America’s Best Dance Crew is back for it’s 5th season which means that we’ll be here to comment and critique the competition week by week giving our predictions and thoughts on each of the performances. Last season I got a lot of shit for some of my predictions so hopefully I can stir up just as much conversation this year. So without further adieu lets get to it.

Season 5 instantly starts out a little different than season 4, for one Shane Sparks has been replaced by Omarion. If you’re confused as to why Shane was replaced, it may have something to do with the fact that he was charged with 8 counts of child molestation… pretty serious stuff. As far as I know nothing has been proven and his lawyers assure us (as they always do) that the charges are baseless and the truth will come out in the end, but in the meantime MTV apparently didn’t feel that it was right to put Shane on the show so they replaced him with Omarion. Before seeing tonight’s episode I was open to the change in judges, even though Shane is by far my favorite judge, but after seeing tonight’s show, I may actually prefer listening to Lil Mama over him. I guess we’ll just have to see how he does, it was the first show so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. The second thing that’s a little different is the format of the start of the show. Instead of jumping right into the first week with the final 9 groups already competing, we get to see the top 5 groups from each region battle it out for 3 spots in the finals and tonight was The Dirty South. Once the 5 groups all performed the judges chose the top 2 who automatically move forward and then the remaining 3 had to battle it out for the final spot. Let’s get to the performances (after the jump).

[I apologize, MTV hasn’t put video of tonight’s show up yet, but I’ll hopefully have them up tomorrow]

Up first was Jungle Boogie. This group brought their “crankin” style to the stage in an interesting, but fairly good performance. I will say that I wasn’t feeling it at first, but compared to the other groups that went tonight they were actually pretty good. There were a few sloppy moments in the performance, but I think everyone had the first night jitters and can’t expected to be perfect… it’s not like it’s the finals yet anyways. So like I said, they were decent and the judges apparently thought so as well as they were voted in the top 2 and moved forward to the finals.

Next up was Ghost(? pretty sure, GF is watching The Buried life so I can’t go back to check so let me know if I’m wrong with the order). Their style is totally different than any of the other groups on the stage, it’s more of a slow melodic type dance and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It had sort of a creepy horror movie type vibe to it, partly because of the “white out” contact lenses, but more so because of the interesting popping moves and the way the dude in the center was able to move his head like it was totally detached from his body, that was pretty cool. So while I actually enjoyed this group’s main performance more than Jungle Boogie, they sadly did were not picked as one of the top 2 groups of the night and were forced to battle for the remaining spot, but we’ll get to that in a minute. And since people were asking, they performed to a master mix of the song “Android Porn” by Kraddy, which you can find on Kraddy - Android Porn / Steppin' Razor - Single - Android Porn here (the master mix on the show may be a little different than the recorded version).

Swagger Crew was up next and I think it was pretty obvious that they were by far the best group of the night. All of their moves were pretty tight and the whole performance was entertaining, but I do agree with the judges that about halfway through, when the intensity picked up, everything just went through the roof and became an amazing performance. So if you couldn’t tell this group was the first group that the judges sent through to the finals and I have a feeling they will do pretty well in the competition, but of course we’ve only seen 3 out of 9 groups so far so that could obviously change in the coming weeks, but so far I feel they are the best group we saw tonight.

Next up was X-treme Motion and right out of the box I already had a feeling these girls would succumb to the, kind of, curse that other girl groups in the past had succumbed to, and I was right. They tried to bring a style called “buckin” which is, I guess, getting really low and kind of popping your ass out really fast? I don’t know, I didn’t quite get what they were trying to do and apparently the judges didn’t either as they were not voted into the top 2 and had to battle at the end of the show. And while I wanted to give them a chance they didn’t really impress me at all with the performance. I feel like this kind of group is more suited for a poms type atmosphere or a cheering type thing (sorry I don’t really know the dance terms for what I’m trying to say), but I don’t think they were really a fit for this competition, which is kind of how I felt about Artistry in Motion last season.

And finally we have Royal Flush and honestly these guys did not impress me at all. Their main performance just seemed very sloppy and simple. The moves didn’t seem as powerful or as difficult as some of the other groups and I just couldn’t get into it, not to mention the use of the cards was completely corny as Omarion said (might have been the only good advice he gave anyone all night). I don’t really have much else to say about this group, really wasn’t feeling their main performance and neither were the judges as they too had to battle it out against Ghost and X-treme Motion.

