Favorite and least favorite NBC/Universal Commentators this year
I am really glad that NBC and Universalsports used a variety of commentators to call this season. It brought a wide ranges of perspectives and opinions. Who was your favorite and least favorite?
My favorite of all time is Paul Wylie because he is very educated about the judging system and actually teaches viewers about the sport. He educates the viewers on the importance of edge quality and basic skating skills.
My favorite new comer was Jenny Kirk. She did an excellent job calling the 4CC's. I love her speaking voice, too. It's very smooth and pleasant to listen to. She also had a lot of interesting and relevant things to say. I hope NBC gives her more competitions to call.
Least favorite was Sandra Bezic. She's way too biased and speaks at the wrong times . For example she said something really corny about Kozuka "finding his artistic voice on the ice." It really ruin the moment for me when I was getting into his music and the edges of his footwork. Her commentary was getting so bad that I waited for the full raw replay on NBColympics.
Least favorite new comer, Johnny Weir. I guess mostly because he interrupted Tara Lipinski a lot. Instead of feeding off of her comments and creating some dialogue he seemed to dismiss it. Don't get me wrong I like Johnny Weir as a skater and a public figure but not as a figure skating commentator.
Best commentators: Scott Hamilton, Johnny Weir, Sandra Bezic. They all know where to focus.
Least favorite : Tara Lipinski, talk too much at the performances. Lack of focus.
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
Sandra Bezic always strikes me as nice, but she's way too corny for my tastes. I didn't really like any of the NBC/Universal commentators. I much prefer EuroSports (British). They usually highlight the best in each skater and with class. I also like their British accents
Favorite: Lipinski! She really knows her stuff. Its not just 'oh shes a pretty skater' its 'she needs to drop her left shoulder on her takeoff.' I could watch her and Johnny with Carruthers all day.
Least: Andrea Joyce's cringeworthy AT&T Lounge question and answer moments. But ok for actual commentators: the perennial choice, Scotty Hamilton.
Dedicated follower of the black line
I thought Tanith and Ben did a great job on ice dance.
I prefer Paul Wylie, he knows his skating. I can't stand Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic. Scott screams and Sandra says corny stuff. Peter Carruthers is ok but I am tired of him saying "strong back to do that jump". Or "cat like ability".
Originally Posted by Wicked
Dreaming and dancing
I watched the Loft on Youtube. It was so much fun! Johnny is fun and Tara is fun! They looked so relaxed together on the sofa. They provide very honest opinions and both are very intelligent, articulate commentators. Johnny is not afraid of expressing his likes and dislikes and Tara is also not afraid of predicting the comp results and providing criticism.
I hear ppl admire Tara's commentary and I wish if I could have seen the comp covered by her, too. If anyone has a link to her commentary during competitions, I would greatly appreciate it if you could please give the link (I live outside the US so that the coverage on that site does not work for me).