Normally in Dance Moms
we see that the tiny dancers are the sweet and innocent ones while their mothers are the sources of all the drama, but when it comes to Leslie and Payton, it's definitely a case of double trouble. The last time the competition team added this headstrong teen, her ego got in the way as she boldly told everyone that she thought she out-danced most of the others during their routine. And if you know anything about Abby Lee, you know a comment like this is a one way ticket out the door.
If Payton wasn't bad enough, her mom Leslie is even worse. She continually argues that she just has her daughter's best interests at heart, but this translates into stepping over the other more experienced girls just to get Payton ahead. Needless to say, her addition to this week's routine was not welcomed by the other moms. Although I'm pretty sure that they would have taken Payton if Leslie didn't have to come along with her. Did Payton help the competition team this week, or did she only cause more tension between the moms? Let's pirouette right into tonight's episode!Replaced
After cooling down from last week's fiery confrontation with Cathy, the Abby Lee Dance Company is thrilled to have beaten them even though they didn't take the gold. At this week's Starbound competition, Abby is determined to regain her dignity and reputation with choreography that can't be beat. Because it's a more mature number, little Mackenzie is removed and replaced by Payton to give the dance an older feel. Chloe, Maddie and Payton are given solos, followed by the trio of Nia, Mackenzie and Paige. The Results
Maddie and Chloe both performed their solos beautifully, and even though I don't think Payton deserved to get a solo, she did well too. The trio however, lacked Abby's attention and it showed. I wish Abby would have spent as much time on their choreography as the others because it looked to bubble-gummy and under their skill levels. I understand that Chloe and Maddie are her star dancers, but it would be nice to see the other girls get some quality time with their instructor before they perform.
It looks like Payton's addition to this week's competition team helped (or at least didn't hurt) their chances of winning. The team took first place with their unique routine, and I can almost bet Leslie is going to be asking for a permanent position on the team in the near future. What do you think of tonight's episode? Who should have a solo next week? Do you think Maddie's solo was better than Chloe's? Leave your comments and come back next week for your Dance Moms
drama!Kathryn MacDougallContributing Writer
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