This time I got to sit in on the whole show. I was on the ice, on the opposite end. When I first got there I was worried that I wouldn't get a good view, but once the show was about 10 minutes in I quickly realized they were actually probably the best seats in the house. The skaters did a lot of their jumps and poses in our section of the ice. You'd think I'd have gotten good pics, and I did get a few but the camera wouldn't focus on most of them :banging:
Only two mishaps on jumps that I can remember...Yuka Sato put a hand down and Cohen two-footed a jump- ironically that was the same jump she fell on in DC. Maybe she's having difficulties with that particular jump (whatever it is). No falls.
Great show. It's amazing how simply sitting elsewhere in the arena makes a difference. Being right in front of the action made me enjoy this show quite a bit more than the DC one (and there, I was only about 5 or 6 rows up!) I'd imagine others will chime in with their experiences, and I told you what I've basically thought in my DC thread so I'll keep it brief. I just dig the back-flips the guys do, and so does the rest of the audience. Those moves got the biggest reaction from the crowd. I got a nice pic of one as well.
Remember in DC I said Jeff was my favorite? Well, not this time. I can't really pick a favorite, but I liked the female skaters. Everyone was enjoyable though. I enjoyed Jennifer and particularly Yuka Sato. Cohen's Moonlight Sonata is a great one to see live. And her Angels transition is nice, too. I seemed to get more out of it sitting where I was tonight than back in DC.
Many of the transitions were quite cheesy...especially the "Don't Skate" one. But a few others I thought were actually nicely done- i.e. the one with the falls.
I think it is more fair to compare this experience with last year's than the other show I went to. I think this year's show flows better than last year's did, with the transitions and increased (?) audience participation. However, last year's show (the one I went to) had more star power (B&A, Meissner, Lysacek, etc.). So I think in the end, it balances out. At the end of the show, we got low-fives from the entire cast. I think everyone in the on-ice seats had the chance to low-five all the skaters, which I think is a slight improvement from just having a couple of skaters shake your hand. Then they threw out the Smucker's strawberries before the left.
ETA: I uploaded some pics, check 'em out