[music playing] We’re back. First competition of season 5. And a lot has happened. A lot has changed. Does anybody know
where Chloe is? No.
– MADDIE: We all texted her and
me and Kendall tried FaceTiming her, but no response. Chloe has been a part of this
competition team since day one. So looking at the
girls, it feels as if it’s not a complete team. ABBY: Chloe was welcome to come. You all know it’s her mother. It’s not her. All I know is, this
is show business, and the show must go on. ALDC LA is going to happen. You will jump higher. You will turn faster. But you will also act. You will sing. We’re preparing for you to
become stars in Los Angeles. [applause]
– I like that. That’s what I’m
preparing you for, and that’s what this
journey has been all along. Whatever your
mothers think of me, there’s a method to my madness. And I think I know
what I’m doing. This week we are going to
Sheer Talent Niagara Falls. Our routine is
entitled “Freak Show.” This is a musical theater piece. It’s dark, and it’s
evil, and it’s scary. And it should make
people uncomfortable. Now, I have given each girl
a specific role that they have to play on stage. Nia is going to be
the strong woman. And Mackenzie, of course,
will be the contortionist. Kendall and Maddie are
going to play Siamese twins. The problem is, there’s
only four of them, and they’re dancing
so far apart. You have to stay in character. Nothing looks freaky
and weird to me now. You’re not getting that
dark, seedy vibe that these are like carnival folk. I have an idea. Hi. WOMAN (ON PHONE): Hello. So what are the odds
of you getting on a plane and getting to
Pittsburgh this week to join us for the competition? Gianna, this is Kalani’s mom. Oh! Oh! – There she is.
– Hello. Hello.
Hello. Hello. I’m very, very surprised
that Abby has called Kalani and Kira to come back. She left us before. Who’s to say she’s not
going to leave us again? DANCER: It’s so weird
not having Chloe here. Yeah, it is. I feel like I’ve definitely
lost a friend, because, I mean, I’ve been dancing with her
since I was four years old, and it just doesn’t
feel right without her. ABBY: Faces!
Faces! It’s about the character,
and I’m not seeing that. You’re still worried about the
dance, and it’s the last day. When you guys step out on
stage, you need to take people to that dark, weird place. We should be sitting
in the audience, feeling like we’re walking
into that carnival. And I’m not seeing it. HOLLY: Abby keeps
going on, and on, and on about these big ideas. And like, I’m not there yet. I’m still stuck on the
fact that Christi and Chloe are not here with our team. In one year, they’ve
lost three team members. When Abby’s just,
like, blasting them, they’re still trying
to figure things out. JILL: We will have a
big hole without Chloe. [screams] ABBY: Let’s do it. I want you to be your character. [laughs] HOLLY: Oh, I was so
not prepared for that! You’re still pretty! JILL: That is so fun! I’m so glad we’re starting the
year off with something fun like this. [inaudible] we need to
prove that we’re, like, a winning team.
DANCER: The A-team. [music playing] [applause] Woo! Woo! I was blown away by the girls. The whole audience was gasping. Their mouths were open because
they expect the pretty lyrical. That is not what the Abby
Lee Dance Company gave them. ANNOUNCER: First place in
the preteen group category, entry number 93, “Freak Show”!
[cheers] [music playing] First competition back, the
Abby Lee Dance Company was the overall high-score group. And now with the big move to
LA, we need to keep going.