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Lexxandra
03-11-2011, 05:39 PM
Johnny had fan meeting in St.Petersburg and answered many questions.
Videos from meeting have been posted on youtube (some of topics listed in brackets):
part 1 (error in his book, mascots for OG2014, Bilan and Lazarev) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdiuCKGRjx0)
part 2 (Lazarev, Stephane Lambiel, flat in New York, Cheburashka is a girl, Women's Day) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZZGlIW4tk)
part 3 ('Dirty Love' video, plans for show with Lady GaGa and Elton Jonh, new programs, Harry Potter) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDB0OwDOoRI)
part 4 (choreographers for new programs, RuPaul Drag Race, his favorites for Worlds) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEUYBz7qB-A)
part 5 (Born this way, auto-tune, I love you I hate you, Heartbroken, his body, coach/choreographer career, fashion and fur) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Ty1t9bUEM)
part 6 (adventures at Salavat, fans, not a "star", hugs, favorite perfumes, compliments) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEsGvzil4WE)
part 7 (Lagy GaGa, dating, country boy, ways to relax, time with Stephane) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hwv8HdbSgY)
part 8 (auditions for tv-show and movie, 2nd season of Be Good Johnny Weir, foot massager from BGJW) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw05kRgU0KA)
part 9 (Vyacheslav Romanov, places he'd love to go, Korea situation) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=treNn61EdsM)
part 10 (Sasha Uspensky, USA and Russia, Broadway, movie theatres, Paris and friends) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrQkooqLi2U)
part 11 (Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, vampires, Glee, Shameless, BGJW, first prize-money, New York Fashion Week) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtngZCLq_eQ)
part 12 (Elise Overland' show, Norway, heels, photoshoots, Welcome to My World, Johnny Weir Artbook) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzmZHDC_krI)

And photos from meeting:
http://gallery.ru/watch?a=1T-ght6
http://dolceflute.gallery.ru/watch?a=PG2-ggJR

aftershocks
03-11-2011, 08:08 PM
Thanks for posting, Lexxandra. Lots of Johnny news in these video clips. Too bad the lighting is not great, and the sound when the questioners speak is often indistinguishable. Soooo, the apartment purchase rumors are wrong. Johnny said he inquired and looked at the condo, but had not decided to buy it because it was a lot of money for a one-bedroom. Plus, the building owners were interested in the publicity factor, which isn't good. Isn't it interesting how the media, and especially many FSU posters all jump the gun before knowing the truth (re all the snarky comments about the supposed condo purchase in that ignominious thread).

Jumping the gun, I will say I'm not surprised that Evan (according to Johnny) has a contract that reportedly stipulates he will not skate in any shows with Johnny. I think that's kind of sad. Maybe Evan also wouldn't want to skate in any shows with Plushenko.

I think I heard Johnny say that Evgeni is not preparing to skate in his show either, because he's teaching skating (couldn't quite make out if he was referring to Evgeni, though).

I must say I disagree with Johnny's statement that the American men are not a good team for the World Championships, perhaps there's some jealousy in his comments. Johnny has in the past shown respect to Ryan Bradley (when Johnny commentated for Worlds last year, he had very nice things to say about Ryan). And, I also think that Ryan seems to be very sportsmanlike toward all his competitors. In any case, Johnny is not alone in feeling that the Men's team going to Worlds does not have great experience or results on the senior level. I think Ryan can be competitive if he lands his quads and does the best he can do (but I wouldn't expect him to reach the podium, unless a lot of other guys falter). Of course Jeremy Abbott is the more well known internationally, and his programs are more mature and complex, but Abbott didn't deliver at Nationals in the long program -- and Abbott hasn't yet had good results at Worlds. I really like Ross Miner, and I think Richard Dornbush's Sherlock Holmes program is well-suited to his strengths, and also very entertaining. If these two can lay out clean programs and not think about the pressure, they should place well, and the experience is invaluable. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it's not fair to be dismissive of them. OTOH, Johnny has often been at the receiving end of dismissive treatment by his own fed, so I sympathize with the emotions that may exist under the surface of his comments.

overedge
03-11-2011, 08:21 PM
Isn't it interesting how the media, and especially many FSU posters all jump the gun before knowing the truth (re all the snarky comments about the supposed condo purchase in that ignominious thread).

:rolleyes: So where were the reports at the time that Johnny *didn't* buy the condo? The reports that he *did* buy the condo were coming from fairly reliable sources, e.g. blogs that cover New York real estate deals. And there was no denial of those reports from Team Johnny.

Speaking of "jumping the gun before knowing the truth", I know you love any excuse to slam FSUers who don't worship Johnny as much as you do, but the thread was based on the reliable information that was out there at the time.

