Just finished watching this show - and have a few comments and observations.
I didn't make any notes, so I'm just commenting from memory.
ABC spent too much time on little fluff pictures of some of the skaters
smiling behind a bouquet of tulips. If they had cut out that stuff, and
added another half hour of skating, we could have seen the pairs and ice
dance they so kindly chacked.
I missed the first few minutes of the broadcast, so didn't see Rudy Galindo
skate, but was really impressed with Elvis Stojko's skating on the revised
Taiko Drum program. He seemed rested, so the program looked crisp and the
jumps were landed well. That was the best I've ever seen him skate that
Victor Petrenko looked overweight and out of shape, and I wonder if that's
why he didn't land his jumps very well. The program itself had a good
concept for show skating, but had a bit too much posing for a competition.
Todd Eldredge was ... well, Todd. He seems to be skating well, but the
music was absolutely blecherous. And to think people complain about Celine
Dion. This piece of music was so bad, it hurt my ears! As ever, his spins
were good, but he sure popped that axel. Nice costume too.
Loved the duel between Kristi Yamaguchi and Yuka Sato. They were about the
most evenly matched. I had forgotten how beautifully Kristi skates because
we don't get to see her often. Her music and costume were gorgeous! Too
bad she had that little stumble, but I would have given her a slight edge
Michael Weiss/Yags - hmm.... Yags was definitely a little out of shape,
but his program was light years ahead of Weiss. Weiss had one of the "show"
programs that in this case couldn't compete. Yes, Weiss's jumps were
better, but jumps do not a whole program make. His little Annie Mae looked
darling with her little daisy headband on one of those fluff pieces - but we
could have done without those so as to see the dance and pairs. So for what
it's worth (not much), I don't think Weiss was "robbed".
Sarah Hughes and Kat Witt - Sarah is going to be a lovely skater if she
continues as well as she seems to be doing. Her skating doesn't have the
maturity (of course) of Witt, but her program had more content to it. Kat's
music was about has bad as Todd's. I think she would have done better
skating to "Angel".
Kwan/Butyrskaya.... Michelle's piece was lovely, a complete package.
Her costume was gorgeous! The music was nice, but darn close to a GFB...
Unfortunately for Maria, she had an "off" day, and was skating like she
usually skates - jerky, clunky and awkward, and landing her jumps with a
"thunk". I would have much rather seen Yamaguchi and Kwan compete against
each other. (Yes, I know - that's not what this competition was about - but
I'd love to see the judges handle that one)
All that said, I enjoyed the broadcast much more than the cheesefest we saw
last week (Ice Wars)