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  1. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    This is the perfect description of Nathan's shirt, which is an odd choice for an Elton John number.
  2. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Yay for Chock and Bates! I was so excited that they won. While the very petty part of me would have loved to have seen h/B's bitch faces when C/B's scores were announced, I was also happy to not have to see them after they performed. While I was worried that C/B might get lost in the mix in Montreal, the change in coaches has made a huge difference in them. Gadbois has certainly done them a world of good both in terms of skating skills and in material. I've been impressed that they moved away from the face clutching, romantic programs they did with their previous coach (and that their current training mates P/C and certainly H/D tend to go with) and instead go with programs that have more personality. I loved their Elvis free dance last year, and this year's free dance has served them very well. I'm befuddled by H/D's choices. How did anyone think that those programs were top-tier material? Do H/D select the programs/music, and no one stops them? The Marilyn Monroe number is a hot mess (I will never be able to get behind "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"), and even with the improvements, I find the A Star is Born free dance disjointed (I also don't care for the music). I tried watching H/D's free as objectively as possible (difficult since I loathe their smug, entitled personalities so very much). They are fast skaters and can certainly fill the rink, but the attempts at "passion" come off as messy to me. While they might want to be the next V/M, they lack the chemistry, talent, and precision/discipline of that pair.
  3. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    I'm glad to see Kayne and O'Shea have a decent free skate this year after seeing them (and especially her) seem so crushed last year. However, the program would benefit from different music and styling. The music and cuts were awful. Whoever thought that skating to Anne Hathaway's sobbing on the Les Mis soundtrack shouldn't be allowed to pick music.
  4. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Just when I thought H/D couldn't be any more entitled or worse sports, they plumb new depths. This is in sharp contrast to Bradie's and Amber's reaction when Alysa fumbled her jump in the short not to mention C/B's utter shock when they beat H/D at 4CCs last year. Here's to C/B having an awesome free dance and winning Nationals.
  5. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Even though Alysa won, the night belonged to Mariah Bell. I'm hoping that she can keep it up for 4 CCs and Worlds. Even if she can't beat the Russians, I'd much rather watch Mariah skate. Her programs are especially well designed and well suited for her this year. Thank goodness she's going with Adam Rippon and Shae-Lynn Bourne for choreography now. They really seem to get her and what works for her.
  6. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    I'm watching the Grand Prix free dance On Demand, and I agree with both the issue of the music and the sloppiness of the elements. I dislike both programs this year, though I think that "Let's Be Bad" could have had potential if it weren't paired with "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." Perhaps another Smash song might have worked here. I'm definitely not a specialist when it comes to looking at the technical aspect of skating, but I felt like H/D's numbers were filled with indiscriminate flailing. As I watched their free dance, I had the feeling that they (and the commentators) were focusing more on "passion/chemistry" at the expense of sound technical skills. They want to be the second coming of V/M. However, they don't appear to have V/M's solid skating skills. I'd also argue that H/D's passion seems very forced, which makes them an ersatz V/M (who I also found convoluted, but not to the extent of H/D).
  7. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Beyond my general dislike of H/D, I loathe their rhythm dance. Whoever thought that "My Hearts Belongs to Daddy" was a winner for ice dance is clueless or hates Hubbell and Donohue as much (or more) than I do. That said, as a musical theatre nerd, I have enjoyed the theme of the rhythm dance this season. Musicals + figure skating = me living my best life.
  8. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    I'm watching the dance competition from Skate Canada this evening, and add me to the list of people who were thrilled that Piper and Paul beat H/D! I loved Piper and Paul's free dance; it was so understated and heartfelt, which made it a great contrast to H/D's overwrought performance.
  9. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    I love C/B's FD this season, too! It is well composed, and they seem to be having a ball when they skate it. Also, it is a refreshing break from the face clutching, "smoldering" routines that we get from H/D and (to a somewhat lesser extent) P/C. I also think that C/B have improved a great deal over the course of a year. The Olympic Channel was airing highlights from the ice dance competition from PyongChang tonight, and I watched C/B's FD. Their routine this year was considerably more complex, and I think their skating skills are much stronger now than they were in 2018.
  10. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    In terms of personality and attitude, Hubbell and Donahue are perfectly matched. They seem equally unpleasant and petulant.
  11. I wish Valentina's vocals were up to those of Brandon Victor Dixon's. You can tell he's really holding himself back during "I'll Cover You."
  12. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    When I saw Donahue make that comment last night, I thought, "After you've beaten V/M on a consistent basis and won an Olympic gold, then maybe you can talk." I think H/D want to be the next V/M. The routines, attempts at chemistry (which seem very forced and over the top IMO), and attitudes seem to indicate that H/D have decided to emulate V/M's playbook.
  13. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    I was very impressed when Chock and Bates attended the team event. They seemed genuinely happy and supportive, and it was the second time they were at the Olympics and not competing in the team event (Meryl and Charlie skated twice in 2014, which was a good move, since they were the main reason the US ended up with a team medal that year). It was a gracious gesture (and a marked contrast to Hubbell and Donahue). I believe that Evan was also elected team captain of the 2018 figure skating team of the US, which speaks to his relationship with the other skaters.
  14. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Chock and Bates had a very fun routine, and the pieces of music went together very well. It is so much better than their "Imagine" routine last year. They also seemed to have a blast with it. I look forward to seeing it at Worlds. As for H/B's Romeo and Juliet, I was so relieved that Madison couldn't do her forced "come hither" face that I almost (but not entirely) forgave it for having all of that dialogue.
  15. sweeks

    Figure Skating

    Manta/Johnson were delightful, and you can tell they were enjoying themselves and really connecting with the music. Madison Chock's glare and Evan's sad clapping still crack me up.
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