A Very Good Day For Stars [My Episode 5 Recap]
I was happy that Hannah was not last on the list but that was short lived when Victor said he thought she should have been. It seems that no matter how hard Hannah is working and improving she is not moving up. However, Hannah remains positive so I will do all I can to keep my feelings about the list to myself and support her. The theme of “Survival” was very fitting, surviving the list and this competition team seems to be getting to everyone! I think the kids are doing a much better job surviving than the parents.
Weigh-ins in front of others is entirely inappropriate and on that issue I totally sided with Abby. However the reaction that Sammy and Abby had to the scale was so huge that it made the scale a negative thing in Hannah's eyes for the first time. With Hannah, I have never made it so much about the scale or the number on the scale but it is a good way for her to keep herself in check. With eating disorders being so prevalent in our society today, especially among young girls, the issue regarding weight and body image needs to be handled properly and I was disappointed to see Mayra weighing the team out in the open.
I was however really happy with Hannah's solo theme for this week, I really wanted her to be happy for herself! Hannah loves to dance and has been through much in her young life that a lot of children have not faced. She was a preemie born at 30 weeks, had a rare blood disorder when she was 3 years old called ITP that she is in remission from and then had a freak accident when she was 7 that left her with no peripheral and great loss of vision in her left eye, she never has used any of these issues in her life as excuses she has always been a strong and bubbly child through it all. I wanted her to use this song to celebrate the fact that she can dance and can be happy dancing.
I knew she was crying out in the hallway before the performance but I didn't go out to comfort her because I wanted her to handle it with Victor and Angel and that is what they did. I was surprised to hear that the pressure had gotten to her the way it did, it was totally out of character for her to react that way and to forget her choreography was very surprising as she is known for her ability to remember choreography. I actually think that Victor and Angel reminding her that she can always just improv actually calmed her down and brought her back to reality. I disagree with Victor that she wasn't taking advantage of the opportunity of the solo because she went out there and gave it her all and in my opinion more than made up for her short meltdown in the hallway.
As I watched the solo I saw Hannah dance like I have never seen her before. To see her being so happy while she was doing it made me just scream out with joy! I had a lot of pent up frustration from the last couple of weeks and I was able to let go when I saw her doing so well. I did think it was her best performance on the team so far and I thought she had made up for the crying beforehand. I was really excited at the awards that Stars had received that day and was very pleased with Hannah winning her category, all in all it was a good day for Stars!