ROYAL
FLUSH. Swagger Crew has to keep their swag on for elimination battle.
Finally, we head to the East and the #1
seed there, Raleigh jumpers SALTARE. All six of them are on the US
national jump rope team. They're here to spread their sport with killer
dance move. They're not here as a gimmick, but can they work it out with
"Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull?
What they say: JC was awestruck. Omarion
was surprised with the isolation. Mama says that they stay true to
themselves and respect what they do.
What we say: They've definitely proven
that they're not a one-trick pony with their mix of jumping skills and
hype dance move interludes. They could be a dark horse.
Next up, STATIC NOYZE from Cambridge, MA
saved themselves in Sudden Death last time. They're going to tell the
story of a murder mystery in the way that only they can... which is
really artsy. But something happened last night, as Enrique collapsed
with a back injury. Can he power through it and help his crew out with "Whatcha
Say" by Jason Derulo?
What they say: Omarion say that they are
the most diverse group in the competition. Mama says that they are
impressive, especially with Enrique's injury. She likes the
"Freeze-and-tell". JC was worried that they may have had to rework their
entire routine, but they did the right thing. They're very experimental.
What we say: Definitely unique, but at
the same time, kinda safe.
Final group of the night comes from the
Great White North. They're Montreal's BLUEPRINT CRU. Their plan:
freestyle hip-hop. They're not banking on the fact that they are the
first foreign crew on ABDC history. They're letting their moves speak
for themselves. Their song, "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings.
What they say: Mama says that they're
strong dancers, saying that she saw multiple styles eloquently flowing
together. She thought Nathalie's drop was a little sloppy, though. JC
says that Thien-Linh played a pivotal role in their success. Omarion
says that the guys, particularly Lance and Will, put it down for the
What we say: TL's iso was the standout
performance of the night in terms of impact to simplicity. Blueprint
shows that they can handle the rest of the field.
But can they? Time to set up battle. Two
crews don't have to worry about a thing. Those two are... BLUEPRINT and
SALTARE. Static Noyze could be silenced as we enter...
The crews facing off tonight: Hype 5-0,
Swagger Crew, and Static Noyze. Each one will have 30 seconds to do
their thing. Two of them will return next week. The song to do it... the
#1 song in the country... Ke$ha's "Tik Tok".
First, Hype 5-0. ... Creative. Next,
Swagger Crew's... a little bit desperate. Static Noyze... they're story
Now the judges have to extend the life of
two crews. For the other, time will run out and their banner will fall
TONIGHT. Surviving the Chart Topper Challenge and going through to the
next round ... is... STATIC NOYZE! And the second.... HYPE 5-0!
Swagger Crew has run out of swagger, and
as they exit the stage, their banner must now fall.
Next week, the remaining eight crews will
put the M back in MTV as they take on music videos. Who'll make like
"Remote Control" and go off the air? One title... Eight crews. The
search for America's best dance crew continues.
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