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    Sarah the TV host

    Did you guys see Sarah hosting the SOI show on A and E just now? Wow, I thought she did a super job. She was very natural on camera, cute but professional, even did a little acting. I was very impressed.

    Her skating was thoroughly charming, too.

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    Thumbs up

    I thought she did a great job. Didn't even seem to be nervous.

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    I thought she spoke too fast a few times, but she did a decent job for what it was.

    Nothing against Sarah, but I don't like these kind of hosting spots in general and I wish they would stay away from them. They usually come across as rehearsed and unnatural. There are very few skaters who could jump into this kind of role naturally.

    BTW, did the show Todd's little flea routine? I kept falling asleep and I'll have to watch it again tomorrow when I have more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpal2
    I thought she spoke too fast a few times, but she did a decent job for what it was.

    Nothing against Sarah, but I don't like these kind of hosting spots in general and I wish they would stay away from them. They usually come across as rehearsed and unnatural. There are very few skaters who could jump into this kind of role naturally.

    BTW, did the show Todd's little flea routine? I kept falling asleep and I'll have to watch it again tomorrow when I have more time.
    It is definately worlds time...

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    I thought it was a very bad idea to hear Sarah's chatter after every segment. I would have preferred to watch more skating.

    A&E's selections were terrible. As usual, they chacked B&S's beautiful 'If I could' and showed the silly dance mix which does not do anything for me on TV. Last year they showed only Kalinka which is just 2 minutes long, and skipped their more beautiful and difficult 'Let me fall'.

    The only skaters to get the honor of 2 programs were S&P, Yagudin, and Sarah, who looked even more out of shape on TV. She looked overweight when I saw her in the show, but not quite as unbearable to watch as she was on A&E.

    Perhaps the only programs that did not try my patience were Yuka's number - the cute one (they chacked Amazing Grace which was a beautiful program), and Yagudin's 'Passion'. It looked as good on TV as it did live. Rest of the tape is not even worth saving. I will probably tape over it.

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    Overall this was so disapointing to me. Seeing this show live in January is what MADE me a skating fan in the first place...and they butchered it Not to mention they cut out Kurt's programs..which I kinda expected but still . At least I got little sightings in the opening and closing numbers though.

    So as not to end on a negative note though. the more I see of Todd E., the more he impresses me. Seeing him skate tonight has really cememnted me as a huge fan of his. "Let Me Entertain You" was wonderful. As were Jamie and David--both programs so well done, and so different from each other!

    Sarah did an ok job hosting. These spots are so difficult, and like someone already mentioned its almost impossible not to come off looking stiff. Still, overall I think she did well.

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    I quite enjoyed the show. It was nice to see the variety of choreography and ideas for the skaters to showcase. I enjoyed the numbers the guys did. We don't often get a chance to see male skaters performing in groups.

    Wow is Yags trying out for Cirque du Soleil? That was awesome!

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    I wish they had shown the show in sequence!

    Too bad they chacked Elena & Anton's "If I Could." Shades of last year, when they didn't show "Let Me Fall." I was hoping they would show Todd's second program, "Il Mirto e La Rosa," but I was very happy to see "Let Me Entertain You" (thank goodness we have "Il Mirto" on tape from "Ice Wars" & the World Team Challenge).

    Count me in as another one who wanted to see the transitions, especially the whole "flea" thing & the "she loves me, she loves me not ..." one.

    On the bright side, I was glad they showed all the ensemble pieces.

    My favorite recent A&E broadcast of SOI was two years ago, when we got to see a lot of the "behind the scenes" things going on.

    If only they would cut out some of those annoying, repetitive ads, then maybe we would get too see more skating.
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    First I'll say I'm a totally biased and true SOI fan. I just can't find a lot to complain about on any of the shows I've seen live in the past 10 years, 11 shows total. The only one that isn't on the top of my list is the "Gold" year.
    I thought Sarah did well with the hosting....she seemed very unrehearsed and natural to me and I found the bit she did in the dressing room talking about an OGM going to your head to be the best "bit".
    Stars On Ice can only fit so much into 2 hours (I wish they'd do a 3 hour broadcast and show the entire show with extra pieces), so someone is always going to be disappointed in what they choose to show.
    But, SOI is for ENTERTAINMENT and the show NEVER fails to excite and entertain me. I sometimes feel that people are being too critical of the show.
    Sarah skated with joy and grace, so what she's a little overweight and didn't do triple jumps.(I've read so much criticism of that it's starting to get to me!)
    I enjoy the "Dance Mix" type numbers more than the "Let Me Fall" type numbers, so obviously I was pleased with what A&E showed. That's not to say I don't also appreciate the "quieter/classier" type programs.
    I guess it's hard to take the criticism when you're such a die-hard fan the way I am. I go to the show/watch it on tv to be entertained and excited, to get some smiles and laughs and SOI has always delivered for me.

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    Great review NJSk8Fan. Since SOI or COI only come here once every 10 years or so I am happy for whaterver TV coverage I get. ITA that Sarah was a charming hostesss. SOI must be OK with her weight to let her skate in the show. My only complaint is NOT ENOUGH JOHNNY Z !!!

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    My favorite was Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze's dance routine. It is amazing how much energy these skaters bring to their performances. Performances like that continue to remind me of what incredible shape these athletes keep themselves in.

    I don't see how anyone can criticize Sarah's work with the microphone. That is not as easy as it looks. She was better than lots of people who have years of training and experience.

    About her skating, I liked it and I think the audience did, too. To me, this shows how much affection the skating public in general has for Sarah. Think of how the Internet would howl if it were Michelle or Sasha out there doing double jumps!

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    Sarah was just OK as a narrator. She could use some speech classes, because she tends to 'clutter' just a bit.

    That said, her narrating was better than her skating. The introduction made much of the fact that there were many "reigning Olympic champions" in the cast. But the problem is that all of the others skated like Olympic champions, except Sarah, and she was by far the youngest and the most out of shape cast member.

    My husband was always a huge Sarah fan, and he was dismayed to see her skate so laboriously, compared to the others. She could manage only a single axel and a double, and on those she barely cleared the ice. He said he didn't even want to watch her skate because it was so hard to believe she was the same skate who won the OGM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euterpe
    He said he didn't even want to watch her skate because it was so hard to believe she was the same skate who won the OGM.
    And a Reignning one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanford Wife
    It is definately worlds time...

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    So I'm supposed to be a troll now because I would prefer seeing skating instead of skaters talking? :sheesh:

    I would feel the same if it were Michelle, Sasha, Kurt, Yuka or anyone. I love Michelle's skating but I didn't like the costumes and makeup fluff pieces for Marshall's comps. I would rather see skating than fluff.

    They could have shown more of the magic tricks for transitions than using anyone to "host". I don't care about hosts. I don't care about what they do off the ice. I don't care about who is sleeping with who. Show me the skating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    My favorite was Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze's dance routine. It is amazing how much energy these skaters bring to their performances. Performances like that continue to remind me of what incredible shape these athletes keep themselves in.
    I dunno... I wasn't really into their program... granted I didn't see the beginning of it... but I thought it was very hokey for THEM... the program would have worked for someone else, but I dunno... LOL


    This whole show I was in a funk... it's just sooooo hard to watch this show anymore and not miss the original core cast... *Sigh*

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