We are back in L.A. and Abby still does not have a studio. I guess that was all a storyline. Melissa is explaining to the ladies that Mackenzie went with Abby to look at studios the day before but it is just going to take time. Wait, is she looking at studios? Is she waiting for “her studio” to be finished? Clearly this is a such a bullshit storyline no one can keep it straight. Mackenzie says that going to look for studios with Abby was “horrible.” It seems both of Abby’s golden girls are beginning to turn on her.
Nia plans to work on her music with that other horrid woman and Jill seems to think that Abby is going to focus on Kendall and making a music video with her. Nia is also making a video without Abby’s help. Abby is pissy with Holly about that.
Abby’s pyramids are so ridiculous that they are not pyramids anymore.
Nia and Kendall both get competing solos. And yes, yes, Maddie is there but without a solo. They are only in LA for three weeks, why not put Maddie up every time like they always do? They go with what they know and do a lyrical for the group dance.
There is not as much preparation shown for the competition when they are in LA. It’s more drama about video making and contracts. Holly has Nia all set up; but, Jill (and Kendall for that matter) are completely out of the loop with Abby. Jill is too afraid of “losing the opportunity” to push Abby for a basic talent contract and information about the video shoot.
Abby takes all of the girls to an acting work shop led by Dallas Lovato (Demi’s sister). I find Dallas annoying. She gave a bit of feedback to everyone. Maddie was told she looked tired and out of it. If anyone shined it was Jo Jo but she was told to work on her ‘r’s even though she was acting in Korean.
The competition seems entirely fake. There was no walk in and I have yet to see the audience. This is the same competition where the judges give feedback. I will say that Nia and Kendall both look nervous and Kendall’s chest is bright red so perhaps it is a bit of a real thing.
Nia and Kendall are both in the 13-14 age group at the younger end of the age range. This will be challenging. I see now why Maddie was not given a solo. Abby did not want to risk her losing. Nia is up first. Nia’s choreography plays to her strengths without relying solely on the whole ethnic thing that Abby usually gives her. It’s sort of an oddly seductive dance for a 13 year old. It’s not so much the choreography as just something a bit too adult in how Nia moves through the dance and then looks over her shoulder. The male judge says she is a very powerful dancer. She should work to soften it up just a little. The other guy said something about hitting things cleanly maybe? I really didn’t follow what he said. But Abby’s face says, “I’m pissed.” If it were Maddie I’d assume she’s pissed at the judge but since it’s Nia, whatever has distressed Abby is all Nia’s fault. It wasn’t Nia’s best performance.
Oh wait! I lied. Kendall in in the 11-12 age group. So technically they could both win their division. I suppose we will see the awards of overall. Kendall is doing a contemporary (heavy on the lyrical) in a pretty little flouncey costume. It was the more usual Abby Lee solo with lots of spins and flips and such. Executed well. Nothing we haven’t seen before, but exactly what usually wins. Very safe. That one female judge just looks for something to pick at. Overall the judges loved it.
Abby gave one of the dumbest motivational speeches for the group dance ever. It was basically “Do you have any idea how much it is costing me to pretend to move to L.A.? Don’t fuck this up for me!” Then picky female judge said their group dance was great but they need to connect with each other mother during the dance and use eye contact. Other judge dude agreed.
At awards, Abby gets them to play Kendall’s song. That was pretty awesome. The song sounds great. Nia takes third in the competition. I think that was in her division. Kendall took first overall of juniors 12 and under. The group dance takes first place. So Kendall gets three first place wins and gets her song played. It’s a good day for Kendall. Abby tells Nia she needs to do better than third place. Nia makes a comment back. Abby said the judges liked the choreography, it was the technique that was lacking. Abby gives the girls another lecture with little praise.