For the past 4 seasons every single winner has come from the West coast, so would this season turn out another winner from the West? I’m going to come right out and say it, I wasn’t terribly impressed with any of the groups from last night, and to be honest I’m not really excited about any of the groups from season 5. But, like I’ve said before, it was only the first time we’ve seen any of them so I’m sure they’ll improve over the course of the season as they relax a bit and can really get into it. So with that being said lets not waste anymore time and just get into the performances from The West.
First up was Hype 5-0, the first Hawaiian group to grace the stage at ABDC performing to a master mix featuring Drop it Low by Ester Dean ft. Chris Brown. These guys were pretty solid all around, there were a few points when they weren’t as clean as they could have been, but the energy was way up there and I thought it was a pretty good performance overall, but the judges didn’t feel they were top 2 material and sent them into the battle round at the end of the episode. Click through the jump for the rest of the breakdown.
Next, Heavy Impact. These guys aren’t your typical dance group, they look like football players. I was actually surprised at how athletic and, I guess, graceful they were able to move despite being a little bigger than most dancers we’re used to. They performed to a master mix featuring Raindrops by Jeremih. I wasn’t really feeling the slower parts of the song, but the energy in the fast parts really brought me back into the performance. They do need to work on being cleaner in their moves and staying in sync, but overall I thought they were decent. The judges seemed to like them quite a bit and chose them as one of the top 2 groups of the night, sending them through to the finals.
Blended Projekt was up next and I could already tell I didn’t really care for them. This group had the most members and the youngest members that have ever appeared on ABDC and I think the lack of experience may have hurt them here. In the vein of Dynamic Edition, these guys incorporated clogging into their dance routines and for a first performance I was actually impressed by the way they were able to mix the clogging and hip-hop where as Dynamic Edition seemed to have a hard time getting those things to flow right. They performed to a master mix featuring Get Involved by Ginuwine, Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Now while I thought they did a good job of combining the clogging with what we’re used to on ABDC, I didn’t find them all that exciting. The moves seemed a little simple (outside of the clogging, which I sure as hell couldn’t do) and I found myself a little bored in the middle. They were definitely one of the cleanest groups of the night, but the judges decided they weren’t top 2 material and sent them to the battle round.
Break EFX was up next and seemed to be the only true break dancing group from the west, which is a little odd considering the past ABDC winners have all had a b-boy style. They performed to a master mix featuring All Eyes on Me by Clipse and Keri Hilson. I was actually surprised that I didn’t care for them that much. Sure they had tricks and could flip around the stage, but the intricacy of the moves and difficulty didn’t seem on par with the previous b-boy winners. They were a little sloppy at points as well and I think that’s what lead the judges to knock them down to the bottom 3 to battle it out with Hype 5-0 and Blended Projekt.
The final group of the night was Poreotix, an all asian group with a sense of humor and a sense of style in their dance. My girlfriend absolutely hated these guys, but I really liked them. It was different than anything we’ve seen this season and I enjoyed all of the performance. It kind of reminded me of some of the slower stuff that Jabbawockeez did in the past, but not quite as impressive. They performed to a master mix featuring Love Story by Taylor Swift which was kind of cool in itself, but the fact that they made it almost theatrical and played off the Taylor Swift/Kanye West issue was kind of cool. They were very clean and intricate in all of their movements and while it wasn’t the most mind blowing performance in terms of energy and fast movement, it was still pretty cool. And the judges agreed as they sent them through to the finals along with Heavy Impact.
Now for the battle, Hype 5-0, Blended Projekt and Break EFX all had to battle it out for the last spot in the finals and honestly the choice was a no brainer. Blended Projekt and Break EFX came out and were boring as hell, but them Hype 5-0 came out and absolutely killed it. It was an easy decision for the judges to send Hype 5-0 through to the finals along with Heavy Impact and Poreotix. And that’s it, the regionals are over and the final 9 crews have been selected. The finals start next week so out of all 9 groups who is your favorite at the moment?[poll 3]