America's Best Dance Crew (season 7)
|America's Best Dance Crew|
|Broadcast from||April 11, 2012 – June 13, 2012|
The seventh season of America's Best Dance Crew, also known as America's Best Dance Crew: Return of the Superstars, premiered on April 11, 2012 and concluded on June 13, 2012. Auditions were held in four cities through January 2012: Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. Ten dance crews were selected to compete for the title of America's Best Dance Crew. Return of the Superstars utilizes the same show format of the previous season, in which the crews performed to the music of one specific artist each week. This season's featured artists included Rihanna, Britney Spears, Madonna, Pitbull, David Guetta, LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Flo Rida, and Katy Perry.
- 1 Auditions
- 2 Crews
- 3 Results
- 4 Episodes
- 4.1 Week 1: Britney Spears Challenge (April 11, 2012)
- 4.2 Week 2: Flo Rida Challenge (April 18, 2012)
- 4.3 Week 3: Madonna Challenge (April 25, 2012)
- 4.4 Week 4: Drake Challenge (May 2, 2012)
- 4.5 Week 5: Jennifer Lopez Challenge (May 9, 2012)
- 4.6 Week 6: Pitbull Challenge (May 16, 2012)
- 4.7 Week 7: Rihanna Challenge (May 23, 2012)
- 4.8 Week 8: LMFAO Challenge (May 30, 2012)
- 4.9 Week 9: David Guetta Challenge (June 6, 2012)
- 4.10 Week 10: Katy Perry Superstar Finale (June 13, 2012)
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The details about the ABDC Season 7 casting auditions were revealed through the show's casting website. Similar to the previous season, there was no age restriction. Dance crews who had previously competed on the show were also encouraged to audition again. In promotion of Season 7, District 78 released the master mixes of the songs used for the callbacks at each of the four audition cities on their official website. The audition dates and locations are as follows:
|Superior St.||Chicago, Illinois||January 13, 2012||"Niggas in Paris" by Kanye West and Jay-Z|
|SoReal Dance Studio||Houston, Texas||January 15, 2012||"Rain Over Me" by Pitbull|
|S.I.R. Studios||New York, New York||January 21, 2012||"T.H.E." by will.i.am featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez|
|CenterStaging||Los Angeles, California||January 28, 2012||"Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO|
The cast of the seventh season of ABDC consists of nine new dance crews and one returning crew. The appearance of Fanny Pak, who were originally contestants in the second season of ABDC, marks the first time a crew has appeared to compete on the show a second time. The following information is provided by the official MTV website. Each dance crew's hometown and representative region were displayed on their banner during the course of the competition.
|8 Flavahz||Honolulu, Hawaii||Pacific|
|Collizion Crew||Atlanta, Georgia||South|
|Fanny Pak||San Fernando Valley, California||West|
|Mix'd Elements||North Hollywood, California||West|
|Mos Wanted Crew||Los Angeles, California||West|
|Rated Next Generation||Mukilteo, Washington||Northwest|
|Eliminated||Bottom 3||Bottom 2||Runner-up||Winner|
|3||Mos Wanted Crew||ELIM|
|4||Rated Next Generation||BTM3||BTM2||ELIM|
|^Note 1 : The bottom crew from the first episode battled the bottom crew from the
second episode to determine the first elimination of the season.
|^Note 2 : The judges saved both bottom crews from elimination.|
- Beginning with the Top 5 crews, each eliminated crew received a video montage of their journey on the show set to "Farewell" by Rihanna.
Week 1: Britney Spears Challenge (April 11, 2012)
The season kicked off with the first round of crews dancing to a mastermix of "I Wanna Go". Then, the crews incorporated her hits into their routines. The judges selected four crews to advance to the next round, while the crew who did not make the cut would face elimination in the following week's episode.
|Mix'd Elements||"Till the World Ends"|
|Irratik||"Hold It Against Me"|
|Stepboys||"If U Seek Amy"|
- Safe: Fanny Pak, 8 Flavahz, Irratik, Stepboys
- Bottom: Mix'd Elements
The other five competing crews danced to "Wild Ones" featuring Sia, with Flo Rida performing alongside with them. Flo Rida then joined the judges table as a special guest judge. Later, the crews crafted their own routines inspired by his hits. After the judges decided the four dance crews that were safe, the bottom crew battled Mix'd Elements to a mastermix of "Turn Around" to determine which one would be the first eliminated.
