I'm so in love with Beatrisa Liang's LP. The intensity of the first minute almost makes your heart tremble, and the second half is so dancey and passionate. It must be the combination of the music, the intensity of the choreography, the conviction Liang skates with and all the bold moves that did me in. It has been a while that a ladies program has made such a direct impact on me. Bebe has completely won me over this season. She always had interesting choreography, but i feel she really came into her own this year and is skating like a mature woman with grown up's emotions. Her skating is not one dimensional but multi-layered, as are the emotions she projects. I have the feeling that this is just a peak at what we are going to see from her in the coming years. There aren't that many ladies skater that I can say to "skate with passion", but IMO she does. She almost made me cry when I was watching her performance at Nationals. The raw quality and edginess in her skating are so refreshing. I honestly believe this long program is an Olympic winning program and a choreographical masterpiece. It was a shame that the it went downhill from the fall on the loop. I hope she really lets her hip rest and come back in full force for the Olympic season, and I'd be thrilled if she makes the team. There are things she needs to work on, mostly in terms of getting her moves more under control, and when she reaches that level she'll be hard to beat.
I love Meissner and her delicate style and honestly think all the "juniorish vibes" that we get from her are mostly due to her very stickish and undeveloped body. There's nothing juniorish about the way she strokes nor her carriage. That said, although I liked how she had some real choreography details in the program, I don't think it totally worked all the time. Some parts were good, but other moves just seemed downright awkward and she didn't seem confident enough doing them. I couldn't stop thinking about Yukina Ota's Daphnis et Chloe from last season while I was watching Kimmie. I would like to see her get another choreographer.