'Street Woman Fighter': 8 viral moments and performances before the dance show finale
‘Street Woman Fighter’ is currently one of the most-talked-about survival shows. Expectations are high with the finale, which is set to air on October 26. Produced by Mnet, it is South Korea’s first all-female dance crew competition. Dancers and their fans were appreciative as this allows them to get a national platform to showcase their talent and earn recognition. And with eight crews participating over eight episodes, there are bound to be several iconic moments in the show. We got to see different kinds of dancers popularizing waacking, b-boying, popping, and locking.
We had shocking stages from Rihey and Hyojin winning elimination battles despite having injuries to HolyBang bringing 43 dancers for the Mega Crew Mission. There were also hilarious moments like WANT struggling to copy Yell’s b-boy moves to impactful stages like Prowdmon performing spoken-text with Kyam the drag queen. We also had a touching moment when MC Kang Daniel helped Yell, who uses hearing aids, during her elimination battle as she couldn’t hear the song. So, while we wait for the finale that will have the final mission and decide the winning crew, here are eight viral moments and performances from ‘Street Woman Fighter’.
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Lip J and Peanut’s No Respect dance battle
Known for waacking, both dancers are veterans having never lost a dance battle. Their first battle on the show was one of the highlights of the premiere episode. We had Prowdmon’s Lip J and LACHICA’s Peanut bringing their A-game which turned the battle into a performance and left other participants and viewers delighted. Staying in sync with the beats and each other, the performance almost bordered on comedy that had everyone entertained.
Rihey vs Honey J drama
Those who are into South Korea’s street dancing know that there was beef between Coca N Butter’s Rihey and HolyBang’s Honey J. Coca N Butter and Honey J were part of the same crew with Honey J also mentoring Rihey. They had several iconic performances like Jay Park’s ‘Mommae’. However, due to a misunderstanding, they fell apart with Honey J starting a new crew. During the No Respect battle, Rihey picked Honey J which further fuelled the drama between them. We even saw them coincidentally dancing the same moves twice which shocked the participants. However, they ended it on good terms and now are even moving on to the finale together.
Still mindblown at how rihey and honey j made the same movements, not just once but twice AND it was a freestyle battle 🔥 they used to dance together (Purplow) and this was the first time they faced against each other.— #NCT127_FAVORITE (@taeyong1st_) August 31, 2021
TAEYONG ON SWF#TAEYONGonSWF_Ep2 #스우파_본방사수_파이툥 https://t.co/lYjnFQ4pxr pic.twitter.com/ieVO8RhE9G
Noze’s ‘Hey Mama’ viral choreography
For the second mission -- Class Mission, the crews had to come up with their own choreographies out of which one would be chosen for each class. For the Leader Class, Noze came up with an incomplete choreography for David Guetta’s ‘Hey Mama’. The other leaders selected it because they thought it would be easy to learn and steal. However, Noze was also selected as the main dancer and choreographer for the Leader Class and went on to create the now-viral dance.
It has become a TikTok challenge as we have idols, influencers, and anyone dancing to it. From artists like SHINee’s Key and Wonho dancing to it while performing to their own song to Seventeen’s Seungkwan, Super Junior’s Heechul, and Shindong hilariously copying it, the dance is everywhere.
Chaeyeon’s last battle
Lee Chaeyeon happened to be the main dancer of the disbanded K-pop group IZ*ONE, as well as the sister of ITZY’s Chaeryeong. K-pop fans were excited for Chaeyeon’s participation in the show only for her to fall victim to prejudice and clickbait editing. She had joined the show as part of the WANT crew, however, she was constantly looked down upon due to the stereotype that idols cannot dance as well as trained dancers. She lost several battles during the No Respect mission. However, during her last elimination battle which she, unfortunately, lost to LACHICA’s H1 she redeemed herself while freestyling. She was also acknowledged by other participants and the judges, thanks to her progress.
Hook’s ‘Cold Blooded’ choreography
For the P Nation Choreography mission, the crews had to come up with an original choreography to Jessi’s newest song ‘Cold Blooded’. We saw a range of versions from hip hop to experimental sword dances with YGX’s choreography being selected in the end. However, Hook’s dance caught everyone by surprise. Known for their tomboy image and fun dance moves, the crew proved that they are first and foremost dancers, as they came up with a fierce dance full of twerking and sensual moves that had Jessi shocked. The leader Aiki made everyone’s heads turn as she took Jessi’s role with a long wig and blinged-up outfit. And despite the crew not being selected, they came first in the semi-finals due to winning the global popularity vote.
2AM’s Jo Kwon dancing in heels
For the Men Of Women Mission, the crews had to bring in male dancers. The participants roped in the likes of krumping experts, internet sensation WetBoy and even Jay Park. However, LACHICA surprised everyone by bringing 2AM’s Jo Kwon. The former labelmate of Jay Park is also gearing up for his group’s comeback after seven years. However, he made time to appear on ‘Street Woman Fighter’ and danced with LACHICA to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. But what impressed everyone was Jo Kwon dancing in heels along with Coming Out Crew. Citing the theme of the song they had chosen, he explained, “We all have our various egos, my persona is high heels, and all of our various egos came together [for the stage].”
LACHICA's performance is like a love letter to the LGBT community, they also danced it with a LGBT forward dance crew called "COMING OUT" #SWF— Street Woman Fighter Updates (@SWF_updates) October 11, 2021
Jo Kwon said "don't be a drag just be a queen" 👸🏽🔥
They also incorporated a lot of voguing moves & a bit of waacking here & there pic.twitter.com/yBDsKDG1iM
Prowdmon getting eliminated without a battle
When Prowdmon was first announced to be part of the survival show, everyone expected them to win or at least make it to the finals. They are a senior dance crew with their leader Monika also being a teacher to several of the other participants. They are also known for their artistic and off-beat performances which unfortunately ended with them being ranked last in the semi-finals. But everyone expected them to save themselves during the elimination battle as they are battle veterans who have never lost a dance battle.
But fans were angry when it was revealed that they would not get a chance to battle and would directly get eliminated due to a 'knockout' rule. Furthermore, while other crews got more screentime, Prowdmon didn’t even get a montage shot when they were eliminated. Fans claim that this and the sudden introduction of the 'knockout' might be because of Monika’s no-nonsense attitude and for calling out Mnet for their messy decisions.
prowdmon being eliminated after doing lyrical perfomance about prejudice women face in society with a drag queen in 'men of women' mission...and then not even having chance to battle when literally all other teams did :) yeah..it's true they were too good for this show pic.twitter.com/lkSbTP8v7j— #MyName (@4hyojoo) October 19, 2021
YGX imitating Gabee’s first dance battle
Episode 8 was full of heartbreak as Prowdmon and YGX were eliminated back-to-back. However, YGX had a chance to save themselves as they had a 5-round dance battle against LACHICA. It was much more light-hearted than the previous elimination rounds as both crews were relaxed. There were also fun moments courtesy of YGX. LACHICA’s Gabee had got stuck while taking off her pants during her first battle during the No Respect Mission with Hook’s Aiki trying to help her. YGX’s Jihyo imitated that moment as she danced with half her pants down and ended the battle with LACHICA trying to help her get the pants off.
Where to watch the finale episode?
Episode 9, which is the finale, will air on Tuesday, October 26 at 10:20 pm KST (9:20 am ET) on Mnet’s channel. And it will also air on tvN Asia at 10:30 am ET. It will be available on Mnet Smart app at 11 pm KST (10 am ET). It will also be available on the Viu and TVING apps. For Viu, it will only be available in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.