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  1. 2 thoughts from this: 1) Tess needs more power if she is going to be front and center. Outdanced by Gina and Molly(?), who are right behind her. 2) Meredith has not improved....at all.
  2. FWIW, Kat may just like the straight, long hair look. While I certainly think there’s an effort to push all women into looking like barbies, which leads to all of the weaves and wigs on the team, it shouldn’t be assumed that all of the black women want to wear their natural curls or wear braids, etc. Some do, some don’t. It’s possible Kat would still opt for the same wig she has now no matter what DCC encouraged. That may just be what she likes - doesn’t mean she’s trying to “look white.”
  3. I feel there’s a harshness to Holly’s recent pics that have been posted here (i don’t follow her IG, so not sure if that’s the norm), and she already looks quite a bit older than she is, so that’s not something that she needs, IMO. When she first moved to Cali and changed her hair and makeup, I really thought she looked great, but I’m not seeing that as much in the recent pics.
  4. I don't see how Julia was treated that badly, compared to everyone else (the training camp process is ridiculous). I like her just fine and would've been fine with her making it, but her cut does not even come to being one of the more egregious examples or unfairness or politics in the DCC world through the years. Even this season, Shaina has more reason to be mad than Julia, and Kelli was meaner to both Jalyn and Madeline, IMO. I gather that Julia is a lovely person and well-liked among people who know her, but as someone who doesn't know her, she didn't come off like she is the sharpest tool in the shed on the show, and the conspiracy theories (Lisa got her cut; the NBC anchor set her up at media day) have not panned out. Beyond the absurdity of cutting girls at the eleventh hour, which they need to stop, Julia's cut seemed fairly standard to me. Meredith is basically the only one who I definitely would've cut over her.
  5. Season 7 is the year that Jacie, Danielle, Carissa, Jenna, etc were rookies, right? The seasons all start to run together after a while, but if that's the right one, it's my favorite season as well. I think that's the one year when Kellie said that it was one of the best rookie classes, and I actually believed it. That rookie class definitely had some strugglers, but I think the best 10 or so girls from that season were really top notch.
  6. Agreed with both posts. I understood lumping Kat and Meredith together early on, but Kat has stepped up her game, killed cameos, and seems to have been picked by most guest choreographers. Meredith has not. If anything, Lily has been as weak or weaker than Kat over the back half of the season, but Meredith is in a league of her own. I also thought Kelli seemed annoyed that Bridget passed out. She didn’t seem to be even remotely concerned about her safety or well-being. That was gross.
  7. Meredith making the team is up there with Emily in season 7 as being nonsensical, but at least Emily seemed like she could hold a conversation and get through an interview. Meredith has been pretty awful at everything, including cameo pictures, beautiful face aside.
  8. Is there anything to suggest that Julia is not still 100% drinking the DCC kool-aid? Some people just cuss a lot. I’m not sure her “F this” is all that indicative of anything. The girl was a weepy mess in the office in last week’s episode and may well be again when she gets cut next week. I’m all for the DCCs realizing that there are other, better opportunities out there and walking away, but I’m not sure we have that in this case. This just seems to be the case of a girl saying some dumb things in interviews (things that shouldn’t be said in an interview in any job, not just DCC) and got upset. I don’t really see anything more or deep there. (To be clear, I don’t care about her outfit. I think it was ugly but not inappropriate or something that should have bearing on a job. So, I’m not concerned with that.)
  9. True, but I feel like being good at interviews is less about education and more about practice. It’s possible that she hasn’t had a ton of interview experience and lots of interviews are different. I can breeze through interviews that are open discussions, but in the past, I’ve had to really prepare long and hard for interviews that have a lot of situational and behavioral questions. Yet, some people are really good at those but struggle in interviews where they have to steer the conversation. I don’t know. I still feel like Julia flubbed easy stuff (never badmouth any former job/co-worker!), but i also can see how dealing with K&J is difficult. In a different situation with a different girl who was a favorite, I could see Kelli reacting positively to someone putting down another team to prop up the DCCs. She’s not consistent, so Im sure it’s hard to know what you should or shouldn’t say.
