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6 minutes ago, IzzyEnd said:

Not sure if I would say that is minor. She missed a good bit of dancing it seemed. I mean she hit her head. That sucks. I say that as someone disabled with a life-altering spinal cord injury at 6 months pregnant. She may carry that event in her body for a long time, even if unspoken. I am glad she was not more seriously hurt. How scary.

There's nothing minor about a concussion...you are so correct!  i'm sorry about your injury :(

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5 minutes ago, Lolfordays said:

That isn’t the point.

The point is to be the last cut and have received no feedback and never been in the office — that is crappy management. It’s not like K&J have a limit on how many people they can call in the office

She may have been called into the office, but her scene was not shown. She may have been told to work on certain things without the scene being shown via group leader or emails Kelli sent out. I remember Angela saying she was called into the office her rookie year for weight, but her office scene was not shown. Danielle was called into the office for her weight in Season 9, and her scene was not shown. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes we have no clue about.

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Just now, doglover0814 said:

This episode felt so disingenuous to me in the sense that they kept plugging prep classes. When cutting the girls instead of focusing on the critiques, they just defaulted to saying take prep classes. When they highlighted Brennan she kept saying she credits prep classes to her improvement. Just felt like another fake plug like all the segments at The Star.

Holy crap...I missed that completely. Wow, I am...just...wow. Way to funnel the dollars. I hear you guys loud and clear. Those backroom agreements... I am disappointed, but no longer surprised. Man...you guys here keep a gal informed. I feel even more naive...ummm, where did my pacifier and blankie go....

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5 minutes ago, Kayce said:

There's nothing minor about a concussion...you are so correct!  i'm sorry about your injury :(

Thank you. We survived, just not as the person I was before. Its also why I have no life and therefore found this board which is my new obsession. SAVE ME!!!! 

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17 minutes ago, bigskygirl said:

She may have been called into the office, but her scene was not shown. She may have been told to work on certain things without the scene being shown via group leader or emails Kelli sent out. I remember Angela saying she was called into the office her rookie year for weight, but her office scene was not shown. Danielle was called into the office for her weight in Season 9, and her scene was not shown. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes we have no clue about.

If Lily herself said it was her first time in the office, I'd tend to believe it was truly her first time and not just not shown on the show.

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14 hours ago, bitsy123 said:

How painful it must be to be cut on the last night, not only to have gotten so close but they are getting cut and escorted right out and there is no team around them to give them hugs or support. That was one very lonely walk for Lilly.

And she was never called into the office. Must have been a huge shock!

14 hours ago, meils121 said:

I think it's unfair that the last cuts don't get the support of their fellow TCCs and the vets when they leave.  That looks so lonely.  

It's like getting let go from a job only to not let you pack up your desk and say goodbye to everyone. 

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12 minutes ago, nittanyvolleyball said:

If Lily herself said it was her first time in the office, I'd tend to believe it was truly her first time and not just not shown on the show.

True, but she may have told to work on things without going to the office. I do not think they let her think she was doing well without any hints to work on certain things before calling her into the office.

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13 hours ago, BlackDaria said:

Taylor J gives me Chelsea vibes. It’s spooky. 

We still have our uniforms, whether we fit in them or not...hahahaha Chelsea's temper tantrum was the best!

I felt embarrassed for Melena's breakdown. Awkward!

13 hours ago, bitsy123 said:

I can't unsee it now!!! You are so right!

Oh gosh! I am crying! This photo is the worst!

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2 minutes ago, Teriyaki Terror said:

We still have our uniforms, whether we fit in them or not...hahahaha Chelsea's temper tantrum was the best!

"We are the fatties!" :)

5 minutes ago, bigskygirl said:

True, but she may have told to work on things without going to the office. I do not think they let her think she was doing well without any hints to work on certain things before calling her into the office.

Yes, certain she got dance notes like ev everyone.  People just get false sense of security of not called into office.

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5 minutes ago, Teriyaki Terror said:

We still have our uniforms, whether we fit in them or not...hahahaha Chelsea's temper tantrum was the best!

The best scene was when the late Megan F. told off Kelli and Judy when she was cut in Season 5. I have a hard time believing they wanted Megan in TC for a third time. I think it has Charlotte written all over it.

