It’s official, times are a-changin’ on “Dance Moms” this week. New moms, new dancers, new rival studios—it’s getting a little hard to keep track! To help you out, I’ve compiled the three most awesome—and three most awkward—moments from the latest episode.
AWKWARD The moms’ strategy to get Kelly back to the studio. Because they spend way too much time with their daughters, it appears the moms have reverted back to fourth grade, and have decided to give Abby the silent treatment. Melissa even hides behind her Sweet Tarts box so Abby can't see her. Abby is confused. I’m confused, too. Why would that bring Kelly back? Didn’t Kelly decide to leave on her own? And most importantly, who’s watching all the children while the moms are busy silently loitering in Abby’s parking lot?!?!
AWESOME Everybody’s replaced. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the little cuties that usually make up ALDC, but it’s nice to see Abby finally put her money where her mouth is. We’ve certainly heard her say, “Everyone’s replaceable,” enough times. Plus, these new girls are mega-talented! We knew Ally was phenomenal, but with the addition of Bella and Kaeli, she looks even better (and fits in better height-wise). An excellent threesome, but we’re told another kid is on her way…
AWKWARD Enter Sophia, the “Maddie replacement.” Let’s hold off talking about her dancing for a minute and focus on her voice. Unless Mom Jackie is married to Mickey Mouse, there’s no way that’s natural, right? But even after Abby makes fun of her high, squeaky pitch, she sticks to it. I guess she’s not faking it…Until later, alone in the confessional, her voice suddenly sounds perfectly normal. Something fishy is going on here. I smell a publicity stunt.
AWESOME I wish Abby hadn’t felt the need to hype Sophia’s dancing up as much as she did. Truth is, it was unnecessary. This girl’s talent speaks for herself. And her solo? I still can’t get over those fouettés. Just for fun, check out this clip of her pirouetting on “Ellen”:
AWKWARD A new rival dance-studio owner is emerging, and it’s Yvette, the dance mom we loved to hate (but mostly hated) on “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.” Yvette’s daughter is Hadley, who Abby infamously referred to as “road kill” back in L.A. She’s got a grudge, and she’s out for blood. But does this mean our old rival is out of the picture? Don’t get too excited. In a strange, unnecessary clip this week, Mom Jill is "in the area", so she stops by Candy Apples to have an uncomfortable conversation with Krazy Kathy. Ohio is in the same "area" as Pittsburgh, right?
AWESOME The old ALDC girls band together for a mall performance. They choreographed it themselves and the moms put out the word, but will anyone come? Obviously. The mall goes insane! They might as well have been One Direction for the number of crazed teenage fans packing the place and shoving their iPhone cameras in each other’s faces. The dancers did one routine on a makeshift stage, and, while it was cute, it was not up to their normal high caliber. It’s nice to see them having some fun, but Mom Holly admits, "The girls need discipline. They need a dance teacher." Well, duh.
And now, the QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Hadley wasn't exactly road kill. She was just the road, and Sophia drove right over her." —Abby
I guess Abby feels really bad about that road kill comment. You showed her, Hadley. Oh wait, no you didn’t. Better luck next time.
The suspense is killing me for the next episode. Who will still be a member of ALDC? The new girls only got second place, so will Abby kick them to the curb? And what will the poor old dancers we love do without a teacher?! Check back here next week for another recap.
Say what you will about “Dance Moms” (After blogging about it for several years now, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it all), but I’m still as hooked as I was during the first episode of Season 1. The girls, the moms, Abby’s incredibly uncensored mouth…How could I resist tuning in for Season 3? Plus, last season’s finale left us with so many unanswered questions. Mainly, will Brooke and Paige come back?
Read on for my three most awesome—and three most awkward—moments of this week’s episode.
AWKWARD Brooke and Paige do not come back. We still watch them eat breakfast and stuff though, so something tells me they’ll try to make a comeback at some point. Auditions to replace them went great—besides the fact that all the girls were twice as old and twice as good as the girls already on the team. Oh and remember when Abby used her catchphrase from “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” to cut a girl? “Today is not your day.” Caught that, Abby. I know you’re super famous now, but let’s try to remember which show we’re on.
