I'm sad to hear that. These events are getting rather small if anyone withdraws.
Darn I was excited to see what Shipiland was able to do. I do feel a bit odd with the split with Zueva. I wish Davis and White went to Igor. I wish D and W would stop playing it so safe (though they try to portray themselves as fresh and new my main criticism is that they aren't all that innovative or willing to try new things or be versatile - but I do agree there is no reward for that and by being safe and comfortable they are probably the next OGM. V and M really put themselves out there more so by trying different music and such. I am not so sure that is going to reward them be cause they don't always play to their strengths.
Carmen? Is different music?
Zueva does not pick different music for any of the teams she choreographs for.
Both teams, actually, try to stretch themselves, performance wise, every year. But not, particularly, with their music.
That's a good point. In fact, most of the champions in any discipline don't actually stay in that position because of their bold music choices. They do so because of their actual skating. Aside from Torvill and Dean (who used very conventional music choices during the first half of their career), it's hard for me to think of actual skaters on the top of the podium, who got there in part due to their music selection.
I was interested to see what Pechalat & Bourzat would do with a Rolling Stones FD. It was disappointing. Besides the fact that it was early in the season and skated poorly, I found that they didn't "feel" the rock 'n' music at all. I am sure it will improve technically, but as for expression, so far, it loses.
What's your thought on the selection used by Annissina and Piezerat for their 2002 Olympic program? The fact that it was so programmatic, almost narrative, was not usual, I think. Are you thinking that the heavily theatrical drama of it is a general trend for ice dancing?
It's different for V&M to use such a skating warhorse for their FD. Not the music itself.
We also shouldn't forget that Carmen was originally planned for the SD, it was only after skating to it that it was swapped out for the FD. Would have been interesting to know what the originally plan was, perhaps they never made it that far. I´m convinced more than ever D&W started out with Sinatra for their FD and switched in August. So the vision of these two teams have undergone some shifting around in the off season. Not necessarily a bad thing, I think D&W's switch last season to DF worked well for them.
Does anyone know what the Shibs are using for their SD? I only recall reading about their FD music. Just curious what Marina gave them if she was using Carmen and Giselle for the other two.
I´m another one who doesn't like the music for P&B. I like the Rolling Stones but I just don't think the music medley they selected is in any way interesting. Agree with the poster that rock ballads work better for skating. Pop music works better then rock music in general also. B&K's MJ FD was much better choreographed to the music, they danced to the music. P&B skate through the music but I don't think it's possible to do anything but skate through their soundtrack in a competitive program. I'm not sure they are going to get the reaction they hope with this music, for one the audience doesn't have enough time to get into one piece before it's swapped out for another. I didn't like their FD last year but they skated it very well in Nice so I guess they can do the same again.