If you hadn't heard already, here's how it went down:
Best Show: Top 9 (Russia) Battle Semifinal: Riverz (Korea) vs. Top 9 (Russia), Winner: Top 9
The video is here, but warning to the purists out there...it's edited. (Not sure if it was edited for TV or by the Youtube poster.) This starts about 2-3 minutes into the battle right after Russian B-Boy Robin's controversial chinky-eye taunt--he's the b-boy with the cap and stripes--although it does get C-4's response--he's the b-boy in the black tee. The incident that preceded this included a little dustup between Korean b-boy Physics and Russian b-boy Flying Buddha. Physics entered the cypher before Flying Buddha was finished.
Battle Semifinal: Gamblerz (Korea) vs. Brasil All-Stars, Winner: Gamblerz
4th Place ($1000): Riverz 3rd Place ($4000): Brasil (Check the battle here.)
2nd Place ($10,000): Top 9 Champs ($15,000): Gamblerz
Gamblerz announced they will be going next to do some benefit performances in China and will be donating their winnings and a portion of their earnings this summer to the victims in Myanmar and China.
In other news, the success of Benson Lee's indie "Planet B-Boy"--which opened last week in Canada on its continuing run--may have helped seal a $25 million Hollywood signing for the Young Films production company project, "Hype Nation". Gamblerz, who played prominent roles in Planet B-Boy, will be featured as the chief dancefloor opponents of teen idol Omarion and his crew, B2K.