I thought this was the season “finale” but it looks like that is next Tuesday. According to Abby that was supposed to end the season but ratings must have been really good because in February they ordered more episodes for a B season. Abby’s issue with production is apparently that the kids only get paid “a thousand dollars a week” to film and are treated badly. But when they go to do other projects they are pampered and asked what they would like to eat and treated like royalty. I have two problems with her story though. First of all California has very strict guidelines for child actors and how they are treated. There is often some issue with “documentaries” when kids are filmed doing their daily routines but the popularity of reality TV has cause some of those lines to be blurred and new laws to be created. Plus the royal treatment she mentions is of Maddie.
Abby also threatened that more kids than just Maddie and Mack might be missing in the B series of this season due to production’s treatment of the cast. Because Abby is all about treating the girls well, y’all. Actually, in a recent episode Abby said to Melissa, ” I better not see Maddie on So You Think You Can Dance Teen! ” When in reality, Abby has been fighting for her to be on the show as either the host or the head judge. There really is no reality left on reality TV.
Anyway, the minis are in this episode and I think I will be able to get over my addiction to this show if the girls we started out move on and a new batch comes in. I’m used to these asshole moms. I do not want new asshole moms.
But we have a new mom on the mini team. Her name is Yolanda. I officially can’t deal with that name anymore. Her kid’s name is Elliana. I’m going to call her Elli.
The pyramid was the usual hogwash. There are two group dances (one for the minis) and two solos, one musical theatre number for Maddie and one lyrical number about homeless people for Brynn. Of course there is a lot of fake drama around the solo choices. Jo Jo’s mom is so mean and threatened by Brynn. Brynn solo is based on that Maddie did several seasons ago. Last week they said Brynn was dressing like Jo Jo this week it’s Maddie. I am relieved to know this is all fake drama.
I can’t tell Jo Jo’s mom from Brynn’s mom. They are both loud blonde women with big hair. I like Brynn’s mom better, but I still can’t tell who is who unless they are next to each other. All the mean moms go out to lunch to trash talk Brynn, without Brynn’s mom Ashlee. Back in the studio, the mean mom group trash talks the minis. Apparently, the mean moms think the minis and Brynn are going to take their place. I’m not even going to recap the moms this week. It’s just a bunch of redundant insults.
Maddie’s flirty little solo danced to Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer was danced to perfection. That said, the choreography was minimal and it is unlikely there were enough points to earn in that number to be competitive. Which Abby and everyone else knows.
Brynn’s solo was much more sophisticated. Brynn danced it well. However she was SMILING the entire time. This had to be staged. Brynn talked about her face the entire episode and how important it is to act.
The group dance was really good (for them). There was one girl who was miles better than the rest. I think it was Elli, the new kid, but the cameras are so far away from this stage, it’s hard to tell. At first I thought it was Jo Jo. Looks like Abby brought in a ringer.
Junior Elite Group
The junior elite group was really good. I still saw spacing issues. I started to wonder if Maddie had rehearsed with group, because she often was the one in the wrong spot. It’s like she was off working and came in and picked the routine up really fast, and it sort of made the spacing off in places. That said, it was good and likely will win their division.
Brynn got third in her division. Maddie got fourth place in her division. HA! The minis won first and the Junior Elite Team got third. HA! HA!
So the moms tell the minis Abby called them trash. Yolanda takes her kid and leaves ALDC. Good for her. I hope it takes.
Next week: The mid-season finale.