Lifetime’s reality show “Dance Moms” meets ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. Abby Lee Miller is the controversial and verbally abusive dance teacher on “Dance Moms,” and this week’s guest judge. Finally they bring in a judge who isn’t a DWTS pro or a pop singer promoting their latest single.
Abby did give her detailed critique of “straight legs, pointed feet, perfect musicality, inspiration, emotional changes” to some of the couples, though softened up with her obvious favorites later in the show. She criticized Meryl’s ice skating feet or “sickled feet” not being pointed during their rumba.
Afterwards, when Erin interviewed Meryl and Maks, he lashed out to Abby with an off the cuff comment “I really don’t care for anything she has to say.” Granted, Maks is a pro dancer and Abby simply runs and teaches a dance school in Pittsburgh.
Charlie White, along with Amy Purdy who is back better than ever after leaving abruptly to go to the hospital last week, received their long-awaited perfect scores of 40. Abby told Amy that she doesn’t want to hear her students complain anymore of being tired, hungry, or having too much homework after watching this amazing Paralympian athlete now dancer perform week after week.
The second half of the show featured the first-time ever dance duels where the celebrities either danced together in solos or as partners. First up were the Chmerkovskiy brothers and their celebrity dancers doing the samba. This is one of the most challenging dances of all.
Danica and Meryl danced a solo during parts of the routine. They received the lowest scores out of the three dueling teams. Naturally Abby Lee Miller gave them a ridiculously low score of “8.”
Danica McKellar was later to be eliminated from the competition, just missing out on next week’s semifinals. It will be a salute to Hollywood and American icons. Guest judge will be choreographer Kenny Ortega.