America's Best Dance Crew (season 5)

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America's Best Dance Crew
Season 5
Broadcast from January 28, 2010 – April 8, 2010
Judges JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Host(s) Mario Lopez
Broadcaster MTV
Venue United States

The fifth season of America's Best Dance Crew premiered on January 28, 2010 and concluded on April 8, 2010. Auditions were held in six cities from November 20 through December 12: Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. Audition callbacks were held the day after auditions, with evaluations by the TV show judges and members of past ABDC champions. The first three episodes of the season featured auditions from each region: South, East, and West. Shane Sparks did not return as a judge this season, due to his arrest, and was replaced by Omarion.[1]

In the live finale, Poreotix was declared the winner of Season 5 and received the $100,000 (USD) prize.


A dance crew became eligible to compete either through the live audition process or through submission of an audition video. In either case, each crew had to prepare and perform an original routine lasting one or two minutes. The audition judges selected several of the crews for callbacks, and presented them with another challenge; each dance crew was given music and told to choreograph another group routine, followed by a series of short individual freestyles. The following day, these crews performed their two routines in front of a small panel of judges. After another set of callbacks, the remaining crews performed their original audition routines in front of an ABDC "celebrity panel". These judges would then decide whether the crew would move onto the regional competition.

Dance Crew Hometown Region
Blended Projekt West Covina, California West
Blueprint Cru Montreal, Canada East
BreakEFX Denver, Colorado West
draZtik Providence, Rhode Island East
Ghost Houston, Texas South
Heavy Impact Los Angeles, California West
Hype 5-0 Honolulu, Hawaii West
Jungle Boogie Stone Mountain, Georgia South
Legendary Seven Boston, Massachusetts East
Poreotix Westminster, California West
Royal Flush Atlanta, Georgia South
Saltare Raleigh, North Carolina East
Static Noyze Cambridge, Massachusetts East
Swagger Crew Atlanta, Georgia South
X-treme Motion Houston, Texas South


Regionals Eliminated Immunity Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Runner-up Winner
Week: 1/28
2/18 2/25 3/41 3/11 3/18 3/25 4/1 4/8
Rank Dance Crews Regionals Nationals
1 Poreotix BTM2 WINNER
3 Hype 5-0 BTM3 BTM3 ELIM
4 Jungle Boogie BTM3 ELIM
5 Saltare ELIM
6 Heavy Impact ELIM
Static Noyze BTM3 BTM3
8 Royal Flush BTM3 ELIM
9 Swagger Crew ELIM
Blended Projekt ELIM
draZtik ELIM
Legendary Seven
Ghost ELIM
X-treme Motion
^Note 1 : No crews were eliminated due to voting errors. The winner of the episode would instead
receive immunity from the double-elimination of the following week.


  • Starting from the Final 5, when a crew gets eliminated, they take a look back at the eliminated crew's journey on the show while playing "Doesn't Mean Anything" by Alicia Keys.

ABDC Regional Finals: The South (January 28, 2010)[edit]

The five top dance crews from the South, selected by Lil Mama, JC Chasez, and guest judge Hokuto "Hok" Konishi from Quest Crew, competed to represent their region in the Season 5 opener.[2] After the Bottom 3 was chosen, each crew had to face-off in a dance battle to "Outta Control" by Baby Bash featuring Pitbull.[3]

Crew Song[3]
Jungle Boogie "Bounce" by Busta Rhymes
Ghost "Android Porn" by Kraddy
X-treme Motion "She Ain't Got..." by LeToya Luckett
Swagger Crew "Ice Cream Paint Job" by Dorrough
Royal Flush "Wasted" by Gucci Mane featuring Plies
  • Safe: Swagger Crew, Jungle Boogie
  • Bottom 3: X-treme Motion, Royal Flush, Ghost
  • Eliminated: Ghost, X-treme Motion

ABDC Regional Finals: The East (February 4, 2010)[edit]

The five top dance crews from the East Coast, selected by Lil Mama and guest judge Kevin "KB" Brewer from the JabbaWockeeZ, auditioned for a chance to move on in the competition.[4] After the Bottom 3 was chosen, the crews participated in a dance battle to "Hip Hop Is Dead" by Nas featuring[5]

Crew Song[5]
Legendary Seven "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz
draZtik "Shattered Glass" by Britney Spears
Blueprint Cru "Feel On It" by Bishop Lamont
Static Noyze "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz
Saltare "I'mma Shine" by YoungBloodZ
  • Safe: Saltare, Blueprint Cru
  • Bottom 3: draZtik, Legendary Seven, Static Noyze
  • Eliminated: Legendary Seven, draZtik

ABDC Regional Finals: The West (February 11, 2010)[edit]

