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skatepixie
02-20-2011, 07:43 AM
Yup, lots of Evan, all Evan all the time.

Okay, my respect for him just multiplied -- and I had a lot to behin with. :eek: :D :swoon: :kickass:

ryanbfan
02-20-2011, 07:55 AM
No Dallas. No South. :wuzrobbed

Except Florida. But I cannot afford that. Not one penny.

IceAlisa
02-20-2011, 07:59 AM
I forgot to mention Joannie Rochette--it was good to see her join SOI. She and Katia were the only one who did the COE spiral--Sasha stayed on the OE a short time and that's it.

Joannie is looking happy and healthy, although much smaller than I remember at Worlds 2009.

There was a recorded message from Scott Hamilton in the beginning talking about the tour's 25th anniversary and cute banter with Kurt Browning. He (Kurt) really is amazing, still so quick on his feet and so charismatic. He did an interesting number with props: a top hat, a tux and a walking stick being handed to him one by one as he skated to his own thoughts superimposed over the music, things like "lets go, Browning", "don't think about the salchow", "you are thinking about the salchow", "you are thinking about not thinking about the salchow", etc. It was cute and different and suited him very much. He made a joke about his rather nasty fall--after he was done, he said:"Well, you now know this show is live." :P

Evan wore black for both of his performances, conceding to wear other colors in group numbers only. His second number was Spanish and I am sorry to say I am still underwhelmed by his ability to sell a program. But he was clearly the "designated" star being the OGM, and closed the show.

Frau Muller
02-20-2011, 12:50 PM
First of all, I was blown away by the amazing skating of Katia Gordeeva. .....The star of the show was Kurt Browning--so much charisma. Oh and Weiss and Eldridge were there too, as well as the Mike Pike and generic male ballad skating.

Thanks for the report, IceAlisa. I can't wait for the DC show (March 6). I almost gave up on SOI after last year's watered-down edition (more COI-ish and less permanent pro stars) but it sounds as if this year they're closer in style to the SOI of old.

dancinsk8
02-20-2011, 08:07 PM
Short tidbits...Went to the show in San Diego and sat in the row behind ice seats (goalie end, opposite of skater tunnel).

Loved Katia's skating, great to see Joannie, Tanith/Ben, and Sasha. Kurt pointed out Debi Thomas in the audience...so cool to see her and applaud. Between the concession stands and the merchandise booths, they had banners for each year of SOI w/ listing of each cast and cast photo (well 87-91 were all mixed in one banner...) and a cardboard not-full-cast-photo where you can stand in front and take your photo 'w/ the cast.' Arena not full, but audience enthusiastic.

If you go, look at the screens when they talk about skaters who were part of SOI in the past (GREAT family photos of Elena/Steven and kids, Lu/Denis and kids, Kristi/Bret and kids, Jeni/Todd and kids...etc...too many to name and it goes kinda fast!).

Fun night, but will probably be my last SOI. Really miss the polished, professional, production of Christopher Dean days...was 2005 (rain/red umbrellas) his last year connected w/ SOI?

Teenes
02-21-2011, 12:39 AM
My ridiculously long, slightly Kurt-centric (or at least I babbled more about Kurt than anyone else) review of the San Jose show can be found here:

http://www.kurtfiles.com/soi/soireviews/sanjose11.php

I skipped the US tour last year, so I can't judge every year's show (though I did go to the Canadian one). But I thought this year's show made a real effort to try to touch back on the things that made Stars on Ice unique and great - the ensembles, personalities, transitions,etc. I don't think it lived up to the heights of the tour, but overall it was an enjoyable evening of skating with some solos I really liked and some nice ensembles. And I am SO happy Kurt's back on the US tour - and so is he! =)

IceAlisa
02-21-2011, 01:54 AM
Evan's "El Tango de Roxanne" (to the music from Moulin Rouge) had a somewhat odd intro - he skated precisely and dramatically down the ice, while I think Joannie kind of vaguely danced in the shadows at the other end, and then as he got into his starting position for the number, she kind of skated down the side of the ice and off (not sure if it was Joannie, didn't get a clear look). I guess she was representing the elusive Roxanne, but it was a bit odd b/c she was *so* not highlighted. I've been wondering about this too, although I think it was Katia and not Joannie (Katia is a blonde now so I can see the confusion, especially in the dark) but what was the point of having her there? :confused:

Teenes
02-21-2011, 02:08 AM
I think I thought it was Joannie b/c the dress kind of looked like her "Objection" dress from earlier this season. And also, I mostly had my camera trained on Evan so I didn't look closely at her. But she never came near, so I fully believe it was Katia. That was definitely one of the odder transitions - the rest made more sense.

tapper88
02-21-2011, 02:20 AM
I guess Joannie is retiring "My Immortal." I would have loved to see it live, but it's good that she's doing other numbers.. :) I would imagine it would have been very emotionally draining to skate that.

love skating
02-21-2011, 04:30 AM
I got back from SOI Anaheim. It was a nice show. Loved the new small group number - Katia gets to do a lift with David in it. Sasha's Mein Herr was wonderful - my favorite of the night. I also enjoyed Evan's Roxanne, all of B&A, S&P's Scream, and Kurt's Steppin' Out number - plus the 50's group number was great. In the Anaheim audience today that got a shout out from Kurt were Rosalynn Sumners with husband Bob Kain, Meno & Sand, Peter Carruthers, Tara Lipinski and Ilia Kulik.

IceAlisa
02-21-2011, 04:35 AM
I can't believe I forgot to mention this: Kristi Yamaguchi was in the audience in San Jose, looking great. The spotlight couldn't find her when Kurt introduced her so he said: "she is very small" which was cute.

Garden Kitty
02-21-2011, 04:38 AM
I can't believe I forgot to mention this: Kristi Yamaguchi was in the audience in San Jose, looking great. The spotlight couldn't find her when Kurt introduced her so he said: "she is very small" which was cute.

Good for Kristi. She was in NY the night before at the Rise premier too, so she flew back in the AM and still went to the show.

IceAlisa
02-21-2011, 04:40 AM
Well, that's the awesomeness of Kristi. :)

moebius
02-21-2011, 05:35 AM
I can't believe I forgot to mention this: Kristi Yamaguchi was in the audience in San Jose, looking great. The spotlight couldn't find her when Kurt introduced her so he said: "she is very small" which was cute.

I remember seeing Kristi, her 2 daughters, and her dad leaving the HP Pavillion in San Jose after an SOI show two years ago as I was waiting inside for the bus. She is really tiny in person. I didn't bother for an autograph, as it was late night around 11pm and I'm sure she was tired and wanted to go home.

Oreo
02-21-2011, 06:44 AM
I was at the Anaheim show tonight as well. Also in the audience, but they didn't announce them, were John Zimmerman and Kyoko Ina. They were sitting with Renee Rocca. At intermission John had to show his ID to some personnel woman to get through the tunnel to backstage. (my God, just let this guy in, I mean, take a good look, honey). Tara got in with just a word, no ID.

Great show! Everybody was on. Kurt is still the master; Evan was very musical; Sasha did well; Katia was hot--and here she has a daughter graduating from high school; Jamie Sale is in phenomenal shape. I definitely got my money's worth.