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23 minutes ago, nittanyvolleyball said:

If Lily herself said it was her first time in the office, I'd tend to believe it was truly her first time and not just not shown on the show.

They get notes (the ones from Kelli's dictation) and corrections even if they don't get a formal office visit. The bonus scene in CMT shows Melissa talking to her about lack of power et cetera. I think they all knew  it was a possibility to be cut that last night. Taylor, Ashlee, Malena, Brennan, and Lily were all talking about how it could be any one of them.

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One of the insiders, maybe Shelley, pointed out that What's on the show is a tiny percentage of what really goes on. K & J are apparently there just during filming and most rehearsals are run by GL and assistant choreographers. If Jennifer was asked for input it's likely because she'd seen the girls practice. It seems unlikely that was Lily's first notice there was anything wrong.  Tara was the only one that actually seemed surprised by her cut.

As far as dragging out TC, they have so much to learn that a couple months seems reasonable. Even though the drama is in the cuts, the majority of it is probably learning and practicing dances as well as learning the practicalities of being on the team such as how to behave at appearances.

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24 minutes ago, bigskygirl said:

The best scene was when the late Megan F. told off Kelli and Judy when she was cut in Season 5. I have a hard time believing they wanted Megan in TC for a third time. I think it has Charlotte written all over it.

And then her walking into the parking lot yelling "they are heartless people!" May she RIP.

27 minutes ago, Mardo2044 said:

"We are the fatties!" :)

Yes, certain she got dance notes like ev everyone.  People just get false sense of security of not called into office.

The fatties are still on the team!

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1 hour ago, Tuxcat said:

It's possible CMT saw the potential for VK exploitation and went with it. I'm not sure they thought she was going to be a fan favorite. I think they knew viewers would talk and gripe and complain and ----viewers would keep watching because of it.

Which it seems was a correct calculation since viewer numbers are up.

 

Since Kelli is the executive producer of the show, she made this decision to air all the VK stuff. Gotta keep the rating up, so probably a good call on her part.  This season wasn’t my favorite at all. 

47 minutes ago, bigskygirl said:

The best scene was when the late Megan F. told off Kelli and Judy when she was cut in Season 5. I have a hard time believing they wanted Megan in TC for a third time. I think it has Charlotte written all over it.

That episode was epic.  I  watched it recently and good for her for speaking up. RIP Megan F 

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Finally watching the episode now - The look on Brennan’s and  Madeline’s faces after Malena and Lily were cut but before the team was announced really rubbed me the wrong way - it was like they knew they were at the bottom and scraped in - just smug. Ugh. 

And Brennan looked really weak dancing the final night - not to mention her awful facials, but those have always been a problem.

i felt really bad for Lily not ever being called in and just cut like that out of nowhere on the last night.  What the heck?

Poor Melena was devastated.  I get the impression she won’t come back.

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7 hours ago, ElectricBoogaloo said:

If MAGICAL is the new slang for "a bunch of bull shit," then I totally agree with you.

Yes it is, yes it is. I just don't like swearing and was trying my hand out at sarcasm LOL.

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1 hour ago, bigskygirl said:

True, but she may have told to work on things without going to the office. I do not think they let her think she was doing well without any hints to work on certain things before calling her into the office.

Yeah - but they probably all get notes on things to work on - even girls on show group who are thought of as locks.   Although they have done cuts on the first visit, its not unrealistic to think you are safer when never called in.   

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5 hours ago, Gigi88 said:

Lacey’s Nose got smaller and lips bigger since her rookie clips that were shown .

Yeah - it was kind of sad seeing the fresh pre-surgery version of herself and then back to that plastic thing she’s become in the talking head - it almost looked like she couldn’t more her face properly when she was talking.  She was so much prettier before IMO.  

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15 hours ago, Monique said:

It sucks that Lily was cut her first time in the office but if not her then who else? To K and J she just wasn't top 36 which I get but nonetheless, I feel for Lily and hope she comes back. 

Brennan should have been cut instead.  Her facials are awful.  

15 hours ago, DancingBaptist said:

Briana, we hardly know you. It’s a shame.

She got screen time last season, just like Brennan did for two prior seasons.  We know her. 

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15 hours ago, WinkyFace said:

Her hair is also waaaay too long, like 6 inches needs to come off.

