Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 World Figure Skating Championships: Free Dance Live Blog

1) Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri (ITA)
 Music: March With Me
  • Who decided that these costumes were necessary?
  • Nice tight twizzles
  • But seriously can we get a deduction for that heinous costume
  • They are practically at  a standstill at some points of this program
  • When in doubt, do a haircutter position in your rotational lift?
  • Slight bobble by Marco on the curve lift
  • Thank god Barbra Fusar-Poli created something tackier than herself
 FD Score: 37.15 (TES) + 33.07 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.22
 Combined Total: 49.80 (SD) + 70.22 (FD) = 120.02

2) Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng (CHN)
 Music: Singing In The Rain
  • They have a nice light quality, a good lilt to their movements
  • Simple position on the curve lift
  • Not the fastest twizzles, but pretty good unison
  • The straight line lift is like an homage to swing dancing, but position changes and exit could be much smoother
  • I love his sweater vest
  • This techno rap remix in the middle of the piece completely ruins the romantic, Old Hollywood feel
  • Very nice hydroblade move
 FD Score: 36.08 (TES) + 34.76 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.84
 Combined Total: 52.17 (SD) + 70.84 (FD) = 123.01

3) Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland (GBR)
 Music: The Lion King
  • They are carrying great speed right now, let's see if they can maintain it and stay in control
  • Loss of unison in twizzles
  • The lift with him in a low position and her on his upper back is interesting
  • Her upside down balance on his knee is also nice
  • I love this music and they seem to be able to emote with it quite well
  • They have mostly maintained their energy level throughout
  • They have a lot of potential and are now the top team in Great Britain
 FD Score: 38.93 (TES) + 35.61 (PCS) - (DED) = 74.54
 Combined Total: 51.75 (SD) + 74.54 (FD) = 126.29

4) Louise Walden & Owen Edwards (GBR)
 Music: Goodbye Lenin
  • Decent rotational lift
  • I like the tempo of this music
  • That fee leg twizzle was too much for them to maintain
  • That is an interesting dance spin position
  • Some unique counter-balance moves
  • Nice innovation, but lacked polish
 FD Score: 38.28 (TES) + 31.51 (PCS) - (DED) = 69.79
 Combined Total: 46.73 (SD) + 69.79 (FD) = 116.52

5) Allison Reed& Otar Japaridze (GEO)
 Music: The Messiah Will Come Again/Pretty Woman
  • This seems like a piece of music that Lang & Tschernyshev would've skated to
  • That double spread eagle movement was awkward
  • Very slow and out of synch twizzles
  • The age difference between them (16 & 23) is borderline awkward
  • Why is she dressed as Xena warrior princess
  • They have a lot of passion and energy, but lack the control and polish of better teams
 FD Score: 37.15 (TES) + 33.52 (PCS) - (DED) = 70.67
 Combined Total: 49.44 (SD) + 70.67 (FD) = 120.11

6) Siobhan Heekin-Canedy & Alexander Shakalov (UKR)
 Music: La Vie En Rose/Padam Padam/ L'Arrestation/Je Ne Regrette Rien
  • Very elegant, good flow
  • Positions are interesting in the dance spin but they could be more stretched
  • I love Padam, Padam
  • I really want them to pick up some more speed
  • Good unison on twizzles but a little slow
  • They use levels well
  • This is an example of good music editing
  • These costumes are very elegant and they really relate well to one another
  • Could've used more speed on final lift
 FD Score: 40.70 (TES) + 36.69 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 76.39
 Combined Total: 52.31 (SD) + 76.39 (FD) = 128.70

7) Isabella Tobias & Deividas Stagniunas (LTU)
 Music: Les Miserables
  • Her hair looks a mess, did she brush it?
  • Really fast twizzles like the other Zoueva & Shpilband teams
  • I like the positions in the dance spin
  • I think we could do without the lyrics in this piece
  • The size of their movements is not living up to the power of the vocals
  • These costumes also don't scream Les Miz to me
  • Nice hydroblade move, I like his dramatic arm movements
 FD Score: 39.68 (TES) + 38.17 (PCS) - (DED) = 77.85
 Combined Total: 53.16 (SD) + 77.85 (FD) = 131.01

