The last time we left Abby Lee, the group dance got a perfect score, yet the new girl was still excused from the team. This week the girls are headed to Denver. Kalani will be doing a solo in the senior division for the first time. Kendall and Nia also get a solos. Nia was supposed to be the first woman president in her dance, but that didn’t happen. So she doesn’t really have a theme.
I got a new DVR box this week and that means I have to reset the shows I have set to record. Only there were a hundred of them and I don’t know when they air. So it’s the end of the week I don’t have Dance Moms or Teen Moms sitting in my DVR list. So I am watching On Demand that doesn’t really let you pause.
It’s day two and Abby has only worked on the group dance, Elliana dies off quickly in the dance and her mother is losing her mind because she is from Denver and wanted her kid featured. Abby runs through the solos at the hotel in Denver. The moms complain to Abby and Abby starts to cry. Then she runs out of the room and the producers can be heard asking what happened. Abby said, “I’m Done!” and then later “Fire Me! Fire Me!” There wasn’t a clear cause for this outburst, but my guess is that Abby had just reached her breaking point. The impending sentencing, the election results, living in California where everyone is losing their minds the most… just all of it. I think the election was just the final straw for a lot of people to a really, really rough 2016.
The next day at the competition, the moms all talk about Abby and whether or not she will show up. Apparently, Abby is really upset about having to go back to Pittsburgh next week. But Abby does show up. I’m shocked.
Kendall’s solo is about her journey. Thanks to Yolanda Foster, no one should ever use the word journey to describe anything ever again. I don’t like her dance for that reason alone. Also, I thought it was lurchy. The choreography wasn’t fluid like a lyrical, which is what I thought it was supposed to be. Jill seemed to love it.
Nia’s solo is again a black dance. Because, that is the only solos Abby ever gives Nia. Except that time she put her in a dog costume. Nia is nervous about hitting her front aerial. The dance is going alone great, it’s basically the Harriet Tubman dance, and the Maya Angelou dance except she misses her aerial with a THUD. She doesn’t miss a beat in covering it up though and finishes out the dance strong.
Kalani’s dance was great. She seemed to be on her toes a lot but she also appeared to be barefoot. I really loved her dance. It was a good first attempt in the senior category. She and the other soloist were all out of breath after their solos because of the high altitude.
The Group Dance
At the last minute, Abby brings in a guy with a huge jug of liquid nitrogen. Apparently, they dancers are going to eat Cheetos covered in liquid nitrogen so that their breath will be foggy. I know. I don’t get it either. If the used the Cheetos, I didn’t see it. Abby said something about them not being able to see it, so maybe we were just too far away to see the nitrogen trick work. The group dance was basically each member of the group dying of altitude sickness. Another quirky and depressing routine. I thought it was good though. Kalani was particularly good.
Kendall takes first and Nia takes second in the Teen category. Kalani takes first place in the senior category. Kalani also won high score in Overall Solos. The group took overall first place.
I think there are only three episodes left. If Abby goes to prison, they will probably be the last. Who is going to stick it out to the end with me?
P.S. As I am pulling photos, I realize that I don’t even remember seeing Camryn this week. Was she there?