Sunday, September 20, 2009

Preview from the Pressbox - Chris Trondsen on the Last Chance Challenge

Here's the rest of Chris' preview. It's a little more spoiler-y than usual, but that's almost impossible to avoid in the penultimate week of the season.

"I don’t think anyone saw this finale coming. I know I didn’t. And the other people I speak with each week in press sure didn’t. If you would’ve asked any of us earlier on which two crews were going to be in the finale next week, maybe one of the two crews that made it would be mentioned but probably not both.

When they announced the crew that was safe based on last week’s votes, most people in press were shocked. I always know how everyone else in press feels, not only by the comments following the decision, but by everyone gasping in unison. It means that the two crews most people thought were going to be in the finale now have to go head to head and one is going to have to go home getting crowned third place and will not compete at being called this season’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

The three crews remaining start off the night by having the decade challenge where they all have to dance to music from five different decades of music and the choreography has to reflect it. The crew that was voted safe by the voters and automatically is in the finale does just okay.

All eyes are on the remaining two crews because this performance will decide who goes on to the finale. The first crew that is up for elimination gets mediocre reviews. The crew really couldn’t seem to excel in this multi-song and longer format. The second crew up for elimination kills it to nothing but positive feedback from the judges and response from the crowd. They end up moving on to the finale.

That’s when they have their strongest performance of the entire season. It’s clear in most people’s minds that if voting is based on performance, this crew should win this season. One judge says they’ve “never seen anything like it.” I agree.

So we will see if America agrees with that night’s crowd, the judges, and everyone in the press box (including dancers from past seasons) and votes for the crew that clearly had the stronger of the two final performances (like the voters did last season), or if voting will be based on something else.

But one thing is clear, the crew that the judges saved had their best performance of their life and no one can take that away from them."

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