Here goes week 3...
Oh Abby. Abby Abby Abby.
I'm curious about a lot from this episode but the number 1 question in my mind is who is telling Abby that this much crazy sells? A little crazy is good TV. A little extra crazy getes the buzz going and attracts viewers. This particular brand of crazy turns people off.
There's been an evolution in Abby's nutiness since season 1. In season 1, she was tough. Insulting, but not horrific. She was not nice to the kids but it wasn't anything anyone hasn't seen before. We all know a coach or teacher who talks down to kids, insults them and just isn't a nice person.
That was the beauty of season 1. The GIRLS and the MOMS were spotlighted in good ways, we saw their normal lives and the dances were great!
Season 2, Abby got crazier and crazier as it went on but still, not unbearable. I'm sure she was amping it up because she's loving the idea of being the meanest, most notorious, infamous dance teacher ever. Great, Ab. If that's what you want your claim to fame to be, hey more power to you.
SEASON THREE however, is Abby's giant ego trip. She disgusts me.I fast forwarded parts last night when she was laying in to Chloe. I just couldn't deal with it.
Abby. Reality check. Dance Moms is as big as it is becuase of the girls. They are the rare combination of innocence, talent, maturity yet immaturity in a good way, good chemistry and the "it factor." The moms bring enough drama. Stop creating siutations to make it so "extreme" all the time.
Oops. Soap box again this week.
Geez. I had really planned to do recaps of this season but I get SO ANGRY watching that I miss a lot of the things I would typically talk about...
Let's talk about the pyramid.
I don't hate the straight line with one girl on top. I think it's fine, actually. Everyone is even with one girl being featured. What's wrong with that? Abby acted like it was horrid, but I think it's better than the pyramid. It's a lot less divisive and puts almost everyone on equal ground. That just seems fair.
I also didn't have a problem with Sophia being on the top. She was the only one there last week so sure, naturally she should be up there in this situation. I still don't like it that she is there, even though she's amazing. It's comes off way too concocted. Yuck.
Solos...Sophia and Chloe's solos are featured.
Sidebar...I firmly believe (because a little Dance Mom bird told me...) that many of the girls do solos more often than shown on the show. These are safety net solos in case the main storylines they are going for don't pan out.
Sophia's solo was beautiful...and filled with turns. 1000000 turns. That girl turns like a top but. There has to be more to dance than turns. It can't all just be turn turn turn turn leap run run run kick turn turn. Let's see her tell a story the way Chloe or Maddie does.
Chloe's solo was beautiful! I think they editted it in a way that showed off the worst of her bobbles. Every dancer bobbles here or there but this was definitely done to show each of Chlo's little mistakes. Ho hum.
Chloe, you are gorgeous. What that judge said about you is SO TRUE. You are a humble, genuine dancer. Don't you ever lose that quality or I will drive down to Pgh and pluck you straight out of the ALDC and bring you back to Studio K. ;) Your heart shows when you dance and honey, that's so much more important than any trophy or plaque.
It literally broke my heart when Chloe wa thankful that she got third instead of second. She didn't want Abby in her face about being the first loser. Oh Chloe. You are not a loser.
Also...did Sophia bring her own costumes or are they doubling the budget for her's? Because they are stunning but NOT typical DM solo costumes...they are way too ornate. Yet another manufactured situation...ugh.
The group dance was...interesting.
The red carpet idea was so cute but it's straight up unfair to the girls to never practice with the prop. Get a clue, producers. These are KIDS with careers ahead of them. Stop making them look bad!
It was interesting how it was editted to make it seem like Kelly wanted Mackenzie out of the group. According to twitter, Kelly told Abby to take Brooke out and Melissa told Abby to take Mackenzie out...
Fascinating stuff, isn't it?
Moral of this week's episode?
Don't believe everything you see, for it was probably editted that way.
P.S. Christi...you are a wonderful mom. You are doing what you think is best. Chloe clearly knows how loved she is. The show gives her exposure. Your meet and greets teach her poise, people skills, graciousness and public speaking. Keep doing what you are doing. xoxo