No disrespect to the moms or the dancers, but Abby Lee Miller simply made ‘Dance Moms’ what it is. With her shocking departure, the show should finish out the rest of this season and then come to an end.
Listen, I know Abby Lee Miller, 50, said some pretty nasty things on Dance Moms, but she is the main reason I’ve tuned in all these years. Her clashing with the moms and unveiling her pyramid at the start of the episodes is often more intense than a night of TGIT.
Abby totally embraced being a villain on Dance Moms and never had a problem telling off those fame-hungry dance moms. Her tough love with the dancers was often necessary. In a world where we give every single person a trophy for just participating, I found it refreshing that Abby finally gave these girls and their moms a harsh dose of reality. She just wanted these girls to succeed and win. Yes, she had an unconventional way of getting her point across, but I loved her for it. Let’s face it, she said what we were all secretly thinking.
Hear me out. I grew up as a competitive cheerleader and encountered some less-than nice coaches similar to Abby. But as a 24-year-old semi-adult, I wouldn’t take away any of the brutally honest words that were said to me. Because at the end of the day, they were true.
Abby announced she had quit the show after she had been “manipulated, disrespected and used.” Her departure comes just weeks ahead of her May 8 sentencing on charges of federal bankruptcy fraud. Given the outcome of the sentencing, who knows if Abby would have been able to return, and I’d already started bracing myself for a possible Dance Moms-less future.
There’s a new report that DWTS alum Cheryl Burke, 32, is replacing Abby for the final episodes of the current season. I’m totally obsessed with Cheryl and she’s a great dancer, but Dance Moms is Abby’s show. Dance Moms just won’t ever feel like Dance Moms without Abby. You can @ me on Twitter, you can criticize Abby’s methods, but she’s produced results. You can’t argue with that. The kids that she’s coached have gone on to huge things — Maddie Ziegler, JoJo Siwa, to name a few — and while that’s a tribute to the stars themselves, you can’t deny that Abby was one of the important people that helped get them to where they are today. People who nag on her don’t understand what it takes to be great or a true competitor.
There you have it. I’ve rest my case. The show may be called Dance Moms, but it might as well have been called Abby Lee’s Dance Moms, because she’s an integral part of the show and her permanent absence will be deeply felt.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Dance Moms should go on without Abby? Let us know!