Also, to add one: Petrova and Tikhonov. Petrova always looked very perky.
Lipnitskaya is flexible and has pretty eyes.
Weir: unabashed in who he is; fluid movement; beautiful skin; looks great in a crown of roses
Lysachek: good work ethic; I get the sense that he knows what his own strengths and weaknesses are
Pluschenko: amazing jumper; remarkable longevity
Morosov: devoted students
Abbott: seems to understand music and has a future in choreography
Amodio: a complete package skater; quick feet; strong POV
Kozuka: great SS; adorable interactions with coach; seems like a genuinely nice guy
Honestly, I don't dislike any of the above skaters... I just don't enjoy them and they are high profile enough to warrant comment
Plushenko has a real command presence on the ice.
Davis/White: they're fast, they seem to have a great relationship, and they work so hard. They are clearly very driven. Loved Charlie's NHL.com interview!
Volosozhar/Trankov: that twist, wow. Could be really special with better programs.
Duhamel/Radford: I love how ambitious they are with their tech content and have so much respect for the way the continued to skate after she broke his nose.
Chan: There's such an ease and fluidity to his skating, and I'm so happy he's challenging himself and working with new choreographers this season.
Sale/Pelletier: fantastic showmanship and connection.
Petrova/Tikhonov - in their last season I suddenly realized they were better and more likable than I ever gave them credit for.
Navka/Kostomarov - she is such a diva, and a talented one too.
Fusar-Poli-Margaglio - they were entertaining, I'll give them that, and they both seem to be good coaches.
Evan Lysacek - fab sit spin and a most deserving winner at 2009 Worlds.
Michelle Kwan - it's not that I dislike Kwan so much as that I never got her, making for a huge disconnect between my perception and the general one in the sport. But she's a class act and a graceful skater, and her Fields of Gold EX is one of my favorite skating moment, thought a heartbreaking one to watch.
To be a least favorite rather than forgettable/fridge break, you have to be quite good. I guess being a "least favorite" is a compliment in that respect, albeit a backhanded one.
Patrick Chan--I finally saw him skate without making a visible error (he doubled a couple of jumps, but no messy-looking falls, crashing into the side, etc.) and I can see why people rave about him. He is very impressive when he stays on his feet! He seems to have been able to master the quad thanks to his work ethic, so I'm hopeful he will master not falling and won't get booed when he wins. Good work, Patrick!
Carolina Kostner. Another person who kept winning the last couple of years for reasons that didn't seem right to me.(i.e, not doing the harder jumps). Still, she seems to be a nice person who cheered for Alissa Czisny at the GPF 2 years ago. Good sportsmanship, Carolina!
Michelle--I love you, but I don't like how you changed figure skating. You were the first to skate to sloooow music from a single violin, with such a serious expression on your face. Now everyone does this type of program, making it very boring. I miss the show tunes, Neil Diamond medleys, fast cuts of Carmen, etc. of the 90s and before. But nobody can skate your type of program as well as you. Everyone else is just a pale imitation.
Sorry, I tried but failed to be able to say anything nice about Katarina Witt.
Well, there you go....there is even something nice to say about TH!
Philippe Candeloro is/was very... creative.