Tomorrow night is the final episode of the best face-off in America’s Best Dance Crew history. In the first season, Kaba was (mysteriously – I call bullshit.) booted in exchange for some ridiculous crew I have forced out of my mind. The second season was just uninteresting all around. But the third season – this season – America got it right or MTV’s strategists got it right, and the top two crews truly are the top two crews.
Between the Beat Freaks and Quest Crew, I would honestly be thrilled if either one wins. When it comes to quality and skill, they are on par with each other. They both exemplify unity within a team and represent their styles and people well. I think they both absolutely deserve it. They’re simply just dope crews.
Either way, I feel like I can identify with each crew. The Beat Freaks are females who did not depend on overselling their sex or resort to lame flexibility tricks (or bad technical dancing), and damn, they are hot. Quest’s story is heartwarming, and they continue the legacy that Asian Americans can fucking dance. Both groups do a fantastic job executing both choreo and b-styles, which are not always translatable between dancers. Neither one does stupid gimmicks, they just naturally and creatively shock and amaze every episode. (I say this like I’ve watched every episode this season – I haven’t, but it’s pretty obvious who raises the bar every week even if you don’t tune in every Thursday.) I’m so proud of both. CALIFORNIA LIKE WHAT.
So anyway, when it came to who I’ve been clicking up votes for, I have to admit I’ve been reloading MTV.com for Beat Freaks. I just think they’ve shattered the image of what girl groups on ABDC have come to overdo every season. It seems like in every girl group’s introductory package, they talk about paving the way for females in dance and breaking stereotypes. Yet every time I’ve heard that, the group has gone the route of Fly Khicks, sacrificing skill for sexuality – and not even winning at that! Sad times. Beat Freaks, though, their shit is for real. It is a mistake to not take them seriously.
There is a bit of disgruntled conversation about the Beat Freaks being essentially overqualified for ABDC. The girls are professional and semiprofessional dancers touring with music artists and starring in videos, but that’s just about the whiniest thing I’ve ever heard. The boys of Quest are basically all veterans of So You Think You Can Dance? (In fact, I had a total crush on Steve when he first appeared on SYTYCD as “Turtle.”) and have a number of gigs under their belts. Penalizing a performer for having successfully performed on a regular basis? Well that’s just silly. If Lil Kim is eligible for Dancing with the Stars, then both Beat Freaks and Quest are eligible for the to spot in ABDC.
As far as the actual results, I have an inkling that Quest will win. I wouldn’t be mad, though. Everybody on that team is a hot performer, and their feats of male dancer strength are craaaaazy! Plus I almost peed my pants when they got all feminine in that V strutting to “Toxic.”
Perhaps I should come clean and just admit that I’m in love with Rino. I wish I was a Gwen Stefani Harajuku girl. Once the self-professed tomboy donned that purple satin bra for the Britney challenge, it was OVER for me! The girl is 29, married, and dancin’ my dream! Augh! ::fans self::
(Also, Bongo says, “and she likes mickey mouse, hollllaaaa.”)
Doode, this makes me want to move to LA and just take lots and lots of classes… (I’m realistic. I don’t have the body or the face to perform professionally. I just want to be surrounded by these people!)