Due to time constraints, this is the best I could do for a review.
I was very happy to see that about 2/3 of the auditorium was filled, no one in the nose bleed section. The weather was quite nice in the mid 40’s so I think that helped a lot. Last year the temperature was about 7 degrees below zero and 14 inches of snow. The audience was rather subdued for the first half of the show but got into the skating in the second half. As always the audience gets into the yelling contest of what side can do it the loudest, which I think the skaters really like. There were no standing ovations for any one skater but there was at the end of the show.
These are my impressions of the highlights of the show.
Yuka Sato: I really did not like the Naughty Girl program for Yuka. She is so beautiful as a person and skater that this was not a program that does her justice. I think the audience felt the same way because there were more cheers for her when she skated to Amazing Grace, elegance and beauty.
Elena & Anton: Their If I Could program was so romantic and elegant. Anton looks thinner and has a really nice haircut. Their moves have such style and grace. When they did their Dance Mix number I thought I wouldn’t like it based on what I said above about Yuka’s more upbeat number but it was very well received and I really enjoyed it.
Sarah: She still has her style and grace. After reading some of the reviews about her, I really didn’t know what to expect. Sarah is a very lovely young woman and she is not skating like she did in the Olympics and I didn’t expect her to. This was a show, not a competition where she had to do triple jumps. Sarah is not the little girl that we are all used to seeing. She skated very well and her layback is so elegant. The Omaha audience appreciated her very much and so did I.
After the show a friend commented that he thought Alexei was the best in the show. I asked why and he said he just gives it his all, 100 percent all of the time. Of course I already knew that but to hear someone else say it warmed my heart.
Alexei: His passion program is quite dangerous. While suspended in the air either by an arm or leg shows how very strong he is. I was kind of nervous while he was doing this routine but he did a nice job. At one point he throws himself backward and thank God is caught by the material wrapped around his legs. The audience lets out a gasp!!! His Shout program is more fun and the audience really got into it, especially the two ladies he is making advances to. He has fast movements and lots of fast footwork and is throwing a few triple jumps in to boot.
The costumes are really great and what I liked this year were the transitions. At one point a few of the skaters come out and skate around the ice to funeral dirge; they were all crying and wailing. It was quite funny. It even rains but it made the arena quite cold and at the end it snows.
Here are some pictures
2005 Stars On Ice