The Dirty South got sullied on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Although three metro Atlanta groups made the top nine, none made the top three.
Stone Mountain’s Jungle Boogie was the last local crew standing after Royal Flush and Swagger Crew left early. Over the weeks, the judges have praised their chest-pumping energy and tight, aggressive dancing.
They ended up in the bottom two crews out of four, based on last week’s voting. Against Blueprint Cru, Jungle Boogie had to do a magic trick: pass a body through a solid object. It was a hard-hitting performance and the trick worked well. Judge for yourself:
In fact, judges gave them great reviews:
“You guys have been one of our favorite crews,” Omarion said. He felt the opening was a bit slow. “After you guys did your illusion, you started doing your ATL footwork.”
“It was playful,” J.C. Chasez said. “Really great execution on the illusion itself. You guys tore the stage up tonight.”
Lil Mama: “Y’all off the hook. You brought the highest energy to the stage tonight.”
But Blueprint Cru did well, too. Here’s their performance:
So the judges had to get rid of a group and chose Jungle Boogie. It’s a serious downer because Jungle Boogie had the skills to match or surpass the other groups any given week.
Voters do seem to favor West Coast crews, which have won the competition in the past. And indeed, two of the three final groups are from the West: Orange County’s Poreotix and Hawaii’s Hype-5-0.
Poreotix, which has arguably the sharpest moves, is the favorite to win.