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America's Best Dance Crew: Finale

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2008 8:23AM
Fanny Pak (America's Best Dance Crew)(S02E11 ... or is that 12?) The live auditions were considered a sort of special, so does it count as episode one? This finale featured the return of all the crews from throughout the season and the results of which of the final two crews would be crowned. I'll just come right off the top and say that I was pretty disappointed to see Fanny Pak taken down before the finale. Of all the crews this season, they were the ones who got me the most excited.

The problem is I'm not sure which of the top two finalists I would have eliminated to make room for them. I just don't think either of them was stronger overall than Fanny Pak. Even the judges didn't seem pleased going into the finale with the remaining two crews. And unfortunately, throughout last week's performance episode, it was one disappointment after another until the final two dances. I appreciate the differences in these crews, but I don't think it was as exciting a finale as we could have had.

The packages highlighting their respective journeys to the finale reminded me of some of their amazing performances throughout the season. It made me remember how much I enjoyed both crews. I guess they just let some of that energy and creativity slip in the finale. Maybe they should have had a chance to do an encore number of their favorite performance throughout the season in the final performance episode.

Tonight's "results show" finale turned out to be a lot of fun. By having performances featuring multiple crews dancing together, we got to see some pretty cool routines. The opening number featuring SoReal Cru and Super CR3W was probably some of the best dancing we've seen from either crew in several weeks; again except for that final dance they did last week.

We also got to see the four different regions represented in large group numbers featuring all the crews from that region performing together.
  • Representing the East we had Sass x 7, Phresh Select and Boogie Bots. Unfortunately, these were three of the least impressive crews throughout the season and this piece turned out to be more of the same.
  • From the South, finalist SoReal Cru was joined on the stage by Distorted X. Their routine represented the southern style with intricate had movements and hard-hitting choreography.
  • The Midwest brought A.S.I.I.D. and Xtreme Dance Force together for a high energy number that kept its frenetic pace right to the end. It was a fun, if not particularly intricate performance.
  • There was a whole herd of dancers on the stage for the West, including Supreme Soul, Fanny Pak and finalist Super CR3W. As expected, this was a very acrobatic performance, but there was a great element of dance and choreography to it as well. I'm going to give the battle of the regions to the West because they gave us a more complete and varied performance than anyone else.

By the finale moments, I discovered that I didn't care who won, as I thought both would be worthy of the title. Super CR3W grew from a street trick crew to a true dance crew, that still had those sick stunts, while SoReal Cru just kept real to who they were getting better and better as the show progressed. In the end, you gave the crown to the crew that had faced elimination three times already over a crew that had never been in the bottom two.Super CR3W's high flying acrobatics knocked out the intricate choreography of SoReal Cru. A dramatic departure from the style of last season's winners, the JabbaWockeeZ, but a worthy champion.

Just like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, America's Best Dance Crew is hitting the tour circuit, starting September 18th. Featuring performers from both of its first two seasons, you're looking at a helluva good time. Last season's champs, The JabbaWockeeZ are worth the price of admission alone!

And better yet, America's Best Dance Crew is coming back for more. Auditions for Season 3 are set to begin in October. In eight months we've already had two complete seasons and now we've got a tour and more to come. I'd say MTV is probably pretty happy with this little hit they've found. I'm gonna call out the gang here at TV Squad to see if we can put together a crew and get our groove on! The TV Dance Squad! Hell, yeah!!

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cuddles

hey andrew what was the last episode that americas best dance crew had.

October 13 2008 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

I also think Fanny Pack deserved to be in the finale. How Super Crew consistently was voted in the bottom 2 crews but miraculously won the finale is beyond me....I guess it might come down to who Randy Jackson + MTV think has more marketing power...

Andy @ http://YoWhatsonTV.com

August 23 2008 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ladyangst

It was a shame that Fanny Pak got eliminated. I think that if they had been in the last bottom two with So Real Cru instead of Super Crew, they would have gone on to the finale instead of So Real Cru. But the judges protected Super Crew every time, even when they weren't great. So Fanny Pak was sacrificed.

August 22 2008 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Actor n LA

Fanny Pak not a great fit?

Haven't u heard of individuality, GEEZ!

We don't want everyone to just alike, sh*t.

Fanny Pak was da bomb and they stood out. I wanted them to win.

August 22 2008 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alpz

It was a good finale but the real finale happened weeks ago when Supreme Soul and Super Crew faced off. Whoever won that was gonna win the show and Super Crew was easily the winner of the show.

August 22 2008 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Theodore

Fanny Pak was amazing but they were not a great fit for a competition like this with traditional groups. They could go perform in Los Vegas in a flash. Super Cr3w was tied for the most professional group on stage with their choreography/stunts. I agree both Super Cr3w and Fanny Pak should have been in the final but each should have had an agent because they were ready for the big time.

August 22 2008 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whawha

In the words of Lil Mama:

They stabbed it in the heart and plucked the chicken, which was CCRAAAZEEE and then they kicked it to the curb but it was aight cause when it was green they turned it yellow. And pulled out a feather.

Or something nonsensical like that.

August 22 2008 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DavidMac

As far as I'm concerned ASIID, Fanny Pack, Supreme Soul, and SuperCrew should have been the top four. SoReal crew sucked, the only good performance they had was the snake one.

August 22 2008 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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