I don't know what all the hoopla is about == it is a skating show for ENTERTAINMENT = half the people who watch don't even know who the skaters are = they know who the stars are and I think it is watched to see how they skate = can't the ISU stay out of it and let us just enjoy a show
Great that the enthusiasm has continued almost a year later, and it wasn't a flash in the pan. Even Bonnie Langford, who came 3rd in the show, continued skating, with her husband and daughter taking it up aswell, and is now actually a much better skater than she was in the show. She skated a performance of "Bolero" with her Pro partner [hunky] Matt Evers at a private function for ITV Execs recently.
I have heard and read that the upsurge in interest is all over the country too, so let's hope it continues, NISA and the rinks nurture it well, and GB will have many more future champions in ISU events!
Maybe I'm just cynical, but maybe Speedy is TRYING to get back to the good ol' days of no television coverage = no hassle over bad judging?
If they were eligible skaters, I can understand the ISU being concerned. I see this as just another effort by the ISU to control everything, and hurt all aspects of FS. They already destroyed the pro competitions, something that I miss even today. Now they seem to be after anybody that is skating and making money (it's not like the top eligibles don't make money).
Is it me, or does the ISU seem to be "acting" a little fascist? Do they have the best interest of the sport in mind or their own pockets?
I only watched the first episode. Never saw it again, didn't like it that much.
In Spotlight on Skating, in an editorial otherwise complimentary of the ISU, Lisa Herdman makes fun of Cinquanta's bizarre decree with these words:
"So, nine judges, an event referee and a three-person technical panel have to evaluate B-list actors, retired sports figures and soap opera stars just learning to do crossovers? Celebrities have to pour over the ISU "Code of Points" and worry about "transition" moves before lacing up their skates? C'mon, lighten up.
"If the ISU is looking for a consulting fee or gratuity from network programmers, they should find out how they can earn one honestly and get involved in a poritive way..."
Last edited by Mathman; 10-22-2006 at 08:30 PM.
Well said Lisa, thanks for the report.
Tour-ville and Dean hit the road [includes lovely pic]
October 23, 2006
DANCING On Ice will go on the road next year with skating mentors Torvill and Dean.
It will be the first joint tour for Olympic champs Jayne, 49, and Chris, 48, in more than a decade.
ITV plan to take the show around the country in the same way X Factor goes on tour after the series ends.
An insider said: “We hope it will be huge.”
Celebs being lined up to skate include Ulrika Jonsson.
BTW X Factor is the Simon Cowell talent show that has replaced Pop Idol here.
I see nothing wrong with programs like that = there is "dancing with the stars"
"Duets = singing with stars = why not skating with the stars too
The ISU tolerates the Marshall's Phone In Competition which is basically only for entertainment.