The tension was definitely thick the moments before the victors were named on Thursday night's season-three finale of "America's Best Dance Crew." In a season that would pit the first all-girl-crew finalists, Beat Freaks, against a crew that was facing elimination only a week before, the fans decided that in the end, Quest Crew was "America's Best."
But the tension of the final results was preceded by a celebration of the entire season. All nine crews were brought out to dance off in the judges' choice of groups of three. Judge Shane Sparks picked Quest Crew, Dynamic Edition and Strikers All-Stars. The group clogged, breaked and grooved to a remix of the '80s classic "You Spin Me Round."
Judge JC Chasez chose the Beat Freaks and teamed the ladies with Team Millennia and Boxcuttuhz. The trio of dance crews tore it up to Lady Gaga's "Just Dance." But it was Lil Mama's reggaeton-flavored combination of G.O.P. Dance, Fly Khicks and Ringmasters, who danced to Sean Paul and Keri Hilson's "The Tide," that really got the crowd hyped.
Before they would find out which of them won the competition, the Beat Freaks and Quest Crew teamed up to perform in front of the celeb-filled crowd, which included Lil Wayne and Lil' Kim.
"When you all came on the show, you came to dominate," Sparks told the Quest Crew, who had previously said that before coming on the show, they admired the Beat Freaks, who were the only crew that avoided the bottom two all season.
"You guys are the total package," JC Chasez told the Beat Freaks. "Every week, every performance was intelligent, athletic and great."
MTV Remote Control blogger Eric Weingrad hosted the "ABDC" post-show alongside MTV News' Tim Kash. "It was the closest 'ABDC' by far over the past three seasons," he told MTV News. "As they waited, that tension grew into pure excitement as fans of both Quest Crew and Beat Breaks started to chant their names in such a loud manner that it was impossible to tell who the audience was favoring. Both crews' names were shouted out equally."
In the end only one group could win, and Randy Jackson came out to award the Quest Crew the grand prize of $100,000. "You guys fought so hard," he told them. "I got to commend you on that."
"The coolest part about the night is that when Quest Crew won," Weingrad told us. "The family element was stronger then ever as the Beat Freaks exited the stage to the remaining seven crews chanting 'Beat Freaks!' back in the garage, causing some of the Beat Freaks to well up."