The Dance Moms reunion did not tape for me, so I am going to recap while watching on demand. This means no real ability to pause without going through all sorts of di-dos. So I’m gonna assume you saw it and hit the highlights.
Why do they think this is the most controversial season in the history of Dance Moms? Just because Nationals was a bust? Abby is texting everyone telling them not to show up to the reunion. But everyone is already there. Except for Abby. Abby goes straight to the set with a folder of evidence that she has no problem hiding under her ample bum.
Oh, that annoying host guy is the executive producer. That means he is the enemy of Abby who got a very negative edit this season. Abby is asked what she thought about the Nationals results and she brings out a piece of paper from her folder that just says FIXED! Abby is refusing to speak. Holly says that it is unfair to say the competition was fixed. Holly said that Abby and Melissa looked like sore losers by walking out. The host points out that Abby is friends with the owner of the competition. Continue reading
It’s coming down to the wire for nationals and Abby had decided to do the opening on an unfinished studio the day before nationals. I know a lot of your were outraged last week when Nia beat Kalani and Abby still would not commit to giving her a solo at nationals but you have to understand this has become one of the most scripted shows on TV and everyone involved, even the girls are acting. They are actually very good little actors. And Abby’s bizarre behavior is being hyped up. While I do think something is going on with her, I think we are getting a very exaggerated perspective.
Abby actually points Nia on top of the pyramid. Abby has two solos for nationals. Of course Maddie gets one. The mothers fight for Nia to get the other. Abby gave Nia her first solo at nationals. Actually, Nia owned it. This years group dance is set in a hospital waiting room. Oh, Abby. Just tank them why don’t you.
At nationals, Nia has a stupid costume. I blame Holly for this. Why are they acting like Abby provides the costumes? That is a dance mom’s job. Nia is dancing in the teen division and her competition will be stiff. I’m not sure she is prepared for this. That is Abby’s fault. But I’m sure Nia will take any blame that comes and none of the glory. It’s looking like Ava might beat Maddie as well. That would not break my heart. Continue reading
It’s been awhile since I’ve recapped this. I keep trying to take the summer off because it’s hot and I am burning up and burning out on recapping. But someone sent me an email about Dance Moms last night which I have yet to open but I am assuming something good happened. Then I got my ad revenue check and realized I needed to try and get back with the program. Plus my DVR is filling up with stuff because if it something I might recap, I just push it to the end and secretly watch The Bachelorette, or Bachelor in Paradise, or the Big Brother feeds with a couple of cold ones, or some pistachio Gelato, or my new favorite a chilled tortellini salad. I’m as big as a house.
Speaking of fat, let’s see if Abby shows up this week. Did we know Kira was pregnant? I may have missed an episode. Abby even gets a seat for Kira at rehearsal. It looks like we have sane Abby. Abby claims her studio is opening next week. I’ll believe it when I see it. Abby tells them they are not in any physical shape to win at nationals.
Yep, it looks like a missed a week, I have three shows at 9 on Tuesdays and I have to go in by hand to move one to a later time. It seems that Jo Jo screwed up in the group dance, Kendall dropped her prop in the solo knocking her out of a shot at a solo for nationals. Nia must have been fantastic because Abby said she was decent. Kalani, Mackenzie and Maddie all did well.
Okay, I see how this is going to go. It’s Nia and Kalani head to head for a spot at nationals and it’s at the competition where the judges are kids. So they are likely to pick Nia’s routine “Bye Felecia” over Kalani’s same old, same old contemporary. Then Abby will say that Nationals is judged by adults so she’s ignoring the results and picking Kalani. Also she is not letting Nia dance in the group dance because she is filming her second music video this week. Oh and the group dance has umbrellas for everyone. Disaster looms. Continue reading
I got a few episodes behind on Dance Moms during my (sorta) unplugged birthday week. I’m gonna try to hit the high (or low) notes of both episodes in this post.
We start the week after Mackenzie beat Maddie in solos. The episode I am watching is the director’s cut and I am not sure what is added and left out, but I love seeing the girls warming up and talking about the previous week. Abby says she is over Jazz routines. She is going back to her usual routines. Nothing unusual about pyramid this week. Mackenzie was on top of Pyramid.
