Tuesday, September 27, 2011
This and That
The incomparable Kurt Browning killed it by performing to Moves Like Jagger during the opening of Battle of the Blades. He is still the best male skater in the world.
As I feared, Tanith Belbin looked awkward without Ben dragging her around the ice. Tanith has a fantastic diva personality, but she just didn't look comfortable on the ice herself. This show really displays the individual talents of the pros and the hockey players. We will get to see Tanith use her pairs background.
Note the individual talents of Elena Berezhnaya. Her CSKA background shows. Their choreography was simple, but it may pay off in the long run to learn how to walk before you run.
Mirai Nagasu's free skate from Nebelhorn. I like the program better than last year's, but she needs to skate it with more authority. Mirai has loads of talent. She doesn't always skate with control or intention the way someone like Michelle Kwan does. My inner Peggy Fleming needs to yell at her for not holding out her movements longer. The spread eagle sequence is not as effective as she could be because she rushes through it and never allowed herself to have a true 'moment' on the ice. If Mirai can get in better shape and double the amount of programs she does a day, this could be a successful season for her. The difference between last summer and this summer shows. Mirai now needs to take it up a few notches to compete with the top girls in the World.
Julianne Hough and Russell Brand are set to costar in The Mandate Project
Marie-France and Bryan
Violetta and Cale
Annabelle and Brad
Marcy and Bryan
Kim and Russ
Tessa and David
It is a strange day when girls from CGA go 1-2 in a vault final and are weakest on uneven bars,
Derek Hough and Ricki Lake's Jive from DWTS
Hubbell and Donohue are working for me as a dance team.
Denney and Coughlin (note that they have differing axel technique)