Season 2 of America’s Best Dance Crew may be over, but today Mario Lopez and the rest of the gang returned for one last show. Five crews from the first two seasons competed to win your votes to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards September 7. In addition, the two winning crews came back one last time to perform together and give us all a preview of the excitement coming on the America’s Best Dance Crew live tour.
The show started off with a thrilling performance by JabbaWockeeZ and Super Cr3w as they danced to a remix of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” The song was rather lame, but the dancing was tight. JabbaWockeeZ delivered their trademark somewhat creepy style (complete with masks), smoothly proving why they won. Then Super Cr3w did their spectacular b-boy tricks. The routine culminated with a JabbaWockee spinning on his head while Do-Knock from Super Cr3w flipped over him, highlighting their beautiful ability to mix their styles.
Then it was time for the five other crews to compete for a shot at the VMAs. Each crew was given a song nominated for a VMA and asked to choreograph a routine inspired by it.
Kaba Modern – “4 Minutes” by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
Since the show finished, Kaba Modern has been touring all over the world, and we see plenty of footage from Norway, where I guess hip hop dancing is big. Their routine uses a conveyor belt perfectly and features a lot of smooth, sexy moves nicely mixing the guys and girls.
Break Sk8 – “Closer” by Ne-Yo
Fred Astaire’s dance partner Ginger Rogers famously quipped that her job was more difficult because she had to do everything he did, only backwards and in high heels. Break Sk8, the Indiana crew on roller skates, always reminds me of that quote. The boys who will soon delight audiences across the country on the America’s Best Dance Crew tour did their best to appear sexy and effortless, but doing that on skates is a bit tricky. Their gimmick lends itself to some amazing stuff, but a smooth R&B jam is not one of them.
SoReal Cru – “Forever” by Chris Brown
Now that SoReal Cru didn’t win, I think I like them a lot more. I never disliked them, I just thought they were nowhere near the creativity and originality of many other crews in season 2. Once again, this performance doesn’t feature a lot of crazy, innovative stuff, but it’s quality, hard-hitting dancing.
Fanny Pak – “When I Grow Up” by Pussycat Dolls
After the show, the seven members of Fanny Pak got matching lightning bolt tattoos. The way their eyes light up when they see the Pussycat Dolls is hilarious. Even funnier is the fact that the dance begins with Fanny Pak dressed as babies in oversized cribs. Then they strip down to sexy PCD-inspired outfits and rock it out, with the highlight being the way they grope themselves on the line “When I grow up / I wanna have boobies.” Somehow, Fanny Pak just made me fall in love with a Pussycat Dolls song.
Status Quo – “Damaged” by Danity Kane
Backstage turmoil resulted in Status Quo breaking up after the show, which makes today’s performance all the more difficult because they need to come back together. They’re also in trouble because Danity Kane isn’t really their style. Still, they have some nice flips and other tricks that they do throughout the routine, though the whole thing seems a bit disjointed and poorly put together. Maybe this is based on the knowledge of their backstage troubles, but it really looks like two different routines haphazardly fused together.
In the end, the judges pick the top three performances, and America will vote on which of those three gets to appear at the Vide Music Awards. They go with Kaba Modern, SoReal Cru and Fanny Pak. Those seem about right, though it doesn’t matter so long as Fanny Pak wins, because they were amazing.
Tune in to MTV Sunday, September 7 at 9pm for the Video Music Awards to see one of those three crews present the award for Best Dance Video.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Images courtesy of MTV)