AWESOME 13-year-old Ally (the Paige-and-Brooke replacement) is great. She seems mature, technically amazing and has a positive, respectful attitude. But brace yourselves for her mom Shelly, because she’s…also really great. Wait, what’s going on here? Is this still “Dance Moms”? I guess we’ll just have to leave it to the other moms to crush Shelly and Ally’s souls until they snap. I’m sure it won’t take long.
AWKWARD Kendall is the first to find out she has a solo, so Mom Jill runs to the dressing room to rub it in the other moms’ faces. Good move. Turns out, everyone but Nia and Ally get a solo in the end. Way to count your chickens, Jill. Kendall may have been showing up for rehearsals all summer, but it looks like she may have skipped those technique classes. She cries about how mean Abby was, Abby yells at her for crying, and things fall apart. At least she’s not on probation this season…
AWESOME I love this group number. “Angel and Demons” deserved that first place win. OK, we’ve seen themes like this before, but I still have to hand it to Abby—everything from the cool choreo to the costumes to the casting (sorry Chloe) was flawless.
AWKWARD Justice is gone! What will ALDC’s rival studio Candy Apples do? Studio owner Cathy’s daughter Vivi seems devastated about the loss of her dance partner. Just kidding, Vivi doesn’t show any emotion. Then Vivi gets kicked off the team by her own mother. She seems devastated. Got you again; she didn’t care at all. Now Cathy’s creating an all-boys team. If nothing else, this will certainly be interesting.
AWESOME Chloe’s solo “Nobody’s Perfect.” Chloe is a champ. Ally may have stolen her part in the group dance, but she handled it like a grown up and then kicked butt when she took the stage alone. Oh right, that’s why she’s the national title winner. This girl’s got it. Mark my words: This season, Chloe’s the new Maddie.
Oh yeah, and because I can’t NOT mention this, the most AWKWARD, most uncomfortable moment of the episode:
Abby leaves the competition to go on a date! I think I’m in shock.
And finally, the QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“You were just a dumb little kid, doing your thing, with a sister who was amazing.” —Abby to Mackenzie
Agree to disagree on that one, Abby. Mac has always been amazing. And now she's old enough to have braces? I’ve got to say, she totally pulls them off.
I think little Mac says it best: “Haha Abby, I won anyways.”
Fess up, did you watch? And what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be back with another recap next week.
If you've missed hearing Abby Lee Miller blaring through your TV each week, get excited—"Dance Moms" returns with an all new season January 1! And is there a better way to ring in the new year than watching Abby Lee whip her dancers into shape? (Well, maybe, but it'll still be fun to watch!)
In preparation for Season 3, we caught up with one of the stars, Brooke Hyland. Read on to learn what she really thinks about the craziest dance show on TV!
Dance Spirit: What do they think of the way your mom is portrayed?
Brooke Hyland: Sometimes it can be too much with all the screaming and the fighting. But the only reason my mom is screaming and fighting is because she is sticking up for me, so I appreciate it.
DS: Do you get along with your sister in real life as well as you get along on the show?
BH: Paige and I have our ups and downs like any sisters, but we get along most of the time!
DS: What do your friends at school think of you being on the show?
BH: I'm pretty close with everyone in my school, so nobody really treats me differently. My friends think it's super cool that I'm on TV, but they hate how I'm always away filming.
DS: Who's your best friend in the cast?
BH: I'd have to say Maddie. I always have a lot of fun with her, and we have the most in common.
DS: What's the worst part of being on the show?
BH: The amount of time it takes. I never have time to hang out with my friends because of the show.
DS: What's the meanest thing Abby Lee has ever said to or about you?
BH: She always calls me "Brooding Brooke."
DS: What's your favorite routine that you've done on the show? Your least favorite?
BH: My favorite numbers I've performed on the show are Where Have All the Children Gone and Twilight. My least favorite number was Silver Spoons.
DS: Is there anything new in Season 3 that we should be excited about?
BH: Yes, there's a lot of dancing and drama, and there are even a couple surprises—you'll have to watch and see!
DS: What is your dance dream job?
BH: To be in a Cirque du Soleil show.
Be sure to tune in to "Dance Moms" January 1 at 9/8 C on Lifetime!