America's Best Dance Crew: Kaba Modern's Mike Song Talks About the Competition
Randy Jackson hit the jackpot with America's Best Dance Crew, which garnered sky-rocketing ratings during its run on MTV. There's no question about it—the show was worth watching with the dance crews battling it out on the dance floor like there was no tomorrow. Indeed, the reality dance competition was able to whip up excellent dancers who knew how to rock the stage, giving us a fresh new perspective on group choreographed dancing.

It was a hard choice, but America had to decide. Eventually, audiences voted for Jabbawockeez and Status Quo to be the final two, leaving Kaba Modern in third place. Mike Song of Kaba Modern recently shared his thoughts about what went down in the competition and revealed that the fun and dancing was coupled with a lot of hard work.

"We cooped up [in Culver City] and only left the hotel to eat or dance. It got kind of crazy," Song recalled. "We woke up around 8 a.m. every day to be driven to the studio where we practiced and filmed all day until 7 p.m. We’d get back to the hotel, take about a one-hour nap, and then go back to practicing until around 3 a.m."

Song added that it was much of the editing that did not show the real deal when it came to creating the choreography and rehearsing it within the limited time frame.

"We were performing on barely any sleep," he said. "That’s the kind of stuff I wish they would show on MTV."

All the hard work did pay off as their talent was showcased on national television, and they became recognized all over the United States. In fact, the judges of America's Best Dance Crew had nothing but praises for the group.

"I love their attention to detail," judge JC Chasez commented. "To move like that takes a lot of discipline and I just love their personalities on the dance floor, they're so enthusiastic."

"I think Kaba Modern is one of the most talented crews on this show," choreographer and judge Shane Sparks added. "They're a very controlled and disciplined group."

In fact, Kaba Modern seemed like Jabbawockeez biggest competitors, up until week seven. However, the audiences' votes were not enough to save them, and thus they landed in the third place among twelve teams.

"I definitely wish we could have made it to the finals with JabbaWockeeZ," Song recalled. "But as a group we’re okay with the results. We’re just glad we made it as far as we did."

Coming away from the competition, Song admits that he is indeed a different person, as the competition was a life-changing experience for him and the rest of the crews.

"It was a great learning experience and I definitely grew as a person. It was such a surreal experience," he said. "It gave me a lot of time to contemplate on my own and really develop a new outlook on how I want to live my life. Although it was stressful to be dancing 24/7, I realized there is nothing else I would rather be stressing over.”

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-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Orange County Register, New University
(Photo courtesy of MTV)