It is a three-team finals for Showdown 2012, writes Dennis Chua
THREE teams of dancers with distinct styles are putting their best foot forward at the finals of Showdown 2012, 8TV’s popular dance reality show, today.
The brawny Dem Lepak Boyz (DLB), the colourful Project Elementz (PEZ) and the gothic Soul Gang (SG) will battle it out at KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. The event will be televised live on 8TV at 9.30pm.
DLB comprising siblings Faridh, Anwar, Weiskarnain and Rizwan Yasin, Syahmi Rosli, Sezaly Hasgali and Gadaffi Rafig gave fans an adrenaline-pumping dance to Rage Against The Machine’s tune Bulls On Parade to earn its place in the finals.
Judge Maple Loo described them as a “macho” group which never fails to entertain and has improved by leaps and bounds.
PEZ, which conjured a funky dance complete with cute acrobatics, was described by judge Joe Flizzow as a great team with effortless presentations. Guest judge Pat Ibrahim, however, urged them to “up the ante”.
The PEZ team, comprising Jackson Chua, Ang Koon Xin, Kent Low, Ngui Soon Peng, Siong Wai Cheong, Bruce Lim and Elaine Chiam, danced to a dance-pop remix of Brahms’ classical masterpiece Beautiful Day.
“The key to giving fans a great performance each week is knowing each other in and out,” says its member Low.
Another member Chiam says: “We are not only team mates but best friends who hang out together a lot, and give each other encouragement when it’s lacking.”
The dance troupe was formed seven years ago and the members enjoy watching American dance reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance.
“We learn by observing,” says Chua.
SG comprising Arliana Mansor, Suffian Shukor, Hazaly Zain, Alushi Asmathudin, Wahab Baharum, Ridhzuwan Rasli and Safri Hasan gave viewers a creepy yet fun-filled dance to the tune of Boys Noise’s Let’s Buy Happiness and Kyoto by Skrillex and Sirah.
The members, like PEZ, showed excellent team work, and leader Arliana impressed Pat with a “surprise ending”. Pat described the group as sophisticated and entertaining, and praised them for showing the best team spirit for the evening.
The group, says Ridhzuwan, was formed early this year, and its members came from different dance groups. “We met during a TV show and there was no turning back.”
Arliana says not unlike DLB and PEZ, SG loves acrobatic movements, and ‘surprises’ are part and parcel of their weekly performances. “We try not to be predictable,” she says.
Rizwan of DLB says: “Competition has been very tough this year, and our contenders are formidable. May the best team win.”
Showdown producer V. Ganesh says immunity was new to the show, and it was introduced to reward the team that had shown the most improvement. “Also called ticket express, it’s part and parcel of our improvements to the show,” he says.
DLB, PEZ and SG beat all-girl Soul Krazy and teenagers Walawei to make it to the finals. Soul Krazy comprising Rebecca Lee, Evone Kan, Vone Ngai, Chris Nah, Chen Hong Yan and Lydia Tan gave a power-packed dance complete with acrobatic “roll overs” to the tune of Keri Hilson’s The Way You Love Me.
Loo praised them for their interesting choreography, which she described as the most “out of the box” for the evening.
Walawei, comprising Syafiq Osman, Fitri Sabari, Najib Baharuddin, Amirul Hamasholdin and Zaidy Rudyanshah moved to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful.
The three teams, which meet in the finals top the list of 12 from around the country this season. The winner will take home RM50,000 and the title of best dance crew as well as get a chance to participate in the Urban Dance Camp in Lorrach, Germany.
The other teams which have been eliminated in the weekly concerts were Dvol Blacky Wacky, EGS Monster, Inversion, Kitta Move, Syko Breakerz Crew, The Hype and We Taking Over.
Showdown 2012 finals will be aired at 9.30 tonight over 8TV. It is hosted by DJ Hafiz Hatim of Fly FM.