"Dance Moms: Revenge of the Replacements" Recap

Whoa! This episode of “Dance Moms” opens with a shocker. Turns out, Maddie and Kendall's duet “Sugar and Spice” didn’t win at last week’s competition—it was just a miscalculation. Is that allowed? It shouldn’t be. Especially when Abby’s involved. And that was only the beginning of the drama. Read on for my three most AWESOME and three most AWKWARD moments from last night’s show.

AWKWARD. So. Much. Crying. Maddie still hasn’t had a solo, so Mom Melissa asks for one. Abby says Maddie should ask herself, so Maddie cries. This makes me sad. But it doesn’t end there. Abby announces that the group number is acro, and that is not Chloe’s forté. Now Chloe’s crying. I sense a theme. In the next shot, Mackenzie’s crying, too, but we’re not sure why. Oh no, we’re not done with the water works yet. Maddie mans up and asks Abby for a solo. While they’re talking, Maddie cries again, and then Abby cries! What is going on?

AWESOME. The pyramid. OK, so this didn’t exactly start out awesome. First, Abby tells the girls that they’re supposed to step it up in Sophia’s absence (she’s still in L.A.). I don’t think it counts as an absence if you were only around for one week, but whatever. Maddie’s on the bottom (WHAT?!) with Kendall because of the miscalculation, and—drum roll please—MACKENZIE’S ON TOP! She’s back in the group routine, and she gets a solo. Life is good.

AWKWARD Why is Chloe wearing that babushka in her solo? Her dancing is solid, but nowhere near where it usually is. I think the babushka was throwing her off. She gets first runner up. But then comes the really awkward part (yes, more awkward than the babushka). Back in the dressing room, Christi says she’s not going to say anything bad about Abby. Then she screams the word “fat” at her like twelve times. Christi, please, just stop it.

AWESOME I really liked this group routine! (And not just because I always like the group routines.) “Arabian Nights” was a little different than our usual emotional numbers, the costumes were just precious and it was nice to see the girls showing off their acro chops. Plus, there’s a strong possibility that I was just watching Mackenzie the whole time. You rock that solo spot! But then, they get fourth place. Fourth place?! Oh no. Abby Lee Dance Company does not get fourth place. I’m uncomfortable. But I still liked it!

AWKWARD Oh little Mac, I apologize for putting you in the awkward category, but “Dancing Barefoot” was just not your solo. Apparently Abby has decided that since she’s 8 now, she can’t do the kissy face anymore. (She’s winning national championships with that face! Why would she give it up?) Anyway, this dance is tricky and Mac thinks she’s going to forget it. I’m scared because in the previews for this episode, we already saw that she would, in fact, forget it. But then…look at her being all mature! Is that Maddie? No it’s Mackenzie! And then she forgets. I love her anyway, but Mom Melissa announces, “She is not Maddie,” which is an awful thing to say. I blame that third place win on the “mature” choreography.

AWESOME Now we have another competition studio to keep track of, Studio Bleu. That’s where the temporary team replacements Bella and Kaeli actually dance. There’s a very uncomfortable moment where Bella can’t remember how old she’s supposed to be. (Uh oh. Is someone cheating?) But all in all, it’s nice to see the ALDC go against dancers who can actually give them a run for their money. Bella and Kaeli both deliver good solos. And while their group dance left me yawning, the judges were impressed, and they stole that first place trophy right out from under Abby’s nose.

And now...the most AWKWARD moment from this week’s show: The previews for next week’s show. Kathy’s coming back. Ugh. And she’s got that boy from “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” with her. He was great (amazing technique!), which makes me absolutely positive that Kathy didn’t train him. This will either be fun and interesting or completely unbearable. Tune in next week to find out.

And don’t forget to tell me what you think!

Latest Posts

Meet the dancers of MDC3: Madi Smith, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Mather (left to right). Photo by Joe Toreno. Hair by Marina Migliaccio and makeup by Lisa Chamberlain, both for the Rex Agency.

Meet MDC3: The "World of Dance" Winners Who Defied the Odds

In March 2020, the same day the "World of Dance" cast got word that production would be shutting down due to a global pandemic, MDC3 artists Madison (Madi) Smith, Diego Pasillas and Emma Mather stood shoulder to shoulder onstage, bracing to hear the final results of the competition. The champion title and $1 million prize money were within reach, decided entirely by the three celebrity judges sitting in front of them. As their competitor's scores dropped from the lips of Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo at roughly 2 percentage points below their own, viewers watched realization dawn. MDC3's mouths dropped into gigantic Oh's before their hands slapped over their faces in disbelief. Sparklers shot up while confetti rained down, and the announcer shouted, "MDC3, you are the winner of 'World of Dance'!"

It was an impressive accomplishment for any group of dancers, let alone three teenagers who'd faced rejection from the show three times over. Despite their youth (Madi is 18, Diego is 17 and Emma is 16), this moment was hard earned through years of dedicated patience.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Mason Evans assisting at New York City Dance Alliance in Orlando, FL (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy Mason Evans)

5 Dancers Share What It's Really Like to Return to Competitions Right Now

For the first time since the coronavirus hit the U.S., competitions and conventions are meeting in-person once again (brimming with safety precautions, of course), and dancers couldn't be more thrilled.

We asked five standout comp kids about their recent experiences attending competitions around the country—and how they're taking advantage of these long-lost opportunities.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Because the future of Black dance is happening right now (Braylon Browner photographed by Rhiannon Lee, courtesy Braylon Browner)

Celebrating Black Futures Month: 4 Up-and-Coming Black Dancers Making History Right Now

Throughout the month of February, many Americans celebrate Black History Month, a period of the year dedicated to honoring the contributions of Black figures to American culture and society.

The lesser-known Black Futures Month, which is also celebrated in February—and often in conjunction with BHM—looks to art and artists to envision an equitable future for Black Americans. At Dance Spirit, we're celebrating #BlackFuturesMonth by spotlighting four young Black dancers whose dance journeys are proving that the future of Black dance is bright.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search