Dreaming and dancing
I have liked:
Mao LP. I love the music that has passionate, melancholic Romanticism. I see more Russian TAT than Mao in this music selection and choreos. I know some ppl think it too repetitive, but I like listening to long passages. Love the spread eagle sequence and straightline step sequence with lots of twizzles (I always feel a bit worried if she doesn't fall with her hand holding the foot ).
Yuna both programs.. I found both masterpieces. I love the musicality and sharp presentation in SP (esp. step sequence) and the understated elegance in LP.
Alissa LP. I think it has very well-thoughtout structure/composition and choreos and very enjoyable to watch.
Ashley's both programs. Two completely different types of music make a good constrast between the two. Very nicely choreographed on every note of the music. Great musicality. I do not find the SP music particularly interesting, but I can forget that because of the exceptionally well thought-out choreos that go so well with each phrase.
Mirai both programs. Most entertaining to watch. Very complicated, intricate choreos with lovely little details. Step sequences are great in both programs. I also love the sharp, quick presentation.
Tomas both programs. Most entertaining and amuzing among the men. Love the performing aspects of these programs. Very intricate and well thought-out choreos and charming presentation.
Jeremy SP. Elegant. A wonderful choice of music for him. Intricate choreos.
Johnny both programs. I always love the delicate, poignant sensitivity in his programs. They have calm, understated maturity. I tend not to analyze specific elements in his programs. I just watch it, forget to analyze, and enjoy the program as a whole rather than as a sum of its parts. As a result, I barely have more than a bunch of adjectives to describe his programs.
Shawn LP. A masterpiece. The music edits are a bit odd. I would wish if they had sticked to just one piece from Mozart. Yet, very fresh and pleasant overall. Although the choreos are very lovely, I feel that the effects may owe a lot to his dancing skills. Impeccable posture and lines. Smooth, graceful carriage as he dances. Fresh, lively, and joyful performance.
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Sweet Vernal Grass
Yu-na Kim SP
Katrina Hacker SP
Alexe Gilles SP
Jeremy Abbott LP
Davis & White OD and FD
L'art pour l'art
Asada LP: I said it directly after TEB - incredible program. A masterpiece. A champion's program. If it works out this season I could imagine her keeping it till Olympics, it's just that good. The SP is a mess though in my opinion.
Kim SP: basically the same I said to Asada's LP, beautiful powerful program, very memorable. But it's time she gets a really memorable LP in my opinion.
Lepistö SP: Great music, amazing musical footwork...
Kawaguchi/Smirnov SP: They do a really good swan. It's also a nice contrast to their overdramatic, frantic LP (I have no idea what the LP is about... It's nearly as bad as the Murkhatova/Trankov LP).
Suzuki Ex: Well, I just wanted to mention it - again - what a great program that is.
Abbott SP: Very nice. Very Abbott - love the costume, so dreamy and playful but not typical Russian/Johnny-style.
Joubert SP: our little rockstar
Joubert Ex: Fantastic stuff. First of all - thanks for having a new exhibition Brian. Some of the exhibitions of other skaters I can't see anymore... Then - it's really a great exhibtion, it showcases his basic skating skills in a way none of his programs so far in his career have. It's basic stroking, connected with loads of moves in the field, a jump here and there (they actually take away from the beauty of the program - if Brian could jump like Johnny or Kozuka it wouldn't matter - but Brian has only one way of jumping: powerful - and those few powerful movements don't really fit the rest of the program in my opinion). It's also very musical, very non-showy (that's not a word, is it?). Plus Brian in this very tight completely white costume? Oops, that was shallow. I am still wondering about the underwear though - you don't see anything, despite the colour and the tightness!
Kerr FD: I really don't know anything about icedance - but that freedance is completely hypnotising.
Chan LP: Reluctantly I have to say that it's a great program, a great choice of music and also a rather great skater. Still don't like the hype though
Ponsero SP: Amazing. French. Ponsero.
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!