|Elektrolytes||"Club Can't Handle Me" featuring David Guetta|
|Rated Next Generation||"Right Round" featuring Kesha|
|Collizion Crew||"Low" featuring T-Pain|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"In the Ayer" featuring will.i.am|
- Safe: Mos Wanted Crew, Collizion Crew, Rated Next Generation, Elektrolytes
- Bottom: Funkdation
- Eliminated: Mix'd Elements
The nine remaining crews choreograph routines inspired by Madonna's most iconic music videos. Each crew had to incorporate their music video's signature dance style into their routine. In this episode, two teams were sent home after a double-elimination.
|Dance Crew||Song||Dance Style|
|Fanny Pak||"Girl Gone Wild"||Waacking|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland||Popping|
|Rated Next Generation||"Human Nature"||Thrashing|
|Stepboys||"Ray Of Light"||Spazzing|
|Collizion Crew||"Don't Tell Me"||Country Line Dancing|
|Funkdation||"Give Me All Your Luvin'" featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.||Cheerleading|
|Irratik||"Express Yourself"||Jazz Steps|
- Safe: Fanny Pak, Elektrolytes, Mos Wanted Crew, 8 Flavahz, Rated Next Generation, Stepboys
- Bottom 3: Collizion Crew, Funkdation, Irratik
- Eliminated: Funkdation, Irratik
The seven remaining crews choreograph routines inspired by Drake songs. In addition, each crew had to select a lyric from their assigned song and "bring it to life."
|Dance Crew||Song||Chosen Lyric||Challenge|
|Rated Next Generation||"HYFR" featuring Lil Wayne||"Time for me to revisit the past"||Perform a section of the routine in reverse|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"The Motto" featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga||"Tell Tune 'Light one, pass it like a relay'"||Create a relay|
|8 Flavahz||"Find Your Love"||"I bet if I give all my lovin', nothin's gonna tear us apart"||Become connected at some point|
|Collizion Crew||"Over"||"So I'm riding through this city with my high beams on"||Create a car|
|Elektrolytes||"Headlines"||"Floating in and out of consciousness"||Create the illusion that someone is levitating|
|Fanny Pak||"Make Me Proud" featuring Nicki Minaj||"Running on a treadmill and only eating salad"||Create a treadmill|
|Stepboys||"Best I Ever Had"||"Every single show she out there reppin' like a mascot"||Incorporate a mascot|
- Safe: Rated Next Generation, Mos Wanted Crew, 8 Flavahz, Collizion Crew, Elektrolytes
- Bottom 2: Fanny Pak, Stepboys
- Eliminated: Stepboys
Week 5: Jennifer Lopez Challenge (May 9, 2012)
The six remaining crews paid tribute to Jennifer Lopez. Her own choreographer, Beau "Casper" Smart, worked with the crews during rehearsals. Each crew's challenge was to highlight a defining moment in J.Lo's career. Smart also gave them an additional challenge that linked to their initial challenge. Pauly D also made an appearance as a guest DJ.
|Dance Crew||Song||Initial Challenge||Additional Challenge|
|8 Flavahz||"Let's Get Loud"||Incorporate salsa dancing||Incorporate trumpets|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"On the Floor" featuring Pitbull||Incorporate floorwork||Hype the audience|
|Elektrolytes||"Get Right"||Create a moving subway car||Incorporate canes|
|Collizion Crew||"Jenny from the Block" featuring Styles P and Jadakiss||Incorporate popping, locking, and b-boy moves||Perform a specific J.Lo move|
|Rated Next Generation||"Do It Well"||Incorporate the New Jack Swing dance style||Perform the move called "The Wop"|
|Fanny Pak||"Waiting for Tonight"||Change clothes during the routine||Incorporate a four-man lift|
- Safe: 8 Flavahz, Mos Wanted Crew, Elektrolytes
- Bottom 3: Collizion Crew, Rated Next Generation, Fanny Pak
- Eliminated: Collizion Crew
The five remaining dance crews began the episode with a dance number to "I Like: The Remix" featuring Enrique Iglesias and The WAV.s, alongside Season 6 runner-up ICONic Boyz. Then, each crew was given a country and an international dance style to incorporate into routines that were set to the music of Pitbull. In a two-way tie, the Bottom 2 crews advanced to the next round, marking the first time the judges saved both bottom crews from elimination.