The five top dance crews from the West Coast, selected by JC Chasez, Omarion, and guest judge Nichelle Thrower from We Are Heroes, performed for the opportunity to win a spot on the show.[6] After the Bottom 3 was chosen, the crews battled each other to "Showdown" by The Black Eyed Peas.[7]

Crew Song[7]
Hype 5-0 "Drop It Low" by Ester Dean featuring Chris Brown
Heavy Impact "Raindrops" by Jeremih
Blended Projekt "Get Involved" by Ginuwine featuring Missy Elliott & Timbaland
BreakEFX "All Eyes on Me" by Clipse featuring Keri Hilson
Poreotix "Love Story" by Taylor Swift
  • Safe: Poreotix, Heavy Impact
  • Bottom 3: Blended Projekt, Hype 5-0, BreakEFX
  • Eliminated: Blended Projekt, BreakEFX

Week 1: Chart Topper Challenge (February 18, 2010)[edit]

The top nine crews from across the country competed against each other for the first time. Each crew was assigned a hit song that served as inspiration for their dance routines.[8] The lowest ranked crew in each region danced in a battle for 30 seconds each to "TiK ToK" by Kesha.[9]

Crew Song[9]
Hype 5-0 "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas
Heavy Impact "Say Aah" by Trey Songz featuring Fabolous
Poreotix "Day 'n' Nite" by Kid Cudi
Swagger Crew "Hard" by Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy
Jungle Boogie "How Low" by Ludacris featuring Shawnna
Royal Flush "Down" by Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne
Saltare "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
Static Noyze "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derülo
Blueprint Cru "That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings
  • Safe: Poreotix, Heavy Impact, Jungle Boogie, Royal Flush, Blueprint Cru, Saltare
  • Bottom 3: Hype 5-0, Swagger Crew, Static Noyze
  • Eliminated: Swagger Crew

Week 2: Music Video Challenge (February 25, 2010)[edit]

The eight remaining crews emulated popular music videos from the past decade, featuring videos from artists such as Britney Spears, Shakira, Rihanna and ABDC's very own Omarion.[10]

Crew Song[11]
Poreotix "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
Jungle Boogie "Give It Up to Me" by Shakira featuring Lil Wayne
Static Noyze "New in Town" by Little Boots
Saltare "Shake It" by Metro Station
Heavy Impact "What You Got" by Colby O'Donis
Hype 5-0 "3" by Britney Spears
Royal Flush "Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada featuring Carlprit
Blueprint Cru "I Get It In" by Omarion featuring Gucci Mane
  • Safe: Poreotix, Jungle Boogie, Static Noyze, Saltare, Heavy Impact, Hype 5-0
  • Bottom 2: Royal Flush, Blueprint Cru
  • Eliminated: Royal Flush

Week 3: Lady Gaga Challenge (March 4, 2010)[edit]

The seven remaining crews choreographed routines inspired by Lady Gaga.[12] For the first time in ABDC history, there were no eliminations due to voting issues.[13] As an added challenge, each crew has to take an avant gande approach to the task by doing something "out of the box". At the end of the episode, the judges chose the crew with the best performance to receive immunity from the double-elimination next week.

Crew Song[14] Avant Gande Challenge
Static Noyze "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" Incorporate a table in their routine
Blueprint Cru "Bad Romance" Incorporate floorwork in their routine
Jungle Boogie "Video Phone" by Beyoncé Incorporate chairs in their routine
Heavy Impact "LoveGame" Incorporate poles in their routine
Hype 5-0 "Poker Face" Incorporate close arm choreography in their routine
Poreotix "Paparazzi" Incorporate crutches in their routine
Saltare "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis Perform a section of their routine without jump ropes
  • Safe: Static Noyze, Blueprint Cru, Jungle Boogie, Heavy Impact, Hype 5-0, Poreotix, Saltare
  • Awarded Immunity: Blueprint Cru

Week 4: Disco Challenge (March 11, 2010)[edit]

The seven remaining crews incorporated classic disco moves into their dance routines.[15] In addition to the challenge, all the crews had to incorporate a lift into their routines. This week featured a double-elimination due to last week's non-elimination episode.

Crew Song[16] Challenge
Blueprint Cru "Le Freak" by Chic "The Funky Guitar"
Saltare "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps "The Hustle"
Poreotix "Dancing Machine" by The Jackson 5 "The Robot"
Hype 5-0 "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb "The Electric Slide"
Heavy Impact "You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees "The Strut"
Static Noyze "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy "The Staying Alive Finger Point"
Jungle Boogie "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang "The Bump"
  • Safe: Blueprint Cru (Immune), Saltare, Poreotix, Hype 5-0
  • Bottom 3: Heavy Impact, Static Noyze, Jungle Boogie
  • Eliminated: Heavy Impact, Static Noyze

Week 5: Usher Challenge (March 18, 2010)[edit]

The five remaining crews took inspiration from Usher's music videos.[17] Usher himself gave each crew their challenges through video.

