I'm really quite sad that Canada only has 2 ice dance spots for Olympics/ Worlds ): They've got three lovely teams; W/P, V/M and C/P. Sigh.
I thought the music cuts were better than D/W's as well.
Over all though, D/W will probably get a whole lot better, while I'm not sure if W/P will.
W/P's programs and costumes have far more audience appeal than C/P's. C/P always seem to pick dreary music, and this year, their costumes are nothing short of horrid. Paul's bizarre OD suit and Vanessa's FD feather skirt are just awful.
As far as W/P having more audience appeal, do you mean in Canada, when both teams are competing together? Or do you mean internationally, where W/P seem to be more well received than C/P?
I really really like B/A's FD. I would have never thought of Ave Maria/Amen as a program for them but I think Linichuk has done a great job to highlight Tanith's improvement. I loved how the music built and those lifts were beautiful and something I never expected from them. I think this is a great vehicle for them and it will get much better as the season goes along.
My second fave FD of the night goes to F/S. I love the idea and interpretation of the music. I think this is so much better than their dance last year and it is just a great concept and I can't wait to see how it will look by the time the Olympics comes around.
K/N---this program just highlights why I can't get on their bandwagon. I love their lifts but their programs and choreography never do anything for me. Something is always incomplete or missing for me when I watch them. Meadowlands is a great piece of music and I loved when B/S had performed it a few years ago. But I didn't think they skated to the level of the music. I suspect if K/N don't move up after this Olympic cycle, the Russian Federation will have them move to another coach if their current coaches and choreographers don't improve their programs and choreography.
W/P's Phantom of the Opera is a different take from D/W but that is fine with me. I am glad they went a softer and more romantic take on it. I enjoy W/P and D/W's interpretations. I hope they get that second spot for the Olympics. It will be hard as I predict C/P will get it, but at this point in their careers, I prefer W/P's programs more. C/P are better technical skaters but I prefer W/P's programs and choreography.
C/Z are young and I hope they will have better programs in the future. I found the FD dull. As an American, I love and support all the US Dance teams in general, but with C/Z, I go up and down with them. Some programs I like and some I find are not very exciting or original. They will have to improve because their is strong competition in US with all the up-and-coming teams like the Hubbells and Shibutanis.
It's a pity that the team who won't be able to go to the Olympics will probably W/P. Personally, I've always preferred W/P's programs but C/P have almost always fared better in competition. I'm still hoping that W/P will be the ones sent to the Olympics though.