‘Dance Moms’ Hell! Abby Lee’s Student JoJo Siwa Slams ‘Long’ & ‘Intense’ Filming Days
Living on the dance floor isn’t easy. Before JoJo Siwa quit Dance Moms during season six, she was forced to endure grueling hours of filming. RadarOnline.com can reveal exclusive details from her tell-all book JoJo’s Guide To The Sweet Life.
Siwa appeared on season two of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, where she came in fifth place.
“The dances were hard, by the way,” she wrote. “We had only two days to learn each one – and only two hours with the choreographer each day.”
But it only got worse when she was asked to join Dance Moms during the Lifetime show's fifth season.
“We filmed Tuesday through Saturday, and each day had a specific purpose,” she penned. “Tuesday was interview day. Each interview took about two hours! Wednesday was Pyramid. Thursdays we had rehearsal and Friday we had rehearsal in the morning, then traveled to wherever our competition was that weekend. Then Saturday, of course, was competition day!”
The 14-year-old explained how she would work from 8am until about 5pm.
“They were long days,” she wrote. “It was intense.”
Despite the hard work, she explained how she had “a lot of fun” working with Miller, 51.
“She had a big personality and she knew so much about dance and about Broadway,” she wrote.
Siwa’s co-star Mackenzie Ziegler explained how difficult it was filming in her book Kenzie’s Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy and Dance to Your Own Beat.
“It was pretty much my answer to every party, play date, after-school activity, you name it: ‘Sorry, I have dance,’” she wrote. “I started to regret not being a ‘real kid’ with a real life. I felt like I had no childhood, and it made me sad and angry.”
Miller was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after serving her prison sentence for not reporting an international monetary transaction and concealing bankruptcy assets.
Although Miller has been undergoing chemotherapy, a source claimed to RadarOnline.com that the treatment hasn’t been effective.
“They are not sure she is going to recover from or make it at this point,” an insider previously told RadarOnline.com. “It is so bad. They are waiting for tests results to come back and then they would know more.”
RadarOnline.com exclusively revealed the show has been officially cancelled.
“Dance Moms was set to return with the mini team,” a source close to production told RadarOnline.com. “It was in development, casting was under way to ‘cover up’ for the older girls.”
The insider claimed Miller agreed to return to the Lifetime show under the condition that Junior Elite Competition team members Nia Sioux, Kendall Vertes, Kalani Hilliker, Cameron Bridges and Chloe Lukasiak would not be part of the series.
“Then when she was released, all of this happened,” the source said of her Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis. “The show was put on hold temporarily and now has been canceled completely. Dance Moms will never create another episode. The network feels as though it would be toxic to bring it back to life in another way with someone else.”
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