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04-11-2010, 06:33 AM
Quick thoughts from the NJ show tonite...

I took my nieces and would love to have gotten more of their thoughts, but they fell asleep in the car going home. My older niece, J (age 12), seemed to like Michael Weiss the most- although if the other skaters had done backflips, they would have earned more points with her. :shuffle: She seemed to really enjoy Alissa's "I like the way you move" and she used the word "gorgeous" while Jeremy Abbott was skating. She also seemed to really like Belbin/Agosto's solo, especially when he lifts her from her backpack.

She wondered why Evan Lysacek was wearing 1 silver glove :lol: and had to ask me if Sasha and Alissa made their mistakes on purpose. (those ladies gave me the opportunity to teach my niece about how it's ok not to be perfect when you skate, as long as you get up quickly and move on... oh, if only she knew about all the SashaSplats we've seen...) The transition into Yuka Sato's first solo- where the guys are searching for her with flashlights- seemed cheesy enough for her to question if that was meant to be like that. :lol:

I didn't notice a lot of mistakes tonight- Mirai popped a jump but otherwise appeared to be more "on" that reports have led me to believe from previous shows. Sasha botched a landing and I think double footed a jump, and Alissa fell (or majorly stepped out...) Nothing else seemed overly obvious to me, but I'm not familiar with the programs... it just seems like I read about more problems at other stops.

Jeremy seemed to randomly disappear during the act 1 finale which had me :confused: but he tweeted something about splitting his pants so maybe that explains it? His 2 solos were totally :swoon: and I thought he really fit in nicely with the ensemble work he did.

I totally wuzrobbed of Davis/White (and the Belgusto/Davite number). Thank you SOI for totally leading me on that they'd be there. :mitchell: I really wanted to see their Indian dance live but alas it was not meant to be. *sniffle* It was like rubbing salt in the wounds when I came home and my friends looked at the program and were all, "oooh, Indian dance- that seems cool..." :P

I really enjoyed everyone- even Sasha Cohen and I'm not exactly a fan of hers. :shuffle: Rachael Flatt and Yuka Sato were particularly enjoyable- and B/A were a lot of fun. I'm not sure why Ben Agosto was out there twice doing guitar solos but I can't complain about seeing him anywhere. As I think others have said, Michael Weiss has really developed into a great show skater and it was nice to see him show 2 very different sides to his skating in his solo numbers. Evan Lysacek got the biggest cheers, but he was somewhat forgettable to me- fun program but not really special- though he seemed to be skating with more and more confidence ever since his world title and now his Olympic title.

The start of the show really seemed more like COI (I think others have said this as well) That's not really a complaint, as I like both styles of show and am glad to see young skaters perform live beside the veterans. I'm not sure if the absence of D/W made them have to leave out any transitions.

All in all, I'm glad I went.

04-11-2010, 09:26 AM
Thank you BelleBWay for your report.
LaLola posted the link of video with Tanith and Ben's performance :) in the following thread :


04-11-2010, 01:27 PM
Videos from svetlyee@YT. Thanks svetlyee! :)

Lambert Strut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdxSedv36Ow)
Evan Lysacek, 'Man In The Mirror' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYgYs8yWrUY)
Yuka Sato, 'It Don't Mean A Thing' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnXcmnP21r8)
Belbin & Agosto, 'If It Kills Me' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEq4yFMoqKE)

04-11-2010, 02:17 PM
We went to the Raleigh show and the arena was pretty empty compared to the 'Canes game we saw last month. I think the SOI tally was 3600 people, which is good, but not great.

I also think promotion was weak, but having Disney on Ice here around holiday time, coupled with the economy, it was poor timing.

I really don't understand why the organizers didn't close off the almost-empty top section and move the fans down to the lower sections. They could have gotten by with fewer concession and maintenance workers and generated some good will. The ushers were adamant about checking seats - a teenage girl went to buy a pretzel and the usher wouldn't let her go back without the ticket. We went in using our tickets and said we'd tell her parents to bring the ticket. That must have made the usher change her mind because the kid reached her parents' seats as we did.

Very different staff attitude from the Hurricanes game, when they let DH and I go look for my cousin, who has season tix seats in a lower section.

ITA about the staff and the ushers. There were way too many people on staff. I had floor seating and had to be stopped every few feet as I tried to make my way down to the ice. I was in section 111 and there was no access down to the ice in that section so I had to go down through another section and then make myself around the ice. Every time I came across an usher as I walked around the ice to get to the seat they stopped me and asked "Where are you going" ? One lady finally escorted me to my seat, and I was fine with that. However, she remarked to me "They really don't want a lot of movement going on down here when they are performing, so if you need to get up to go somewhere you might want to do that before the show starts." I completely understand that the skaters don't need any distractions so once I knew where my seat was I got up to get a program and a snack. I went up the stairs of the section nearest my seat and when I came back down I had to stop and show my ticket again. Then the usher added "Wait this isn't your section, there is no way you can get to your seat here." I told her "Yes there is, I came up this way as this is the nearest section to my seat on the ice." She remarked "Well..good luck." :rolleyes: The whole event just seemed too regulated.

