This season might have started out weak, but these last two weeks were something else. Four perfect 30s last week, and then this week, four finalists for the first time and they all deserved to be there, three freestyles that got straight 10s, two that probably could’ve managed straight 11s, and then the last three couples even all nailed the instant dances! It seemed for three of the final four, there simply wasn’t anything they couldn’t do.
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Bariev & Shelepen released
Russian National Team, coaching changes, & interviews
Chinese National Team
Rohene Ward coming back
New teams begin to form
South African Nationals
Ito triumphs in 3rd Obertsdorf appearance
SkateDownUnder in Sydney
British Columbia Super Series begins
Davis & Brubaker debut short in Ann Arbor
Skate Dance Dream show & All That Skate theme
Takahashi featured on CNN
Eurovision needs to make sure they get their stream running when the show starts. This year they didn’t until near the very end of the results and I ended up watching almost everything on an Irish TV stream(where in place of the home nation’s phone number instead of all caps reminders not to vote for your own country, like they do in Britain, they just had GOOD LUCK, IRELAND, since they trust their viewers to have some intelligence. A pity they did not have good luck, though).
Suffice to say this week is not going well for me at all. Too bad, because it was such a great week for the show. But even that is at least a little overshadowed by the announcement ABC made about doing away with the results show next year.
On one hand, with the ratings down, I understand why. They’ve always had the problem with the results show that it’s more or less a whole hour of filler for a brief announcement of one ultimate result. And maybe the show has gotten a little overbloated the past couple of years, especially with the spike in ratings Bristol brought with her. But on the other, I’m wary of a format that doesn’t give the viewers time to properly vote based on the events of the week; that felled at least one skater who didn’t deserve such a misfortune on Skating With the Stars. It disconnects the votes from the results and makes you feel less connected to the show. Also, we probably won’t get numbers like this anymore:
Allow me to be at least a little sad about that…
ISU releases schedule of international competitions for next season
Nebelhorn to have entry restrictions & team event
Czisny & Weaver & Pojé relate last season’s travails
Johnny-Weir Voronov talks while headlining Ice Dreams
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Viktoria Pavuk comes out of retirement
Iliushechkina & Kocon split confirmed
Mozer & Zhulin groups choreography travel
Interviews with Hurtado & Diaz, Hochtstein, & Johann Wilkenson
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Went to the Anderson House near Dupont Circle this afternoon, a turn of the century historically registered house originally owned by an ambassador and his very rich wife and now in the hands of the Society of the Cincinnati, a society originally formed by veterans of the Revolutionary War probably to try to get their salaries actually paid to them, which now interests itself in the historical time period and famous historical members such as Ambassador Anderson, and operate his house as a museum. The Society also runs concert series in the Anderson’s small(but very fancy) ballroom, and today they had pianist Raj Bhimani performing on an expensive instrument that apparently had to be tuned just before the concert because it was so high maintenance.
It is definitely the summer; even Dancing With the Stars has gotten into the sequel act!
USFSA Governing Council Meeting
Bereswill & Reagan announce partnership
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Mozer gives updates
Gerboldt & Enbert possibly to Vasiliev
Stepanova & Bukin to do Senior Grand Prix
Bariev possibly trying to change countries
Misha Ge moves to Beijing
Frank Carroll invited back to old rink
Margaglio speaks of Finnish dance situation
Ito on roster for third appearance at Obertsdorf
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Kim donates prize money from Worlds
After immensely enjoying Robert Downey jr’s snark and saunter his way through The Avengers, I was greatly looking forward to a whole movie worth of him, but when Joss Whedon wasn’t involved, I actually felt like I could only expect so much. So while without him the zinger quotient was definitely lower, even so I was pleasantly surprised.
Having the ability to win immunity on Dancing With the Stars is certainly something that could’ve saved a deserving couple or two in the past, but employed as it was this week, I’m afraid it felt kind of pointless. After all, what were the odds Kellie and Derek wouldn’t have been safe anyway even without it? And meanwhile, we got into an uncomfortable spot when their scores tied with Aly & Mark’s, leaving us with no idea who would get the immunity until Tom thought to divulge the tiebreaker info. And then it was kind of the wrong couples that got the immunity, since if one had to choose, one might say that even if they got the same score, Aly & Mark were maybe a bit more fun than Kellie and Derek. It’s no coincidence they landed the enscore:
Between those two couples and Zendaya and Val, get ready for the Finale to be a Hough-Ballas-Chermkovskiy battle, and which one of them will win is anyone’s guess, especially when the most talented dancer seems to be paired with the least experienced partner, though that’s relatively speaking when the competition is Mark and Derek.
Meanwhile, we get two guys who actually were pretty good in conveying the character of the rumba, but in Latin dance, if you can’t get your hips right, the judges will not like you. Even if, in Sean’s case, it felt more genuine when his hips were clumsy, and a relief to see that after last week. Perhaps why Ingo and Kym ended up in the bottom two instead, since of course one of them had to, but while we all may love Andy & Sharna, it genuinely was time for the them to go.