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Well, due to the immense amount of videos and text in this post, I won't be putting up any pictures. Anyway, I just watched the videos of the World Hip Hop Dance Competition 2009, Adults Category, and I have to say, the judging was kinda... Messed up. I'm gonna put up all the dance videos here as links, so that my blog doesn't lag up, and say a few things or two about them. Oh, and they're in order of their positions.
Note: Please remember to watch in HQ.
1. R.A.F. Crew, FranceGood:
Well, for one thing, I like their costumes. Wearing same attires always makes a crew look more united, after all. And they were original and brave enough to actually use Chop Suey by S.O.A.D. as their main song. That white guy is frikin' flexible. Their routine has a lot of stunts, which is awesome. They did good.Bad:
I'm not sure whether it's the camera angle, but their positioning seems to be a bit off? And there wasn't that much of a kick. You know, the kind that makes your heart jump the moment you see it. Not entirely entertaining, really.Overall:
As good as they did, I personally don't think they would have deserved first prize.
2. Neutral Zone, MexicoGood:
I love the Underworld Lycan theme. Haha. Once again, similar costumes. Their choreo is nice. Kudos on using So Sick's lyrics only, without the music. That part was awesome. The wolf guy's cool, dude.Bad:
There were some parts were some of them started to slack off a bit, like the So Sick song, the guy with the blonde tail.Overall:
Well, these guys deserved to be in the top three. They were considerably nice to watch.
3. Joyce And The Boys, SingaporeGood:
Yes, Singapore. Very little of you know, but you guys got third. Congratulations. Similar costumes again. See what wearing the same attires can do? Haha. I think that among the whole competition, these guys were the most synchronised. Check it out. Not a single misstep, and even if there was, it's almost impossible to spot.Bad:
There was much kick. No extreme stunts, no gasp-producing flips, no nothing much.Overall:
This IS their first participating in the World Hip Hop Dance Competition, and they did a pretty good job. Could do better in adding more variety, but they deserved this spot indeed.
4. The Philippine All-Stars, The PhilippinesGood:
Once again, the PAS invented new ways of using the human body as props for the performance. The tank was awesome. There were plenty of kicks, like Joshua throwing Maya back as he flipped in the air and Laurence (I think) kicking Joshua in the air, right before the topless part. Kudos to the ninja theme, and Kyxz last flip killed it. They did justice to Michael Jackson too.Bad:
As awesome as it was, it did not have as much kick as their winning gold performance in 2008, where Kejhons carried Kyxz off the ground and held him up with one hand, and also Kyxz himself flipping high off Kejhon's chest.Overall:
As 'disappointing' as it was, I think the PAS deserved to have won better than 4th.
5. Phyzikal Funk, GermanyGood:
choreo. Love the floating walker. And the tie. There were a lot of things going on on stage, but it didn't look messy, so great flow. And the awesome part is, after this performance, one of the guys proposed to one of the girls in the crew. Nice way to get married.Bad:
The costumes were too whacky. There were quite a bit of mess-ups at the ending, but it was cool.Overall:
Can't say it was awesome, but they did a good job. Maybe they are on the right spot.
6. Rock 8 Collabo, CanadaGood:
B-boying part a bit too plain, but the locking part was awesome. The blonde was hot. Haha. I love the variety of songs. Great chemistry, and the macarena was cute. They'd make a good battle crew.Bad:
Once again different costumes, but it wasn't so bad. There wasn't much killing stunts too.Overall:
Well, I don't have much complains. I guess this one was well-judged?
7. Poreotics, USAGood:
An Asian crew in America? Kudos. The costume is great, and the steps are entertaining. Great choreo. It was fun watching them. Quite a comedic performance. Great female faces?Bad:
Some of the steps seem familiar. Too much double arm waves. Could use a little more variety.Overall
: I think they deserved better than 7. They were greatly entertaining, and they were quite synchronised.
8. Sweet & Sour, New ZealandGood:
Island boys? Haha. I'm a big krumping fan, so the first part was awesome. Great expressions. And damn, they shook the whole stage! Great choreo. Is that Yeah? Synchronised on the popping, which is nice. Entertaining bottle pop, and nice round about freeze. The eye brow was funny.Bad:
There were some parts were some members were showing less energy than others. And they could work a little on their ending. The other endings simply outmatched this one.Overall:
Well, they certainly deserve more than 8th, that's for sure.
9. SoRealCrew, USAGood:
The leather jackets are nice. It's an all-Filipino dance crew in the USA. The choreography's considerably ok. Arms of An Angel? Well, kudos on being able to make that work out. It was nice.Bad:
Uhm, well. Once again, too little street and original killer moves.Overall:
They may deserve better spots. Then again, they may not.
10. TMC, New ZealandGood:
I like the floor moves, and the two-layered shirt. The flip over flip was nice to watch. Nice sliding head. The in air split was nice. Isolation is cool, they should do more of it. And the ending series was cool. Flip over three, flip from body, and three people flipping. Nice.Bad:
They aren't that good in popping. Can't really see the pop.Overall:
TMC should be higher up the charts. Too bad they lacked the flavour to get there.
11. Kaba Modern, USAGood:
The Icons of popping, locking and isolation does not disappoint. And they have the hottest female Asian dancers too. Great choreo and synchronisation. Pelvic thrusts on the ground? Haha. They did that for ABDC, right?Bad:
WHERE THE HELL IS MIKE?! Overall:
Well, can't say this was their best performance, but they shouldn't be this low, should they?
12. Black Soul Company, MexicoGood:
Great choreo, great faces. And nice mix-up of the different styles of hip-hop. Ti was quite entertaining. And go krumping! Isolation part was cool. Nothing special, but cool nonetheless. Nice vogueing.Bad:
Unequal amounts of energy at some part. The Michael Jackson part was not cool.Overall:
Well... I don't see them getting higher than here, actually.
13. Street4One, NED [?]Good:
Good synchronisation, they looked good together. Nice moves and nice choice of songs. Michael Jackson tribute was nice. nice Jamaican theme. Great isolation.Bad:
Is it just me, or did they take styles from a LOT of other crews, like Jabbawokeez? Attires were too plain. There were some parts they weren't synchronised, though. Some looked late in their moves.Overall:
Yup, they're last.