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.
Well that didn’t take long three umbrella break within three minutes of practicing with the props. This group has a lousy track record when it comes to props. I just realized they are actually rehearsing in the studio this week. It looks really nice. Jessalyn tell Kira exactly what I said, a “Bye Felicia ” solo will win with kids. Abby has to know this. I smell a plot of some sort. Nia is missing solo practice to shoot her music video. That is not good.
Jo Jo has a cameo in Nia’s video, Slay. Nia is totally the focus of this episode. She is working with Carmen Electra! Her video is very gritty and in my opinion a bit much for her age. But it is very well produced. Slay is a great song and very much current. It should do quite well.
Back at the studio, the girls are rehearsing for group and the umbrellas are all in shambles. Abby leaves and tells the moms to deal with the parasols.
At the competition, Abby gets into it with some random lady from the Murietta team. I guess she is a dance mom.
Nia is first. Everything is starting to make sense. Abby said Nia was doing a Jazz routine and then Nia had to leave her solo practice to go to her video shoot. Does is make sense she would schedule those at the same time? No. This was not an Abby Lee Miller piece of choreography. It was obviously done by the young hip producer guy who does her videos. It was very contemporary in the basic sense of the word, and right in Nia’s wheelhouse. It was Beyoncé dancing in the middle of Swan Lake. She will win.
Kalani’s dance was choreographed by Abby Lee Miller. You can tell from Abby’s talking head she wants Kalani to win and she is pissed that Nia was so good. After the comp Abby hugs Kalani and sort of snubs Nia and the other Dance Moms point it out. It was one of the most staged scenes in the history of Dance Moms. More staged drama with the moms over Nia’s video.
The Murrieta Studio group dance has costumes where the girls heads are completely covered in fabric. Their group dance was really good. I just realized that was Talia dancing lead. I really thought she was going to be in ALDC for a while a couple of seasons ago. Apparently, Talia fell out of a turn or something, I believe we were on a reaction shot when it happened. That was a winning number, particularly with kid judges.
ALDC’s group dance was kind of boring. The music kind of put me into a trance. It was so relaxing it was hard to focus on the dance. Jo Jo made several mistakes and continues to be behind the count. They were not a precise and cohesive as the other group dance. The umbrellas were distracting. Mackenzie’s walkover with an umbrella was impressive. Abby seemed to love it. So did Kira.
In the solos Kalani came in third. Abby is furious. Nia got first!!! Abby was SHOCKED. Or pretending to be shocked. I don’t believe anyone could be shocked that the kids would pick Nia.
Murietta was robbed with a second place trophy. ALDC got first. This is totally rigged. Abby hugs Kalani and congratulates her on third place. Nia ask if she is going to nationals and Abby says she would not say that. And the recording stops right there. I assume there was the requisite temper tantrum by Holly while Nia has a more mature response.
Will this be the year that Nia finally gets her solo? Or will Abby put in her ringer, Kalani?
In other questions will Maddie be back next season?