  10. I would have more sympathy for Julia if she was getting trick questions and floundering, but she is screwing up on basic interview stuff. I don’t even like Kelli, but I thought that she was right on in picking up on the fact that Julia put down the LA dance scene when she was asked why she wanted to be a DCC. I mean, “Why did you want to be a DCC?” and “what are your goals in the future” are probably closer to the types of interview questions that they actually get, moreso than questions about politics or in depth football questions. Therefor, she needs to be able to answer those questions easily but couldn’t. This isn’t meant to bash Julia. I’ve been there and look back on interviews and wish I would’ve said things differently, but that’s life. When you’re in competitive processes, botching easy questions can get you cut.
  11. Jasmine made it for the “friend” storyline and because she was from New York IMO. I think Kelli tends to like having NY and California girls on the team. Chelsea was, at that time, a Kelli favorite, and Kim...I’m not really sure. Emily and Teri were headscratchers too IMO. I thought Emily was pretty, but Kelli acted like she was the most beautiful girl who ever showed up, which was odd. Teri was just plain IMO.
  12. I still think Gina must’ve done something to not even be in the triangle. Maybe sho got caught saying that she thought she should be point or something petty like that. Otherwise, it makes no sense whatsoever. I seriously doubt Amy expected to be point or even in the triangle, so it’s not like they were dealing with a senior vet who had a reason to expect to be point. It’s just bizarre.
  13. That's certainly true. Kelli has played favorites for years. VK is hardly the first, and it's interesting to Jenna and Whitney lumped together as getting favorable treatment when I actually don't think their situations are all that similar. I don't think Whitney really got any punishment at all, whereas Jenna certainly did her last year. With that said, I think Kelli tends to react differently when she feels personally offended. It seemed like her anger towards Jenna seemed oddly personal - not an employee screwing up, but someone not living up to her expectations after she made her a leader and favored her over the years. With Whitney, I almost think they chalked it up to her just being an idiot, so no personal offense. But that's also what sets the VK situation apart. Kelli set all of that up for her (Jinelle helping her/doctor's apput) and then she lied not just to Jinelle, but ultimately Kelli too. Anyone else would be on Kelli's shitlist for life. Kelli loves Meredith, but if Meredith got caught lying to Kelli, she would out in a heartbeat, and there would be no looking back. VK though didn't even really get dressed down. That was clearly due to their personal relationship.
  14. Pretty much my thoughts. I’m not bothered by VK being on the team this year. I think she is clearly top 36, so I think she earned her spot. However, she was held to a different standard than other rookie candidates last year (her extremely obvious weight gain was alone enough to get anyone else cut, so the lying episode with Jinelle would never even happened with anyone else bc they would’ve already been gone). It just is what it is. If Whitney and Jenna - two multi-year vets who could dance circles around VK when their issues came up - are the only examples of similar treatment, then that speaks for itself.
  15. I’m actually surprised to see the Amy bashing. I didn’t really get the sense that she was putting down Maddie at all. Maybe I need to rewatch because I didn’t get a negative impression. Still not a fan of Maddie and Amy at point. Gina was robbed. I am chuckling at the fact that the show is now acknowledging what a big deal point is - and position in the formation, in general. Difference from a few years ago for sure. Glad they dropped the act. While the criticism leveled at Meredith and Kat is deserved, at least they look the part and have some pep in their step. Lily is dull as dishwater and not even remotely a power dancer. I would cut her before them if I’m being honest. I understand that she is very well-liked and must therefore actually have a personality, but she’s comes off as so wooden.
  16. Right. I’m quick to criticize Kelli and the DCCs over antiquated practices, but this is just basic interview stuff. Even if you’re interviewing for a summer internship, which a is by nature, a temporary position and a “stepping stone”, you’re probably not going to get the internship if you say that you plan to use the internship to build your grad school resume. That may well be true - your end goal may be grad school in a competitive program (and there is nothing wrong with that), but you can’t expect the company to invest money in you for an internship if you make it sound like that you’re just using it to further your career along. Keep that to yourself!