Crew Song[18] Challenge
Jungle Boogie "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy Incorporate glides into the routine.
Poreotix "Yeah!" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris Incorporate some of Usher's moves in reverse.
Hype 5-0 "U Don't Have to Call" Start the routine with a grand entrance and incorporate choreography using Heelys.
Blueprint Cru "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" featuring Plies Incorporate a hand section that highlights one of the members in their crew.
Saltare "Caught Up" Incorporate fight choreography from the video.
  • Safe: Jungle Boogie, Poreotix, Hype 5-0
  • Bottom 2: Blueprint Cru, Saltare
  • Eliminated: Saltare

Week 6: Illusion Challenge (March 25, 2010)[edit]

Just like its predecessor in Season 3, the remaining four crews incorporated an eye-popping illusion or a mind-blowing magic act into their performance set.[19] The crews kicked off the show with a group performance to "Take It Off" by Kesha with judge Lil Mama performing in the routine.[20] Magician Franz Harary returned as the magic instructor for the crews.

Crew Song[20] Challenge
Hype 5-0 "Morning After Dark" by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy Make an object come to life.
Poreotix "Right Hand Hi" by Kid Sister Move an object with their minds.
Blueprint Cru "Funhouse" by Pink Become lighter than air.
Jungle Boogie "Da Da Da" by Lil Wayne Pass their bodies through a solid surface.
  • Safe: Hype 5-0, Poreotix
  • Bottom 2: Blueprint Cru, Jungle Boogie
  • Eliminated: Jungle Boogie

Week 7: Hip-Hop Nation Challenge and Last Chance Challenge (April 1, 2010)[edit]

The three remaining crews demonstrated hip-hop styles from across the country in the penultimate challenge of the season.[21] For both challenges, the crews got to collaborate with producer Swizz Beatz.

Challenge #1: Hip-Hop Nation Challenge[edit]

The remaining crews displayed their mastery of hip-hop styles from around the nation. One crew was given the boot halfway through the show. The crews received help from three guest ABDC alumni from past seasons. Each alumnus was assigned to one of the dance styles the crews was responsible for.

Song[22] Style Guest
"Blow The Whistle" by Too Short Turfing Mitch Sanedrin from Supreme Soul
"I'm The Ish" by DJ Class featuring Lil Jon Baltimore House Porché Anthony from Beat Ya Feet Kings
"Get Me Bodied" by Beyoncé New Orleans Bounce Riquel Olander from We Are Heroes
  • Safe: Blueprint Cru
  • Bottom 2: Poreotix, Hype 5-0
  • Eliminated: Hype 5-0

Challenge #2: Last Chance Challenge[edit]

The remaining two crews created original beats with Swizz Beatz to groove to during their routines for the Last Chance Challenge. The finalists then performed their prepared routines before the lines opened for the final voting session of the season.

Crew Performance Title
Blueprint Cru Come To Life
Poreotix Tetreotix

Week 8: The Finale (April 8, 2010)[edit]

The eliminated crews of the season returned and teamed up with the remaining two crews for a regional collaboration.[23] Instead of going head-to-head, Poreotix and Blueprint Cru teamed up for their last performance.

Crews Song[24]
West: Poreotix, Hype 5-0, and Heavy Impact "Blah Blah Blah" by Kesha
East: Blueprint Cru, Saltare, and Static Noyze "Hot Mess" by Cobra Starship
South: Jungle Boogie, Royal Flush, and Swagger Crew "Take Your Shirt Off" by T-Pain
Poreotix and Blueprint Cru Pulse Percussion
Poreotix "I Made It" by Kevin Rudolf featuring Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne
  • Winner: Poreotix
  • Runner-up: Blueprint Cru

Champions for Charity (April 15, 2010)[edit]

America's Best Dance Crew had a charity event featuring all five champions. The five crews opened up the show with a group performance to "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled.[25]

Season Winner Song[26] Charity
Season 1 JabbaWockeeZ "The Final Countdown" by Europe and "Robot Remains" by The Bangerz Less Than Four
Season 2 Super Cr3w "ABCs" by K'naan Marvelous Connections
Season 3 Quest Crew "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Swing Kids Say It Loud
Season 4 We Are Heroes "Rock That Body" by The Black Eyed Peas The Sparkle Effect
Season 5 Poreotix "Witch Doctor" by Alvin and the Chipmunks Everybody Dance Now


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Preceded by
Season 4
America's Best Dance Crew
Season 5
Succeeded by
Season 6

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