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skamper23
12-31-2011, 09:33 PM
Ok..second half SOI review:

opens with a very old man (Todd in a wig and hat) sitting in a chair playing music on a record player..looking at a picture of what one could assume to be his dearly departed wife. While he's sitting there remembering...The Kerrs come out skating like a young couple in love, they leave and an older couple played by Ilia & Katia come out skate some cute moves..then they leave and an old couple played by Kurt & Joannie come out like they can hardly move...then the spot light fades on Joannie..(symbolizing her,the wife dying) The music for this is from the movie "Up" called "A Life Loved" it's kinda touching in a way.

Ryan Bradley skates to "The Best Is Yet To Come" he is so charming!! He did have a wipe out on his back flip..ended up on his belly, played it off like he was swimming on ice...crowd cheered him on. He came back for retakes and nailed it..landing on one foot!!

Joannie skated her number from last year "Show me How to Burlesque" I loved seeing it again! She really sells it to the crowd.

The Kerrs" Pencil Full of Lead" was a very fun, up beat number and I loved their costumes//hot pink, black & white!

Todd skated his second number to "Amazed" by Lonestar he's still skating strong and you could tell this song really has meaning for him. Did anyone read the program sold at the show?

Next number I love, love, loved!!! it's called "Waiting For My Real Life to Begin" it's skated by Kurt, Ryan, John K, and John Zimmerman and it's very different..very artistic number! All four come out with spot lights that are on tripods and all skating is done in and around these lights. Oh and the guys are in black pants and white tan tops :hat1:

Ilia's "Love in the Club" by Usher is awesome..I really could watch him skate all night long! He's so much fun and gets the crowd involved. Love that!

Kyoko & John skate to Rascal Flatts "Take Me There" It's a tribute of their journey together and I for one can't thank SOI enough for having them back!!

Katia skates to the Pussycat Dolls version of "Feelin' Good" (Loved her costume for this) and Kurt skated right after her to "Feeling Good" by Adam Lambert Kurt had a few issues and had to come back for retakes..which gave him even more issues...you could tell he was tired..I'm sure it was a very long week getting the show together in such a short time and it was taking it's toll, but he got through it with lots of humor!!

Finale time...Skated to "Dog Days are over" Kurt said this entire number was done by Jeff Buttle and it has a lot of content! Let me just say that evn though the tour is shorter this year, there is no shortage in the content of the skating..I can't believe how much they packed in in such a short time! Oh and did I mention that the big screens this year were only used to display skaters names, or "Stars on Ice" or just had some background type pictures..they were not used for transitions at all! All were skated and I can't remember them all, but they were good!!! If you are lucky enough to get to see the show live this year you will not be let down! Oh, Kurts voice is used a lot too, to intro the skaters. I'm sure more details will be remembered when I look at my pictures, but this is it for now :)

kwanette
12-31-2011, 09:47 PM
skamper23, thanks for the terrific and detailed review! The show sounds wonderful.

nursebetty
12-31-2011, 10:25 PM
Thank-you for the review, it's sounds like a lot of fun and I'm glad I decided to go. Heading north in the winter not my kind of thing, but cross your fingers I don't freeze. Happy New Year to everyone 6+ hours to go. Better go and get ready

Teenes
12-31-2011, 10:47 PM
Thanks so much for the review, skamper23! I've been really really curious to hear about it, and your review was excellent =).

I knew Kurt was interested in bringing back the transitions and things - sounds like they did manage to do that, which is something I'm really looking forward to seeing. I'm a little curious how two "Feeling Good" programs in a row worked.

Here's hoping that when the show airs in syndication, it actually airs here in the SF Bay Area. You'd think it should, since SOI is actually coming here and it'd be a good ad, but Holiday Festival on Ice never did...

Garden Kitty
01-01-2012, 01:57 AM
Thanks for the reviews, it sounds like an interesting show, and I love that they had a number of group numbers again.

Lacey
01-01-2012, 02:32 AM
Does anyone know if it is going to be televised?

victorskid
01-01-2012, 02:53 AM
Does anyone know if it is going to be televised?

Here's what it says on the SOI website:

The 2011-12 production of Stars on Ice will be made into a one-hour syndicated television special “Stars on Ice presented by Smucker’s.” Filming at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY on Friday, December 30th, the special will be shown on network affiliates across the country in the months of January and February. Check your local listings for the dates when this highlight show will be airing in your area.

Kelleys6th
01-01-2012, 05:45 AM
Skamper,
Thanks for a great review from a true SOI fan. Great job! I wish I could have been there.
:cat:

darya_russian
01-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Skamper, thank you for the review! Sounds like a great show.

paskatefan
01-01-2012, 01:07 PM
Skamper, thanks for your terrific review! Can't wait to see the show in Hershey, PA in March.

