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  1. I thought that they might have given the win to Chelsey and then say they would also sell Dayoung's jacket because they all really seemed to like it. I agree with the judge who said it would have been better with some skinny pants. I kind of wish they would have because Dayoung is really sweet and humble. But I do think that Chelsey's was better and it was great to see her win.
  2. I was sure he'd be the one going home. I swear they only kept him for drama because his stuff sucks week after week. Frankly I'm tired of contestants in any type of reality contest show trying to win or stay safe by giving a sob story. The contestants should be judged solely on their work and not their past. While it's admirable to come from nothing and really work to make something of yourself, that's not what this is about. And Sergio is just a jerk with an inflated ego. Fortunately the judges not only saw through his "performance" but also in a very diplomatic way let him know that his story wasn't going to affect their opinion of his design. I hope that he and the other designers take heed of that and don't try to rely on a sympathy vote going forward.
  3. I haven't seen enough of Julia's dancing to know one way or the other whether that was a reason to cut her, but I confess I liked her a whole lot more before the past couple of weeks when we saw how she handled herself in the media training and in her office conversations with Kelli and Judy. I didn't care for her personality or behavior once we finally got a chance to see those things. So now I'm perfectly fine with them cutting her. Likewise, what we saw of Kat and Meredith in this episode made them look as if they were finally handling the choreography and looked good on the field. Even so, my eyes have truly been opened these past few seasons and I do think that no matter how lacking a girl may be in any area, if Kelli (or Charlotte) wants her on the team, she's going to make it.
  4. Me, too. I know it's going to cause a commotion for me to say this, and I didn't understand it myself when I was younger, but I think when you display your "goods" that openly for all to see, you're just asking for trouble. It conveys that you're looking for more than conversation. When we read etiquette statements from the past, it seems silly now, but I'd love to see a return to better manners and women respecting themselves and their bodies and not feeling the need to dress this way. My mother always said that it was sexier to hint at what's there rather than to show it and I understand that now. But, yeah, I'm old, too.
  5. I'm actually going to defend VK here even though I can't stand her. Yeah, she's dumb as a post, but that Taylor was a nightmare. She was rude, also lied, belligerent, defiant. She didn't take any criticism, no matter how constructive, well and thought she was too good. I was relieved when they finally cut her. I also think cutting her hair was a punishment. She didn't look good with all the extensions, but I also didn't care for what they did to her hair. I think it was payback for her attitude. But since I didn't like her, I didn't really care that they butchered her hair.
  6. I think so too. It makes her appear more spunky. It's nice to change things up a bit. And you're right about it helping her to stand out, which is a very good thing.
  7. Brooke was one of my favorites. She was overweight when she got in and she worked her tail off to get in shape. Also when she performed, she was ON. She had the sparkle that draws your attention to her. And unlike the obvious favorites in subsequent seasons: Loni, Morgan, Breelan, etc., Brooke had no trouble picking up the routines or performing. Also the year she sat out with an injury was before the MTT show really got to take over the DCC audition process. I think Brooke was brought back because they weren't really sure how long it would take her to heal enough to dance and she was a good ambassador. Pretty, friendly, easy to converse with and she seemed to be well-liked. Only an insider can tell me if I'm wrong in my assumptions. And she was humble. She didn't assume she was a shoo-in like the current Kelli favorite. As for Cassie, she is a very polarizing entity. You either love her or hate her and I'm fairly sure that most folks here don't love her. But she didn't deliver (IMO) the way Brooke did and she was kind of a know-it-all, tattle tale. So it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison, because she was already given preferential treatment before her injury. I'm pretty sure if she wasn't Judy's daughter, there's a good chance she would not have been selected that year. There was opposition to her and Judy left the room when they discussed her. If only she and Kelli had done the same for VK or at least said, "we're too close to this candidate having known her all her life, so we'll just hold our thoughts and listen to what all of you think of her." Would VK have made it back this season without Kelli's input, most likely. But nobody will ever convince me that she was the highest scoring rookie without Kelli, Judy and Charlotte's input, and nobody will convince me that she outdanced Jaylyn at SG auditions. But we'll never know for sure because they don't show us the whole audition, only the parts they want us to see. Just my 2 cents. I'm not expecting to change anyone's mind or trying to argue. I just have always liked Brooke. She seemed more like a regular person to me and not an attention seeker or someone who wouldn't be caught in public not in full makeup with every hair in place.
  8. Tramadol did absolutely nothing for me and certainly didn't help at all with pain. Not sure what's in it, but I'm the same with Tylenol. Doesn't bring down a fever and doesn't do a thing for pain. But I was on Ambien for a few years for sleep and I'd have whole conversations and not remember a thing. My kids made fun of me. "It must be one of Mom's Ambien induced rants." But still, I'm puzzled about the whole situation with Julia. They'd better give us a darned good reason for cutting her. Unless she turned out to be a stripper or an axe murderer, I can't think of a thing that would ever convince me that she should be cut and Meredith, Lily and Kat allowed to stay. I'm so tired of Kelli keeping girls based solely on their looks, and as far as that goes, I don't think there's anything pretty about Lily at all. She looks like a hag this year.
