Congratulations to the Vagabonds Crew out of France. They secured a back to back championships over Japan’s Flooriorz last night. Big ups to Thomas and company for throwing down BOTY now in its 22nd year. Below is the write up from the BOTY site about the night….also after you can check out the final battle as well….
VAGABONDS WIN BRAUN BOTY 2012
Vagabonds were last night crowned the Braun Battle of the Year champions for the second year in a row to the delight of French fans in the Park & Suites Arena.
They secured victory after a final battle against Flooriorz of Japan with another signature display of incredible power moves, fast and furious footwork and choreographed routines that left the crowd whooping and screaming in delight.
Judge Niek said afterwards: “It’s well deserved. You could see the difference in the quality of their show. It really stood out. And they didn’t make any mistakes in the final battle.”
French fans could not contain their joy at another home victory but it was disappointment for Asian and other crews who had travelled far, especially Korea’s Morning Owl. Initially, their semi-final battle against Flooriorz was called in their favor but it was a tie and went to a tie break which they lost. Other crews to make the finals were: Pockemon, De Klan, and Formosa.
Vagabonds also won best show, but all of the crews put on entertaining choreographies. Italy’s De Klan came on dressed as monkeys then had a Super Mario character come out to the computer game’s characteristic tune. They weren’t the only ones with the same idea. Pockemon, who were next up, also had a routine to the Mario tune. Korea’s Morning of Owl meanwhile went for something new with their choice of music. No familiar beats of hip-hop — their’s was a classical string number. But it was popular with the crowd.
This year saw a change of rules for the battles. The six best crews, not four, went forward. This, said organizer Thomas Hergenröther, was a concession to the fans who wanted to see more battles.
“Hip-hop is all about the battles. It’s what the guys want to do and what the fans love to watch. Having six makes it much more interesting!”
The night was hosted by MCs Maleek and Nasty from France while DJs Nobunaga AKA Panic and One Up were on the decks heating up the vibes with their funky breaks and versatility.
Adds Hergenröther: It was a fantastic night and I’d like to congratulate all the crews for taking part and the fans for their support.”
During the show it was announced that after three years in France, the final will return to Germany in 2013. Adds Hergenröther: “The last three years have been the perfect partnership with the city of Montpellier. We’re leaving with a little sadness but also looking forward to returning to Germany where BOTY started.”
Last word should go to the Nigerian fans. Despite numbering under 10, they succeeded in getting the entire 12,000-strong audience to join their chanting (with a little help from the MCs)!