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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
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Nationals Round of 4: Magic Challenge

Last time on the dance floor, four of the top five crews found love in this club, while Saltare was left to take a flying leap home, leaving those aforementioned four to take on the task of ... magic. But can they pull a few tricks out of their hats in order to avoid elimination?


First up, we need to make a host appear.... And here's Mario now!

First... results. Blueprint Cru and Hype 5-0. One is safe this week. The other is in the bottom two. Dancing first tonight... HYPE 5-0! They'll be back next week, but Blueprint is going to prepare for battle.

Now here's what happens tonight. A master of illusion, Franz Ferrare, will teach the crews an illusion that must be incorporated into a dance routine that boggles the mind. Today, Hype 5-0 will have to make something come to life. They couldn't do it themselves, so they get Franz's help. "Morning After Dark" by Timbaland is the song... the trick... making sticks dance.

What they say: Lil Mama thought it was good, seeing a different side and element to the group. Omarion thinks that they did well with the challenge, but the choreography never changes. JC liked the smooth criminal moves with the poles, but there wasn't a lot of choreography. They have to see a dance or else they're missing out.

What we say: It took a lot of energy to pull together an individual routine and a group number, but Omarion is right. It's time to see something new.

Back to Poreotix and Jungle Boogie. One will face off against Blueprint. That one... will not be... POREOTIX!

The electric crew is ready to shock the crowd... with MIND BULLETS! That's telekinesis to you and me. Can they get their heads in the game to "Right Hand High" by Kid Sister?

What they say: JC thought that they were gentle with the prop. It wasn't their best choreography, but it wasn't bad. It's time to kill it for the finals. Mama goes into the slo-mo, saying it was "sexy" and "entertaining". Omarion said that it wasn't too hard, but they came with energy.

What we say: Another solid pop and lock routine... and the piece de resistance at the end... Bowling!


As a reminder, the bottom two are Blueprint Cru and Jungle Boogie. They will perform one after another. The judges will pick one to move on. The other... is going to go up in smoke. Both of these crews are battle tested, but only one will survive tonight.

Blueprint is first. Last week, they were in the bottom. This week... One is going sky high as the crew tries to levitate somebody... and Nathalie has been elected. They float on to "Funhouse" by Pink, in hopes that they don't fall out of the pack.

What they say: Omarion liked the storytelling aspect. JC thought it started slow, and took too long to develop. But to their defense, he doesn't know why the crew is in the bottom this week. Excellent execution. Mama thought the performance was taken to the next level.

What we say: Way to step it up. They had a clean routine, and the illusion was very believable as they worked around it.

Next up is Jungle Boogie. They'll have to do what we call "phasing". That is passing your body through a solid surface. They have a secret ingredient... the Hart twins, Anthony and Antwan. Can they pass through to the next round? Here they are with a solid surface and a solid track, "Da Da Da" by Lil' Wayne.

What they say: Omarion thought that the opening was slow, but after the trick, the dancers came alive. JC liked the solid performance of the illusion. JC really doesn't know what the voters were thinking. Mamacita says that they brought the highest energy to the routine.

What we say: Good use of the giant poker chip. They've been together all through the second half of the performance.

A lot of work in the bottom two, but for one of them, it'll all be for naught. One of these crews has run out of second chances. Taking the walk to the next episode is...


BLUEPRINT CRU! The only place Jungle Boogie is walking to is back to the garage, and as they do... their banner must fall.

Next week, it's semifinal time as the crews give it all they can in a PAIR of routines. Which two crews will lock down spots in the finals, and which one is walking it out? Only your votes will determine the ultimate victor. One title... Now THREE crews. The search for America's best dance crew continues.

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