Dance Moms Has Just Been Topped: Why Toddlers and Tiaras Has Gone Bad

“I thought that I would never a see, A show worse than Dance Moms could be.”

Guess what!  I may have just found it.  Dance Moms has been a staple on Lifetime for seven years.  TLC now has resurrected their show Toddlers and Tiaras. I’m beginning to wonder if this is because Abby and the Ziegler’s show didn’t get picked up — but that’s another story which we have no answer for.  And the resurrected Toddlers and Tiaras is facing an uphill climb if what I see is any indication of where it is going. Think of it as Dance Moms on steriods.

TLC I thought stood for “The Learning Channel.”  If that is the case, the network should change its name to “The Loser Channel.”  I have not learned anything from this network in years when I stopped by except maybe from Say Yes to the Dress.  That show makes me cry.  But instead of focusing on the bad at TLC, let’s look at its newest entry and how it compares to Dance Moms.  And yes, I’ll probably revisit this again and again.

Teachers Who Don’t Care

We all know that on Dance Moms if your name wasn’t Maddie Ziegler, Abby Lee Miller wasn’t going to pay you any attention.  Now, from what I’m hearing, she’s moved on to Brynn.  Fine and dandy!  Teacher’s pets have always existed and always will.  But Jamie on Toddlers and Tiaras takes it to extremes.  While Abby at least has all the girls in a class together,  Jamie, it appears, uses two methods to teach.  The first is home visits.  If you are lucky to have a consultation with Jamie, you may know the right dress, the right hair, the right music and what to take with you to the pageant.  And instead of having a studio to meet in a big class, let’s all go to the mall and do our demonstrations there.  Last night, before I got mad and turned the station, they hung out in a home.  Doesn’t she believe in a business address?

Unfair Competitions

Okay raise your hand if you have ever said that Dance Mom‘s Abby Lee Miller or Lifetime/Collins production set up dance competitions designed so only Abby girls won!  I admit that I have.  Dance Moms had some ADLC dances that shouldn’t have placed beat dances that were much better.  Heck, we even watched Abby have the score reviewed when Chloe beat Maddie and Maddie awarded the first place prize due to a “judging error.”

Toddlers and Tiaras seems to have taken this to a new height. I got some tweets last night about the new height but I saw it before I tuned out in a commercial.  The pageant owner/producer is none other that Jamie’s mother?  Have you heard of special treatment?  Have you heard of an unfair advantage?  Would I let my daughter who is on another team ever compete?  No!  And then they had to pull a Dance Moms  scheme and ask for the birth certificate to keep the opposition out.  Come on folks!  Can we say RIGGED!  If Jamie has to resort to this to win, this show will find itself facing more scandal than Dance Moms ever saw (except Abby’s legal issues).

The Moms

Everyone knows how I feel about the moms on Dance Moms.  Holly is the voice of reason.  Melissa was the perpetual stage mom.  Jill (the mouth) wants only her daughter to shine.  Jessalynn was there to support JoJo.  Kelly and Christi wanted the kids to be treated fairly.  They supported the kids and they supported each other even when they fought.  Jill left the group and while Christi and Kelly did some investigating on the studio hopper, it never affected Kendall and the moms were never violent (except toward Abby and in New Orleans).

Well Toddlers and Tiaras took it a step further.  When Kim felt her daughter didn’t get the attention she needed, she checked into moving to the chief rival’s studio and discussed it with others.  Jamie’s Sassy Supreme moms attacked while Kim was trying to discuss the matter with Jamie.  You thought the New Orleans throw down on Dance Moms was bad?  Believe me the Sassy Supreme moms makes the Dance Moms look like innocents!  And the ultimatum that had me tuning out — “Either Kim leaves or I leave” — was what made me disgusted.  Instead of bringing peace, Jamie agreed.  Even Abby at her worse didn’t do that.  She may have locked them out of the studio but she always let them perform.  Jamie lets her moms misbehave and to me this doesn’t show team work or support.  I guess beauty and dance differ in that.

While I only watch Dance Moms these days when I have a free second, I still support the girls.  I am proud of what Nia has accomplished and applaud Maddie and Chloe for being stars.  With Toddlers and Tiaras, I don’t support anyone from the Sassy Supremes.  The moms are loud, obnoxious, and uncouth.  They cheat to win with rigged pageants.  I think I could like Cambria’s group.  They have discipline and a teacher who works with them but will we get much of their team.  Will I watch to find out.  Who knows — it will depend on what else is on.