It was so boring sitting watching the same routines with the same music over and over and over again. And most of the time the music was awful! And it was stuck in your head for days afterwards, whether you liked the music or not!
To be honest, I have never been a fan of “normal” dancing (i.e. not on ice). This, and the fact that the compulsory dances were so boring, led me to start to deliberately avoid watching the CD. Soon, this would extend to ice dancing as a whole. It was only in what turned out to be the final couple of years of the CD and OD that I started watching ice dancing again.
The other thing I didn’t like about the CD was that I thought it wasn't fair that the Dancers had to do 3 routines when the Pairs and Singles skaters only had to do 2.
So, when I heard the Compulsory Dances were being scrapped, I was delighted.
Now, though, I am not so sure. Especially after hearing Doris' description of how they do CD's in Novice Competitions. I've never seen it in action, but being able to use different music sounds like it would make the CD a lot more interesting, and much more enjoyable to watch.
And, with all the strange judging decisions we have been seeing the past few seasons, perhaps it would be a good thing to have something where we can compare apples-with-apples, as Ravensque so eloquently put it.
That way, there would be less arguing about whether the result was the right result, and debating about how the judges reached that result. We would know immediately how a particular score was reached.
So, perhaps there is a case for bringing in (for want of a better phrase) a “Novice-style” Compulsory Dance.