So that leaves us with the final battle between Ghost, X-treme Motion and Royal Flush. X-treme Motion came out first and did alright and may have actually been the best of these 3 groups in the final battle, in my opinion. Ghost was up next and seemed really out of place with this kind of fast paced dance style. Their slow moves and freaky popping didn’t really hold up with the beat of the song and the energy of the other two groups, which is a shame because I thought their main performance was the best of these 3 groups. Lastly, Royal Flush came out and didn’t really do a “group” dance. It seemed more like a feature, meaning they spotlighted one or two people from the group out front for a few seconds while the rest of the group did something in the background and then they would rotate. It was ok, but I wouldn’t say it was spectacular, but in the end the judges decided that their final performance was the lesser of the 3 crews and were given the go ahead to the finals.

So there you have it, from the dirty south our first 3 crews to make it to the finals are Swagger Crew, Jungle Boogie and Royal Flush. And if we’re making predictions as to how it would play out if these 3 were the only 3 in the competition, it would be that exact order. So this season started off decent, I’m looking forward to seeing what we get from the East and West coasts in the next couple weeks and then of course I’m excited for the finals to start on February 18th.

So what did you guys think of the first episode? What did you think of Omarion? meh… Do you like the idea of seeing the regional finals instead of jumping right into the final 9 crews?

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  • what was the name that the group ghost danced too, on americas best dance crew season 5. the song was kinda slow and then it got a little fast, the name of it was something that i could not pernounce.. if somone could help it would be great!!

  • and are you seroius, that shane sparks got 8 counts for child molestation? that is insane, he was a good judge on abdc.. he was really cute too.. that is a shocker that someone like him would do that..i guess that shows what your true colors aree

  • AC Slater

    Trishten: The song Ghost performed to was a master mix featuring the song Android Porn by Kraddy. I’m not sure if the “master mix” is much different from the original song, but hope that helps here’s an Kraddy - Android Porn / Steppin' Razor - Single - Android Porn link. Thanks for the comment.

  • Go to houstonghostcrew. I’m the choreographer 4 ghost crew check it out

  • King

    Now i Know why Om was hatin on Ghost Its because a part of their routine was used on his video “I get it in” Go check for yourself>

    IMO Om version was better

  • King

    Looks Up ^^^^^ Damn post at the wrong time

    Also IMO Yall should have never been the the bottom three

    But i have to say ya” battle routin was’nt all that
    Ghost was the best IMO BUT The battle routin was Low….. Just sayin

  • My big brother free crawford choreographed that section of the video I wuz inspired that’s the reason it looks similar and if u go to you’ll see wut mine really looked like they changed our mix lol and our battle may have seemed a lil weak but try to understand we were showing that we can swich styles u know wut I’m sayin

  • King

    Yea i feel yea but hey ever since abdc Im all into Ghost!

    ive been all over youtube lookin for yall past gigs

  • Raem

    hey i feel the same way as King Ghost Crew was definitely the most fun to watch. The big dude was I think my favorite single dancer. And that brunette girl, was just so sweet looking and definitely hotter then FIYA. I loved the song, and after watching that link I guess they made you change the ending cause swagger crew had that song. But i think everyone wants to know where the ending of that song came from cause a lot of people loved that song. It was the slowest dancing but at the same time it was the most fun to watch. Im wondering does ghost crew make another appearance on the show cause that would be sweet. And I hope you told Omarion that your brother did his video man. lol

  • He did know he said something totally different bacc stage I swear I’m not even gone put him out there like that people already don’t like him as a judge and our second audition song u can see it on pat garret houston carnival it wuz way smoother and they sped it up and added sum effects us doing ice cream paint job wuz um…. showin we got swagger to we just wanted to bring something different from that

  • King

    if yall still going to do some dance routines each week yall should post some Fake injurys like the show does, or have some fake judges hatin on yall

  • Maranda

    What is the name of the song that was playing for the final battle between Ghost, X-treme Motion and Royal Flush? If yall know that will be very helpful! thxs alot

  • Raem

    Maranda im pretty sure it was a song with both baby bash and pitbull called Outta control, the song is slower than the dance mix they used, but it’s pretty similar

  • Hell dats a good sugestion lmao we so doing dat props to king lol that shit gone be all over the blogging site

  • King

    i said fake injurys not court dates LOL

  • BJ

    On week one of ABDC what was the name of the second the song that was playing on Jungle Boogie performance? It sound like Chamilionaire but I cant find. I would really like to know….ONE

  • orousama

    what was the name that’s playd every time befor and after the advertise that comes just befor anouncing the crew that goes home pleaaaaaase help :'( searched a lot but i found nothing