First time posting over here on this show! Just had to throw in my two cents on Mia as a judge as well.
I think she is awesome at choreographing her style. I usually love what she comes up with and she has a very unique and dark emotional style. That said, she just cannot seem to appreciate others emotional perspective. What she wants to put out there simply is not the same as what others do and she completely lacks the ability to understand that her's is not the only "right" way to feel a dance.
As a judge? I think she is horrid. I think it is obvious that she favors male dancers over female ones and favors her style of dance over any other style. I think she put down that dance because she was afraid they would get votes based on sympathy for the daughter, and that she just cannot believe that a dance can be based on joy and celebration.
My 8 year old just read Charolette's Web and had to write an essay on what Wilbur learned from Charolette (the spider). He wrote about what a great friend she was and loyalty and love and on and on... Mia would have wanted him to write about how the death of a good friend makes one more introspective of their own mortality... lol...