the thing about gracie is that i can really appreciate the individual elements (like, nice triple combo, nice layback spin, et al), but the sum of these parts don't add up to the whole. don't get me wrong: if she hits, she'll score big. but it's terribly disjointed to me, and at least the previous gershwin's brashness and angularity seemed better at disguising that quality.
For me, Gracie looks so much more elegant and refined than before. Part of it is that I love her costume here, but she is also using her arms better. This partnership with Frank looks like it is going to help her improve in area which she needed the most help (artistry).
To be honest, painfully screechy violin music and windmill-y footwork aside, there was nothing that wrong with her first program. When I watched it with the music turned down it was okay. I think a different version of the music and a reworking of the footwork would have been fine...I'm not sure why they decided the scrap the entire thing. If anything her FS is what needed a complete do-over.
This new program is very blah and meh...bleh...it's a bleh program. It's all soft and pwetty and I just don't get why they keep steering this incredibly fast and powerful skater down this soft and delicate road with these programs. Why can no one give this poor girl a program that highlights her strengths and minimizes her weaknesses? Powerful fast skater = powerful fast music to highlight all of the power and speed. It's not rocket science people... This is your typical run-of-the-mill generic pretty skating program. I do think her spins looked very fast in the video so that's a plus, but her arms are still too stiff and straight...I don't know if they'll ever be able to fix that. But overall, this is nothing special, unique or memorable.
Personally I think they should have spent their time working on her jumps; not redoing her SP. That's what's been what's missing this season. We all know it doesn't matter what she skates to as long as she lands the jumps and she hasn't been landing them. That's where the focus should have been. Now she'll have the task of debuting a new program at the most pressure-filled event of her life which is adding to the pressure she's already under, and we all know Gracie doesn't manage pressure well.
As someone that like the first SP just fine, I think this program is lovely. The Grieg piece isn't a huge warhorse (I believe the last time we heard it was when Miki did it in 2011?) and it does seem she is making improvements in presentation.
Also, she had to adjust the program to a smaller rink, so I don't think it's the best representation of what the program could be.
The program is nice and Gracie skates it well...but not as convincingly as someone who is naturally inclined to be artistic and graceful. Gracie is learning to be artistic and graceful; it's not natural to her and (to me) I can clearly see that in her delivery.
Please, no more soft lyrical programs for Gracie. It's fairly obvious that she is not artistic. Yes, she's getting better but I don't think she's going to get much better, even with Frank. Of course, I'd love to be proven wrong...Gracie is a powerful, fast, and athletic skater. She needs something that plays to her strengths. I liked her old SP (after I muted the music) and I think it fit her much better than her new one. The new one is soft and delicate and Gracie is none of those things. You don't have to be a soft and delicate skater to be a world champion, look at Miki Ando, Irina Slutskaya, etc. If they were going to scrap something, why in the world didn't they scrap Sleeping Beauty? It simply isn't working for Gracie, especially when the jumps aren't there. I think she should skate to something more fun and fast paced, especially if she's going to keep the Sleeping Beauty FS. The music might be a little juniorish, but I think Gracie could do a good job skating to Maksim Mrvica's version of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Or maybe I'm a bit biased because I love Maksim Mrvica's version
What a charming new program, I love it! It suits her well, and the dress is beautiful. I also like her hair in the low ponytail. This program is going to gain her more fans than the original one, for sure. She already looks comfortable skating it, after only a few weeks. Good job, Gracie!
Okay, I know I was leading the chorus of discontent with Gracie's old SP. But I don't know if this suits her either. The first piece was too frenetic harsh sounding. This is too soft and lyrical. I think she really could've done well with a piece of Latin music- the piece that Tuktamysheva and Aaron are using for their SPs would've worked in that it is strong music but not music that forces us to look at her as a princess-type. She also could've used something by Camille Saint-Saens or Astor Piazzolla, big music that wouldn't force her to do a lot of emoting in order for us to get its subtlety and power. Hell, the piano version of 3 Preludes (sans violin) would've been better.
My ears are thanking me already. Somehow the music cuts and Gracie's connection to them still leave something to be desired.
I think Gracie could do a great SP with Rock music. Maybe dressed in a unitard or even an outfit like Grishuk '94 FD.