oh no an american pair won something I hope they don't break up now
Definitely think I'm less impressed by Bruser/Lum than even earlier in the season...I think that he's being outshadowed by her and not in a good way!!! He sort of looks like he's dragging her along and unless he grows and she stops, I don't see it lasting. I'd like to see him find a smaller, more agile, expressive partner.
Definitely impressed by the Russians and Hasegawas!!!
Whew, one day away from my computer and I missed so much!
I thought the Hasegawas skated really well. I thought the comical theme was a good choice, especially since the idea of siblings doing latin dances makes me want to I did like that they managed to at least keep a somewhat Latin feel throughout with the music choices.
I had a bigger issue with Bruser/Lum's skate. It really bugs me that they skated what was supposed to be a Latin routine with Latin style outfits but absolutely no Latin music. Would it have hurt to at least try to pick music appropriate to the theme? I wish they had kept the routine more authenic. That being said, I think they had a nice debut, and was impressed by their pep and expression, especially through the CD section.
As for the ladies, it was a shame to see Kate Charbonneau struggle so much with the jumps. I thought the program was great, and was once again impressed by the way that she moved through the spins and footwork and kept up with the fast paced music.
I'm so happy for Bobak/Beharry. A few mistakes, but I felt like they really showed their worth out there. They were sharp and seem to move really well together. I was particularly impressed by that gorgeous twist, as I was when I first saw them do it at Thornhill last month. Skate Canada had better give these two a second JGP.
Constable , Costume Police
I think at 13 and 16, Bruser and Lum can be cut a bit of slack , before we start clamoring for a split... With the differences in the way girls and boys grow , she could be finished growing and he could easily have another good sprout yet to come...Or she may get too tall , but it's too soon to tell.
I'm wondering if we don't have the ISU itself to blame for some of the strange music choices going around . I seem to remember they put out a statement ,or explanation, or something about what they were aiming for with the SD before they actually met and decided on the exact form. IIRC, they made mention of the popularity of DWTS being a boon to ballroom dance, and the hope of making some sort of compulsory requirement more accessible to audiences. I worried at the time that the homogenization ( is that a word ?) of music would ensue ..( the imposing other rhythms on to pop songs , or adding pop / disco rhythms to classic ballroom dances ). It's one of the main things I dislike about DWTS. For every song that works , there are many more that don't.
It could also be that too many coaches decided to try to be different in order to make their couples stand out , and consequently , the real latin choices could wind up being the different ones.
Constable , Costume Police
Hmmmm..talking to myself , again...
Bruser and Lum second in the FD !!!! and a fine skate it was.. Waiting for the other top couples on YouTube ...
Now that's more like it. Bruser and Lum's FD had everything a good tango should. Speed, sharpness, flow and tons of expression. I am so surprised, and very very impressed. Wow. I loved every second of that, and I thought the nuances were really well choreographed. I think these two could make a run for gold at nationals this year, in spite of the fact that they've just moved up. Good for them!
I adored the Hasegawas FD music, but the program was just OK for me. I would have liked to see them carry more flow and speed through the footwork, but I know that will improve as the season goes along. Overall, a nice competition for them.
Constable , Costume Police
I don't know if this means that B/L need to overhaul their SD , or if they paid a bit of a price for not having been seen before , or a bit of both, but that 8th place SD really hurt them.
I think you're right about the Hasegawas re; speed & flow..Plus she seemed to come out of a twizzle too soon and a lift or two seemed not quite on..But I really like their program. I think the choreography is lovely and cleverly done ..balletic enough to give the right feel , but definitely, definitely ice dance .
Papadakis & Cizeron's early Elvis was just great. I loved every thing about it .. choreography , costumes , energy..I really like this team.
Sinitsina / Zhiganshin..What to say ? They're excellent skaters, there were some lovely highlights , yet I was bored by their program . I can't say they shouldn't have won , but I wouldn't feel compelled to watch this again.
Galyeta / Shumski...urk ! That was grim.. How on earth could they wind up with those scores , especially in PCS ?
Yanovskaia / Mozgov..another boring program with some nice lifts , don't like that she skates so bent over...
My absolute delight of the day ?.. SHOMA UNO !..He's my man. If he can't do it , no one can.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 09-17-2011 at 02:09 PM.
Finally got around to watching the dance.
None of the SDs aside from the French were really all that appealing. S/Z were good, however.
I thought Sinitsina/Zhingashin had a lovely FD, even though PoTO makes me nauseated. They seemed to have great speed and flow, and gorgeous lifts and twizzles. On a shallow note, she's gorgeous and I love her hair. I really enjoyed them.
The young Canadians Bruser/Lum were technically very good. Nice speed and they had a tango feel. However, it seemed to get rather repetitive and I kept wondering when the tango would end . I have to wonder about the future of this team as at some points, she looked taller than him.
I have no idea how the Ukrainians wound up second.
Yanovksaia/Mozgov were rather forgettable but technically sound. My main impression of the dance was that on the first lift she looks almost naked Certainly better than the Ukrainians at least. Not bad for a new team.
I didn't like the Elvis FD at all.
It was very difficult for me to watch anyone except for Sinitsina/Zhiganshin. Everyone looked so awkward and I definitely would not have put the Ukrainians in second place.
1. Sinitsina/Zhiganshin looked very cautious in the beginning, but gathered momentum as the program went on. The tech caller must have been in a bad mood to give them a fall deduction for that, but they were overmarked in PCS anyway. The coronation of S/G will follow the footsteps of M/K last year making the junior season utterly boring in terms of the top spot. They're undeniably the best juniors so far, but a full seven points GOE for that? Nope.
2. Papadakis/Cizeron had my favourite program, definitely. They seemed to run out of steam in the last thirty seconds or so, but how they kept the character throughout was terrific.
3. Galyeta / Shumski were also overmarked. Sloppy and awkward.
4. The Hasegawa's were underwhelming. I actually think the choreography was relatively bad - the placement of the elements was wierd. But they were also slow, which didn't help.
5. Yanovksaia/Mozgov - nice elements. Where's the program?
6. Noa/Bruser were undermarked, I felt, but given that she's only 13 and he sixteen, they have time. As long as she doesn't grow - their height difference is virtually negligible at this point (or does she skate big and he small). She reminds me of Domnina.
Constable , Costume Police
Pogue.. Bruser and Lum...don't get me started , it took me at least a year to stop calling Ralph and Hill " Asher and Hill "
You wake me up as to the Hasegawas. I'll have to rewatch.. I really wasn't paying attention to the placement of the elements , I was looking at the ballet to skating adaptation.. I'll have to blush , again.
Bruser and Lum - if he stops growing and she doesn't, but the partnership is great in every other way, she can do all the lifting then. No need to break up.
For now, he is lifting her well.
Heh. Me too. And it was always Povilas/Vanagas, not Drobiazko/Vanagas. In fairness, in this case it was simply because I think Noa's a fascinating first name. I thought they both brought it to the FD and were engaging.
Originally Posted by colleen o'neill
Hit the nail on the head with Bruser/Lum - hated their SD as mentioned above...LOVE their FD. Really love that they have a 2nd JGP and hope SC doesn't take it away - I think they should go home and really, really rework that short dance.
Everything I didn't like about the short - her lines, her expression, the unequal work load - totally zapped in the FD. Here's hoping the really do something with that SD!!!