|Dance Crew||Song||Country||Dance Style|
|Elektrolytes||"I Know You Want Me"||Brazil||Capoeira|
|8 Flavahz||"Hey Baby" featuring T-Pain||France||Can-can|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"Give Me Everything" featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer||Russia||Barynya|
|Fanny Pak||"International Love" featuring Chris Brown||India||Bollywood|
|Rated Next Generation||"Hotel Room Service"||China||Dance of 1000 Hands|
- Safe: Elektrolytes, 8 Flavahz, Mos Wanted Crew
- Bottom 2: Fanny Pak, Rated Next Generation
- Eliminated: None
The five remaining crews created dance routines inspired by Rihanna, beginning with a group performance to "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris. Unlike last season, where her choreographer distributed the challenges, Rihanna delivered them to the crews herself.
|Rated Next Generation||"You da One"||Incorporate tricks using bowler hats|
|8 Flavahz||"Birthday Cake"||Create a fire effect and extinguish it|
|Mos Wanted Crew||"Cockiness"||Use jackets to create pictures of confidence|
|Elektrolytes||"Where Have You Been"||Incorporate a microphone stand|
|Fanny Pak||"Talk That Talk" featuring Jay-Z||Incorporate color guard rifle spins|
- Safe: Rated Next Generation, 8 Flavahz, Mos Wanted Crew
- Bottom 2: Elektrolytes, Fanny Pak
- Eliminated: Fanny Pak
The four remaining crews danced to songs by LMFAO, beginning with a group performance to "Live My Life" by Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber. Redfoo from LMFAO handed out the dance challenges, and Season 3 champion Quest Crew visited the rehearsal studio to work with the crews.
|Mos Wanted Crew||"Sexy and I Know It"||Create a catwalk with wiggle-inspired runway modeling|
|Elektrolytes||"Champagne Showers" featuring Natalia Kills||Perform robotic moves while transforming into a giant robot|
|Rated Next Generation||"Sorry for Party Rocking"||Recreate the 15-second dance breakdown from the video|
|8 Flavahz||"Party Rock Anthem" featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock||Recreate the group blow-up from the video, and incorporate "The T-step" and "The Spongebob"|
- Safe: Mos Wanted Crew, Elektrolytes
- Bottom 2: Rated Next Generation, 8 Flavahz
- Eliminated: Rated Next Generation
Week 9: David Guetta Challenge (June 6, 2012)
The top three crews competed for the two spots in the championship round to the music of David Guetta. Unlike the format for previous episodes, the crews performed first before the voting results were revealed. Guetta gave each crew the same mastermix and challenges to incorporate into their routines. Then, they did a group number to "Titanium" featuring Sia.
|"Memories" featuring Kid Cudi||Gloving|
|"Turn Me On" featuring Nicki Minaj||Move like dolls|
|"Without You" featuring Usher||Gliding|
- Safe: 8 Flavahz
- Bottom 2: Elektrolytes, Mos Wanted Crew
After the Bottom 2 was announced, the two crews had to dance battle to determine which one would advance to the finale.
|Mos Wanted Crew||"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra|
|Elektrolytes||"Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris|
- Eliminated: Mos Wanted Crew
Week 10: Katy Perry Superstar Finale (June 13, 2012)
The final two crews danced to music from the upcoming concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, after meeting the pop starlet. Then, America's Best Dance Crew was crowned. The hour also featured performances by past champions.
|8 Flavahz and Elektrolytes||"Wide Awake"|
|Elektrolytes and Poreotix||"Part of Me"|
|8 Flavahz and We Are Heroes||"T.G.I.F." featuring Missy Elliott|
|I aM mE||"E.T." featuring Kanye West|
|Elektrolytes||"Starships" by Nicki Minaj|
- Winner: Elektrolytes
- Runner-up: 8 Flavahz
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