B-BOY DECLARED “THE ONE” AT GLOBAL ONE-ON-ONE COMPETITION
French B-boy Lilou Proves Character Wins Over Power at Red Bull BC One
New York, November 19, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Last
night a new chapter was written in the birthplace of Hip Hop, New York
City. Red Bull BC One shook iconic music venue, Hammerstein ballroom,
to its core. Sixteen b-boys from eleven countries battled with pride in
front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1600 enthusiastic fans. French
b-boy Lilou took home the honor of being “The One” for the second time,
a first in Red Bull BC One’s six year history. It was no easy task for
Lilou, as all the night’s competitors put their best foot forward or
“up”. He defeated USA’s Cloud, who had a comeback after a four-year
hiatus touring with Madonna, in a three-round intense finals face-off.
In the end, Lilou’s character, style and confidence prevailed.
couldn’t lose his smile between sets of blowing the audience away with
his clever style and combinations. In the first round, he defeated
Ukrainian b-boy Kolobok and in the quarterfinals, USA b-boy Thesis.
Then in a heated semi-final, Lilou showed another USA b-boy, Morris,
how it’s done.
“I was so afraid because when I got on
stage, all the crowd was: U-S-A! U-S-A! but that just gave me more
power,” said Lilou of his final battle.
Host of the night, KRS One stated, “He walked his way right up, it was crazy! Tokyo, I hope you are ready for this guy.”
had both East and West Coasts represented with Kid Glyde in his
hometown of New York City, Thesis hailing from Seattle, Cloud from LA
and Morris from Sacramento, CA. Wing from Korea, 2008’s champion, put
up a strong fight to defend his title, but lost in the quarterfinals to
In the heart of New York City, Hammerstein Ballroom
sits in the shadows of the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.
As the city continued to buzz outside, inside, this iconic venue was
shaken to its music-lovin’ roots.
Although the b-boy
battles were the highlight of an exciting night, last night’s talent
also brought the crowd to its feet. KRS One literally shined as the
night’s emcee, but his bright shirt did not distract from the hype he
gave to the crowd throughout the show. Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli,
joined by partner Hi-Tek, rocked the house with his beats, both new and
old. One of the most well known b-boy crews, The Rock Steady Crew, gave
a dramatic performance that reflected the evolution of b-boying and Hip
Hop in New York City. The audience also got a lively demonstration from
jump roping group, the National Double Dutch League.
the last six years, Red Bull BC One has provided a spotlight for some
of the world’s most talented dancers. The b-boy growing fan base
worldwide anxiously awaits the biggest one-on-one competition. This
year, the US showcased strong talent and provided an opportunity for
one-on-one style b-boy battling to expand its reach to the US and the
For more info about the event, please visit Red Bull BC One website at www.redbullbcone.com
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