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Nine teams have the opportunity to do what the Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, and We Are Heroes did - and be America's Best 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
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Airs 10p Thurs, MTV
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Nationals Round of 8: Music Video Challenge Challenge
February 25

Last time, Swagger Crew ran out of swag even before voting began, leaving eight to compete for your calls and text as they prep for another showdown. This week, it's all about the M in MTV, as they take on routines seen in your favorite music videos.


The eight crews have prepared routines, but the bottom two will have to face off against each other in battle. Two of the six crews that will return next week are... POREOTIX and JUNGLE BOOGIE!

Now for the challenge. Each crew has prepared a routine based on a video. Behind them, a special video screen will play the video that they are to dance to, and they better be good, because the judges are not the forgiving kind if they fail to match.

First up, the robots of Poreotix will take on Rhianna's "Umbrella".

What they say: JC thought that the wave before the dance was lightspeed, but the umbrella swing was off. Lil Mama said they made it fun, but it could've been better. Omarion wanted to see something different, hoping that they would bring it to life.

What we say: Keeping it simple this week with a GREEN for "MATCH" and a RED for "NO MATCH". For Poreotix... NO MATCH.

Next up, crankers Jungle Boogie will go even dirtier than Dirty South... Try Dirty South American with Shakira's "Give It Up to Me".

What they say: Lil Mama singles out Raqi for being the star of the group. They "appreciate art" as they do the stepping and cranking together. Omarion's surprised that Raqi stepped up her sexy game. JC thought it was okay, but the choreography needed to be tightened up.

What we say: It helps that they have champion steppers in their crew. MATCH.

Two more groups that avoided the axe this week... They are... STATIC NOYZE and SALTARE!

First up, Static Noyze will try to make some noise as they emulate "New in Town" by Little Boots. Shopping carts included. Better have your pads on.

What they say: Omarion liked the flip, but he wanted a little more creativity. JC thought that they worked the video the most so far. Mama said that they took the challenge to the next level.

What we say: This is a close one, but... MATCH.

Was jumproping in the cards for Saltare this week? Unless they had a jumprope scene in "Shake It" by Metro Station, not bloody likely, but it seems simplistic enough...

What they say: JC applauds them for pushing through the "car crash", but he liked the front handspring in the video. Omarion respects the timing. Mama saw them prevail.

What we say: Ended cleanly... didn't start that way. NO MATCH.

Two more crews will have nothing to worry about this week. Those two are... HEAVY IMPACT and... HYPE 5-0! First up, Heavy Impact with "What You Got" by Colby O'Donis. Can they pop their way to the top of the chart?

What they say: Omarion wanted to feel the pop, and saw CJ hit it. Mama says they stepped it up. JC thought that the mood was there, but he didn't love the popping section.

What we say: Big BOOOOOOOY! MATCH.

Next up, Hype 5-0 will try to rep the islands with the woman, the womyth, the wo-legend... Britney Spears. The song.. "3".

What they say: Mama says that Britney exudes sexy... and the girls exuded sexy. She also liked the mirror effect. JC loves the stage presence, but he thought that the dismounts were a little sloppy. Omarion disagrees with JC.

What we say: ... I'll give it to them if only for the girl-on-girl at the end. MATCH.

That means ROYAL FLUSH and BLUEPRINT CRU are now in the crosshairs. One will rock the house next week, the other is headed TO the house. First up into the battle dome is Royal Flush with Cascada's "Evacuate the Dance Floor". Can these non-breakers break? If they want to stick around they will.

Can BLUEPRINT CRU do any better with Omarion's "I Get It In"? He's on the panel. No pressure. The crew will rely on their b-boy Nick to lead them to the W.

What we say: Of the two in battle, BLUEPRINT was the most proficient.

What they say.... ROYAL FLUSH's banner must fall tonight.

That leaves seven to battle next week as the competition moves into the moves of Lady GaGa. Who'll have us going for the telephone, and whose poker face is about to break? One title... Now... SEVEN crews. The search for America's best dance crew continues.

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