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America's Best Dance Crew
"America's Best Dance Crew"
Format Interactive reality game show
Written by Jordan Allen-Dutton
Erik Weiner
Directed by Michael Simon
Presented by Mario Lopez
Layla Kayleigh
Judges JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Omarion (season 5)
Shane Sparks (seasons 1–4)[1]
Country of origin Flag of the United States.svg United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 41
Executive producer(s) Joel Gallen
Abe Hoch
Randy Jackson
Rob Lee
Howard Schwartz
Karen Schwartz
Harriet Sternberg
Austin Wagner
Cinematography Scott Hylton
Running time 60/90 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Horizon Television
Distributor MTV
Original channel MTV
Original run February 7, 2008[2] – Present
Related shows MTV's Top Pop Group
External links Official website

America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American television show featuring street dance crews from the United States. The show is produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who has admitted to using the show as a platform for his banner making company, and airs on MTV.[3]

The show is hosted by former teen actor, two-time game show host, and Dancing with the Stars runner-up, Mario Lopez and features television personality, Layla Kayleigh as the backstage correspondent. For the fifth season, the current judges are hip-hop artist and dancer Lil Mama, former *NSYNC member JC Chasez and R&B singer Omarion. Former judge is hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks.[4][5] The series was originally developed for NBC.



America's Best Dance Crew is a reality show where dance crews from all over the U.S. showcase their talent and compete for a $100,000.00 (USD) grand prize. Each week, the crews are given a challenge. The challenge is different for each crew but has the same general concept. For example, one challenge included a set of a school gym and each crews had to incorporate beats with the props on stage (lockers, bleachers, jump ropes, etc.). Every week there is a performance/results show. Mario Lopez reveals which two crews are in the bottom two. These two then do the performances they were planning on doing if they were safe and then the judges choose which crew was better and that crew stays while the other crew is eliminated. Since the first season, the winning crews also receive the Golden B-Boy Trophy, a golden statue of a B-Boy doing a freeze, with the legs moving like a bobblehead. Another unique aspect of ABDC are the crew banners. The logo on the banner represents that crew, appearing on merchandise, appearing in the background for interviews, and also just as a transition effect. When a crew is eliminated, their banner falls off the top of the stadium where the banners of the crews still in the running stand.

In August 2, 2009, as a prologue for the season four, the show premiered a special hosted by Randy Jackson called "The Top 10 Performances of All Time" where Randy son showed his top 10 picks of the first three seasons:

# Season Crew Week Song
1 Season 1 JabbaWockeeZ Thriller Challenge "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson
2 Season 3 Quest Crew Last Chance Challenge "orQUESTra" by Quest Crew & District 78
3 Season 1 Top 4 crews Broadway Remixed Challenge "It's a Hard Knock Life" from Annie
4 Season 3 Strikers All-Stars Britney Spears Challenge "Gimme More" by Britney Spears
5 Season 1 Kaba Modern Crew's Choice Challenge "Technologic" by Daft Punk
6 Season 3 Beat Freaks Illusion Challenge "Freeze" by T-Pain featuring Chris Brown
7 Season 3 Dynamic Edition Sudden Death Challenge "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas
8 Season 1 Breaksk8 Dance Craze Challenge "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid
9 Season 2 Fanny Pak Missy Elliott Challenge "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott
10 Season 2 Super Cr3w Crew's Choice Challenge "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown

Season summary

Season Winner Other Crews (in order of placement)
1 JabbaWockeeZ Status Quo, Kaba Modern, BreakSk8, Fysh N Chicks,
Live in Color, ICONic, Femme 5, Enigma Dance Kru
JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Shane Sparks
2 Super Cr3w SoReal Cru, Fanny Pak, Boogie Bots, Supreme Soul, A.S.I.I.D.,
Phresh Select, Xtreme Dance Force, Sass x7, Distorted X
3 Quest Crew Beat Freaks, Fly Khicks, Strikers All-Stars, Dynamic Edition,
Ringmasters, Team Millennia, Boxcuttuhz, G.O.P. Dance
4 We Are Heroes Afroboriké, Massive Monkees, Rhythm City, Vogue Evolution,
Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Artistry In Motion, Fr3sh
5 TBD Blueprint Cru, Hype 5-0, Jungle Boogie, Poreotix
Eliminated: Saltare, Heavy Impact, Static Noyze, Royal Flush, Swagger Crew
JC Chasez
Lil Mama

International distribution

In Canada, the show airs on both MuchMusic and Musique Plus. In Portugal, the show airs on MTV Portugal, in Argentina it airs on MTV Argentina and in Finland it airs on MTV Finland. In the Philippines, this show was aired on Solar TV.


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