There is only one competition left until nationals, but that doesn’t seem to faze Abby Lee Miller. On next Tuesday’s installment of “Dance Moms” the ALDC coach will not only bench her go-to dancer, Maddie Ziegler, from performing a solo, she will be bring in two new dancers to join her elite junior team.
“This is the last competition before nationals. If you screw up I might not need you on my team,” Miller tells her elite group in a promo for episode 27, “Another One Bites the Dust.” Despite Maddie, 11, winning first overall for her lyrical number “Fool Me Once” at Sheer Talent the previous week, Miller will reportedly replace Maddie by having a different ALDC dancer perform her solo. Kendall Vertes, 11, is said to be taking on Maddie’s choreography and costume in a routine titled “Fool Me Twice,” one “Dance Moms” spoiler site is reporting.
Not only do the ALDC girls have nationals hanging over their heads, Miller’s decision to bring two new girls to the team, Sarah Reasons of her ensemble group, and newcomer Kaleigh Cavanaugh, also contributes to some additional drama. “Your daughter cannot do what my daughter can do!” Sarah’s mom Tracy can be heard telling Kaleigh’s mom during a behind-the-scenes spat in the episode's promo. “I don’t want any arguing,” says Miller. “I don’t want any fighting or they won’t do a solo and that’s it!”
Another unexpected blow to the group? Miller’s arch nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein of The Candy Apples, will also make a "surprise" appearance at the competition. “Cathy crashes the competition and causes Abby to explode,” teases the episode synopsis. “Cathy! You’re finished!” Miller is seen yelling at Nesbitt-Stein in a promo for the episode. “You’re a hypocrite!” says Stein. “And you’re a joke!” responds Miller.
So how did the new girls pan out? Could the ALDC score a win without Maddie’s weekly solo performance? Apparently, they can. Despite Miller’s threat to pull Nia Frazier’s Maya Angelou-inspired solo the previous last week, Nia did perform, managing a first-place overall win for the contemporary routine “Goodbye Maya” at Dance Kids USA, Invitational National Event in Orlando, Florida on June 21. Kendall’s lyrical number walked away with second-place. Candy Apples dancer Lucas Triana, followed with a third-place win for the contemporary dance “Bittersweet.” Ensemble member Sarah placed fourth overall with her acrobatics dance “Sun Goddess.”
Despite Miller getting flack from the moms and Nesbitt-Stein for her musical group routine “The Seven Dancers," the team still managed to place first. The Candy Apples did not compete a group number.
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.