America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6: Week 1 Tom April 8, 2011 Music, TV Welcome back! America’s Best Dance Crew started up again last night and as always we’re back with a recap of what went down. Last night we got to see 5 of the 10 groups perform to songs by Lil Wayne. I enjoyed most of the performances, but I’m not sure if the right people went home last night, but we’ll get into that in a minute. The show kicked off with a group performance to Lil Wayne’s 6 foot 7 foot () and overall it was pretty cool. It gave us a nice look at the first 5 groups and their individual styles and what we could expect from their individual performances. And speaking of those, let’s get right into it. IaMme was up first performing to Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It” (). I thought these guys were the best of the night and judging by a lot of comments I’ve read I’m not the only one. I just liked their overall style. They seemed to have everything together and the performance was clean. There was a nice combination of choreography with acrobatics and technical moves. I think these guys are going to go far in the competition as long as they didn’t blow their load last night. Phunk Phenomenon came out to Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” ()and, just like IaMme, they put down a pretty solid performance. They had a little bit of everything going on in the routine and the focus on Kassandra felt natural where as sometimes when there is one girl in a group of all guys it can feel forced. I think this group is also going to go pretty far in the competition and I’m looking forward to seeing what they put down in the future. I was actually pretty happy with the 2 performances so far of the night and it gave me confidence that this season was going to be a good one. ReQuest performed to the song “Knockout” () featuring Nicki Minaj and while I didn’t hate them, I didn’t love them as much as the first two groups. I know a lot of people are feeling ReQuest, but there was just something I didn’t like about them and I can’t put my finger on it. They had some great moves and seemed to be tight with the choreography, so I’m not sure what my problem is. I will say that some of the back and forth “fighting” moves started to get a little old. It felt like 2 people came to the forefront like 5 times and did some sort of back and forth… I don’t know, maybe I’m just not used to this type of style cause it’s not really something we’ve seen before on the show. I definitely think there is something there I just didn’t really see it last night like everyone else did, but what do I know I hated Poreotix last year and they ended up winning… Last 2 groups after the jump. Eclectic Gentlemen came out next and performed to “Fireman” () and while I thought most of their performance was decent, that bit when the lights went all red and they walked across the stage like they were in a fire truck absolutely killed the flow of the entire performance. I honestly think if they would have thrown some better moves into that section they would have possibly moved on. I was really hoping the judges would give these guys another chance because I thought they showed potential they just flubbed a couple transitions, but even that being the case I thought they were better than Street Kingdom. Street Kingdom was the last group to perform and they came out with a hard hitting number to Lil Wayne’s “I’m Not A Human Being” (). I don’t know if I just don’t “get” krump, but I thought this performance was terrible. It seemed like nobody was in sync with each other and it was just a big free-for-all-mess. The transitions seemed like they would just get into a big group in the center and bounce around to another location and then spread out a bit. The moves, while hard and full of energy, were just all over the place to me. I’m more of a person that likes the smoothness and cleanliness of the moves, not the herky, jerky type moves that these guys presented last night. I really was hoping they went home so I didn’t have to listen to Lil Mama tell us that we just might not understand Krump… although I really just wish someone would vote Lil Mama completely off the show, but obviously we don’t always get what we wish for. So overall I was pretty impressed with the performances from last night. I think there are a few groups here that have the potential to make it to the end, but being the first week that doesn’t really mean anything yet. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the groups perform next week, but I’m not looking forward to having to listen to 5 Ke$ha songs… ugh… That might be worse than Lil Mama talking, but at least with Lil Mama I can fast forward through her comments. So what did you guys think? What group was the best and which was the worst? Did you think Eclectic Gentlemen deserved to go home? [poll id=”10″] CM Christian I’m not a huuuge fan of IME. What they do is really cool to look at and it leaves my heart rate excited and all that but I never get a sense of fear or hunger from them. I feel like they are complacent with all the love they get. I wanna see them get tested by another elite group on the show, and I really only see one other (ReQuest). Phunk Phenomenon was straight. Their performance was predictable to me. The East Coast Crew Formula was definitely in effect (diverse looking crew, loves flips and all that, dances like they just stepped off the set of a b-list music video). I’m not knocking their hustle; I just get bored of it. They did land those flips at the same time and I know that ain’t easy but… Anyways, ReQuest was aight too. I feel you on some of the stuff you said AC Slater, but I personally really like their whole style. I’m tired of ABDC allowing crews like Sass X7 on so it is great seeing women with the ability ReQuest has on it. They can hit hard, and I don’t picture them behind Britney Spears when they dance and thats a plus. Sucks that I have to put female crews in their own lane btw. I blame Shh, Femme 5, Fly Khicks, etc. Eclectic Gentlemen were good. Not great. Good. I don’t remember too much about their performance other than the fire truck, and I’m not particularly inclined to go watch their performance again. They were clean. They did everything correct. It was just too safe, too easy, and I felt like I saw this performance already. Street Kingdom was a poor performance by ABDC standards. And the judges were content to cruise through meaningless critiques on the performance, refusing to knock them for mouthing while dancing or not being together or not actually choreographing too much of it. Sometimes freestyling works and entertains large audiences. Other times it just sheds light on your culture without forcing you to exercise too much creative ability to pull your performance together. This was probably the latter. Shout out to Tight Eyez for making it to this show though. I wish he brought about 5 fewer dancers with him. SK and Lil Mama should have been sent home. What is the point of having her on the show besides stroking the dancers’ egos and making me grimace every time she flexes her intelligence to make these critiques? Oh, and D-trix went too easy on this crews. C’mon son, make them feel like they have higher to reach for! Da_White_Krumper dude, street kingdom was awesome!!!, i think you just don’t “get” krump man, i <3 krump and i can tell u, they rule! AC Slater I totally agree with you, I don’t “get” krump. If people that do get it think they were good then I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it. Maybe they’ll impress me in future episodes, I just wasn’t feeling it the 1st week.