8) Cathy Reed & Chris Reed (JPN)
 Music: Just for a Little While/Aint No Sunshine/Think
  • Nice twizzles
  • Nice improvements since the last time I saw them
  • This music is a little to romantic for a sibling team
  • The "Think" section suits a brother and sister team better in my opinion
  • The rotational lift is nice, but we've all seen that position many times before
  • I enjoy watching Chris more than Cathy because he is more expressive
  • Chris fell  doing a hitch kick in literally the last second of the piece
 FD Score: 41.64 (TES) + 37.83 (PCS) - 1.00 (DED) = 78.47
 Combined Total: 54.86 (SD) + 78.47 (FD) = 133.33

9) Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi (GER)
 Music: Liebestraum/Four Seasons
  • Really nice twizzles
  • Good attention to character details
  • I don't love the background noise that is in this arrangement
  • Small stumble by Alexander getting up from a kneel
  • I like that they use true ballet-inspired movements
  • They look very happy with that
 FD Score: 44.13 (TES) + 41.29 (PCS) - (DED) = 85.42
 Combined Total: 55.53 (SD) + 85.42 (FD) = 140.95

10) Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones (FRA)
 Music: George Gershwin Medley
  • I love me some Gershwin
  • Some unison issues on the twizzles
  • I love the costumes
  • They are a nice team but they look very young, some more experience will give them a more mature look
  • They almost look like they could be a brother-sister team
 FD Score: 41.55 (TES) + 41.63 (PCS) - (DED) = 83.18
 Combined Total: 57.68 (SD) + 83.18 (FD) = 140.86

11) Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)
 Music: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Great unison in twizzles, they could be faster though
  • Wonderful glide and flow across the ice
  • This elegant music suits them oh so well
  • I love how seamless everything is, it doesn't look like they are doing elements, just a great flow across the ice
  • They've maintained the same speed and tempo throughout the entire piece
  • They lose a lot of speed coming out of the third position of their camel spin
  • That was simply gorgeous, very European
 FD Score: 44.58 (TES) + 44.07 (PCS) - (DED) = 89.65
 Combined Total: 64.12 (SD) + 89.65 (FD) = 153.77

12) Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein (USA)
 Music: Cabaret
  • Nobody pulls their faces like these two!
  • This is my favorite free dance of the season, such theatrics
  • Nice unison and speed in twizzles
  • I love her upside down camel position in the dance spin on "The Money Song"
  • They really start picking up speed during The Money Song
  • Good soft knees
  • Love the straight line lift
  • The curve lift with Greg on one foot is very nice
  • Loving the Liza moment!
  • Great position and speed on rotational lift
  • That's the best I've seen them do that program all year
 FD Score: 46.65 (TES) + 44.74 (PCS) - (DED) = 90.30
 Combined Total: 61.47 (SD) + 90.30 (FD) = 151.86

13) Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier (CAN)
 Music: Eleanor Rigby
  • I will never understand the appeal of this program
  • He is a good strong partner but she does nothing for me and I don't find them well matched
  • Unison issues on 2nd and 3rd twizzles
  • Curve lift loses a lot of speed
  • He has beautiful posture but her upper body is very stiff and she is wearing her shoulders as earrings
  • She also needs to point her feet more
  • I don't understand why the elaborate opening and closing pose is necessary
 FD Score: 45.69 (TES) + 44.43 (PCS) - (DED) = 90.12
 Combined Total: 61.01 (SD) + 90.12 (FD) = 151.13

14) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
 Music: Don Quixote
  • She fully embodies this character
  • I'm so happy she is wearing a real tutu
  • Nice curve lift
  • Nikita loses unison in the second set of twizzles, the distance between them increases
  • He could have her higher off the ground in the one-arm rotational lift
  • Was it really necessary for her to stop mid-program and do a heel stretch
  • Awkward moment getting into the lift with her leg behind his head, awkward getting out as well
  • She has gorgeous posture and upper body carriage, she mus have studied a lot of ballet
  • The speed is not consistent in the dance spin
  • The last lift is a very ugly position
  • I've seen them do that program much better, this was not polished today
 FD Score: 42.47 (TES) + 46.52 (PCS) - (DED) = 88.99
 Combined Total: 65.51 (SD) + 88.99 (FD) = 154.50

15) Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
 Music: Moulin Rouge
  • I'm praying to finally see a clean version of this free dance
  • Good unison in the twizzles
  • There are certain transitional moments still look sloppy to me
  • This middle section fits them better because its more lyrical
  • She caught her boot in the haircutter position of the rotational lift, but the exit was awkward
  • Nice cartwheel entrance to the curve lift
  • That horizontal lift must take amazing ab strength on Kaitlyns' part
  • I don't know what it is, but this program still looks so choppy to me
 FD Score: 48.51 (TES) + 46.74 (PCS) - (DED) = 95.25
 Combined Total: 65.07 (SD) + 95.25 (FD) = 160.32

16) Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
 Music: Charlie Chaplin Medley
  • Just an exquisite free skate
  • So true to character
  • It is just perfection, and they don't seem to be working, its all so natural
  • Every detail is just perfection
  • They have an ease out there that the top american and Canadian teams don't have
  • Wow they both took a fall out of nowhere
  • That opened the door for the Shibutanis to come from behind in 4th
  • I don't believe the fall was on an element so I doubt it will cost them much
  • I just can't believe that, after such an amazing season
  • I just feel terribly for them
 FD Score: 43.00 (TES) + 51.57 (PCS) - 2.00 (DED) = 92.57
 Combined Total: 70.97 (SD) + 92.57 (FD) = 163.54

17) Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)
 Music: Melody of the White Nights
  • Slight unison issues, she does an extra rotation on the 3rd set
  • Very awkward entrance to first lift
  • I don't like this program at all
  • The is very little drama and the costumes are very dull
  • This is not a perfect skate, a few stumbles and bobbles here and there
  • They did not capitalize on the mistake by the French team
 FD Score: 45.78 (TES) + 48.56 (PCS) - (DED) = 94.35
 Combined Total: 65.88 (SD) + 94.35 (FD) = 160.23

18) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
 Music: Smile/Just Face The Music and Dance
  • Such amazing speed and flow across the ice
  • The lifts are looking very good today
  • All I want is for them to go clean
  • The quicker part is where they really shine
  • Their twizzles are the best in the world
  • Can't wait to see what the judges will do
  • The two point deduction to the French for the fall takes away their lead from the short dance
  • Shibutanis should get a higher technical score, but judges could hold the French up on PCS if they want
 FD Score: 48.14 (TES) + 48.77 (PCS) - (DED) = 96.91
 Combined Total: 66.88 (SD) + 96.91 (FD) = 163.79

19) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
 Music: Temptation/Mujer Latina

  • This fast footwork and th hip action at the top is phenomenal
  • I can't wait until we get to see the who piece
  • Wonderful twizzles
  • I love that little moment when she pushes Scott
  • That change of position lift was phenomenal
  • The upside down straight line lift is equally great
  • This dance was so worth waiting for 
  • These two just look so great together, they were born to dance with each other
  • The eye contact is amazing
  • I saw no visible mistakes; they look as though they've been competing all season
  • Wow, that was electrifying
 FD Score: 51.21 (TES) + 56.29 (PCS) - (DED) = 107.50
 Combined Total: 74.29 (SD) + 107.50 (FD) = 181.79

20) Meryl Davis & Charlie White (USA)
 Music: Il Postino/Payadora/Recuerdo

  • They need absolute perfection, they can't withstand even a small mistake
  • Amazing speed
  • Incredible twizzles with phenomenal unison & speed
  • I could see Igor in the background getting very excited after the twizzles
  • They are attacking this every bit as hard as they possibly can
  • Great dance spin with almost no speed lost in position changes
  • I love the backward entrance rotational lift, slightly clunky exit
  • I love how close and intricate the holds are
  • Signature Tanith Belbin lift at the end
  • They did that as well as they possibly could've
  • If you are the judges, how do you make that decision
 FD Score: 53.78 (TES) + 57.73 (PCS) - (DED) = 111.51
 Combined Total: 73.76 (SD) + 111.51 (FD) = 185.27

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