  17. Agreed. I think the “stepping stone” thing is ridiculous in the way that Kelli leveled it against Madeline. Nothing wrong with a DCC dreaming of being on Broadway one day, and I think it’s questionable whether having DCC on the resume is even helpful in that regard. Here, however, Julia literally mentioned her resume and building it with DCC. That’s different. It may be true, but you never say that during an interview process. Had she just said that she wants to be a broadcast journalist or an anchor when she’s done dancing, I think that would’ve been fine, but she didn’t. I like Julia, but she gave them an easy reason for them to cut her.
  18. Yep. I’m one of them. I hate cold weather, so I sympathize with Derek in that regard. However, I still thought he came off a bit selfish due to Fred’s brother moving to NY, and Fred being the one with the hectic, busy career. Why can’t Derek be the one flying across country to sit in the LA sun and paint? It just seemed to be more about him than the kids, but I’m sure there was much more to the discussion than what we saw. I had secondhand embarrassment for Tyler. I hope he closes a deal soon. He seems nice, but in terms of being a broker, he’s not coming off so great on the show. The 9 am open house was silly tho IMO. Was he expecting a bunch of ppl to show up?
  19. Exactly. And I also don’t buy that there would be no security cameras anywhere either in or around the building that would’ve captured him entering or leaving. I’m assuming an upscale, high rise building with direct elevator access to units would have pretty good security, where anyone can’t just go up a back staircase. Please! At this point, Tommy, Ghost, Keisha,,and Tariq can all die, and I wouldn’t bat an eye. Dre is another one who needs to catch a bullet before the end of the series. Agree with everyone on the stupidity of Saxe not moving Maria or at the very least, putting 24 hour security detail on her.
  20. I just think she’s a poor manager in general. She’s passive aggressive and the type that makes everything personal. When someone has screwed up or made a mistake, she always make it into a character flaw. She’s catty. (see her interactions with Colby). She’s goes between treating DCC like a sorority in one respect and a job in another (an example is how she treats point and show group as if they’re the heights of prestige in the DCC org but has gotten upset on 2 occasions when she’s demoted people and they’ve sought clarity - guess what, in real jobs, people want clarity on their status. The “just be happy to be here” is sorority talk). Different girls are consistently held to different standards (see weight issues). She plays favorites. VK is just the most obvious example but certainly not the first. Now, I think she presents a good product to the public and is a fabulous marketer. It’s the managerial stuff that she’s terrible at. And FWIW, I’ve been saying this for years about her.
  21. Beyond the fact that Madeline did not even give off the impression that she’s a social climber, the whole “stepping stone” comment was ridiculous since this is supposed to a so-called part time job. Last I checked, part-time jobs that can’t financially support an adult are supposed to be stepping stones. Kelli truly believes that DCC should be the highlight of every girl’s life. If Madeline wants to go on to dance on Broadway, good for her. Broadway is more prestigious than DCC whether Kelli likes it or not. Same with Jacie and the Rockettes.
  22. This is up on the DCC Twitter page today, and they say “often imitated, never equaled” before Thunderstruck, as well as constantly talking about how you have to be one of the best to make it. FWIW, I’m not bothered by the DCCs or Lisa. I agree that it doesn’t meet the dictionary definition of humble, but it’s true, and in Lisa’s case, she didn’t put down anyone other than the counselor, who may have meant well, but wrongfully tried to tell her what she couldn’t do. She just advertised her abilities, which you have to be able to do in competitive, male dominated fields, like she’s in - especially as a young, petite woman. People can certainly go overboard into arrogance, and Lisa may be like that in person. Obviously, I don’t know her, but I got where she was coming from in the segment.
  23. Well, not if she was white, with pretty eyes, brown hair, and named Meredith lol. She’s every bit as bad, and I think worse. I get the point tho. In terms of AA girls, they’re at a really low point, and Kat at least checks that box and is beautiful to boot.
  24. I really liked Amy by the end. I understood why they cut her, but I liked her a lot.
  25. I think 2 things can be true at once: VK is improved this year and was top 36 in terms of dance and the show is trying very hard to push the narrative that she’s one of the best in the room and is SO much more mature than last year. I don’t really have an issue with her being on the team, but the “VK is so awesome and great” comments every episode are annoying. In fairness to her, she’s not the first girl who they’ve done this with. The show is not good at being subtle.
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