Abby Lee Miller Clarifies Her Comment on Honey Boo Boo’s ‘Talent’ [AUDIO]
She’s short tempered, tough on the kids and the moms, but passionate about her job! Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms” fame called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Tuesday to talk about her new show “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” tell us if she thinks she ever goes too far with the kids, and clarifies what she said about Honey Boo Boo’s talent.
On Her Honey Boo Boo Comment:
“I said that I did not watch the show, because I teach at that time. But I said I thought she needed to have a talent,” she tells us. “When you do the modeling, pageant kind of gig, there’s a talent section. And I said, ‘If she would go to dance class and get in shape, that she would have a better talent in the talent presentation. That is what I said. They’re putting those little sound bites where they want to.”
She continues, “I believe every child would be fortunate to have a dance class and go to dancing school. It’s good for their posture, for their body alignment, it may not seem like it, but their self esteem. To get in front of the class, to give a speech, to become familiar with theatre etiquette, and appreciate the performing arts. All of those things are learned in dance class.”
Does Abby Think She Goes Too Far?
She says, “Not at all.” What about when the kids cry? “Tough love, toughen up.” And Abby doesn’t regret the way she speaks to them, saying, “I regret things I forget to say. When I get home, I go, ‘Ooh I wish I would’ve told her that. Ooh I wish I would’ve said that.’” She has even yelled at the moms! “I don’t yell at them, they provoke me. I’ve been doing this for 32 years. When my mom and dad paid for lessons for me to go to a professional they didn’t go in and try to tell them how to do their job.”
Has she ever tried a softer, more encouraging approach? “I have tons of children that I teach…and they get it the very first time, that’s wonderful. But that doesn’t really make great TV. So you’re seeing after I tell a kid who’s not paying attention, who has one eye on their mother, one eye on their girlfriend, and they’re scatter brains, and I’m telling them over and over over the same thing, and they’re not listening. Maybe like the thirtieth time…that’s the time that I’m so aggravated, and I’ve had it, and I’m over them, that’s what they put on the air,” Abby explains.
Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition
The show features 12 young dancers that are competing for $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. The kids range in age from 6 to 13 and Abby tells us that they are the “best of the best.”
“Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” premieres tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c.