So Champions on Ice was my very first ice show, and it certainly isn't going to be my last!
I went with my mom (y'all know her here as RavynRant) and we were 9 rows back, center ice and *squee* the show was amazing!! I know a lot of this is old hat to you guys, but going from a strictly couch-side fan to getting to see all these world class skaters in person, it's restored my faith. So much more comes across in the performance without getting interrupted by sportscast editing. For the most part my eyes were glued to the ice, well... I lost a little bit of interest during Alissa and Kimmie, they were pretty.. but boring.
Anyways, we got seated early and managed to catch a little bit of practice, which was cool. There was much in the way of girlish squealing.. "OMG they're so close!! Eeee!" :-D Since other people have broken down numbers in other reviews I'm just going to give my highlights.
Rudy: No need for a last name, he's timeless, like Madonna and Cher. Seriously though, he rocked the f-ing house down!
We got special guests Inoe and Baldwin at our show, and it was nice to see them live. Even when mom and I are crossing our fingers and holding our breath as they're leading into a jump. They landed though, and all was right with the world.
Pang and Tong: They almost made me cry. They came on, and it's like no one else was in the arena, it's like they cast a spell. They are just so beautiful. Sadly, she fell after the throw and it broke the spell for a bit, otherwise they really would have brought tears to my eye.
Johnny: I'll admit, I screamed like a rabid fangirl. But I'm okay with that, because he really deserves it. He's an artist on ice, and he's in total command when he's out there.
And that brings me to Fallen Angels. I hadn't seen this even on TV before (mom taped it, but I've been lazy with my FS watching this season) and Oh. My. God! Simply amazing, absolutely beautiful performance. Standing ovation, all the way.
Anissina and Piezerat: I love these two. I really do, and Gwendal was like 20 feet away from us!!! Since he came down onto the ice from the audience. Cue more fangirlish squealing. :-)
Tannith and Ben... I laughed when I realized just what they were skating too.
Come on... SexyBack? Yes Tannith, we get it, you're attractive... but please, I didn't want to watch Hoochies on Ice. Fun number, but they still could of pulled it off without the streetwalker costuming.
And then there was Shae Lynn and the Chair. I must say she made that chair look good. Rock on Chair!! Woo!
Evan's INXS number was fun, as was Hollander's "Hero" number. Irina Grigorian was awesome, that's some crazy talent there. Rock me Amadeus was really cool too.
I know I'm totally going out of order here but Shizuka was absolutely gorgeous, and I'm really really glad that she was at our show.
Plushenko and Sasha were both good, and I really did enjoy their skating even though they're really nowhere near my favorites list.
I know I'm leaving people out, but it really was a damn good show overall, and the finale was crazy, but a lot of fun.
But I'll be there next year, only this time, Front Row baby!