- Dec 7, 2022
I have loved this RD for Chock & Bates all season because for once Madi & Evan are being themselves and not some characters. It is honest in the same way that LoLo & Nik are themselves in their RD. I could see C/B on vacation after worlds last year dancing somewhere to this music on the floor and deciding to take it to the ice. The team that Igor warned would always have judging issues due to their height difference on matching lines and who decided to take their chances anyway. They have built their strengths of lifts and spins. Madi has worked hard on her technical skills and has steadily improved since coming to Montreal. Evan and Madi have worked hard to compromise and match their lines as best as they can. They have maximized what they can do best. They were lovely, musical and fun and relatable for the average audience member.
I am frustrated by all the teeth gnashing, this team of all the others has worked and waited the longest for this chance. I had hoped for some acknowledgement that perhaps today they did what they do the best and came out on top. The event is not over yet and the final results are not in. CIf they win or not can we at least admit that they are very worthy competitors or is that too much for some of you. Lets not pretend that they are terrible dancers who because it is simply unfair to them, their coaches and the judges. Are we really gonna bash them even if they win and move into the sunset without giving them any credit.
CATUTION: The following may be unpopular with some of you,but I am being honest here. I have very mixed feelings as I will miss their style and creativity very much when they move on, but might get an extra year if they try again in Canada. I think it is unlikely they would win in Canada hence their all out effort here. They began their career in Saitama it seems circular and right for it to conclude here. How cool would it be for Canada to potentially win at home in Canada as the Japanese pair team did?
They are not terrible dancers of course, they are world class. It's just that compared to some other top teams, especially her, they are terrible dancers. "They have waited so long" - that's not how a sport works, usually...