Kira Girard’s fight with Abby Lee Miller appears to have had a big effect on the ALDC (Abby Lee Dance Company) coach. Following their explosive argument in last week’s Season 5 episode, Abby will not be present in episode 26, aptly titled “Where in the World is Abby Lee Miller?”
In a promo for Tuesday’s installment, Abby’s assistant choreographer, Gianna Martello, breaks the bad news to the moms. After informing her student’s mothers that Abby will not be present for the weekly classes, she gives them some good news: it’s solo week! However, not everyone is thrilled.
“This is solo week. I can’t believe she’s not here,” laments dance mom Jill Vertes.
While the moms appear to be upset by Abby’s absence in the preview, her dancers make it clear they’re more concerned about bringing home a win for their absentee coach, especially ahead of nationals. “It’s a really big deal getting a solo at nationals because Abby thinks that you can win,” Mackenzie Ziegler says.
And while the girls might be thrilled about their opportunity to compete a solo, Gianna warns them it may come at a price. “Even though she’s not here, she’s going to see every move you make. Keep that in mind,” Gianna warns the girls of Abby.
According to Lifetime’s synopsis for episode 26, the girls will be gifted solos in order “to determine who will get a spot at the National Competition.” But nationals won’t be the only thing on the girls’ minds in the episode.
The synopsis reveals that two ALDC members' burgeoning music careers will also be a featured storyline in the installment. After her big music video premiere in episode 22, Kendall Vertes will be dropping her first single, “Wear ‘Em Out.” Unfortunately for the performer, the release may be underwhelming. “Without her manager there to promote her, there is minimal fanfare,” teases the summary.
Following the success of her first single, “Star in Your Own Life,” Nia Frazier will reportedly begin working on her second single in episode 26. "Holly decides to enlist the help of a special guest to get Nia in the zone,” reads the summary.
Watch the promo video for "Dance Moms" Season 5, episode 26 below:
With all of the elite junior team members competing solos, the ALDC was bound to have a first-place winner. According to one “Dance Moms” spoiler site, the Ziegler sisters and Kalani Hilliker both walked away with big wins at Sheer Talent in Westminster, California, on April 25.
The site reports that Maddie Ziegler, 12, took home first-place in the pre-teen division for her lyrical routine “Golden Girls.” Her sister, Mackenzie, then 10, placed first in the junior division with her acro/jazz number “Superstar.” Kalani, 14, also took home first-place for her number, a contemporary dance titled “Reign.” She was competing in the teen division.
The other ALDC team members also scored fairly well. Nia, then 13, was awarded second-place in the teen division for her contemporary piece “House of Voodoo.” Kendall, 12, came in third-place in the pre-teen division for her jazz routine “Welcome to My Life.” While JoJo, 11, was awarded a solo, her routine, titled “Shadow,” was scratched for an unknown reason.
Which dancers do you think will be awarded solos at nationals? Sound off in the comments section below! “Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.