What do you get when you put Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler, dance mom Melissa Gisoni, Nia Sioux Frazier, dance mom Holly Frazier, Kendall Vertes, dance mom Jill Vertes, JoJo Siwa, dance mom Jessalyn Siwa, Kalani Hilliker, dance mom Kira Girard, and even their rival Jeanette Cota of Broadway Dance Academy together on a single stage? Chaos. In the never-ending season of Dance Moms, you can’t just have a season finale with a big loss at Nationals. Oh, no. There needs to be more drama; it can never die, ever. So, the best way to continue the insanity after Nationals? Bring all the dance moms and ALDC members back for a Dance Moms reunion of disastrous proportions. With pointed questions intended to bring out the dance moms’ craziest reactions and even a couple of recycled routines along the way, Dance Moms 5×32 “City of Angels” may just be the most shocking Dance Moms season 5 episode yet. The one big question on everyone’s minds after this season? Is Abby Lee Miller leaving Dance Moms?
This has been the most controversial season in the history of Dance Moms…
The melodramatic opening for the Dance Moms reunion was enough to make even the most seasoned viewer worry about what might come next. Continuing the Dance Moms season 5 tradition of Abby Lee Miller’s lack of appearance, there was this whole buildup about how Abby had sent everyone a text, telling them not to show up. When she found out nobody obeyed her orders, though, Abby took a big bite of her magic teleportation cookies so she could take her seat on stage before anyone else. Best of all, our fearless (and tactless) leader showed up with a glass of something — I’m hoping it was alcoholic, to be honest — and some classy handwritten notecards. Not bothering to talk to anyone, Abby started off her appearance sipping on…whatever that was…and charging her smartphone.
On Nationals. Abby didn’t bother to answer the producer’s first question about the whole Nationals debacle, opting instead to hold up one of her signs: “FIXED.” This is what we call Abby finally being real. People have been saying for years that the competition results on the show weren’t the ones actually announced at the competitions, prompting many competitions’ websites to “conveniently” no longer link to results for tour dates attended by the Dance Moms crew. I’m sure that’s totally coincidence about the lack of published information, though. Totally.
Not exactly at liberty to confirm or deny any of the rumors, though, Abby prompted to just smirk and shrug when asked to explain what exactly she meant. So, the show just moved on…sort of.
The next question about Nationals was why Abby and her besties walked out in the middle of awards. Dance mom Jill Vertes insisted that it was because everything had wrapped up, but dance mom Jessalynn Siwa argued that the presentations were not, in fact, done. First place wasn’t announced yet, so um, yeah. Regardless of what actually happened, though, dance mom Holly Frazier’s comment on the whole situation still stands:
…but wasn’t that the whole point of showing everyone walking out like that? Sore loser drama? And a chance to let Abby drink whatever it was she brought with her to the reunion, whilst laughing at her own behavior up on the replay?
Even Jeanette Cota of BDA showed up to deliver her personal take on what happened at Nationals: Although the competition wasn’t run as smoothly as others, it was wrong to not bother congratulating any of her girls for their big win, especially when it came to dance mom Melissa Gisoni, who she thought was her friend. And saying a competition was fixed, just because the ALDC lost? Back to the sore losers image.
Dance Break! “Don’t Fence Me In,” group dance from episode 5×28. As this performance was airing on television, dance mom Holly was busy tweeting about the drama, which basically says everything that needs to be said about how entertaining this particular routine wasn’t.
— Holly Frazier (@DanceMomHolly) August 19, 2015
On the complaints about lack of training this season. Abby thought the kids should just stretch at home while they were doing their homework and work on their feet on their own, too. I don’t see how either of those things are going to fix chronic technique issues, but whatever Abby says, right? Because as always, it’s Abby’s way or the highway.
You’re her mother. If you don’t like my training, then hit the road, Jack.
According to dance mom Jess, Abby didn’t have a single class while in Los Angeles. I really hope that’s not true, and Abby was telling the truth when she said it was JoJo who didn’t bother to show up to a single one the ballet classes she held in California. Because otherwise, the ALDC is an even bigger joke than I’d originally thought. Seriously? No classes at all? Those girls are lucky they placed in any competitions, period.
Dance Break! After a super brief chat about Abby treating JoJo like crap whilst still caring enough to instagram stalk her, we had a replay of Kendall’s solo, “Burn,” from episode 5×25. Those feet. No. Pay attention to details. please.
