Every time I see this I giggle. Love Flashdance, this is great.
Every time I see this I giggle. Love Flashdance, this is great.
Dance Moms came back for season three with all the drama and fireworks you would expect. Questions were asked by the audience and answered by the cast members. In hopes of stirring the pot would be my guess. And were their tongues sharpened and ready with quick, sarcastic remarks. You have to wonder though, how much is really the way they feel. How much is for the benefit of the cameras?
I was surprised at Abby’s comments about Holly quitting her job and now she is just a dance mom. Abby repeatedly told her she needed to be at the studio and not at work. The woman takes the time off work and Abby still has something to say about it. Maybe it because that was the only bad thing she really could say about Holly. She appears to be a very level headed nice person.
Love the segment with Christi and Abby. Always, always entertaining. And funny. I don’t think that Abby hates Chloe, like Christi says she does. Abby I believe hates Christi, but that I am sure works both ways. I didn’t know Christi and Melissa had a line together. Glitzy Girl, its cute. The focus does seem to be shifting from dance.
Kelly and Abby’s wounds run deep. I really like Brooke and Paige. Abby may have a point when she said Brooke should give up her spot. Brooke is getting to be quite a bit bigger and older than the rest of the girls. But I think she is talented enough to do something on her own or start seeing about Cirque du Soliel. I guess we will have to see this season.
Chloe danced and was really good as she normally is.
Melissa is out next and there isn’t much fighting there. Just praise for Maddie. Which in my opinion the child earned and deserves. Why any of them try and take that away from her, is puzzling.
Nia danced and was fierce. She is a mini Beyonce in the making. The theme of the dance may be questionable for a child. But she brought it.
Jill came on and looks like she really enjoys being in the hot seat. Loved her comment about botox.
“She is Known as the Sue Sylvester of the dance world.” hahaha
Abby seems very confident that Cathy will be eating her dust again this season. We will see. Cathy bothers me.
Maddie is out to dance and does a wonderful job.
Abby and Cathy can agree on their dislike of Christi.
Mackenzie is just too cute.
Next is a group dance My Last Text. This is a chilling, amazing performance.
Looks like it is going to be a crazy, entertaining season on Dance Moms. Can’t wait.
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?
I know this recap is a bit late, but I wasn’t home during Dance Moms last night, so I wasn’t able to live tweet or give an instant recap. That also goes the same for Dance Moms: Miami, which is sad considering I was looking forward to that. Luckily with the magic of DVR, I was able to watch Dance Moms today, and will watch Miami tonight.
The girls were still preparing for their audition to the Joffrey Ballet School this week, while Abby decided to bite off more than she could chew (no pun intended) by also attending the Starbound Dance Competition. Why not, right? I mean it’s normal to have 9-10 year olds memorize three completely new dances a week… nothing could go wrong!
Before Starbound, the crew made it to NY for the Joffrey audition, and no episode would be complete without Cathy making her appearance. I understand the show needs drama to keep people watching, but I think the Cathy aspect is getting a little old. The only redeeming quality of showing Candy Apples is that Kendall still makes appearances (until she re-joins Abby Lee, which I believe happened at some point after this season ended).
At the Joffrey audition, it basically went like this:
After all that drama, it came down to one person receiving a summer scholarship to Joffrey, and that is…
A huge congrats to Chloe, and hopefully she has a fantastic summer.
Naturally that didn’t sit well with the usually poised Maddie, who threw a little tantrum inside the Starbound rehearsals. This resulted in Melissa taking away her phone for 10 days, and Mackenzie cracking up over it.
Of course, Christi probably could have taken the call in private, let alone put it on speaker so the entire room can be disappointed. I know she was excited, but minutes before a competition is probably not the greatest time to crush the dreams of all the girls in the room. This probably hurt Maddie the most because she felt she had a really good chance at also getting a scholarship, and it clearly had an effect on her solo routine.
Right in the middle of her routine, Maddie forgot what she was doing, turned around and ran off stage. Right away she knew she messed up and begged to go back on, but unlike the competition in Florida with Nia, she was not allowed to do-over, and it’s precisely the message Abby was trying to drill into the girls.
Abby then decided to clearly show her favoritism by crying non stop over this, which really upset the mothers. She didn’t congratulate Chloe on her first place finish, or the scholarship (that we seen), and just sat there in silence as the mothers drilled into her about being a hypocrite and showing favoritism. Then, Abby decided to take her ball and go home. At the end of the episode, we were left to believe that Abby was done teaching and the girls were left on their own. Hint: They’re not. Abby was just being an attention w**re and wanted everything focused on her. Whatever. It was a good season finale, and I will be announcing a Dance Moms season 3 as soon as I hear about it!
I have to say, this episode of Dance Moms was a bit surprising. I feel like I’m either completely out of touch with society or Melissa Ziegler has some sneaky things going on in her life. I mean am I wrong? Is it normal to act the way she did when the girls were talking about her engagement? I mean it’s not like they were harping on her about something painful, say a divorce.. this is an engagement. People are supposed to be happy!
Sure, some may say “well, they’re just dance moms, they don’t have to get all personal with each other”, but it’s not like they’re trying to find out what kind of underwear she wears. Talking about an engagement is something you can have small talk with at a party to a complete stranger… not that the stranger probably wants to hear about your engagement, but that’s a different topic.
To serve them with papers threatening a lawsuit is serious stuff. I’m sure it had everything to do with being on camera, but why so secretive? My only guess is it had more to do with her fiancee than Melissa. Perhaps he’s a super private person, maybe he needs to keep it a secret until a certain time for whatever reason, and talking about the show will not help there.
On a side note, we did clearly see a difference in how Abby reacts to the mothers. As they pointed out on twitter, she didn’t say a word when Melissa barged in (a huge no no to Abby), lawsuits weren’t threatened when a dance was themed after the engagement, and Melissa really didn’t have to get on her knees the next day and apologize for the outburst.
Whatever, enough about that. I don’t want to get lawsuit papers in the mail tomorrow.
As far as the dancing goes. I already babbled on about the juicy stuff, I didn’t leave much for this. Nia was finally granted a spot in the trio, but they didn’t perform up to expectations. Maddie dominated her solo, and the group number finished 3rd, easily beating out Candy Apples.
(Another side note, Taylor did in fact break her ankle. That was also confirmed by the moms on twitter)
Back to Nia. I think Holly is a fantastic lady, Nia seems like a very sweet child, but I’m surprised how little Paige’s feelings are thought of with the trio. Nobody ever really mentions how Maddie and Chloe are always in it, but poor Paige has to keep getting shuffled in and out for Kendall or Nia. Or when Holly freaks out about Nia not being in, how is Paige supposed to take that? I know Holly is looking out for what’s best for Nia, but this is just one thing that bugs me whenever the trio talk is mentioned. How Paige just sits back and takes it all without saying a word. I feel bad for her.
(Final side thought, how sweet is Maddie? She’s always the first to comfort her teammates, and was even there to show her support to Taylor when she was getting carried off stage)
Overall it was a good episode, but a sloppy recap so I apologize for making you suffer through it