One of the most iconic dance reality shows of all time, “Street Woman Fighter”, created an unbelievable buzz all over the world in 2021, drawing global attention to the female underground/street dance scene in South Korea, taking it to the mainstream. Continuing on its success, Mnet is back with the male version of the show, “Street Man Fighter”, scheduled to air this summer.
Before that, the prequel to “Street Man Fighter”, Mnet’s “Be Mbitious” is running full force towards immense popularity with a riveting competition to choose 8 solo dancers who will form a project dance crew called “Mbitious” to participate in “Street Man Fighter”.
After rounds of choreographed performance and battling, 21 dancers were selected to move on to the viewer voting round of the show. Out of these 21, the final 8 will be picked partly by the number of views and likes on their individual dance videos uploaded on the official YouTube channel of “THE CHOOM” (from June 1 to June 4, 2022) and partly by the crew selection committee in a 40/60 ratio.
Let’s get to know these 21 dancers who are now up for viewers’ consideration!
1. PENTAGON’s Kino
Famed idol main dancer Kino of PENTAGON came in with guns blazing and proved his mettle as a fierce competitor right from the start. His talent in freestyling shone through during the dance battle against Dan, making him one of 21 finalists.
Specializing in choreography and popping, JinWoo lived up to his self-description as a dancer with an unstoppable pace during the dance battle round. He chose Byun YongSeok as his opponent, creating an extremely intricate and detailed choreography. Needless to say, the victory was his.
Hip-hop dancer and choreographer Tarzan oozes machismo and charisma, just like his stage name suggests. Tarzan picked TRex Man as his opponent, giving him choreography that he soon gave up on. Despite an entertaining freestyle battle, Tarzan won with ease and moved on to the viewer voting round.
4. Cha HyunSeung
With his popularity from being an iconic dancer for celebrities and his stint on “Single’s Inferno”, Cha HyunSeung was underestimated by quite a few contestants on the show. However, he showed unmatched skill that won the judges over. Cha HyunSeung picked breakdancer Midnight Blue as his opponent for the dance battle and moved on to the next stage with ease.
Pyoungya is a hip-hop dancer whose forte is battling. Despite feeling the pressure in the first round, Pyoungya remained consistent. He was chosen by ONF’s U for the 1-on-1 dance battle and he set the stage on fire with his freestyle dance. It was clear that he enjoyed his turn and it was reflected in the judgment that followed.
One of the most versatile dancers on “Be Mbitious”, break dancer Dan showed persistence, sincerity, and immense hard work during the Choreography Copy mission. In the 1-on-1 round, he battled PENTAGON’s Kino and unfortunately lost. However, his techniques caught the eye of the judges and he was brought back to be a part of the Top 21.
The dancer who was collectively picked by the contestants as someone who no one wanted to challenge because of his reputation as an undefeated battler, 5000 was chosen as an opponent by Respect Dancer Ciz, not by choice but by default. True to his prestige, 5000 made Ciz’s choreography his own and won the round.
8. Lee HoWon
Respect dancer Lee HoWon, formerly Hoya from INFINITE, radiates confidence on “Be Mbitious”. He picked talented rookie dancer Juki as his opponent and actively taught him his choreography. However, HoWon’s performance was unparalleled and he moved on to the viewer voting round.
9. Bae SeungYoon
Experienced battler Bae SeungYoon, also known as the Master of girls’ hip-hop, has consistently delivered perfection on “Be Mbitious”. During the dance battle round, he picked TST’s Ain as his opponent and effortlessly carried his performance to victory.
10. Roh TaeHyun
Former idol, krumping genius, and choreographer Roh TaeHyun had a goal in mind when he came into the show and he sure kept his promise of emerging victorious. He was challenged by award-winning popping dancer Jin to the 1-on-1 battle and won with his outstanding performance and dynamic freestyle.
International dancer Yamakasi shone the brightest during the 1-on-1 battle round where he picked one of the most experienced contestants, Crazy Kyo as his opponent, unaware of his legacy. However, with his talent on full display, Yamakasi scored a win and moved on to the next round.
WooTae is a legendary choreographer and dancer referred to as “Professor” by fellow contestants. For the dance battle, WooTae picked Kuro as his opponent. As he noticed that Kuro was struggling with his choreography, he couldn’t help but turn on teacher mode and help him with it. However, in the end, WooTae progressed to the next stage.
Specializing in waacking and girlish choreography, XHIN impressed the judges with his own unique style even when he was performing assigned choreography. Clown Maker picked XHIN as his opponent for the dance battle but once again, XHIN wowed with his distinct style. He was unanimously chosen by the judges as an entry member into the Top 21.
14. Trendy Rock
Respect Dancer Trendy Rock is renowned for his passion and energy. He used to be in the same dance crew as veteran 1st generation dancer OHBODY but the two parted ways after some sour events. Naturally, he picked his former teacher OHBODY as his opponent, and although OHBODY won the round, Trendy Rock was also chosen to move forward.
The OG of all OGs, choreographer and battler OHBODY is revered by all of the contestants on the show. He was picked by his former student Trendy Rock for the 1-on-1 dance battle and won, moving on to the next round of viewer voting.
16. DKB’s Harry June
The maknae/main dancer of 4th generation K-Pop boy group DKB, Harry June, showed extraordinary potential from the very first episode of “Be Mbitious”. In the 1-on-1 dance battle, Harry June unleashed his full power and won against former idol Baek Jin.
17. Kim JungWoo
The underdog of the season, Kim JungWoo, turned out to be one of the most gifted dancers on the show during the 1-on-1 dance battle. In the first round, Kim JungWoo was selected as a dance battle opponent before he could even audition, robbing him of the chance to show his skills. However, in the battle round, Kim JungWoo was challenged by Brother Bin and won, proving his aptitude.
Dancer Biggle, who made his place in fans’ hearts with his optimistic personality and bright dancing style, was chosen by Respect Dancer Tutat for the 1-on-1 dance battle. The choreography Tutat created was almost entirely based on his specialty, tutting, but Biggle gave him some good competition. Surprisingly, both Tutat and Biggle were eliminated in this round. Later, Biggle was brought back to be included in the Top 21.
19. Brother Bin
One of the younger dancers on the show, Brother Bin is also one of the most formidable competitors. Despite his young age, Brother Bin has earned quite a reputation worldwide as the King of Locking. For the dance battle round, he picked Kim JungWoo, who has only been dancing for 3 years, as his opponent. While teaching him choreography, Brother Bin carefully trained him in advanced locking and ultimately, Kim JungWoo passed the round. However, Brother Bin was also selected as a finalist later on.
Popping dancer and battler LIL’C, who impressed with his unique visuals and talent, attained the title of Respect Dancer with ease in the first round of “Be Mbitious”. For the 1-on-1 battle, he chose Logan as his opponent and blew the judges away with his freestyle. With a clear win, LIL’C moved on to the next round.
25-year-old hip-hop prodigy UKUN highlighted his strengths to the fullest in the 1-on-1 dance battle. He picked Kumashin as his opponent and with his impressive skills and power-packed performance, won the round.
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