Since that didn’t work, Jabby tries to get Melissa to relent by telling her that if they lose this week it will be all Melissa’s fault. I have to give Melissa credit for standing up to Jabby for once.
Competition day. In the green room, Jabby calls Shrill over secretly to show her the program and ask if she knows who the little ringer boy is. Apparently his name is Drayson or something. I’m not even going to speculate how to spell that correctly, so let’s go with Drayson. Shrill maintains that she has no idea who he is.
In the Candy Apple’s green room, Cathy calls Drayson a “guest artist” that she pulled in and she tells everyone to keep him under wraps so ALDC doesn’t know what’s going on. I’m sure the TV cameras will keep it under wraps as well.
Chloe does her solo.
To me, she looks a little stiff and it looks like the music doesn’t match, but that could be my TV, sometimes the sound is out of sync. I think it was good, but not one of her best ever. After, Jabby remarks that Chloe could possibly win, but a Maddie solo would have given them two chances.
Justice’s solo is up next and it’s called Shipwrecked. It looks like he has graduated from walking around the stage and just standing there to some acro moves.
I think he does a good job, but it is a little sloppy. According to Jabby, his dance wasn’t choreography, it was stretching. I will leave that to the experts to agree or not.
Backstage, Jabby asks Maddie if she understands why Jabby wanted her to do a solo. She says it’s not because of anything Chloe did, but because she wanted two chances to win. Melissa says she’s sorry and that if they lose it’s her fault. Melissa interviews that the moms would have freaked out on her if she had let Maddie do the solo and she is sick them bugging her.
Time for the group number. They are all dressed like Laura Ingalls Wilder and the dance is kind of creepy, and yes, cult-like.
Bonnets are a universal sign for “cult”
That said, I really liked it.
The Candy Apple’s are up next. As they assemble on stage, dressed like 80s prostitots (™Christi) Cathy screams out from the audience “where’s the chair?” Hey, if they need something to sit on, why not just use Vivi? Jabby is amused by the whole thing and says Cathy is not raising employable, professional dancers if they need their teacher to scream them from the audience about a prop.
That magazine is not going to read itself. (Free Vivi!)