Yes, I read these books (both series) and loved them growing up. Some may find them simplistic or boring, but I found them fun and entertaining and sometimes I'll still read them as an adult.
We heard rumblings about this last year, but this is the first year that has pretty solid circumstantial evidence that this is in any way true. Jalyn's feeling the effects and I wonder if Madeline S. was another of Victoria's Victims. We'll get some BS for Madeline being cut, but nothing that SHOULD have gotten her cut seeing that Meredith and Kat are still there (though Madeline is one of Kelli's pets and will get at least a year on the squad). The tension's got to be through the roof and people are probably watching what they say pretty closely and who they say it to, just in case Kelli hears about it.
As others have pointed out, the rookies are only alternates until Training Camp is over and they make the official squad. Once that happens, they're full members of the group. In fact, it's been speculated that, if a rookie makes Show Group, they've unofficially made the squad and won't get cut unless they REALLY screw up.
Well, we DON'T know what happened at Show Group auditions. However, if there was a concrete reason that Jalyn was cut, like she was out-danced or others had better auditions, that could (and should) have been pointed out to Jalyn as a reason WHY she was cut. Since she WASN'T given any performance/dance reasons (heck ANY reason whatsoever) as to why she was cut from Show Group, wouldn't a rational place to look be OFF the dance floor and OUTSIDE of the studio?
I was halfway rooting for Savannah, but knew she had no chance of making Show Group. We didn't need to see ANY dancing to know that Savannah got out-performed by nearly every girl there except Christina, Meredith, Kat and Kristen. I may even add Lily in there. Yes, Savannah has improved, but not nearly enough to be on Show Group.
Oh, I could say a LOT about that squad photo, but the best thing about it is that Victoria is shoved WAY in the back and isn't in the first two rows. Better yet, she isn't in the front THREE rows or on the end of ANY row or really in any place of prominence. She's actually buried and one would actually have to BE looking for her to find her, which is a good thing.
The only thing that Victoria's impressed me with is. . . . crap. She hasn't impressed me at all except that she still seems to be the entitled brat we saw last year, but at least it's not so in our face this year.
I don't mind that Christina is stuck so far back because she's blending again, just like she is with her dancing. Like others have said, she's an average dancer at best that tends to blend (and that's WITH a group), but is HORRIBLE at solo performing.
Not surprised that people are holding their tongues around Victoria. See above for a longer explanation. Also see above as to my opinion about Christina. I've already said that I thought she should have been cut in Brennan's place just before Kelli and the team left for Canton and never brought into Training Camp again.
Hmmm. . . I still have to wonder why she's on the squad when she's an average dancer that blends at best, is rumored (and in some cases shown) to be a horrible solo performer and is also rumored to have a bad attitude when not in DCC-land.
I'm glad that Christina and Victoria are buried. I don't seem to notice on the field so why should I notice them in the picture. Now, Jalyn, on the other hand, should have had a better spot since she's one of their more solid, dependable girls, both on and off the field (no, I haven't heard anything). Like her cut from Show Group, there is no reason for her to be back that far, except at Kelli's direction.