We’re back at pyramid the week after Melissa finally admitted that she is pulling both Maddie and Mackenzie out of ALDC next season. With only three weeks left in the competition season, the team seems to be completely falling apart. While I have little sympathy for Abby Lee’s criminal problems, I do think it is unreasonable of the dance moms not to understand the amount of stress Abby is under. But they don’t. Jill is outside bitching once again about how Abby is always late and unprepared. I realize they are on a TV show, but I think they could have the conversations in the studio with the girls warming up rather than all standing outside in the parking lot. This show has always done a lot of parking lot filming though.
At pyramid, Abby says basically that perhaps the ALDC just doesn’t have what it takes anymore. Then she starts the pyramid with Jo Jo at the bottom. But apparently, she was just kidding and moves her to the top of the pyramid. I don’t agree with either placement, but frankly, I’m having a hard time caring about anything today.
Jo Jo gets a hip hop solo called Million Dollar Baby
Brynn also gets a hip hop solo.
Mack gets an acro solo. And she is pissed because she never gets to do hip hop. Then Abby gets pissed and storms out. Abby is clearly trying to irritate Melissa by withholding a hip hop solo from Mack. The other mothers all encourage Melissa to confront Abby. When she does Abby slams the door on the boom mike and screams at everyone.
Once again we are back to Tuesday and I haven’t gotten to Dance Moms. Tuesday nights are super busy so I’m going to do last week’s now and tonight’s well … whenever I can.
Abby should be particularly batshit this week because I think Melissa finally admits this is her last season. I for one am going to miss me some batshit Abby when she is doing time at Camp Cupcake. And this may be the last real season of Dance Moms although I do suspect some very special episodes about Abby going off to college.
Wow, Melissa comes out with it right at the beginning of the episode. I expected the announcement to be the dramatic ending! Ashlee immediately says that Melissa is the one that leaked the news. Melissa informs us that Mackenzie doesn’t know yet. I don’t believe that. Melissa cannot possibly be so dumb as to tell the crazy moms before telling Mackenzie. Melissa is going to tell Abby who she expects to be happy for them. Abby cries and seems upset that Melissa is telling her on camera and not calling her first. I expected Abby to have a blow up. It will be coming.
Abby tells Ashlee that Brynn is the new Maddie. How the hell is Jo Jo on the bottom with that Michael Jackson solo where she was robbed of a decent trophy? Brynn is already on the top over Maddie and Mack who are in the middle.
Things have been so busy that I am somehow two episodes behind on Dance Moms. First we have an episode where they perform in Vegas which I see as sort of a filler episode. Then we have a new competition. Oh wait, it is a dance competition in Vegas. That’s cool.
Viva Las Vegas
Abby is crazy as a bessy bug lashing out at Kira and Ashlee one second and then being perfectly kind five seconds later. This is always the mark of a good episode with a high likelihood of binge eating in the parking lot.
They manage to get it together to have pyramid. Brynn is welcomed to the group. Ashlee brings up the fact that Jill and the other moms immediately tried to dispute the fact that Brynn’s trio won. Jill loses her mind and starts screaming at Ashlee who says that Jill is just mad because Brynn is having a better season than Kendall. Kendall has reached that angsty teenage stage and is crying and screams at Ashlee and flees from the studio. Kendall is turning into her mother. The entire pyramid goes all to hell with everyone leaving and Jill screaming that it’s her or Ashlee. Brynn is crying and tells her mom that she wishes she could scream in Jill’s face and tell her how mean she is but she’s not a brat.
The girls are all in a tizzy for the group rehearsal which is a tribute to David Bowie. I can’t believe it had been two months since Bowie died. I thought this might have just been a coincidence but they actually had time to film this since he died. Time is just going by so fast. Brynn, Mackenzie and Kalani all get solos. All the other moms are total bitches about Brynn getting a solo. Why are they such bitches? Kendall is really turning into a royal pain in the ass.
Kenzie has a solo inspired by J-Lo. She has never seen J-lo dance. How is that possible. Kalani is doing a Fred Astaire inspired solo that she will be doing in heels. Brynn is doing something inspired by Princess Leia. Continue reading
It’s time to catch up on Dance Moms, I took a bit of a break last week and I got terribly behind on the shows that I normally catchup on the weekends. Sometimes even bloggers try to grab some R&R so I have three episodes to get through before the RHOA reunion begins. I’m going to use a little template or something to hit the highlights.
