Didn't think I'd ever find myself coming to the defense of Davis/White, but I think we're blowing this a tad out of proportion. Were they overmarked? Of course! It's the season opener, their one of the best two teams in the world, and it's their home country GP event. That happens every year, to pretty much every team. Yes, I agree that they probably shouldn't have been quite so far ahead of W/P, but I can't honsetly say that I would have put W/P ahead of them either. Since this is a GP event, and in the end it's going to be the placement that counts (towards the final) and not the numbers (at least for D/W and W/P), I don't think it's worth all of this upheval. The pacements will turn out as they should (provided neither team tanks tonight). I have always much preferred W/P artistically, and I probably always will, but that doesn't mean I'm blind to D/W's technical abilities. Granted, the points difference between them was mostly artistic (PCS), which I too find hard to stomach, but it's still early. I suspect the gap between them will close in the bigger competitions later in the season, as has been the case in the past few years. Let's give everyone a few competitions to develop their prgrams before we blow a gasket.
Of course you are going to put W&P closer to B&S than to D&W, I bet Davis and White will have the best short dance ever.
Yes, do lighten up on Meryl..her costume is appropriate , but could stand some tweaking to make it more suited to her ..and I expect there will be tweaking .
She's very tiny, and there's a bit too much going on for her size and body type. I'm going to hope they lose the apron and give her a bodice more like the one in the last ballet pic doris posted ( one that comes up over the shoulders , and with narrower lacings ) .... make her puffed sleeves a bit less puffy ( she has square shoulders )..and let the skirt cover the petticoat so it only shows when she moves. Right now , she has the all these horizontal lines ( petticoat , hem , apron ,top and bottom of the strongly contrasted corset ) cutting across her body, and too much sleeve.
I loved the little hops to that particular piece of music ..echoes the ballet choreo nicely.
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Doris probably said all that needed to be said being there, but I'll add my two cents from the arena...
I thought I would never say this but B/S were undermarked compared to W/P. I enjoyed both, but I felt that B/S were surpringly crisp relative to W/P. During the warmup, W/P were sooooo fast compared to B/S and could even give D/W a run for their money, but that distinction did not show when they actually danced. I think they should have perhaps gotten close to the same score, rather than W/p being three points higher.
But D/W was the class of the field tonight no doubt. I think the speed is not obvious on tv because of all the short steps of the Yankee Polka, but was quite obvious to me when they flllewwww by us. Their step sequence was amazing...and on my god, I felt I burned calories just watching them do that ballet sequence into the second polka pattern at the end of the program. I was a bit skeptical about Giselle becoming a polka, but they made me a believer. In fact, it didn't even feel similar to the other Giselle programs I've seen in the past, other than Meryl's costume, which I did not find that bad. Maybe change the skirt slightly but I was surprised to see all the fuss about the costume afterwards.
Alessandeini/Valturi had the coolest lift, where she fliped and landed on his skate. Too bad it did not get the levels...but it was dare devilish yet classy. I loved it! My husband also made a point of saying how much he liked their costumes, which is saying something. He did not say that about any of the other couples.
Lynn and Logan's dance was one of my favorites. I can see technically why they are a distant 4th, but That doesn't change the fact that the program was creative, they performed it well and the audience responded well to it. Also my husband loves Chris Issak, so that was a plus for him.
Z/G had a creative concept, but I felt they didn't really bring that out during the whole dance when they were clearly focusing on the tech...but it done well, this could also be a fun program to watch!
Canunsico/McManus were clearly the newbies here, but I think they had a nice slowing here. I hope they keep at it, I think they have a nice package that just needs extra polish.