p next was Pockeman Crew and Top 9 Crew. The French fellas had some amazing group routines and maneuvers, and at the end my friends and I voted for Pockeman across the board. But in what I consider to be the biggest shocker of the night, Russia's Top 9 Crew were the ones voted through to the finals.
The top four crews to battle in the finals were the All-Stars (Brazil), Gamblerz (Korea), Top 9 (Russia) and Rivers (Korea). Gamblerz and All-Stars were up first. Both teams stepped up from their previous battles and gave us a good show, but the local boys won to give them a chance to battle for first place. Next, Top 9 battled last year's champs, Rivers Crew, and won.
After a short intermission where we were entertained by a couple of hip hop dancers, who wore old-school 1930's gentleman's outfits and danced reminiscent of Chris Brown or Boyz II Men, it was time for the finals.
Before Top 9 and Gamblerz to battle for the championships, Rivers Crew and All-Stars Crew had to battle for third and fourth place. After a fierce battle where both side brought their best moves, it was the All-Star Crew who came out on top, winning third place, leaving the 2007 R16 champs in fourth.
Finally, the MC called out, "Final battle, y'all!" and the Gamblerz and Top 9 crews stepped on stage. This battle had less group moves and was more technical that a lot of the battles we had seen. It was a good match, but I, like I'm sure most of the crowd, was cheering for the Korean Gamblerz Crew.