Episode One: Abby Lee Horror Story
The Mom Stuff: Well the Mom stuff this week, is that the Moms did not show up. Except for Brynn and her mom, Ashlee. So Brynn gets right in rehearsing her solo. There are three solos, all are of famous deaths. Brynn has The Black Dahlia. The moms finally arrive quite late in their pajamas to give Abby a taste of her own medicine. Their plan backfired. Brynn had all day to work on her solo and the group rehearsal missed an entire day. The moms somehow blame Ashlee for their girls missing a day of rehearsal.
Abby’s Mental State: About as good as it gets with Abby. Almost pleasant at times.
The group dance is called “The Cult” replete with brainwashing and Kool-Aid drinking. You know, kind of like here. The dance was great and deserves a first place. However, Mackenzie was in the center a good bit and seemed to struggle in a few places to keep pace with the other girls. The judges loved it.
Brynn’s solo is The Black Dahlia. She was really, really good. Her best solo yet. The black costume with the black tutu and the lyrical choreography could all lead her to a win. The pressure is on for Maddie. The judges didn’t get the blood. Clearly they know nothing about The Black Dahlia. They praised her dancing but totally missed the point of the dance.
Maddie’s solo is about Lizzie Borden. I’m five seconds in and Maddie wins. With all her Sia experience she has bat shit crazy down to a science. Her interaction with the axe is perfection. I’m afraid of her. The choreography was miles above the others. The judges ate it up.
Kendall’s solo is Natalie Wood. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like her costume which was a leotard three sizes too big for her, I was distracted by the completely empty side stage. I was bored. She was clunky. Just noe.
Brynn’s solo took second in her division with a score of 296. Kendall took second her division with a 292. (so technically, Brynn beat Kendall) and Maddie got first in teen. No idea of what her score was. The group solo won. Maddie got overall high score. Continue reading
We start with batshit crazy Abby screaming at production telling them to leave and calling the police on them. It’s hard to say if she is on something or just literally losing her mind over the potential of going to jail. I wonder if she has negotiated a plea deal yet. To top it all off she fired her front desk employee. This gives Ashlee a chance to step into that position and suck up to Abby. It’s not like all the other moms haven’t done this before. Especially Melissa.
Abby puts Brynn on the bottom so obviously this is going to be one of those fantasyland pyramids where Abby just bases it off how she feels about the moms. Maddie is next. Then Kendall, Kalani, Nia, JoJo and Mackenzie on top. She is really mad at Maddie. And by mad I mean jealous.
The girls are doing a group dance in heels for the first time. I never realized before that they didn’t wear heels. There are two duets. Kendall and Kalani will do a jazz duet called Grifters. Kalani has an injured back. The second duet is Maddie and Brynn. They are doing a lyrical called Together as One. Abby is pissy with all the moms. The moms are pissed that Kira doesn’t want to participate in the show anymore. Jill’s mom is super pissed that Brynn is in the duet with Maddie.
The moms are thrilled that the Bob Fosse tribute group dance is more mature choreography. It’s about time. Kalani has a bad back, so they they give her a jazz dance with lots of choreography where that requires her partner to hit her back. It’s ridiculous. They call Kira and she pulls Kalani from the competition this week. Nia has been chosen to take Kalani’s place in the duet. Continue reading
Why is there an ALDC step and repeat at a competition?
This week, Maddie is back from filming her latest movie. She’s glad to see the girls, but not looking forward to the Abby drama. The moms are hopeful that having her favorite back will perk Abby up. At least she showed up and is ready to do the pyramid. But first the moms need to get her good and riled up. Instead rolling with things, Ashlee and Holly (what has happened to Holly?) start bitching about last week when Abby refused to participate instead of just getting on with the damn pyramid.
Abby talks about all of the stress she is under emotionally and financially. No matter how you feel about Abby, it really is a miracle she shows up at all. The threat of prison is real. She tell Maddie that all of her outside engagements are negatively impacting her dance. Which is true, but I don’t think Maddie cares, she’s currently enjoying a pretty decent acting career and enjoying her life. Abby is going to be critical of Maddie this week to get her back on track.
JoJo, Nia, Maddie and Mackenzie are all on the bottom. Abby says all for of them underperformed in the group dance last week. Ashlee (Brynn’s mom) is thrilled that Maddie is on the bottom. Kendall is next. Abby compliments her. Brynn is next, Abby was pleased with her performance as well. On top is Kalani. Abby takes a jab a Kira who is not even there. Kira told Abby that it is either her or Brynn. So Kira isn’t there. Brynn is “on probation” because Abby can’t stand Ashlee, and neither can the other moms.