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CBBC 'Jump Nation' Episode 6 'Jump Nation Stadium Round 2'

Posted on Monday, 15 February 2010 06:51PM by Jonny Callender
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Hello again and welcome to the skip-hop review of episode six of CBBC’s Jump Nation. With the competition getting tougher each week, the last seven teams battled it out in the second of the stadium shows last Saturday. The judges had set the teams the task of ‘working on their weaknesses’. This, they hoped, would not only challenge the teams but also bring out their ability to perform diversely, outside of their comfort zones. 

Pump It –
Pump It got the show started and themed their performance on ‘mirror imaging’ and their training involved being tied to each other throughout the day in order to get in that extra bit of practice. The concept was brilliantly executed. Although they started off a little out of time and obviously very nervous, the concept of reflective manoeuvres soon began to look really effective. We were shown some well timed and well synchronised individual, travelling and partner skips. Pump It attempted a mirrored side-swing in and out of a crougar and although they didn’t quite nail it, they did really well to try such a difficult move. Finishing off with a mirrored dance routine, they capped off a very good all round interpretation of ‘mirrored movement’ in jump rope.

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: SILVER
Kevin: BRONZE
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL POINTS: 7

XD-
Moving away from their more familiar routines in street dance, this week the XD group tackled the concept of ‘ballroom’. The concept was put into action superbly and they started with a very tight dance routine before picking up the double-dutch ropes. The leap-frog into the double-dutch was well executed as was the boy-girl routine inside the ropes. Although the twins made a few mistakes inside the ropes, this was a really well carried out dance where jump rope met ballroom in a smooth and enjoyable performance that, in hindsight, was one of the best on show.  

JUDGES SCORES:
Camilla: SILVER
Kevin: SILVER
Ankur: BRONZE
TOTAL POINTS: 7

Pulse-    
This week Pulse looked to avoid their familiar fresh and giggly look by taking on the persona of ‘truckers’ in their routine. They began with some superb ‘spit-fire’ fast travelling which was carried out at an impressively high speed and looked excellent. The partner skips that followed were very tightly put together and the individual skills included some brilliantly synchronised double-unders. This was the best performance of the day and that was reflected by the judges scores.

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

Best Foot Forward-
The girls from Best Foot Forward aimed to emphasize the street dance aspect in their routine this week. Early in the performance, the long rope and double-dutch manoeuvres were very technical and worked well. The street dance also worked really well and tied in the skips nicely although a lack of control turning the double-dutch ropes did lead to some mistakes. The highlight of the performance was a really well executed lift inside the double-dutch ropes which displayed the teams’ skill and ability and also seemed to win over the judges.

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

Slam-
Hoping to achieve a more ‘girly’ vibe in their performance, the Slam crew gave a performance dressed as if they were skipping-receptionists. They began with a dance routine using swivel office chairs, and although the timing wasn’t great, the concept worked well and was effective. Getting better as the performance went on, there was a great technical transition from skipping inside long ropes to turning double-dutch. This was followed by an outstanding ‘arrow spring’ into the double-dutch and a nice paired routine once inside the ropes. With only a few mistakes this was a great dance/jump-rope performance.

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

Skip Its-
The Skip-its took on the persona of ‘boxers’ this week and tackled the concept very well. With some good timing, the individual synchronised rope skills were excellent. The synchronised speed-steps with cross-overs and double-unders were superb and the girls stepped it up a level when they then managed to synchronise some triple-unders. However, the travelling manoeuvres towards the end of the performance were a little out of time and there was no long or double-dutch jump rope included.

JUDGES SCORES
Camilla: BRONZE
Kevin: SILVER
Ankur: SILVER
TOTAL POINTS: 7

Taurus-
The karate-kicking crew attempted to soften up their routine this week and experiment with a slower tempo performance. Having managed some good solid paired skips, there was in fact very little rope work done as the group focused more on their dance. The dance however was at a slow pace and this emphasized the need for timely movement but the Taurus team often seemed to be out of time with each other. Performing jump-rope routines at a slower pace is not easy and, despite some mistakes, the team had obviously worked hard on their performance. Taurus managed to impress the judges as the scoring was very kind. 

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

Another great show in which we saw some great technical skipping as well as some inspired and well worked dance. The stand-out performances came from Pump who mixed speed-skipping skills with great dance and XD who really actively involved their concept of ‘ballroom’ in their skipping. Surprisingly, it was Pump It in the bottom two and they were joined by Taurus.

JUDGES SCORES:
Ankur: TAURUS
Kevin: TAURUS
Camilla: n/a

Again, Pump It appeared nervous whilst Taurus seemed to thrive under the pressure, giving a much tighter performance second time round. The judges therefore decided to say goodbye to Pump It, but the group should be proud as they performed brilliantly throughout.

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