I was also kind of disappointed with the people directing traffic in the lot. I found it very confusing and there seemed to be a lot more of them around to get your ten bucks to get in than to help you get out and the ones that were there were a wreck waiting to happen.

They only seemed interested in getting the ten bucks to me as well.

04-11-2010, 03:25 PM
I'm still trying to figure out the yodeling bit with the three ladies. :lol: It was cute, but kind of random!

I've been thinking about the yodeling bit now for awhile. Not sure if it means anything, but Michael Weiss's "Keep your hands to Yourself" program directly followed...the verse: "she told me a story about free milk and a cow.." got me to thinking about Swiss cows and yodeling :lol:

Probably not..but just a thought.

04-11-2010, 03:48 PM
I caught the DC show a few days ago and although I am glad I went to experience SOI (albeit in the cheap seats on the lower level end), I found it all around to be a rough evening. The gimmicks (Ben Agosto's guitar solo) left me perplexed though I did enjoy the Alissa/Sasha duet and the separate D/W and B/A programs. Evan's program (though I was not fond of it) was really the only one that had an intensity. I still much prefer the competitions. I don't think I am the demographic SOI is seeking.

The arena was half full and I was annoyed throughout that a couple in the section next to mine brought 2 kids under the age of 3- one of whom cried throughout the show. The parent kept on taking him out and coming back in. Seriously, leave your brats at home. If you can't get a babysitter, don't come. I also fully appreciated a gaggle of teenage girls who came late and proceeded to chat throughout Alissa's number.

Garden Kitty
04-11-2010, 04:19 PM
Just a couple of random thoughts from the Meadowlands show.

Overall I thought it was a good mix of classical/slower music and more pop music. You'll never be able to totally please everyone, but I was with my parents and we both enjoyed it.

Todd is still very impressive. I don't think his first solo worked that well for him, but his spins still made people gasp. His second number was classic Todd and very impressive. He also does a great job as the "older statesman" of the tour.

Yuka is still adorable and it's nice to see her with the tour. She always seems to enjoy being on the ice and it shows.

Alissa had a fall, but she's another one who just radiates when she skates. When the skaters were all dressed up for the act one finale, my mom mentioned that she can always spot Alissa from her smile. When she was skating to I Like the Way You Move, I kept envisioning all the corresponding clips from the ISU video that kicks off the ice dance events.

Enjoyed Tanith and Ben's solo, and sorry I missed their quartet with D&W. I didn't really enjoy the guitar solos, and if it were any other skater, I'd have been annoyed. But I love Ben so much, I can even watch him do guitar electric solos. He and Tanith are so much fun to watch in the group numbers. They're constantly dancing and doing just a little bit extra. Tanith actually reminded me a lot of Shae Lynn in the Act One finale - I just kept watching her and she really knew how to play to the crowd.

Sasha's number with Alissa was very nice - my dad's favorite. When Sasha skated her SP, I sort of expected Evan to come running out and start his Espana Cani program.

I thought the finale was a bit anticlimactic. Even when it ended I wasn't sure if it really ended or if they were going to start the next part.

I was glad to see Rachael, but it would have been nice to see her skate to something a little younger and upbeat.

Mirai was adorable - she popped one jump, but hit the others and her spins really wowed the audience. I'd have liked to have seen her more in the show. I know it's hard to fit guests into group numbers, but she's doing half the tour. It would have been nice if they could have split her spot with another skater who did the other half and incorporate that skater more (like they did one year with Angela Nikidinov and another skater).

The staff at the Meadowlands were unusually helpful and nice. I was pleasantly surprised by how pleasant everyone we encountered was. Overall, it was a very nice night and both my parents and I had a good time.

04-11-2010, 05:15 PM
For anyone who's been to the TD Bank North Garden in Boston for SOI before, do you know if you're allowed to bring in a camera?

04-11-2010, 05:17 PM
Garden Kitty, what did Rachael skate to?

Garden Kitty
04-11-2010, 05:40 PM
Garden Kitty, what did Rachael skate to?

I'll Fly Away by Nicole Kidman

04-11-2010, 05:49 PM
Is Emily Hughes skating in the Boston show today? Her latest Tweets sound like it.

04-11-2010, 05:55 PM
Is Emily Hughes skating in the Boston show today? Her latest Tweets sound like it.
Yes, according to her official site: http://emilyhughes.com/pages/articles_news/1/140

04-11-2010, 06:12 PM
Yes, according to her official site: http://emilyhughes.com/pages/articles_news/1/140

Thanks, Sylvia.

04-11-2010, 06:31 PM
I'll Fly Away by Nicole Kidman

Oh, thanks. I thought she was still doing that "Fame" number.

04-11-2010, 06:57 PM
I'll Fly Away by Nicole Kidman

I love her 'I'll Fly Away' number!