V/M's Carmen is quite impressive indeed. What a treat to have two great programs from the top two this season. I have a feeling it will come down to levels once again...
V&M's Carmen is amazing and we haven't even seen the entire thing yet either. Just a tease, but what a tease!!
Oda looked good in both programs. Patrick did a full LP run through, fell twice but the skating and the program were captivating.
I've watched skating long enough to know that you can never tell how someone will skate just from practice. Even when warming up i've seen skates struggle and fall then just a couple minutes later they have the performance of their life. You never can tell how someone will handle the pressure.
I'm not as sold on the program from this practice of V/M's as everyone else seems to be... granted they just did highlights - and that rotational lift is impressive - but all I'm noticing is a lot of head grabs and hugs... not seeing anything terribly original about that...
we'll see come Free Dance time... but so far I'm disappointed in both of Marina's top teams.
thanks so much for all the reports and videos! Amazing skating going on...so exciting!
Virtue and Moir nailed it as far as the music choice, though. Why would anyone ever skate to something that was not Carmen, the greatest skating music of all time?
D/W's FD last year was truly amazing...after worlds, I was really torn but then rewatched their program, and then rewatched several versions of it and was like, wow, that was amazing. I'm not sold on D/W's program yet this year, but admire their "level" or ability which is amazing.
I'm waiting to see the full Carmen to really comment - the parts I have seen grab me...but admittedly, partly because they are so, well, explicit and partly because Tessa and Scott just have this way of commanding attention. Can't wait to see the full production and to read everyone's commentary. And for Tonichelle - I'm not sure, but it seemed like 'head grabs' wasn't, well, the grabbing I saw and while again I admit I was sort of knocked over in a good way by it (like, I smiled and said, OMG...wow...with a California 1980s accent just for fun); but I can't help but wonder if others will feel it is too explicit and not only that, but not creative as a result (so I'm talking about what I saw as the crotch grabs)...