Thus far the eliminations on America’s Best Dance Crew have been well-rounded: one crew from the East, Midwest and South divisions have been sent home. Will that equity continue, sending one of the West Coast crews home?
This week on America’s Best Dance Crew it’s all about speed. The songs are sped up and crews must show off their lightning fast moves. The hard part is they must do a transition from slow to fast.
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The boys with the sentimental story are the first safe team. Shane Sparks is a bit down on their sloppiness, while the other judges are more forgiving.
The b-boys are dressed like those silver guys who stand outside, motionless. They’re statues, and one of the crew members is a graffiti artist who gets chased by them. Their routine is unbelievable in that I don’t think they’re human with the speed and originality they bring. JC Chasez once again points out the emphasis on storytelling and the lack of dancing. Shane wasn’t blown away for the first time by Super Cr3w because they’ve stepped up their own game so much over the course of the show.
The speed-up challenge is especially difficult for deaf Joey. The fast part isn’t too impressive, but it involves the men tossing the women around like rag dolls. JC compliments the slow part and Shane loves the fact that they fused ballet and hip hop. Lil’ Mama respects that they go hard and don’t look for sympathy or excuses just because of Joey’s hearing impairment.
They’re bringing back the “EXPLOSION!” which I love. They lie down and turn that into the speed up for the quick moves, but I don’t really get it or enjoy it. Shane agrees with me, thinking both the transition and the fast part were weak.
They’re dressed for prom. Like, a totally ’80s prom! I love this crew more than any other. It starts like a sweet prom, but the bad girl spikes the punch and transitions everyone into super fast dancing freaks. This is a routine you either love or hate, depending on your fondness of all things ’80s. Please, God, let them do something inspired by Saved by the Bell in the near future, preferably using Zach Morris’ giant phone. Shane calls them his favorite crew right now because they’re the only ones who can get away with doing something so crazy.
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Dressed like nerds, they all dance for the affections of a mannequin. Sadly, it doesn’t come to life like Kim Catrall. They transition with the scorpion and it’s…meh.
They act like they’re rock stars rocking out. The transition features a pretty cool over-under jump/slide, but the choreography afterwards in the sped up part seems a bit off to me.
Lil’ Mama wasn’t that impressed by Phresh Select and pretty much writes their obituary on this show. JC liked when Supreme Soul got “acrobatical.” Shane says this was Supreme Soul’s best night ever while Phresh Select wasn’t that good for him.
The judges’ comments make this final decision a little anti-climactic. Naturally, Phresh Select is sent home. It’s not really their fault since they’re a newly formed crew, especially since the talent level of the other six crews is extremely high.
Next week on America’s Best Dance Crew: It’s Janet Jackson night. There better be some star-covered boobies.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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