Thursday, January 15, 2009

Flexin and Cloggin adds to the entertainment of ABDC Season 3

Tonight was the premiere of MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew - Season 3." Randy Jackson's interview last October was not a lie, entertainment is taking the forefront with the premiere of the show.

For those of you who were hoping to get to know all the crews will be disappointed as one crew was sent home packing in this episode.

First off, judge J.C. Chasez was absent for the first episode. However, stepping in was Season 1 Winning crew member Rynan "Kid Rainen" Paguio of the Jabbawockeez. Great to see that the guest judge was a former contestant. It took a while before Rynan warmed up to his judging duties but by the end of the show, Kid was able to exude a lot of suggestions.

Lil Mama was all cutesy with her usual interesting outfits.

As for Mr. Shane Sparks, I think he was a bit mesmerized by the Miami Crew, "The Fly Khicks."

Here's a quick breakdown of what the judges had to say about the Season 3 crews after their performance:

The Strikers - Stepping Crew
Shane said that they were tight. Foot work will keep them in. They should also work in the stomps where the audience can hear it.
Rainen said they had so much energy.
My opinion: I ddint' feel the energy. Maybe I'm just used to watching step crews where you can hear the stomps and the chants.

Beat Freaks - The All B-Girl Group from LA
Lil Mama said that the girls have set the tone for tonight.
Rainen says that the other crews will have to step up their esp with the performance given by the Beat Freaks.
Shane says the Laides Can Take It.
My opinion: These girls definitely have a chance of being ABDC champs. They can go head to head with any b-boy group.

GOP - hip hop group from Puerto Rico. Salsa, Reggaeton all mixed up.
Rainen says they stepped it up. Bring in the original flavor and style. He enjoyed the suicide flip. Definitely performers. Just clean u a little bit.
Lil Mama - says that these Latin boys didn't excite her and didn't bring it.
Shane says to play to the ladies. He was a bit skeptical.
My opinion: I hoping more from these boys. The salsa didn't have fuego I was hoping for. Un

Quest - A group of dancers bringing it all together.
Lil Mama - Amazing. They give theater dance and their characters were incredible. A class act. An amazing set. Compliment you that you were the first crew to use the whole stage. Ryan came and did a back flip and landed on your head. You gave us theater.
Rainen - One of most illest performance. Amazing and on point. D-Trix ripped it.
Shane - The Battle is On! This is going to be the sickest season. Quest just represented.
My opinion: I was like Whoa! Ouch! Ryan

Fly Khicks - hot girls who know how to dance from Miami
Lil Mama - I liked it and liked the body waves. Sexy! Love the glides.
Shane - looks good and they can dance. Mixing a lot of elements shows that they represents dancers. Loved the butt action. Wants to see them in more than two episodes.
Rainen - loved it but needs more foundation in their dance.
My opinion - hmmm..if the booty bounce works the go for it..But I think these girls have some tricks up their sneakers. Shane Shane Shane loved the booty bounce.

Ringmasters - Flexing Crew from Brooklyn.
Rainen - they came from the mecca of hip hop and brought something new to the ABDC stage with their flexing movements. Bone breaking!
Shane - So crazy and ironic. They just killed it
Lil Mama - I feel like crying. Definitely representing Brooklyn. One of the Best Crews. *Mama broke down and started crying. Mentioning she went to school with one of the members.
My opinion: Like Whoa again! If you can't stand a double jointed flexing, turn away. But they are definitely a crew to wreckin with. I dub them "Cirque de Soul Hey!"

Box Cuttuhz - Hip Hop crew from San Diego Ca
Shane - Choreography and movement are in sync. Taking us back to first season. Liked that they got theatrical and acting part of their routine. Use Lydia more since she's the only girl on the crew.
Lil Mama - Very Characteristic but needs to bring more energy to their show. Lydia needs to show us why she's the only girl and chosen for this group.
Rainen - Reppin' my hometown vibe of San Diego. Make sure to secure your props.
My opinion - I'm sorry. I heard so much about this crew that I was disappointed and had to yawn. I was waiting for some excitement.

Dynamic Edition - Cloggin Crew
Lil Mama - Whoever had a stereotype of cloggin will have to pick up their drawers. Definitely wowed me. Took hiphop and made it part of their dance. Formation is clean and tight. So Much character and one of the most different crew on the show. Perfect bow. First group tonight that was different.
Rainen - loved the clean lines. Loved the way they incorporated hiphop to their cloggin. Definitely put a different feel to dance. Need a bit more hip hop vibe and learn other styles.
Shane - Bring up the hip hop more but overall loved it.
My opinion - Way different. I felt like their cloggin with the hip hop feel made it look more steppin and blew The Strikers away. They'll have to add more versatility to their future routines or they'll be booted.

Team Millennia - Group made top 12 of casting special season 2.
Rainen - Dope. Came out different than the live edition. They started rockin out. You guys are still bringing it.
Shane - Representing rock and bringing something different.
Lil Mama - Loved them the last time but this time style change should limit them now that they consider themselves rockers.
My opinion - Gave the rock edge to the show but needs to ensure that they show their versatility.

Unfortunately, there were three bottom crews who had to do a dance battle. The crews included G.O.P, Box Cuttuhz, and Fly Khicks.

The Fly Khicks definitely took this battle for their life to heart which spared them from elimination. I just hope they don't over use the booty shake.

Now finally to the crew that was booted tonight - G.O.P...Boricua Pride was shot down. More power to these boys as they showed so much spirit and drive before the show started. I was a bit surprised myself that the got booted as I was a bit bored with Box Cuttuhz.

Until next week, let's see what the challenges will present them!!!

All Photos by Sthanlee B. Mirador ©Pacific Rim Photo Press

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