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CBBC 'Jump Nation' Episode 5 'Jump Nation Stadium Round 1'

Posted on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 05:50PM by Aidan Twomey
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Welcome to the skip-hop review of episode five of CBBC's Jump Nation. This is the first of the stadium episodes where the 8 remaining teams get to battle it out to make it through to the next round. As the stakes are being raised, the numbers are decreasing. To stay in at this level of the competition, the teams have really got to pull something out of the bag to impress the judges.

Taurus –

Loved the creative start. The puppet idea and effect looked fantastic. It really worked. During the more complex individual moves, it was a shame about the mistake from one of the team. But well recovered and joined straight back in. Fantastic synchronisation into the coils and the “freeze”. Small mistake made while skipping inside the double dutch, which very easily happens when performing difficult individual skills inside the double dutch ropes. The jump into the ropes was a risky move after the mistakes made in the time leading up to the round, but with the excellent teamwork and rope turning of the team he pulled it off. Fantastic. Loved the use of the ropes at the end to link back into the theme of puppets, introduced at the beginning. All in all, not an extremely complex routine, with a few mistakes, but it was creative and interesting to watch. Good effort.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: GOLD
Kevin: GOLD
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL POINTS: 15

Skipits –

The ‘girlies’ in this routine started off with a cool, story based start. It then progressed from what looked like a typical ‘girlie’ routine to some hard partner based skills. With a bit of travelling into a move called the “Mexican Hat”. Shame about the catch of the rope underneath the feet. Very nice synchronised skills thrown in there, and the mistake from the girl at the front was covered up by her ability to recover. Moving onto the complex individual moves, the double-unders and toads were performed beautifully without mistake, which moves nicely into the double Dutch part of the performance. I really liked the complex skills with the double Dutch ropes before they were turning properly. Overall good routine but it would have been nice to see something really different though.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: SILVER
Kevin: SILVER
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL: 9

Pump It –

After a few tricky “mess-ups” in the heats and in the jump academy sessions, the team were not sure on the likeliness of them getting through. To their surprise they did, and after all the work, they have decided to try Tom’s leapfrog again to prove they can pull it off. This is a big risk, and possibly their last chance. Very cool start from pump it. Very clean complex moves to start with from Tom. Very good “double dutching” from the girlies and an amazing leapfrog (that actually worked this time) from Tom. Finishing off with very interesting dance, gymnastic elements and a cheeky “playground prankster” theme at the end. So much enthusiasm and cheekiness, which leads us to say…that was their best performance to date.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: GOLD
Kevin: GOLD
Ankur: GOLD
TOTAL: 18

Best Foot Forwards –

Tap dancers by nature, they’ve had a tough time so far in the competition with the judges. They’re hoping in the stadium shows they can really pull it out of the bag and show they can be dancers and skippers in the same routine. After all it is about your own personality rubbing on off on your routine.
Nice dance style start to one of my favourite songs, moving onto what looked like a very unique and difficult gymnast freeze whilst another person turns the rope over them. We liked that a lot. In the Double Dutch the footwork skills are complex but very clean and work well. Fantastic acrobatic finish, but not much actual individual skills which was a compulsory part of the show. It was also very static, which is what Camilla said, they need to try and balance the skipping with the gymnastic and dance elements to create that MASSIVE wow factor.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: BRONZE
Kevin: SILVER
Ankur: BRONZE
TOTAL: 5

Xd –

We here at skip-hop like the street and cheeky side of this crew, and think they have a lot of potential in this competition. Really cool start to this performance, with a really street-dance vibe, into the double Dutch with some cool footwork from the team. I like the way when certain members weren’t skipping or turning ropes they weren’t completely static, and they used the props such as the radio to keep moving. LOVED the “kip-up” with the double dutch ropes which really brought out the cool side of skipping. The individual skills weren’t as technical as the other teams, with basic single bounce skips and the odd crossover. This is maybe something the team need to work on. XD have got the attitude of playing to their strengths, which is important but sometimes, take it up a notch, they need to leave their comfort zone and try to include more of these complex skills.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: GOLD
Kevin: GOLD
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL: 15

Star Steppers –

With tough comments from Camilla and the judges in the jump academy the star-steppers really have to pull their socks up and come out with something amazing in this, the first round of the studio shows in order to jump into the next round.
With a creative start, with the cool microphone theme and the nice gymnastic roll over they moved onto the double dutch, with some really cool and clean steps inside the rope until a mistake, meant they had to start the ropes again, but hopefully they recovered with the cool dance moves outside of the ropes and the beautiful gymnastics style back flip out of the ropes. Nice finish too.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: SILVER
Kevin: BRONZE
Ankur: BRONZE
TOTAL: 5

Pulse –

Wicked theme of the doctors and nurses at the beginning. Loved the trolley idea. Moving straight into some fast speed skipping, whilst moving around the stadium floor into some continuous double-unders. Liked the use of the Rodeo, it was all looking very promising until the ropes collided causing a major issue with the two performers on the far left. More mistakes in the double dutch, but was very impressed with the rate of recovery from the performers and we loved the freeze at the end using the double dutch ropes in the shape of the teams logo. Go Pulse!

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: SILVER
Kevin: SILVER
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL: 9

Slam –

Very impressive dance elements to start this routine off with some wacky, crazy really cool costumes. The double dutch was very basic throughout until the push-ups were thrown in which was a really risky move on such a big round of the competition, but they pulled it off and made it really easy. Although these girls are mainly dancers, the comments throughout have really been that they need to push their skipping more. We were expecting more skipping and a few more technical skills in the individual ropes. Very confident, funky performance.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: GOLD
Kevin: GOLD
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL: 15

All in all this was a fantastic show which kept us all on the edge of our seat. With strengths and weaknesses in all of the teams, and a massive variety of comments and scores from all three judges. But unfortunately the journey had to end for one of the teams, and the opportunity to head to America with their skipping ropes taken away from them. Before this though had to be the skip off in which we saw the ‘skipits’ and the ‘star-steppers’ battle out for the final place through to the next round.
The judges then made their decision who they wanted to jump into the next round.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: Star-steppers
Kevin: Skipits
Ankur: Skipits 

This unfortunately meant we saw the Star-Steppers say goodbye to the competition, but left with the memories of getting a long way in the competition. And hopefully they keep up their skipping and progress.
Well done to all the teams this week, keep up the wicked work, and we look forward to seeing the last 7 teams next week. Whose names will be on those plane tickets to America?