Having really dug into this week’s episode finally, I can recap that Meredith is lost and ends up whining and crying, VK is edited to appear like she’s the second coming, we critique girls on guest choreo that has nothing to do with DCC style, and Kelli is tortured at how difficult it is to make final roster cuts. Good grief. There is literally one episode of this show now, and it keeps playing on a time loop.
A few things that stood out to me ...
I find it interesting that they keep the girls in the same small groups for guest choreographer critique. You have Kat, for instance, who appears elevated because the rest of her rookie small group made show group, so she skates by less noticed, while the Meredith/Lily/Madeline group gets ripped apart every time. Seems counter-productive because that latter group just gets more and more in their heads because of it and, therefore, dances worse each time.
Meanwhile, Kelli comments it’s “the same girls, the same comment of ‘no’ from too many guest choreographers.” News flash Kelli - CUT THOSE GIRLS. Why are you dragging it out again?! And of that bottom of the bunch, 2 of 3 MAKE THE TEAM? That means 2 other girls who aren’t on anyone’s cut radar get dumped at the last minute (Julia!). So what are we going through this whole charade for anyway?! Why parade these guest choreographers in and ask them to rank people if Kelli doesn’t intend to listen? It’s all just becoming a huge joke to me to have a 10-week training camp in the first place.
I was impressed with Madeline’s maturity in that office visit. She’s a beautiful girl, and seems to have a solid head on her shoulders. I didn’t take Kelli to be as awful as others did in that scene. To be honest, I’m not really sure why she (Madeline) would choose this DCC path either. Sure, Mom was a DCC. But if you really want to be a professional dancer, I don’t know that a few year sidetrack to go shake your assets in power Pom for drunken football fans is the right move. And Kelli totally could have cut her then and there if she wanted to. So I’m chalking this one up to another instance of Kelli not realizing how bad her own edit is sometimes.
Finally, this is the third episode in a row where they have asked the guest choreographer about point. THEY are making a big deal about it this year, so I’m assuming we’re going to get some detail on how they ultimately decide not only on the alternating point but also where Lexie came from to round out the triangle since she’s been a ghost this season!