I am an old figure skating fan (graduated HS in 1981-same age as Brian B) and I did lament "the one who stands most wins" scoring. That and the enormous lead that used to be part and parcel at times of the figures (though I do think it added to the skating quality in a way that I didn't guess before they were gone for good). I have to say I enjoyed the variety of spins and footwork I saw in the mens and it was nice to see it count for something. In the past, it seemed like even the good spinners (a la Eldredge) did the same spins over and over because it didn't make a difference. (Plus, it was such a happy mens' podium-noone acting blase. That got to me!)
I agree that Michelle's programs were old school-doughnut spin, spiral and things we have seen before. And the LP music just didn't give you that lift. But-I think this might spur her to adapt. That said, I think Irina deserved to win-definitely a gutsy and clean skate. But-just too beillman based for me. Even her spirals have a Biellman look to them. Am I the only person who only likes the Beillman when done by Denise Beillman (it is awesome then!)?