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″]