It’s hard to imagine that Maddie Ziegler is only 12-years-old. The Dance Moms star has already experienced more than most of us do in a lifetime thanks to the popularity of her reality show and a decade-long dedication to dance. Despite all the upsides of fame (dancing with Sia at the Grammy Awards!), Maddie admits it’s also impacted her life in unfortunate ways – and sometimes she just wants to be a normal tween.
Anyone who has ever watched Dance Moms can attest that Maddie seems very mature for her age. In fact, for this in-depth interview with the Telegraph UK, Maddie is by herself with the interviewer as Melissa “pops in and out of the office” in between caring for MacKenzie who was sick back at their temporary apartment. (Maddie was also accompanied by a security guard who waited in the hall). Maddie is TWELVE!
The reality TV viewer numbers are in and ready to be analyzed. Teen Mom OG saw its third increase in a row with 1.855 million tuning in this week. The mid-season finale of Dance Moms garnered 1.451 million viewers, bringing the season five average to 1.57 million viewers. For comparison’s sake, the season four finale attracted 1.619 million and the season average was 1.84 million.
Last night’s Dance Moms was the second part of the Abby Lee Miller’s swan song in Pittsburgh before heading out to Los Angeles to open the West Coast ALDC studio. Of course, it wouldn’t be a finale if it wasn’t coming on the heels of a tween video showdown, and it’s certainly only fitting that Cathy and her Candy Apples were involved! Even better? We don’t have to sit through a pyramid…we can just head right into the competition.
With the other dancers involved in the various JUMP convention showcases, JoJo and Nia are the only ALDC members ready to compete. Despite Melissa’s tepid excuses for the team’s absence, Holly can’t help but think that something shady is going on to which she wasn’t privy. Jessalyn and Holly are confused as to why Abby double-booked her team (especially since Kendall and Kalani are supposed to have solos), but Kira and Jill play dumb. Cathy interrupts to question why half the group is MIA, and on cue, Abby arrives to ignore Cathy’s insults about her blobby, big hair. She wasn’t about to have her dancers miss out on the coveted time with master choreographers at the convention. Jessalyn is livid to learn that Abby texted the mothers whose daughters were involved, instructing them not to mention the scheduling conflict with her and Holly. “Shame on you,” admonishes Holly. As Abby and Holly scream at one another, Cathy takes great pleasure in watching the demise of the friendships crumbling in front of her. Jill scolds Holly for airing their dirty laundry in front of the Candy Apple moms, and her anger is only exaggerated by the fringe on her tacky jacket. Holly and Jessalyn storm off, realizing they are getting no support from their counterparts. Cathy cackles with delight, while relishing in Vivi’s starring role in the Candy Apple’s group routine.
Nia Frazier is the sweet-natured, hard-working fan-favorite on Dance Moms, even if her belligerent dance coach Abby Lee Miller doesn’t recognize her as the amazing person she is.
Nia recently released her first music video, Star In Your Own Life, which she worked on with Aubrey O’Day, and she doesn’t care whether Abby likes it or not, because she’s proud of herself! Nia also shares she’s remained close friends with her former teammates and co-stars Paige Hyland and Chloe Lukasiak, and that all the girls on the show support each other despite Abby’s attempt to cause friction.
It’s no surprise that Abby Lee Miller has let her fame go to her head, but now she’s treating Dance Moms producers the same way she treats her dancers and their mothers! Abby is blaming producers for the show’s constant conflicts and arguing lamenting they don’t respect her or the cast.
Abby went on a tirade against producers, calling them “morons” and if they don’t change their ways, she wants them to change their jobs. In true vitriolic Abby fashion she refused to take accountability for the negativity of Dance Moms, and accused producers of destroying it by faking conflicts and issues on the show. Which is the ultimate insult for Abby who declares she is fully capable of berating mothers and dancers without producer assistance.
On the last few episodes of Dance Moms, we’ve been treated to a preteen music video battle of epic proportions–and the jealousy that said battle can cause among a group of middle-aged mothers–courtesy of two amazing ALDC members…the underdog Nia and Abby Lee Miller’s up-and-coming favorite Kendall. Both girls had adorably glossy and professional finished products, but who knows if they’ll ever make their way up the pop charts.
Of course, their teammate Maddie Ziegler is in an entirely different league, starring in Sia’s trilogy of slightly creepy, extremely well-choreographed, and often controversial music videos. “Chandelier” took Maddie out of Abby’s studio and made her a household name for something other than a reality series about bickering moms and their talented daughters. “Elastic Heart” found her dancing in a cage with Shia LeBeuof. Combined, the two videos have garnered close to a billion views, and the third installment “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was recently released.
I know I sound like a broken record season after season after season (or is it all just one neverending season?), but could this be the longest ever season of Dance Moms? After the great video showdown of 2015, the ALDC has returned to Pittsburgh after a victorious stint in Los Angeles. Abby Lee Miller is true to form with her nastiness and self-pity, but of course her bad behavior is magnified thanks to Lifetime adding Cathy’s Candy Apples into the mix. The moms are (surprisingly!) getting along, and while they don’t love the cold weather, they are happy to be home…for a week at least. Melissa wonders if it could be their last Pittsburgh pyramid. She seems to think that when Abby heads back to L.A. next week (we deserve frequent flier miles just for watching!), it will be for good.
Not only is there a competition this week, there is also a dance convention where the dancers could win scholarships. The moms inform their girls that not only will the Candy Apples be trying to beat them, but Ava and her mom Jeanette will be at the competition as well. Poor Kendall says what her teammates are thinking…it’s never a fun competition week with Abby when Cathy is involved. At pyramid, Abby gushes over Maddie’s Grammy’s performance (as she should, it was amazing), saying she got more applause than Madonna. Does she really want to get on Madge’s bad side? Maddie also dishes on behind the scenes of the awards show, and Holly feels the need to interrupt to proclaim that Nia will be having a premier party for her video at the dance convention thanks to her recent video? Really, Holly? Why? I try to defend you, but you’re not making it easy! Even Nia looks like she wants her mother to stop her one-upping. Holly extends an invitation to the studio, but Melissa can’t make it because she has dinner plans. Joke’s on you, Melissa–it’s a daytime event.