A new World Champion claimed the Red Bull BC One throne Saturday night in Paris, France. In one of the most competitive lineups in B-Boy history, Menno of The Netherlands came out on top, battling his way to victory.
(ISN) – PARIS (France) – “I feel so good,” said Menno of his win in the World Final at La Grande Halle de La Villette. “I feel very happy that the judges understand my style and what I was trying to do. I know they respect my style and they understand where I come from.”
Creativity and originality were awarded throughout the night. Cheerito (Russia), known for his individual style, was given a standing ovation from the crowd when he lost out to Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke (Japan) in the Semi Finals. In the end, Menno’s creative flow conquered Taisuke’s explosive energy. “I travel the floor with unpredictable movements,” Menno explained. “I try to misguide people. I try to trick people with creativity. And I try to fish from different waters than other B-Boys.”
This is the second time the City of Light has hosted the World Final. All Star Wing (South Korea) took the belt in 2008. But neither Wing nor any of the three other former World Champions in the lineup managed to make their way to the Quarter Finals. It was a night of upsets, as crowd favorites and two-time World Champions Lilou (France) and Hong 10 (South Korea), and another former World Champion, Mounir (France), were voted out in the first round.
Judges The End (South Korea), Ken Swift (USA), Yaman (France), Yan (Russia) and Luigi (USA) voted based on a select criteria of technical and physical skills, choreography and creative interpretation of the music. It could have been anyone’s game, but Menno won with a 3-0 in the evening’s final battle.
This is Menno’s fourth time competing on the World Final stage, and his first World Championship title. His landmark victory capped off an incredible year for the competition, with more than 90 Cyphers in 50 countries, and more than 1,500 B-Boys competing for a chance to head to World Final.
La Grande Halle de La Villette, one of Paris’s top cultural venues, was packed wall-to-wall with a sold-out crowd. Thousands more spectators tuned in to watch the live program on TV and online. Red Bull BC One has become the premier competition in the world of B-Boying. It celebrates breaking culture by using its original one-on-one, knockout battle format, as opposed to the crew-battle style more prevalent today.
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2015 will be held in Italy.
Finals: Taisuke (JPN) vs Menno (NED) – winner
Semi-Finals: Menno (NED) vs Alkolil (RUS) / Cheerito (RUS) vs Taisuke (JPN)