Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition exposed a hidden problem in reality contest shows - homesickness. Kids and moms are away for weeks on end.
Abby Lee Miller had only seven young dancers to boss around and judge on the last installment Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition on Lifetime.
The dancer sent home was Lexine, whose mother Maria started to crack after being in Los Angeles for a long time.
We watched as they used Skype to check how things were on the home front and expressed loneliness. It might have been a factor in Maria's emotional swings that unnerved Lexine.
It's one thing to critique your daughter's dance moves as she is being coached by a choreographer, but it's another to threaten to take her home before she even performs for Abby and the judges.
It got to that point with Maria who seemed to sense the end was near for Lexine. She was right.
Abby Lee Miller told her, "It's not your night," meaning goodbye and thanks for the memories. The little girls dissolve into tears as they are told they didn't measure up, in front of a live audience at the Los Angeles Theater.
No one can blame them, but it is the tears shed by the others who remain in the contest that are wonderful to see.
It means that these young ladies have bonded despite competing against each other. If only the moms could get along.
Asia, the six-year old dynamo with the energy of a windup toy that never stops, lived to fight yet another week.
Her facial expressions demonstrate her full engagement in interpreting the choreography and her body movements are fearless, even if not perfect..
For a six year-old to be able to maintain that level of concentration is astounding.
She isn't the most skilled of the dancers left in the competition, but how could she be? The remaining girls are anywhere from four to seven years older than Asia, yet she is just what the judges want to see when they look at the overall package presented by each dancer.
Yvette the troublemaker had a second week of her daughter Hadley landing in the bottom two after all was said and done.
It's made her a bit less problematic as she starts to concentrate more on her daughter's survival rather than the demise of Asia and all others who might succeed.
Lifetime airs new episodes of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT. There are more recaps and news about the show here on Huliq. For episodes you might have missed, check out the show's website. Image: Lifetime/Dance Moms
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