 

gina is in front of Lacey in the squad photo. I’d bet she’s so pissed.  

 

The squad only had THREE black women. Embarrassing. 

 

Caroline is unattractive. Sorry!

 

brennan will stay for 4 years if she can make it. She kinda has to mow! 

I totally agree about Rachel’s hair being way too long.  It overpowers her beautiful face cause it’s way too much hair to look at.  Also a waste of hair product and blow dryer electricity ;).

12 minutes ago, ByTor said:

Or they realized they had their 36 & the look on their faces was relief.  IMO the benefit of the doubt should extend to all the TCCs.

The others didn’t look as smug as those two.  Some of the others seemed to have their excitement tempered w/ sympathy for the girls who were cut on their faces - those two just looked gleeful.   Yuck - I just really dislike them now.

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37 minutes ago, MyFavShows said:

The others didn’t look as smug as those two.

Maybe it was because of one of Brennan's & Madeline's "weird" facials ("weird" in quotes because I personally do not see it on either of them).  Again, I think not one or two but all deserve the benefit of the doubt for all their hard work.

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Well, this season is over. I purchased from Amazon and didn't mess with iTunes this time!

Episode 13 was better than I expected. The HD visuals of the pyrotechnics and music as the DCC made their entrance was exciting. I mean, I've seen that now a dozen+ times over the years, and this time I was like, "Wow. Here they are."

Charlotte looked strange. Is it the shaggy haircut? Or has she had (more) work done on her face? I think she's attractive the way she is naturally, so the difference kind of freaked me out.

Kelli looks fanfreakingtastic this season!
I wasn't sad to see Lily go. I don't particularly like her look, I don't like her hair, or her style of speaking, and then her dancing was kind of blah. So yes, pare down that squad and cut her, absolutely.

I wasn't sad to see Malena go either, all though I certainly felt some sympathy for her being cut the last night. I will say that watching her cut gave me the major uncomfortables  Eek. Contrast her reaction to Tara's! So different. The "No, no, no, no, no, no, please, no, no, no, don't say it..." Eeeyikes.

That said, Malena is beautiful and would rock the uniform. Who knows? Maybe she'll come back after hitting those prep classes hard. And she needs to learn to smile on that field!

The Brennan/Kelli hug in the tunnel was a touching moment. And Lauren pouncing on Brennan with glee was precious.

Poor Jalyn! That looked painful. She was a good sport though, took it in stride. She seems to be a good sport in general.

I would love to see Cianna's hair blown out. I thin that would be a stunning look for her.

Poor Yuko! Hope she recovers fully and quickly.

Briana is fantastic. Wish we'd heard and seen more of her this season.

Ashleeeeee! I've liked her for awhile and she just keeps getting better and better. And her shoulders! Strong and gorgeous. And she's absolutely right that it's the hard work that gets you there.

Bridget's reaction, "My team, my team!" Loved it.

Caroline had one moment in the tunnel when she was hot. Most of the time she doesn't strike me as that attractive.

I loved seeing when they called their parents with the good news.

Did y'all notice the song titles behind Kelli on the white board? Seasons ago, we used to know exactly what songs they danced to. "When I Grow Up," "Glamorous," etc. Now it's harder to know that because of licensing issues or whatever. So it was great to see some of those song titles this season!

Lacey was so cute as an 18 year old!

And Kashara. She's one of a kind. She will be missed.

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7 minutes ago, Maven said:

I would love to see Cianna's hair blown out. I thin that would be a stunning look for her.

Here you go:

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2 hours ago, Kayce said:

There's nothing minor about a concussion...you are so correct!  i'm sorry about your injury :(

I think Kelli said the car accident was minor, not the concussion. It doesn't take much of an accident to cause a concussion. The airbags don't even have to go off. You just have to hit your head & the damage is done.

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6 hours ago, TaraS1 said:

Horrible person that I am, I ate up every single second of Victoria getting cut as that river of mascara flowed down her face.  But I wanted to crawl under my bed watching Malena do the whole, "No, no, no...no, please, no, don't say it!" thing.  She seems like a lovely woman, but god that was so cringe-worthy.

LOLOL

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5 hours ago, Kayce said:

There isn't one person on the team with kicks like Lacey's...the only other one that had kicks like hers was Holly Powell.  Effortless and to the forehead. 

