Tensions were building last night on Dance Moms as Kelly and Christi continue to work on Melissa to join their side in a crusade against Abby Lee. The big drama revolved around cdskip-gate last week where the moms convinced Melissa that Abby set that up purposely as a cheap way to make Maddy win. For those who didn’t understand the situation, judges tend to favorably view a dancer who can continue to perform when things don’t go smooth. If done purposely, that’s about as low as it gets and is looked down very harshly.
Obviously Melissa wants to protect her daughters reputation, so she confronted Abby about the rumors, but naturally they were denied. We’ll never know the truth because as bad as it looks for Maddie, it looks 100x worse for Abby Lee to cheat for her students. She’ll never admit it even if it was on purpose, her studio would lose all credibility right away. Do I think it was done purposely? The reality show fanatic in me originally felt it was, but logic set in and I don’t think so. Maddie is a fantastic dancer and doesn’t need any help getting back on top, especially at the risk of Abby’s precious reputation.
With that aside, it was time to do Abby’s apparently new favorite thing, the pyramid (I say new because she’s on record saying the pyramid is a Dance Moms thing). Just like last week when Maddie skipped a chance to dance, Brooke and Paige were both at the very bottom. The difference was Maddie didn’t have a big ‘PROBATION’ written on her picture. Kind of unfair to Brooke and Paige, but that’s Abby being Abby.. there is more than enough evidence of some type of favoritism, and it was even on display again last night.
During the group number, Paige came out with the only unique dress and was instantly forced to give it up to Chloe. This meant Chloe ended up wearing a dress too tight, and Paige’s was too large. The funny part is, the 11 year old dancers were the ones acting mature about it all.. Chloe wanted Paige to be the unique one, and Paige also handled it well by simply going along with it all. Was it favoritism, or do you believe Abby’s excuse that Chloe should have had a unique dress because of her role in the dance?
As far as the rest of the dancers, Maddie and Chloe had a duo and looked phenomenal, but still only ended up in 2nd place in their category.
Nia, Maddie and Mackenzie also had solo’s, and only one of them won first place in their category. Can you guess which one? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not Maddie, and it’s also not Nia. That’s right, Mackenzie finally remembered her entire solo and rocked it on stage. She won 1st in the petite category, while Nia won 9th and Maddie 4th in their categories.
The group number ended up looking very cute and well done, but in the end, it wasn’t good enough because they finished 2nd. That wasn’t good enough for Abby who went off on the group after that. Again, feeling embarrassed and ashamed and taking it out on the kids. This is the part I don’t understand. She has a bunch of pre-teen dancers, some (Maddie) has to learn *3* dances in a matter of days, yet gets worked up they only finished 2nd? It just blows my mind that she gets upset at 2nd place with that short of prep time. Maybe it’s normal in the competitive dance world, but it just seems like a lot to place on kids.
What are your thoughts on the episode last night?