Chock and Bates already superior to R/T who won a medal on last years GP!!
Well, I respect you guys and will watch both again (duh)... but this was an honest first reaction from someone who fully expected them to top even the amazing FD that D/W have put out. For me this program can't touch the Mahler FD which was my idea of an instant masterpiece.
I have to disagree with spun silver. At first I did not like V/M FD and I liked D/W. After watching couple of times D/W I liked it less, on the contrary V/M dance grew on me. Each time I watch it, I like it better.
I think Tessa is channelling Audrey Herbun perfectly, which is a big big compliment. With their undeniable connection, beautiful posture and extension, outstanding skate skill, they are carrying the music, not the other way around as in D/W's case. So we'll just have to wait and see.
Don't think this redux of That's Entertaiment FD is even close to a masterpiece. Terrible music cuts and rather boring. They also got one point less for this dance than D&W in Canada no less. There already is a buzz in the skating world re D&W waltz, which has already been labelled a classic. D&W just need to work more on the SD, but their waltz is sublime.
For all the talk of individual personal preferences of either D/W or V/M and the skating style, performance ability, musical nuance, home ice advantage, etc. between the two events, their difference in score comes down to one level on the first rhumba sequence.
Riazanova/Tkachenko got at music restriction violations of -2.00. Not uplifting enough or no discernable beat?
I usually prefer V/M to D/W because the latter are too busy and less emotional but this is one time when IMO D/W have turned their strengths into an advantage.