Ashlee’s look pretty damn great. Did you see her at the end of the kick line? She looked like she almost hit her nose.

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5 hours ago, ExtremeFajitas said:

Was anyone else cringing at the thought of Jalyn putting a ton of makeup on her irritated eye? ? I felt so bad for her. 

Yeah.  I had a similar eye infection recently and you really don’t want anyone to see you in that condition.  For her to be on camera and in front of thousands cheering really speaks volumes to her professionalism.  

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2 minutes ago, ReneeK said:

Yeah.  I had a similar eye infection recently and you really don’t want anyone to see you in that condition.  For her to be on camera and in front of thousands cheering really speaks volumes to her professionalism.  

It's not even just about appearance, it's also really uncomfortable and distracting!

She's lucky she doesn't wear contacts, because those are the first thing to go when you get an eye infection, and I doubt Kelli would allow her on the field with glasses.

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9 minutes ago, PBSLover said:

Ashlee’s look pretty damn great. Did you see her at the end of the kick line? She looked like she almost hit her nose.

Yep ...she's close :) 

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12 hours ago, ReneeK said:

Eh, I don’t really care about that and I’m black.  I like for them to pick the ladies who are doing the best without regard for their color.  Yuko is not that great.... I feel like she’s been kept on as the token Asian girl.  I hope that they didn’t keep Malena for so long bc she’s black.  I really don’t think she was strong at all and she was a bit weird actually.  She often looked uncomfortably sweaty and didn’t look entertaining (lacking smiles.) 

I didn’t notice Gina’s kick but noticed Lacey was avoiding hitting her nose ?

I don't like that Malena quit her job. Imho - I think they kept Malena because they wanted another black girl on the team. Granted Malena would be a good ambassador for the team. I am white if that matters.

Was Briana(spelling) the TN Titan? that tried out last year? 

ETA I really wish that Tina would have modeled and encouraged(she may have tried, idk)  VK  to going to meet the team. 

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Just now, LisaWl7TR said:

Was Briana(spelling) the TN Titan? that tried out last year? 

Yep!  Glad she made it :)

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Who was the guy In gray that follows Charlotte, Kelli and Judi out of the tunnel?  Thanks CMT for the eye candy.

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6 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

Feel bad for Lily but not shocked. We've seen girls get cut at the end before. Even though she didn't have a televised  office visit, she received notes. The bonus clip on CMT with her dancing with VK, Madeline and Rachel demonstrates why they cut her. She was the weakest of the 4 in that clip.

Malena's reaction was understandable. She quit her job. They kept her all season despite mistakes. She presumably thought she'd be safe since she survived this long.

The only thing I am really mad about still is Tara- that was unfair. There are still blenders and so-so dancers on this "best team ever." Tara had experience and pop even if CMT made it look otherwise.  She became defeated when she couldn't escape the bullseye and extra pressure on her (placed on her unfairly by kitty).

Kitty does not like the non-Dallas girls, end of story. Girls who have trained in other cities know she is kind of a larger fish in a smaller pond. And Kitty has no time for people who don’t throw money at her.

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15 hours ago, EricaShadows said:

Um . . . no.  I think Kelli KNEW Brennan was going to make the squad this year.  However, if they were going to cut ANYONE this late in Training Camp (beside Malena and Victoria who both should have been cut MUCH sooner), Kelli and Judy should have cut Christina or Taylor (though I would prefer they cut Christina) instead of Lily.

Brennan, weak?  Granted, she's not the best dancer on the squad, but there are enough other girls currently on the squad that should have been cut BEFORE they ever got to Brennan, like Taylor or Christina.

Taylor and Christina at least have attractive facials when they dance.  The wrong shot of Brennan dancing (as we’ve seen in that one photo on their spoiler thread) can really hurt the DCC brand.  Taylor is a good dancer, but I agree Christina is not that best - however what Christina has is a photogenic face.  Brennan, for something like cameos they need to get out protractors and try various lighting angles just to get a shot that looks decent - it takes so much effort - on gameday you can’t do that.   She’s a photogenic risk. 

1 hour ago, go4luca said:

Here you go:

I like her better with this straighter hair.  The curly hair probably helped her stand out though so I see why she used that style for her audition.

