Programs to attract new fans
Suppose you have friend who wonders why you like that figure skating stuff so much. Your friend is willing to watch 1-5 programs with you to give a try and see what all the fuss is about.
Which performance(s) do you choose?
The most successful ones that I've proposed to my friends are Yagudin Olympics SP, Takahashi Swan Lake hip hop ver. , V/M Olympics Mahler. Yagudin's performance made them notice men's figure skating is a very masculine sport and Takahashi showed that this sport is not all about classic but also very modern and young. Everyone liked V/M's Mahler. They said it is breathtaking although they know nothing about technicality.
It feels good when my none-skating-fan-friends approve of what I like.
Hee! Thanks for starting this thread.
Alexei Yagudin: 2002 Olympics FS - for the technical content, artistry, all in one
Michelle Kwan: 2004 US Nationals FS - for the emotion and the moving audience reception
Midori Ito 1992 Olympics FS - for the awesome triple axel and amazing comeback
Yu-Na Kim: 2007 Worlds SP - for the awesomeness all around
For a fifth, I can't decide between a program by Kurt Browning, Brian Boitano's 1988 Olympic FS, a Stephane Lambiel program or Daisuke Takahashi's Swan Lake. So I guess I would make a friend watch all of them.
Yagudin's Olympics SP and/or LP
Michelle's Salome (Worlds) and/or Lyra Angelica (Nats)
Yuna's Danse (Worlds) and/or Gershwin (Oly)
Dai's La Strada (Olympics)
Hanyu's Romeo & Juliet (Worlds)
Really? Daisuke. HipHop SwanLake, The Eye, La Strada, Garden of Souls or Blues for Klook. Or maybe some of his amazing Ex programs. Anything from Dai works
I've had some friends of mine over once in a while, watching some figure skating competitions together when Eurosport showed them. And I rather got the feeling it needs the right skater, not so much the right program. And of course different viewers like different stuff for different reasons!
Anyway, as I said, everyone I've ever got to watch one of Dai's programs liked it. Mao and Kanako were quite beloved too, the same goes for Yuzuru, Jason and Javier. So I guess just judging from the newer programs:
Daisuke's In the Garden of Souls
Yuzuru's Romeo & Juliet
Jason's Grand Guignol
Mao Asada's Swan Lake
Kanako's Prayer for Taylor
This is what I would pick:
Michelle Kwan 2002 Olympics EX "Fields of Gold"--Because it is beautiful, and surely one of the most emotional and memorable programs ever skated.
Daisuke Takahashi 2011 NHK Trophy LP "Blues for Klook"--My favorite rendition of this unforgettable program.
Brian Joubert 2004 Europeans LP "The Matrix" or 2006 Cup of Russia LP "Romeo & Juliet/mix"--I would include one of these because Joubert is a skater who appeals to men, with his strength, jumping skills, masculinity, and often macho music choices.
Oksana Baiul 1994 Olympic SP "Swan Lake"--Because I don't know if there's ever been a more charismatic performer than Oksana Baiul in the 1993-1994 seasons.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White, 2009 Nationals LP "Samson & Delilah", 2010 Olympic SD "Bollywood", or 2013 Worlds LP "Notre Dame"--How could anyone not respond to the virtuosity/musicality of these programs?
Yuna Kim, 2013 Worlds LP "Les Miserables"--I know most would choose her Olympic programs, but this year to me was even better. I watched with my husband, who is not a fan exactly, but has viewed a great deal of skating with me since 2001. His comment: "That's the best program I've ever seen from a woman."
I actually thought about creating a thread like this some days ago!
I would choose something from Michelle (really, I can't choose: Fields of Gold, Salome, Tosca, Aranjuez...)
Savchenko/Szolkowy Pink Panther: I actually showed it to a couple of friends who are not FS fans, and they liked it a lot!
If the "new fan" is a young man/boy something from 2002 Yagudin/2006-2007-2008 Joubert/any Takahashi/Amodio
Yu-Na's Les Miserables
If this is a quiet and "cultural" person, T/D Bolero or V/M Mahler.
I love this thread!
I'm at work and can't take the time to read through everything, so I'll respond in more detail later, but I think a lot of you have come up with great suggestions--and some of them are already tested out on non-fans!
Daisuke certainly could pull people in. I would always include Michelle, YuNa, Yagudin, and Mao at their best. I'd use D/W's Die Fledermaus because it just floats across the ice. Gordeyeva/Grinkov in some of their pro programs, especially the ones where he grips her and spins her off the ice after the death spiral.
Kurt would bring 'em in with so many of his programs, and I'd start with the original filming of "Singin' in the Rain," because it's so magical.
I think the Duchesnays skating to "Missing" would be very powerful, because it's both modern and emotional in such a natural way, and the music is splendid and immediately accessible. Even the costumes contribute to the effect. They show that skating isn't all spangles.
Some of the pro programs of Underhill/Martini, especially "Unchained Melody"--it's jazzy and sizzling and shows that real emotion can be projected. Again, the fact that they're skating in streetclothes shows that a real guy and a real woman can be portrayed on the ice.
It would depend on the friend... But considering men's is my favourite event... Well, certainly something of Plushy's - what would depend on my mood, probably. Brian, also, of course. And from recently Javi's Euros' LP, and his Worlds' Ex. Jason Brown's Ex from Junior Worlds' would be in serious consideration, if, for example, the "friend" was my brother...
Other than that, again, probably depend on my friend, and my personal mood... or whimsy... at the moment...
1) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir's "Carmen".
2) Daisuke Takahashi's "Blues for Klook".
3) Sasha Cohen's "Dark Eyes".
4) Javier Fernandez's "Chaplin Medley".
5) Kim Yu-Na's "Concerto in F".
I'd also love to show Yu-Na's "Bond Medley", V&M's "Mahler", D&W "Die Fledermaus", Osmond's "Mambo (2012-13)", and loads more! So many amazing programs out there.
Love this thread, great idea!
EDIT: Stephanie Rosenthal's 2006 Nationals SP is also a must!
Stephane Lambiel all the way...La Traviata, and all his other programs.
And watch this Spanish caravan from 2005:
Daisuke Takahashi, Cyber Swan
Michelle Kwan, Tosca
Yu-Na Kim, Danse Macabre
Alexei Yagudin, Winter
Alexei yagudin's winter
Yuna kim's danse macabre
(I love Gershiwn lp more, but in my opinion, it's better to recommend new fan)
Tessa & Scott Symphony No 5
I don't pick Skaters who has good basic skill, but no magnificent like Lysacek and Patrick Chan.
they are good skaters, but their skating would be boring to new fans.. Imo
Takahashi-Blues for Klook, WTT 2012
Michelle Kwan-Tosca, 2004 Worlds
Shen and Zhao-Turandot, 2003 Worlds
Yagudin, 2002 Olympics LP
Michelle Kwan, East of Eden, 1998 Pro Am
I forgot about that performance. It was the first time I saw it--stunning. I particularly like it with this commentary by Terry Gannon and Peter Carruthers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B8y59hc42k
Originally Posted by eyria