  9. I always wondered why Meghan F. didn't do better when she had been in TC twice before and roomed with Brooke S. She shouldn't have had memory problems with dances that Brooke could have taught her before TC even started. RIP
  10. Didn't we read/hear that she had been working at The Star all year? But whatever she was doing, why on earth wasn't she learning that entrance? It hasn't changed since I've been watching this show and if her mom was a DCC and "Aunt" Kelli wants her on the team so badly, couldn't she have learned it over the time between the date she was released from TC to now? Wasn't she around long enough last season to have learned it? And yet they jump on new candidates who don't pick it up right away. Call me nuts, but I even suspected she might have been taught some of the routines prior to training camp this season to make sure she wasn't messing up, so why not the entrance? I mean, we know it wouldn't be fair, but then what about her audition and time in TC both last year and this year was fair? The way this show has been edited, they bend over backwards for their favorites, and then throw out little comments like, "so and so messed up" or has made so many mistakes, etc. but when you look at the footage shown on the screen, you don't see it. It's just their way of convincing the unperceptive viewers that the ones they want to oust are terrible and deserve to be dismissed while at the same time the favored ones making mistakes everyone can see get the best possible edits and the praise from K&J.
  11. Did you see her photo? I paused it as much as possible to look at the stickers on their cards. She had just as many as VK, I think or maybe one less, but many of the others had fewer stickers and Madeline and Meredith each had only 2. It's mind boggling. The only possible explanation, unless something really horrible happens in her personal behavior next week, is that Kelli prefers the look of some candidates over Julia. Also with regard to the field entrance, they never focused in on VK, even though she has been shoved down our throats for 2 seasons now, and is featured in all the promos and couldn't seem to shut her yap during the stadium tour, etc. So whether or not she messed up, we'll never know. But for some rookies, it looked like they were looking for excuses to get rid of them. Meredith did look better tonight, but if they had been realistic and honest, even with all of her training and her pretty face, they should have told her to work on getting the proper style and try again next year. Maybe they just felt they had too many blondes. We didn't hear much about Julia from the group leaders, but the fact that none of them gave Meredith a sticker should have told K&J right then and there that the leaders on the team did not consider her ready no matter how pretty she is, how nice, or how many years of ballet she has had. I think she's pretty and looks good in the uniform. She has some lovely form and posture, but she isn't picking up the choreography quickly and for all her ballet seems to have balance problems and stumble over her own feet a lot. Julia was robbed. I also noticed that Chandi had maybe only half the stickers some of the others did. I like her and I'm glad she made it, but that surprised me. Again, we only see what the editors (Kelli) want us to see in terms of how they're performing, but it was interesting to see she didn't have many stickers. And Taylor's photo wasn't prominently visible so I'm not sure how she scored. Kat did have a lot of stickers for someone who also has trouble picking up the dances. And it bothers me that she, like VK, seems to just run her mouth. They both need an "off" switch. Okay, take a breath and let someone else talk now.
  12. And she always sounds as though she's reciting lines she memorized or is reading off of a cue card instead of just speaking naturally. Her delivery is flat. The only emotion we get is when she's crying or trying not to. No enthusiasm, no pep, no enjoyment, no inflections whatsoever in her speech pattern. She looks uncomfortable. So how would that make her a good ambassador for the team? Even after the makeover her hair still looks fried and her face does look old this season. And what's with the girls with the red makeup around the eyes. even in the inner corner? That only makes it look like they are tired, aging, living hard possibly with drink and/or drugs. Excuse me if that's the fashion now. I'm older and I remember the fads women in my generation went through with makeup, hair and clothes. Many of them would look ridiculous now, but red around the eyes is a no-no. In the theatre, they use the red liner, makeup to age the eyes under the lights.
  13. I wondered about that too. When they have the uniform fittings, Kelli keeps saying "we don't need flotation devices." But when they're in the practice outfits, especially this year's outfits which I think are cuter for not having their cleavage hanging out, they all look fairly flat chested to me. I know what it's like to try to get big ones to fit in any top and mine, which are real, never flatten out like that. They may hang down to my waist, but... TMI? 😂 Do those practice tops have some super-duper restraining devices? And, if so, where can I get one?
  14. I think the 10th reunion is when everyone is still trying to prove to everyone else how great they are, how much better they are than when they were in high school. Once you get to a certain age, there may be some who still feel the need to do that, but you probably don't care what they think of you, and surprisingly a lot of others won't either. Once you have lived long enough, you realize that having a lot of money or a prestigious career isn't everything. I'd love to have more money, but I wouldn't trade my husband and my family for those things. You may be pleasantly surprised if you decide to go to your 40th. On the other hand, depending on how large your class was, they may not remember you well if you haven't been in touch in 40 years. Think about giving it a try, though. And if not, you won't be any better or worse off than you already are. As long as you appreciate what you have now, nobody else can make you feel bad about yourself. They can only show you how small and stupid they are.
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