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3 hours ago, MyFavShows said:

Taylor and Christina at least have attractive facials when they dance.  The wrong shot of Brennan dancing (as we’ve seen in that one photo on their spoiler thread) can really hurt the DCC brand.  Taylor is a good dancer, but I agree Christina is not that best - however what Christina has is a photogenic face.  Brennan, for something like cameos they need to get out protractors and try various lighting angles just to get a shot that looks decent - it takes so much effort - on gameday you can’t do that.   She’s a photogenic risk. 

Please forgive me for a varying view but I respectfully disagree.  I think Brennan has become a fan favorite much as Maddie did even though Maddie doesn't have the classic Abigail Klein DCC look.

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I'm embarrassed to admit how many tears I shed during this episode. From the young lady who was cut the first time being called into the office, to the montages of Lacey & Kashara. 

I'm very happy for Brennan though!

Poor Jalyn, that looks soooo uncomfortable!

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59 minutes ago, rafibomb said:

It's not even just about appearance, it's also really uncomfortable and distracting!

She's lucky she doesn't wear contacts, because those are the first thing to go when you get an eye infection, and I doubt Kelli would allow her on the field with glasses.

I kept thinking about how eye infections/pink eye is contagious. Jalen kept touching her eye and was all over the locker room. The whole team could have gotten it. Now that would have made a great episode!

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1 hour ago, ByTor said:

Yep!  Glad she made it :)

Me too!! She seems to be so sweet...and she's gorgeous :) She really came back great this year.

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2 minutes ago, Tuxcat said:

I kept thinking about how eye infections/pink eye is contagious. Jalen kept touching her eye and was all over the locker room. The whole team could have gotten it. Now that would have made a great episode!

I feel like looking at the eye chart and doing the”follow the light” thing feels a little like “oh, this is what doctors do in the movies!”,  but I assume the doctor would have pulled her if she was risking spreading it to everyone. Right!?!?

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8 minutes ago, go4luca said:

Please forgive me for a varying view but I respectfully disagree.  I think Brennan has become a fan favorite much as Maddie did even though Maddie doesn't have the classic Abigail Klein DCC look.  Although neither were on my three favs list for this team, I do think my point has merit.

Totally agree!  Same goes for Amy and Gina. 

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54 minutes ago, MyFavShows said:

I like her better with this straighter hair.  The curly hair probably helped her stand out though so I see why she used that style for her audition.

I much prefer Cianna with curly hair. 

But I tend to think most people look best with their natural hair color and texture. 

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I haven't finished reading and liking/commenting on posts....but I have to wonder Judy's reaction and or words to Kelly having them run ahead of the girls into the locker room on meet the team night. 

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7 hours ago, Dance4Life said:

I think you know if you are going to make it or not.  I am sure a lot gets film but doesn’t make the show.  We are not privy to anything.

I don’t know what the attraction to Malena was. Whether it was for TV or genuine.  Such as, they only decided to highlight the dances where she made mistakes but she did good a lot of times.  Tv, yah know!

I think most girls in training camp truly believe they’re going to make the team, especially in years like this when so many positions are available. Even before Tara was cut, they had 15 rookie spots available which is almost half the team. There were originally 24 rookie TCCs which means all the TCCs know they just have to be better than 9 other TCCs to get on the team. Every time somene else got cut, that number went down. “I just can’t be in the bottom 5!”

In my opinion, the show did not use selective editing to make Malena look bad. Even in wide/group shots, I could usually spot Malena because my eye is always drawn to whoever is out of sync or making mistakes. Every time I realized jt was Malena again, I was like GIRL, get it together! I should not be noticing you this often for that reason!

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Taylor is Christina 2.0. I would have cut her in a heartbeat over Lily.

If I were Lily, I would not come back. Cutting her on the last night when she’s never been in the office before suggests that there’s a reason other than dance that they don’t want her on the team. What they did to her was a slap in the face and I wouldn’t waste my time again.

Malena’s cut was unfortunate but long overdue. They should have released her before she quit her job. She can’t retain choreography and that’s not something you can teach.

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Oh man, totally cried for Brennan and Madeline. 

 

How are cuts usually handled on the last night?  I can’t remember and can’t find my Apple TV remote to watch any prior seasons. It seems cruel to have those last cuts have to leave on their own. 

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