Nicolae Forminte is back. Belu and Bitang are still in charge, yet Forminte is back to 'help out whatever way he can.' It is just like 1996 again with the gang all back together. Even Corina is there! This is certainly good for Izabasa, who has been Forminte's pet prodigy for the last several years.
Armin Mahbanoozadeh, The Persian Prince, is pulling a Slutskaya and skating to 'Mario Takes A Walk' and 'Prelude' by Jesse Cook for his short program. He is the first skater (likely of many) to announce that he will be performing a free skate to the Avatar OST. Stephen Carriere is getting in touch with his inner gay and using show tunes for both numbers. The rather reserved young man is skating to Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag for his short program (the Jenny Kirk music) and West Side Story for his free skate. Both Armin and Stephen used Irina Romanova as their choreographer. Armin now lists Priscilla Hill as his main coach.
Pechalat and Bourzat are getting into character for their new free dance. They'll be performing a Charlie Chaplin number. I don't know about you, but I am NOT happy about the ISU's mandate for free dances to be uplifting. The last time they did this ('94 and '95), we had to deal with some of the lamest free dances in history. Usova and Zhulin were the masters of dramatic free dances, yet they were relegated to doing some odd number where she portrayed a doll. They quickly went from fan and judges' favorites to lucky silver medalists.
Yu-Na Kim will perform her new exhibition to 'Bulletproof' by La Roux later this month. The Korean papers are already dubbing her a 'hip hop girl.' It is a shame that the song is rather passé. While the rabid Korean fans may not see it this way, I predict that MK will once again out-skate the Olympic Champion at her own show.