On the drama with Kira. It was super fun rehashing that time Kalani was kicked out of the group dance, and Abby was kicked out of the competition after a screaming match with dance mom Kira Girard…but only because of that look on Melissa’s face while she was watching the replay. Kira said she was so upset at the time because Abby had turned Kalani away after hugging the other kids, and Abby made some sort of weak excuse about how she just wanted to get out of there but so many kids kept walking up to her. Forget about the part where she hugged Maddie Ziegler for what felt like hours, and there are only six kids on the team.
When you’re thrown out, and you’re banned from the set…
Then, there was the real talk about Abby seemingly throwing a tantrum and storming out of the dressing room. It turns out, it was more like she was kicked off set, and the moms agreed with the move. Someone needed to be removed from the situation, and it couldn’t be the kids, so bye Abby? Why not Kira? Which one was crazier out of the two? I don’t even know.
There were a lot of things that led up to that moment, and when they told me to leave, I thought, ‘see ya!’
When reality tv gets real, it gets real, folks.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, Kira and Kalani came back because Kalani had set a goal. It was totally her decision and not at all related to her mother’s permission or any kind of contract stuff.
Dance Break! “The Panic Room” from the same episode as all the Kira craziness. Getting up out of the floor at the same time as the other girls is hard, y’all.
Slay. Shocker: Jill and Holly got into a screaming match over Nia’s music career. Because that hasn’t been done to death in Dance Moms season 5. This time, after Jill accused Holly and Nia of frequently being late and even ditching school, the shoutfest was so out of control that an executive producer (Bryan) in the audience had to step in. After Holly called everyone ignorant, made like she was going to leave but then came back at Bryan’s request, and sat back down to say she had no regrets, we were treated to deleted footage of Nia’s newest music video premiere.
Evidently, Nationals was so “fixed” against the ALDC that the video for “Slay” was shown there for the first time ever. I really would like to know what Abby Lee Miller was drinking. As good as the video was, seeing dance moms Jill and Melissa “dance” in the audience — and Abby making that awful, hypocritical grimace after seeing a heavier person dancing in said video — was just as entertaining, if not better.
Baby Dance Mama Staged “Surprise” Proposal Drama. As we learned in “Baby Dance Mama Drama,” dance mom Kira is pregnant, and everyone’s obsessed with the idea of marrying her off to make it “legitimate” or whatever. Since Abby loves Kalani like her own child and yadda, yadda, yadda, she just wants her to be able to be proud. Ok, then. Not wading into those murky waters, nope. I’m also not going to touch the part where Melissa and Jill think it’s the ALDC’s baby or something. Good lord.
But surprise! Kira’s boyfriend, David, just happened to be waiting backstage. So much screeching from the harpies. So, so much screeching. Surprising absolutely nobody, David proposed, and Kira said yes. Kalani ran out on stage, hugged Abby, then went to take selfies with her mother and future stepdad…and then, of course, the rest of the ALDC came to join the fake excitement party. Help.
Melissa on Maddie and Mackenzie. Remember that time Mackenzie beat Maddie; and her mother said on camera, in front of everyone, that she didn’t believe Mackenzie should have won? Well, Melissa smirked her way through watching the video and stood by her original words. But she wasn’t trying to take anything away from Mackenzie’s win, oh no! And it’s not just against Maddie that Melissa thought her younger daughter should have lost. She didn’t deserve to beat JoJo either. This woman seriously has no idea how awful she sounds when she talks about Mackenzie. I’d feel bad for her if I wasn’t so busy being disgusted.
Is Abby Lee Miller Leaving Dance Moms? When asked what was next for her, Abby listed a slew of countries she planned to visit over the summer, including Panama where Makenzie and Maddie would be joining her for some classes. So, Abby’s favorite dancer wouldn’t be running either studio…Who would? Nobody knows.
On top of that, nobody seems to know what Abby’s plan for next season is. After an interview with Entertainment Tonight shed some doubt on Abby’s future with Dance Moms earlier this year, the internet was abuzz with rumors of Abby quitting. Well, Abby certainly fanned those flames during the season 5 reunion special, that’s for sure. Here are few of the things Abby had to say that seemed to be a pretty clear indication that she was done:
…we’ve had an amazing run, and they’re turning into teens. So, that’s where this journey ends for me and a new journey begins.
I think this has been a great run, and I don’t like what happened at the competition. Like Friends, you go out when you’re on the top.
I’d like to take everything that I’ve learned and go on and do something that’s bigger and better.
Oh no! With Dance Moms casting calls circulating, the series doesn’t seem to be over…so what’s going to happen if Abby leaves? Whatever it is, it’s sure to be crazy. And of course, there will be drama.1 of 1