Having watched 5 lyrical male skaters in a recent competition, I am wondering what happened to the Candeloros?, the Plushenkos, the Yagudins, the Stoikos and even the Eldridges? Are the more macho skaters now passee?
Lyrical skaters which I've seen in that competition tend to skate with nice flow but with little change of tempo except for crechendos(sp). The winner of that competition, btw, did have more change of rhythms throughout his routine, but the points he made up on the Technical, ruled out any necessity for music scoring.
My theory is that CoP with its point scoring (and lack of musical interest) has skaters executing all the elements with tender care and not focusing on the dance of the single figure skaters. (I would think it also applies to Pairs and Dance as well.)
I do recall that Musicality is mentioned in passing for scoring PC, but does it really? For a Sport which requires music, it is the most ignored factor in the CoP way of scoring.