LIKE their crew name suggests, Nelson Mandela Bay's leading street dance group, Dejavu will definitely be back to compete for the R70000 up for grabs in e.tv's Step Up or Step Out 3 dance competition.
Despite stiff competition from Cape Town's Snap, Crackle, Pop and Cyber-links from Durban, Dejavu from Port Elizabeth made it into the finals of the competition, along with their two toughest competitors, during the penultimate leg of the contest which was broadcast last night.
The fourth competing group, Smangori from Johannesburg, which appeared very much out of synch during their first dance, was sent packing by the judges, paving the way for the three groups to contest the prize money next week.
The theme for the competition was "pop".
Complimenting the group after their first dance during the competition, judges Khabonina Qubeka and Emile YX both said "great job, great job". The judges went on to commend the group for their "communication with the audience" and their "good communication with the eyes".
The members of the hip-hop crew which performed on the night were Meryl Stanley, Erin Cupido, Eben Birkse and Cheslyn Meyer.
Speaking from Johannesburg last night and ahead of the finals which will be flighted live next Sunday, the youngest member of the group Erin Cupido said the group was "absolutely thrilled" at making it through to the last stage of the contest.
"We are so amped to make it into the top three. It has been fantastic. We watched the show on television tonight with the other crews, it was great. We have received tons ofcongratulations from our friends and family members," said Cupido, explaining that the show had been prerecorded, which meant that they could not reveal their progress to others earlier.
She said audiences saw "a different side of Dejavu on the show" and one which assisted them to get through.
"We are working really hard at our routines right now, from eight in the morning through to the late afternoon. We will carry on doing this through the week. So hold thumbs for us and don't forget to vote," the excited dancer said.
The group have been performing together for the past six years and pride themselves on their energetic routines which comprise natural funk elements. Dejavu placed third at Dance to Las Vegas in 2011 and won first place at Clash of the Dance Crews in 2010.