Was Brianna the ultimate dancer or a compromise on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition?

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The announcement took two hours to come on the finale of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition on Lifetime. Was it the right decision to choose Brianna?

America lost Asia, its seven year-old sweetheart last night when Abby Lee Miller told her she didn't even come in second among the three finalists.

That was harsh, but presumably the moms and dancers would have wanted to know how they stacked up against each other.

Why was Madison not picked? Here are a few parts of the judges' consultation from last night:

Abby Lee Miller: "This is the best dancer," as she held up Madison's photo. She continued, "This kid technically is gorgeous and wonderful, but she can't act or perform like these two," as she pointed to photos of Brianna and Asia.

Richy Jackson: "Madison has had some bad performances. She hasn't had great performances. Tonight she was clearly the one. She didn't show up for six weeks."

Robin Antin: "I clearly agree. This one is gonna go far. She took all your corrections, opened up and was unbelievable."

Why didn't Asia get the nod after winning over at least one judge, Robin Antin of Pussycat Dolls fame?

Abby put her foot down on the technique side of the equation, telling Robin that Asia has "...great physicality and great timing and great intuition." In other words, she isn't the technical dancer to become Abby's first Ultimate Dance Competition winner.

Antin kicked and screamed a bit: "I don't care. I love her There's a reason why I love her and America loves her. She's the star of the whole competition."

Jackson fell in with Abby on the little girl this time. "It was just another one of her "performances"," he said as he used air-quotes.

Brianna came out of this confusion as the winner. After Madison was praised to the hilt she was brought down by Richy Jackson noting that only when she had to "dance for her life" did she bring it. That convinced Abby to go another way.

Asia had no chance when Jackson didn't see anything new from the little lightning rod of controversy, giving Abby the ability to put her foot down as she wanted to do several times before.

Brianna triumphed due to incessant lobbying by Richy Jackson. "She was fantastic.She is consistent. She comes prepared."

That countered Abby's insistence that Brianna is a strong dancer but with "...bad feet that have consistently, consistently been bad."

Antin added this: "I think she is strong. I think she is athletic. She does not impress. " To which Abby said. "I think she is nasty and strong and bowls the kids over."

Then how did she manage to come out the winner? You tell me. Who do you think won?

Read about all the episodes of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, right here at HULIQ. Click the hot link with the show's title above this story.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Clearly Madison was the best dancer, followed by Amanda who didn't make the finals. Asia should have been gone a long time ago. Brianna was an intense dancer but Madison was a delight to watch and listen to. She is a class act so is her mother. Her technique was amazing - I guess they needed her to learn to growl. They got it close to right, at lease asia did not win.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree with you in that Madison was a very talented dancer and was was very balletic in the way she moved, but i can't help but be slightly turned off by her attitude towards the end of the end of the competition. She acted like she was better than everyone else, even though she was, and you could tell the attitude of her mother was rubbing off on her and she ended up coming of as quite a snob. But i thought Brianna remained humble, soulful and kind throughout the entire competition. I mean i know, its Abby's ultimate "dancer" not person, but their personalities drastically skewed my opinion.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I know editing can shine people in a worse light than they really are, but the things Madison said about other dancers and how she mocked their dancing and routines in the last episode was horrific. Being mean spirited like that and needing to put others down to make you feel better is just unacceptable behavior.

Submitted by Ace 234 (not verified) on
I think when all's said and done Brianna was the most consistent dancer and probably the best overall. Madison was very good and I was rooting for her. On the other hand, I was not impressed by Asia at all and I supposed she probably played better to a live audience than on TV. She was overly cute and showed a lot of that Honey Boo Boo obnoxious sassiness which I pray is not becoming the norm for little kids.

Submitted by Soncee (not verified) on
I agree with your comments 110%!! Well done!

Submitted by Nette (not verified) on
@Anonymous...you must be either Coreen or Madison. When they both open their mouths, they're negative. Madison is BORIIIIING to watch. Her dancing is boring. Compare her to the Maddy on Dance Moms. Little Maddy is more like Brianna and Asia. Amandas face also never changes. She got old on me. As Richy says, Brianna will do anything you ask of her. All different types of dances and she comes out on top. Asia would have won if she was older. She simply has not had enough time in life to be where the others are. Only 3 years experience compared to ten. I'm certain they took that into consideration throughout the competition but refuse to think that way for the finals. The other moms are angry that a 7 year old beat their kid. Sorry, Hadley is boring and Zachs poor performance in hip hop was judged properly.

Submitted by notAsia (not verified) on
Asia wasn't my sweetheart. Poor little girl - learning at such a young age to trash talk from her tacky mother and make dancing all about the show and smiles vs. technique.

Smile vs. technique. They always managed to get in some gymnastic moves for her. If you go to my other articles here at HULIQ about Asia, you will see how many people adored her and wanted her to win. Click on the hot link at the end of this story to find the page and when you open the ones about Asia having nine lives, you'll see what I mean.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Look Asia is amazing. First of all, for age 7, she's got it going on. It takes years to learn how to perform, but this little diva, was born a star. I am a professional dancer and teacher myself and yes, the technique is not all there yet, but she's 7. She is where she needs to be and then some. My suggestion is to maybe have 2 age categories and compare apples to apples. Remember, there are 2 types of dance, commercial and concert. For the prize of studying with the Joffrey School, my vote was for Amanda.

Submitted by Soncee (not verified) on
Oh Puhleez! That little monster learned her Diva ways from her mumster!


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