I much prefer Yuzu's old Romeo, and his old costume...
I much prefer Yuzu's old Romeo, and his old costume...
Hanyu's old program was passionate and intense. One of my favorite programs in recent years. This new program feels so generic. I so wish he can go to a different choreographer who can bring out that passion in him again.
Hanyu admitted after FP he put too much focus on jumps because they were not good or consistent in practice and he was so nervous about them. I couldn't hear what he and Wilson were talking about in K&C, but some people online said Wilson pointed out to Hanyu he had taken away much of choreography of the FP while skating this time. Some Japanese media reported there were a lot of passion in the program in practice , but Hanyu looked tentative in FP, particularly in the beginning, and the passion was gone.
It seems the problem was not choreography, but that he couldn't deliver the good of FP sufficiently this time. The program looked fantastic in practice videos.
About Hanyu, I think the new program is better than I thought, with more intricate transitions than the old Romeo and Juliet. I really like it. Also the old R&J was choreographed by the Russian couple. I don’t know if Orser and Wilson can use a program choreographed by others. Do they need the Russians’ permissian? This Olympic season Russian Federation doesn’t allow most Russian coaches to help foreign skaters. So even if Orser and Wilson want to reuse the old program, I don’t know if the Russian Federation would allow that.
Actually, I think this Nino Rota version of R&J is good enough to win Olympics and attract new audience if Hanyu skates it well. Many people on the forum including myself like it, and I see the Finnish audience like it too. Unlike last year when Hanyu was also almost clean, but the audience didn’t really like the Notre Dame de Paris program.
In fact, I think the skater who needs to change program most urgently is Patrick Chan. Both his SP and LP are three seasons old, and they’re both uninspiring. If he’s looking to beat Hanyu and Javier, then he needs better programs than those two. Right now his programs are worse than both his competitiors.
No matter how he delivers it, or puts in the couple extra transitions he left out, the program simply isn't as good. The footwork sequences don't create inspired images and feelings like in the old program. The jumps aren't utilized to emphasize the whole program, but rather are slotted in as required elements...just look at how the Triple Axels are thrown in back-to-back right after the halfway mark. The buildup and purpose is gone. Also look at how they try to throw in his ina bauer as a huge "WOW" move at the end of the program in this new version, as compared to it being a soft and introspective transitional move in the previous program. It works far better as a stand-alone, unpretentious movement.
This new program as a whole lacks the dramatic contrasts of the former program; Hanyu used to be explosive at the start and then have time to settle down with slower movements and genuine vulnerability. Now he is just kind of at the same level the whole time...it's too much of "that was nice, that was nice, that was nice". Nice isn't good enough and it becomes boring when done over and over and over.
Also, don’t forget the Russian Federation. Maybe they’re unwilling to allow Orser and Wilson to reuse the old R&J program. So your question should not be directed to Orser and Wilson only, but should be directed to the Russion Fedreration also.
Hanyu asked to go to Russia to study with Bestemianova and Bobrin before he went to Orser, but was refused because the Russian Fed considered Hanyu a main rival and did not let B&B take him. So he had to go to Orser. I also think it’s impossible for him to work with B&B at least this season due to Russian Fed. It’s a pity, but that’s just how things work. I do hope he will have chance to work with B&B sometime in the future though.
Well, for this season I can only hope Hanyu succeeds with his new R&J program. It’s also a nice program. I think most of the audience don’t know Hanyu has skated to the old R&J program and they will like the new R&J program. So for the sport’s popularity, the new R&J won’t hurt.
Yuzu's old R&J is a perfect program for him in a perfect age, perfect stage... It is really hard for such a excitement as 12worlds to happen again because it's already been done to perfection.
I personally wish him to try some new. agree with sequinsgalore "new Romeo & Juliet. It fits his skating style and though it's in the same style of his Romeo+Juliet from 2011-12, I see more refinement and elegance on this one. I feel like this program has OG potential if he delivers at Sochi."
If the old R&J is passion, abandon etc. the new R&j is indeed refinement/nuance and elegance, which really showed Yuzu's improvement during this couple of years.
like Paola D said "Hanyu admitted after FP he put too much focus on jumps...."
I will wait to see how this program progressed as this season goes on and be prepared to be amazed by Yuzu time and time again. If Yuzu can perform this program perfectly to its full potential in Sochi, I believe he will definitely attract tons of new skating fans just like he did in 2012 worlds.
I happen to prefer the older R&J program, but reusing that from two years ago would never happen. I think this new version will get better and better and I look forward to watching it progress as the season goes on.
Let your vendetta against Orser go and put your energy into cheering on Yuzu. Please!