“Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition: Unleash the Monster” Recap
This week’s theme was “monsters of the night,” and it definitely brought out the monster in everyone. I get the urge to fast forward when the moms start fighting, and that happened way too much in this episode. (Let’s see more of the kids instead please!) Hadley and her mom are definitely the bullies of the crew. And Abby Lee Miller was just plain mean (poor little Jordyn!). In a completely unsurprising elimination, Kyleigh Jai went home for messing up a bunch of choreography. Read on for my top five moments:
1. The challenge this week was physical strength. And the choreography was actually super cool. Jordyn was the clear standout—this tiny hip hopper with crimped hair is one of my favorites. She won a solo and got to choose another dancer to also have a solo. She picked Zack because he’s a boy, and that means she'll stand out. Not the brightest decision in the world, Jordyn. Have you seen Zack dance?
2. Zack’s solo! This routine about a car crash, while a little morbid, was awesome. He played the ghost of a goofy prom king coming back to haunt his high school… or something. He needed this solo to stand out from the pack of girls, and he killed it (no pun intended). I also love that he announced that he’d rather do girls' hair than watch sports. What a cutie.
3. Elizabeth’s many meltdowns. I understand that going through your parents’ divorce is tough, so breaking down over that is fine. But did she actually just cry to the camera about how hard it is to be pretty? She lost me on that one.
4. Bobby Newberry’s hip-hop routine. Madison, Lexine and Tua rocked that graveyard, and I loved it when they jumped off the stage to get in the judges’ faces. Best thing about this show: how versatile these kids are!
5. Elizabeth, Hadley and Asia doing jazz funk. Asia’s existence made this piece too precious for words. She’s so small! The girls played dead Michael Jackson werewolves. Wait, what? Anyway, Hadley kicked butt (don’t you hate when the bully is actually really talented?), Elizabeth was good, and the judges told Asia she didn’t come to life (Can someone please remind them that she’s 6?). Got to say, every piece of choreography this week was better than last week. Here’s hoping it keeps improving!
Your turn! Let me know what you think in the comments and check back next week for another recap.
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Something she's constantly working on:
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