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Season 5
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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
Web abdc.mtv.com
Airs 10p Thurs, MTV
Available In High-Definition Where AvailableStreaming Online

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Nationals Round of 7: Lady GaGa Challenge
March 4

Last week, the Music Video Challenge had all the crews trying to emulate what they saw on TV, right down to the props. Royal Flush came up short, and their banner fell. Now seven are left to take on the Lady herself... Lady GaGa. Which crew will leave us with a "bad romance" tonight? Did we mention that there was a twist in this competition?


Before we get to the challenge, we have a twist. Due to technical issues stemming from last week's vote, the results are THROWN OUT. There will be no bottom two, and NO ONE will be eliminated. But that doesn't mean that all of the crews are getting a bye, as next week, there will be a DOUBLE ELIMINATION. Further, the judges will choose one crew who outperformed the rest. They will be granted immunity from next week's elimination.

First up, new moves AND fashion. That's Lady GaGa right there, but can STATIC NOYZE deliver with "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"? Or will they just be one out of the three?

What they say: Omarion thought it started slow, but they ended up very creative. JC thought it was a little different, but it looked interesting, and he liked the use of the table, especially Enrique's backflip. Lil Mama thought the transitions were smooth and on point.

What we say: They're known for telling a story, and they do with their rich moves, but they're not all in time as they should be.

Next up, four eggs. Who could they belong to? We'll find out as the next group, BLUEPRINT CRU, take the stage with "Bad Romance". They have to do something "out of the box". They're used to doing something precise.

What they say: JC calls it the best performance of season 5, calling it "daring". Mama saw vision brought to life. Omarion said it was a good job.

What we say: Quirky... crazy... sexy... Gaga would be proud.

On tap, JUNGLE BOOGIE gets uncaged with "Video Phone" featuring Beyonce. That is double the starpower and double the moves. A lot is on the line for the animals... They never worked chairs, so this is going to be a challenge.

What they say: Mama says that they're hardworking and that Raqi is versatile. There are risks that they take as a group, but they get sloppy. Omarion cites Cody and Twan's 540 kicks as pretty cool stuff. JC said the upside-down bit was sloppy, but the crew as a whole performed well.

What we say: What they lacked in the stunts, they made up for in the choreo. So good on them for that. Nice use of the chairs and of Raqi...

Down the middle we go with HEAVY IMPACT and "LoveGame". They want to do something out of the box that no one will expect. So they're bringing the subway to the stage. If you've ever seen the video, you know what I'm talking about.

What they say: JC thought it was surprisingly athletic, but the choreography was a little blah. Mama said they took it to another level, agreeing with JC on the athleticism. Omarion says they go from strength to strength, but guys on poles?

What we say: I keep seeing moves that people half their size can pull off with no problem, and they do it like it's no problem. And they move as a unit. That's a crew right there.

Drawing #5 on the dance card tonight is HYPE 5-0. They get Gaga's most gigantic charttopper... "Pokerface". They want to use their hands, but at the same time bring high energy. They were in the bottom TWICE. They won't see the bottom tonight, but they have to deliver for the next vote.

What they say: Omarion says that the choreo could stand to be a little bit better. There were some moments where they could've been a little more energetic. JC apologizes for last week... then goes into the avant-garde opening.  Mama wants to see the crew go to the next level as they use moves they have used two, three weeks running.

What we say: They're on point with the hand movements to start, but then it gets out of synch. They get it back, but is it enough for them to avoid the bottom again?

Next to last is the team of droids known as POREOTIX. Gaga's been known to rock the robot. And she does so in the "Paparazzi" video. A lot. This could be a standout performance. With crutches.

What they say: JC said they went straight to their strengths, but the choreo was a little boring. Omarion says they were confidence. Mama says that they have interesting transitions. Don't lose the fun. They don't take criticism lightly, and it showed.

What we say: They basically stuck to what they know best and incorporated some elements of the song, but they didn't really pull anything from the video.

Finally, we round out the show with SALTARE, who needed a second chance more than anyone, as their routine last week was riddled with mistakes. Can they make up some ground with "Just Dance"? They decide to lose the ropes to start. That's unexpected, but is it voteworthy?

What they say: Mama saw a lot of seriousness. JC is seeing the group grow, liking the backflip into the ropes and the slide-through. Omarion says that they're stepping up to the plate.

What we say: Way to bring it back. Now that you're back in the hunt, it's time to loosen it up a bit, maybe switch it up a bit.

As we said... no one will be eliminated tonight. Next week, it's a different story, as they take on yet another challenge. But first, time to put one group's mind to rest as the judges decide who will be immune from the vote.

That crew is... BLUEPRINT! They will be invincible next week. BUT the fate of the other six will be decided in battle with TWO crews being left in the dust. One title... STILL seven crews. The search for America's best dance crew continues.

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