Jenny
01-01-2012, 02:36 PM
I enjoyed the review too - thanks Skamper!

Willowway
01-01-2012, 04:01 PM
Thank you Skamper - now I'm looking forward to seeing SOI even more!!

attyfan
01-01-2012, 04:36 PM
Skamper ... thanks for the review. I look forward to seeing the show when it comes to Anaheim.

waddlercu
01-01-2012, 08:38 PM
I was at the show in Lake Placid, too! I was very glad that we went this year, even though the inconvenient schedule, threatening weather, sky high hotel prices, and a minor ticket fiasco almost discouraged us.

We arrived for the fan club meet and greet about three hours before showtime, along with 20 or 30 other people. The arena staff allowed us to watch the majority of the preshow warmups from the upper rows of the lower level, then escorted us to an autograph table with Sasha and I&Z. They gave everyone an engraved silver picture frame for autographs - a little sturdier that last year's handout. We also had an opportunity to take a photo or two with the skaters. After the meet and greet, they allowed us to watch the final warm-up group before the gates opened.

We ordered tickets through the fan club when they first went on sale, and had great seats - first row, near center ice! My only complaint is that one corner of the ice was blocked by a TV camera set up several feet proud of the first row. It wasn't a major distraction for us, but it must've been for those sitting closer to the center ice (and probably bought tickets before us).

Although Smucker's is no longer the title sponsor, the arena staff did hang Smucker's coupons on every other seat. Maybe they haven't given up entirely. Seats also came with a pre-order form for next year, advertising a $5-10 discount for ordering early. (The form also says "ticket prices subject to change". :shuffle:) Discounted tickets range from $20-110. Not too bad.

We've been attending the Lake Placid opener since the mid-90's. The crowds have dwindled in the last few years, and I assumed that turnout would be even worse this year due to the date change. I was wrong...the arena was PACKED! The lower level was almost completely full. Even the middle sections of the balcony were occupied. Probably the largest Stars on Ice crowd I've seen in any upstate NY show for at least 5+ years. The crowd was rather reserved, though. Lacked a critical mass of screamers. ;)

For the first time I can remember, the tour programs were actually ready for the Lake Placid show ($15). The photos were very high quality, though the majority of shots were from last year's tour. It includes a section where each skater describes their music choices - very interesting. For example, Todd states that he chose "Amazed" to honor his fiance, Sabrina. He adds, "Our love for one another will reach new heights in May when we welcome our first child into this world. Daddy is definitely gonna be AMAZED!" (Must be something in the gatorade bucket these days... so many babies!)

Just before the show, Jeff Buttle slipped into the upper rows of the arena to watch. I wish he was skating in the show, too!

A few impressions:

Kyoko & John were even stronger than last spring in Rochester, NY. It's like they never left! Katia, Ilia, Kurt, and all of the seasoned pros were in very good shape, even if they made a few mistakes.

I had the same reaction to Sasha's costume as Skamper... yikes! The program ittself went over well, but I was so afraid she was going to pop out! Must've used lots of double-sided tape. During retakes, Kurt and Ryan mentioned that the costume crew had only three days, and one poor wardrobe lady was extremely ill. I suspect that they didn't have a lot of time to make adjustments.

I LOVED the group numbers this year. The Adele piece was sophisticated and choreographically interesting, though a little rough around the edges. I also loved "Waiting For My Real Life to Begin" with Kurt, Ryan, John & John. I'll admit that I wanted to roll my eyes when I saw the guys skate out with props, thinking we were in for another chippendales-esque number, ("Heeere we go again."), but this number was very cool. Stars on Ice, if you're listening... more of THIS STUFF, please! No more embarrassed skaters performing cheesy numbers!

As a side note, I'm currently reading Lucinda Ruh's book. She mentions that she did not feel comfortable playing the "showgirl" role that she had been cast when she was on the tour. I think her situation is typical of how SOI has been going wrong in the past. Seems like they're finally letting skaters be themselves.

The finale also has fantastic potential. Definitely a step above the simple, phoned-in group numbers from the Dission shows. As they were preparing for retakes, Kurt mentioned that they only had three days of rehearsal time. We had just witnessed the first complete run-through of the finale! Wow!

It's evident that the skaters are pouring their hearts out to save the show. It might've been rough around the edges, but I admire their integrity. They could've easily kept things simple, but they pushed themselves to make this show something special, and feed off SOI's heyday. I'm sad that more people won't be able to experience the tour this year. I hope that they make the most of the 1 hr timeslot, because this show should be seen. SO much better than most of the pro skating on TV these days.

skatesindreams
01-01-2012, 09:47 PM
Just before the show, Jeff Buttle slipped into the upper rows of the arena to watch. I wish he was skating in the show, too!

How I wish that, as well.
The videos I've seen of his skating this year have been glorious!

Thanks for the reviews.
They are very much appreciated.