Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: NHK Trophy Free Dance Commentary

1) Cathy Reed & Chris Reed (JPN)
     Music: Chale Chalo, Mon Amour
  • Very courageous for them to get up and skate after that horrible warm-up accident
  • I like idea of the opening sequence of poses, but it was a little labored
  • Good strong twizzle sequence from them
  • They seem to have stagnated, I'm not really sure what's going on with their training
  • I don't like these costumes at all, but I get where they're going with them
  • The whole thing seems a little slow to me, which may be partly due to that nasty fall in warm-up
  • I like the rotational lift, but the exit was a bit rough
  • Chris is absolutely wincing in pain after that horrible crash in warm-up
FD Score: 38.36 (TES) + 36.50 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 73.86
Total Score: 49.36 (SD) + 73.86 (FD) = 123.22

2) Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt (USA)
     Music: Walking in the Sand
  • They have a very long and choreographed entrance which I like
  • I like the simplicity of the costumes and that keyhole cut on the front of her dress
  • That split position straight line lift is fantastic, showing great control
  • She exits the 1st twizzle one rotation before he does
  • I like this music and it's bluesy undertones
  • His rise and fall on the rotational lift is exquisite
  • They have a very nice look together with her exotic features and his "All-American" quality
  • They are very clean in their entrances and exits to lifts with smooth transitions between positions
  • She has a beautiful arch in her back on the inverted camel dance spin
  • What a lovely program, a completely program I must add
  • This has a lot of growing room and should be fantastic by US Nationals
FD Score: 39.29 (TES) + 36.29 (PCS) = 75.58
Total Score: 50.81 (SD) + 75.58 (FD) = 126.39

3) Lorenza Alessandrini & Simone Vaturi (ITA)
     Music: Tosca
  • That's a very overdone opening pose
  • These costumes look very tacky to me, they attempt to look "period" but end up looking cheap
  • They start out with the dance spin which is unusual
  • She really needs to point her feet
  • Something about her looks very frail to me
  • I like the entrance into the twizzles, I hardly saw them coming
  • Twizzles have gotten much more intricate with IJS
  • Something about this program looks very old fashioned to me, it seems like a program that we would've seen in 2002
  • Her costume bodice is too short in the bottom, enough said
  • That ending was so tacky, that should've been a deduction as programs are supposed to be "uplifting" in nature
FD Score: 39.72 (TES) + 39.20 (PCS) = 78.92
Total Score: 54.37 (SD) + 78.92 (FD) = 133.29

4) Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi (GER)
     Music: Romeo & Juliet 
  • Is this voice track new for this competition?
  • I know  they've adjusted their music several times because it was thought not to have the necessary "dance beat"
  • This whole piece seems a little slow to me
  • She shows nice flexibility in the dance spin
  • That approach to the straight line lift looks like they are going into a pairs split twist
  • I like dramatic programs, but again, this seems very 2002 to me
  • I don't find this piece to be uplifting either
  • They are really picking up speed as they go along, almost to the point of being out of control in the final section
  • I love the ending, but you aren't supposed to "die" in ice dance under the new rules
FD Score: 39.28 (TES) + 41.15 (PCS) = 80.43
Total Score: 55.69 (SD) + 80.43 (FD) = 136.12

5) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)
     Music: Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade
  • They are are just precious, and Maia is looking more like a diva every day, she commands more attention each and every competition where Alex used to be the focal point
  • This program is find for this season as they're still young, but they need to branch into new styles next season
  • The kids were born twizzling and they fit perfectly with In The Mood
  • I love this dress on her, I hope they stay with this one
  • Fantastic transitions on the first lift!
  • Different spin positions from what we usually see, which is refreshing
  • While I do love them, I find the middle section of this program boring, it just drags a little fo rme
  • I LOVE Alex's sweater vest
  • I hate to say it, but parts of this program still look junior-ish to me
  • I like that we finish up with In the Mood again, it's very cyclical
  • Great final pose on that last beat
  • They are so happy with themselves as they should be
FD Score: 45.84 (TES) + 46.99 (PCS) = 92.83
Total Score: 59.02 (SD) + 92.83 (FD) = 151.85

6) Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
     Music: Je Suis Malade
  • This is a gorgeous, simple program, and by simple I mean no unnecessary frills or embellishments
  • They look so great together, probably moreso than any team out there
  • That dance spin is fantastic
  • I'm glad they went with a more obscure piece of music after Moulin Rouge last season
  • They have very even speed throughout the program
  • Great use of the arms in the twizzles
  • This is a very emotional program, and its genuine, which is great to see
  • I love that slightly wild quality they have about them, they are a little rougher around the edges than Davis/White or Virtue/Moir but I feel that their emotion is more genuine
FD Score: 44.30 (TES) + 48.39 (PCS) -1.00 (DED) = 91.69
Total Score: 60.07 (SD) + 91.69 (FD) = 151.76

7) Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
     Music: Ave Maria
  • I love their look, they're gorgeous
  • They could be one of my favorite teams and one of the best in the world if they could stay out of their own way and avoid the simple errors
  • This team and Weaver & Poje have the best chemistry of any of the top dance teams in the world today
  • She always comes out aggressive and ready to perform while Nikita tends to look more nervous and reserved
  • Slight slip from him there, caught too deep of an edge
  • He exits the 1st twizzle too early, though it's harder to pick out because they twizzle facing away from one another
  • Such excellent performers, I just love the genuineness of their emotion
  • This piece has very nice speed 
  • They have a few bobbles here and there, mostly Nikita, but I really like the program and I can see it being amazing by Worlds
FD Score: 40.35 (TES) + 47.30 (PCS) = 87.65
Total Score: 61.83 (SD) + 87.65 (FD) = 149.48

2Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
4Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI
7Cathy REED / Chris REED
WDAlexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM

  Pl.  NameNationTSS
1Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANIUSA92.8345.8446.997.867.648.007.867.930.00#6
2Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJECAN91.6944.3048.397.937.828.
3Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOVRUS87.6540.3547.307.897.687.898.078.040.00#8
4Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSIGER80.4339.2841.156.966.547.
5Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Simone VATURIITA78.9239.7239.206.506.296.716.646.710.00#4
6Lynn KRIENGKRAIRUT / Logan GIULIETTI-SCHMITTUSA75.5839.2936.296.075.756.076.366.210.00#3
7Cathy REED / Chris REEDJPN73.8638.3636.506.185.866.
WDAlexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAMCAN#2

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