Wyliefan
03-11-2011, 08:26 PM
Typical media. I remember around the same time as the condo reports, there were tons of reports all over the place (not just at gossip sites) that Taylor Swift's latest boyfriend had paid an insane amount for a diamond bracelet for her, when in reality they were already broken up. :lol:

Justathoughtabl
03-11-2011, 08:30 PM
I believe the original source of the Johnny Weir condo story was Page Six in the NY Post, which is a gossip column. Hardly trustworthy, and I for one feel a bit foolish for not being more dubious. But it's not a big deal, and there was really no reason to have such a blow-up about it in the first place. It still may be true, or it may not. Best we just wait to see what Johnny says.

Jenny
03-11-2011, 08:33 PM
Soooo, the apartment purchase rumors are wrong. Johnny said he inquired and looked at the condo, but had not decided to buy it because it was a lot of money for a one-bedroom. Plus, the building owners were interested in the publicity factor, which isn't good. Isn't it interesting how the media, and especially many FSU posters all jump the gun before knowing the truth (re all the snarky comments about the supposed condo purchase in that ignominious thread).

There were multiple news reports from credible sources that he had bought the apartment, and the online listing indicated it was no longer on the market. As most people don't make an official announcement when they've purchased a home, based on the info at hand I think FSUers can be forgiven for assuming it was true.

And how do you know that what you've posted here is the truth? Just because Johnny said it? Please. That's his version of what happened, or the version that he wants people to know - which doesn't mean it's fact.

OliviaPug
03-11-2011, 08:57 PM
I wondered why news about Johnny buying a condo was posted in "Great Skate Debate." I now wonder why a thread about Johnny NOT buying a condo is posted in "Great Skate Debate." Meanwhile, we have an article about Fumie Suguri continuing on to 2014, an article actually about skating, that sits in the "Trash Can." ???? :lol:

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aftershocks
03-11-2011, 09:05 PM
Yes, who knows, Jenny? Quite true, Johnny is speaking informally at a fan meeting. However, I would rely on the fact that Johnny said he hasn't decided to purchase the condo. Of course, we don't know whether that means he might change his mind at some future date. He pointed out two reasons for not making the purchase: size vs. cost; and the fact the building owners were so eager to publicize he might be making the purchase.

In fact, I also jumped the gun on something else Johnny stated during the interview (so I'm not excluding myself), which may or may not be true. I'm kind of thinking it probably is true, but again, nothing to blow out of proportion certainly. Even Johnny's comments about the U.S. men for the World team coincide with the opinions of some fans.

If you view the clips Lexxandra posted OliviaPug, surprise, surprise, there are in fact many references to skating (only a small part of the second clip involved mention of the non-purchase of the condo). I'm sorry for bringing it up. There is quite a lot in these clips other than the things I mentioned. It's probably best for everyone to view the clips first.

Lexxandra
03-11-2011, 09:12 PM
I now wonder why a thread about Johnny NOT buying a condo is posted in "Great Skate Debate."
Maybe because Johnny also talks about his new short and free programs, but people for some reason want to discuss a condo? :shuffle:

kwanette
03-11-2011, 10:14 PM
Johnny and Evan are both listed as appearing in FSIH at Wolman Rink in April. Let's see if they are both there.

In what part (#) did Johnny said that re: Evan and the contract?

Thanks.

Justathoughtabl
03-11-2011, 10:15 PM
Yes, I watched the clips of the fan meeting and will throw in my two cents: to me, he comes off has sweet, funny, forthcoming with answers to fan questions, and very gracious to sit for so long with the fans. Also, I think he's much more practical/thoughtful than he gets credit for. They asked about his skating plans, and his answers were quite interesting.

blue_idealist
03-12-2011, 12:01 AM
If Evan actually does have a contract saying he won't skate with Johnny, then I guess that's why Johnny isn't on Stars on Ice.. I kind of understand why Evan would have a contract like this because Johnny is so in people's faces.. he could easily get on someone's nerves in a major way.

mmscfdcsu
03-12-2011, 12:05 AM
If Evan actually does have a contract saying he won't skate with Johnny, then I guess that's why Johnny isn't on Stars on Ice.. I kind of understand why Evan would have a contract like this because Johnny is so in people's faces.. he could easily get on someone's nerves in a major way.


I wondered if the childish names that he called Michael Weiss had anything to do with not being asked to skate in SOI. In his book he sounded like an 8 year old hurling insults on the playground. He gave no information to back up the insults. I thought that SOI was looking for a family style cast that could get along with each other. :confused:

blue_idealist
03-12-2011, 12:07 AM
I wondered if the childish names that he called Michael Weiss had anything to do with not being asked to skate in SOI. In his book he sounded like an 8 year old hurling insults on the playground. He gave no information to back up the insults. I thought that SOI was looking for a family style cast that could get along with each other. :confused:

Oh yeah, I forgot about that.

mmscfdcsu
03-12-2011, 12:11 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot about that.

Johnny makes it very clear that he is not a team player. Reading Scott Hamilton's books and his reaction to drama with Tara and Debi Thomas, I can understand why he would not want to have Johnny on board. Of course, I know nothing about the real situation, no insider knowledge, but I do think that Johnny's lack of being a team player is part of the situation.