So many comments about the 4CC on the Expansion of the GPs thread, that I think it needs its own thread.
My own feelings about the competition are that there is too much of a range of countries for travel to event sites. Euros is much easier.
But skaters do manage to get there and compete. The only two 'stars' that missed were Kwan and Plushenko both of whom, I believe were skating in pain and saving their comps for more important events.
It's quite a championship and gives another chance for skaters to test out the international judges on programs before Worlds/Olys. Other than the travel, I see no problem with it.