Competition heats up for 8 Flavahz
BY GARY CHUN /firstname.lastname@example.org
With one crew member out due to injury and for the first time on “America’s Best Dance Crew,” having to do battle in order to move on, 8 Flavahz found out that things are not getting easier for them.
They and Rated Next Generation received the fewest viewers’ votes from last week’s Rihanna competition, so two of the youngest crews ever on the show danced for their collective lives to the music of party rockers LMFAO.
After Washington state’s RNG broke it down to “Sorry for Party Rocking,” 8 Flavahz stepped it up to a mastermix of LMFAO’s megahit “Party Rock Anthem.”
Appropriately decked out ’80s style in afro wigs, big sunglasses and gaudy spandex, the girls had to incorporate dance moves from the music video into their routine, specifically the T-Step, Spongebob and Blow-Up.
Despite a problem landing a difficult push-flip maneuver over three dancers, the judges enjoyed the fun routine. Lil Mama said they “murdered” the T-Step and pointed out a portion of the choreography where Camren Bicondova, in the middle of a circle, did a standing twist, causing the girls to do backflips, and ending with Camren doing a freeze pose.
With injured crew member Tiara Rapp joining the girls on stage afterwards, 8 Flavahz received the good news from the judges that they would be moving on, joining Los Angeles choreographers Mos Wanted Crew and the Elektrolytes from Gilbert, Arizona.
No longer the underdogs, the Arizona guys, for the second week in a row, did the best performance of the night with a terrific routine, this time to LMFAO’s “Champagne Showers.”
Next week, the remaining three crews will dance to the music of David Guetta.
“America’s Best Dance Crew” is shown on MTV on a delayed basis at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. With the competition heating up, the push to vote multiple times by fans for 8 Flavahz is more crucial than ever. Hawaii fans have until midnight Wednesday each week after the show to vote. But local fans can start voting earlier, since the show airs on the mainland starting at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, with voting starting at 5. Votes can be cast then online at dancecrew.mtv.com.
As a sidenote, you can see Bicondova on the big screen starting Friday at the Kapolei multiplex, as she plays Prissy in the new street dance drama “Battlefield America.” The kids come hard!