Mom Kristie decides to suck up to Abby. Because that's definitely the best way to make everyone else hate you.
I must admit that this week’s episode had way too much Cathy, way too much mom drama and not nearly enough dancing. But there’s nothing like rooting for little Mackenzie to keep me riveted. Here are my top three AWESOME and AWKWARD moments.
AWESOME: Pyramid time! Chloe’s on top of the pyramid even though she didn’t win first place last week. I love that Abby’s finally showing her that ounce of encouragement. Chloe, Asia, Maddie and Kendall will all get solos! Unfortunately, we won’t actually get to see them until next week.
AWKWARD: The battle over “The View” continues. Abby announces that Asia’s filling in for Mackenzie on the show, which makes Mom Melissa very upset. Then Abby tells Mackenzie to make her mom fight for her (because 8 year olds should definitely tell their moms what to do). Of course, the kids are fine with whatever happens, but the far-less-mature moms will not stop fighting over it. Somehow, Mom Kelly makes it all about her and her kids, but I’m not really sure how that happened. I sense that Abby knows the whole time who she wants to use, but has found the perfect tactic to rile these moms up and stretch the NYC trip over two episodes. Yes Abby, please draw this fight out for as long as possible. You know how that thrills me.
AWESOME: The results are in…and Little Mac gets to perform! Even though I knew this was coming, I was still excited to see her little face light up. And Asia handles rejection like a pro. The kids’ performance is great, and Abby doesn’t yell at anyone afterwards. Great success!
“As soon as I did my cartwheel over the seat, I was like, ‘I’m back.' ” —Mackenzie
AWKWARD: Cathy. The Candy Apples director announces that she’s holding auditions for a new dancer—because no one at her actual studio full of dancers is apparently good enough. Good job being a teacher, Cathy. Watching the judging process is cringe-worthy. First she tells a girl she won’t get the job just because her name is Maddie, then she calls a child Had instead of Hannah, then she asks a chubby (but awesome!) little boy “Are you sure you’re a dancer?” about a dozen times. So inspirational. To make it worse, Vivi is a judge. Shockingly, she doesn’t have much to add.
AWESOME: As awful as Cathy is, I do like this new dancer she’s chosen, Victoria. Victoria is a student from Larkin Dance Studio, and she is stunning. Anthony Burrell’s choreography starring the newcomer looks like it’s going to be pretty cool. I’m excited to see what’s to come for this little one.
AWKWARD: Cathy and Vivi eat cheesecake. First, Vivi admits to eating five pieces of pizza in one day. Then, Cathy grills Vivi about new kid Victoria (who she’s never spoken to) and tries to force Vivi to admit that she wants Jalen to be her boyfriend. Again, Vivi doesn’t have much to add.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Mom Cathy: “This is hard work auditioning people.”
Vivi: “I’m hungry.”
To be continued!!! Stay tuned for next week when the girls will finally perform the solos we’ve heard almost nothing about. Until then, let me know what you thought of this week’s episode in the comments.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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