The competition is in Calabasas and their west coast nemesis MDP will be there. (WTF is the P for?) As Abby prepares to dole out solo’s Jo Jo says that her grandmother who has stage 4 colon cancer will be there and she really wants to do a solo for her. Abby says okay. Kendall, Abby’s new favorite, is going to do her solo that got scratched from two weeks ago. Abby gives the group lead she meant for Maddie to Mackenzie. Abby seems “nice” this week. Jo Jo is being taken out of the group dance to focus on her solo. Abby took the lead away from Mackenzie. Continue reading
Dance Moms begins again at 3rd Street Dance Studio. Interestingly, this week’s Celebrity Wife Swap also feature 3rd Street Dance Company where Jill from the Love Boat changed lives with Charo and had to learn Flamenco dancing. Abby is there with an attitude and congratulations them on winning the group dance without Maddie as the lead. Then she insulted Nia’s lead in the dance saying that basically she was forgettable. There is no pleasing Abby. Nia says if she had more opportunities maybe she would have been better at it. Abby rips off the lowest picture cover to reveal….NIA! Because her ridiculous solo came in fifth. Jo Jo was next. She was later during the entire dance. Next is Maddie. She didn’t stand out in the group dance. Um, because she was not the lead. I have never seen this look on Maddie’s face. She is not happy. Next, Mackenzie, then Kendall who didn’t even dance. She just stood in front of giant TV while a crappy video played.
Maddie and Mackenzie are going head to head in solos. Maddie is going to do tap. Jo Jo is also getting a solo. I hope Jo Jo beats them both. Abbie is bringing in a guest choreographer. The choreographer is giving the girls a fresh fun routine. The girls are loving the fun vibe. Abby changes the line up to put Maddie in the center. Abby pulled her bumpit off her head, fluffed it up and put it back on. Continue reading
Dance Moms is finally moving to L.A. but they are still not in Abby’s Studio. The girls and moms go into the studio and find Abby muttering to herself about earrings. She is not wearing any and just can’t work without earrings. Why is Abby like legit crazy every time they are in L.A. Abby is disheveled and sits down with a giant handbag and begins pulling stuff out, bags full of snacks, papers, eventually she dumps the entire purse out onto the studio floor. Change rolls everywhere, it amazing all of the crap that is in that purse.
Pyramid was interesting only in that Nia was very close to the top and Abby complimented her on her performance.
Abby announces the she will probably not go to the competition because she is too busy. She gives solos to Kalani, Nia and Kendall. Still not willing to let Maddie go up against the L.A. girls, Abby? Kendall also has a video premier tomorrow. Continue reading
Abby Lee Miller was on Entertainment Tonight this week and had extensive segments where she gave us a lot of information the behind the scenes war on Dance Moms. She says that she lost her weight because her mother died of colon cancer and would not eat toward the end. So when she was with her mother she did not want to eat in front of her. Which is a great theory, but her mother died in 2014, and production has made a point of her binge eating throughout season four and five. She also blame new diabetes medication for making her violently ill. Yet clearly, production has been going after her during filming showing all of her breakdowns in the car with bags of fast food. So, I am not believing she just suddenly dropped four or more dress sizes without some surgery. Why do people lie about weight loss surgery? Abby says she no longer is limited to plus sized stores to do her shopping.
Abby says that production threw her out of a competition later this season when the mothers kept going after her about their kids getting back to their regular classes. She said she left and didn’t return for a week or so. She says if they think they can do the show without her, she will let them. I have a feeling that is what was going on in LA when she disappeared as well. Either she was fighting production, or she was getting her gastric by-pass. Maybe the stuff down in the car was her last meal before the surgery?
Abby says for the first three seasons she fought with production about keeping the girls in their regular dance classes. She says production was more focused on the moms but the girls and the dancing took over. Abby says she has no creative input on the show and wants it for season six. If there is a season six. She says that Lifetime is behind on her paychecks and all of that will need to be up to speed before she entertains a contract for season six. Continue reading