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all_empty
01-16-2013, 07:11 AM
With the movie out, there's been a resurgence in skaters using the music.

Both Jeremy Abbott and Yu-na Kim are skating to "Les Mis" this season:

Yu-Na

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gn98iKAK2U

Jeremy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL14QJEAFxc

But my favorite programs come from skaters' past:

Todd Eldredge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSjTFmNYFw4 (exciting choreography, great spins and Todd having a little fun)

Brittany McConn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Nn3EOlN_0 (monstrous 3S, underrated skater IMHO, posture not as bad as they said and good speed)

Michelle Kwan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyLYSS8GtSk (a nice exhibition)

Any others? Which are your favorites? I know Yu-Na's program was discussed to death (I found it pleasant but boring). Her countrywoman Min-Jung Kwak skated to it in 2010.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm_ooNurjNc

vodkashot
01-16-2013, 07:33 AM
Caroline Zhang had an exhibition to On My Own from Les Mis:

http://youtu.be/aqL8y6pU05Y

Kurt Browning skated to Bring Him Home:

http://youtu.be/7Fm7Qok82t8

sadya
01-16-2013, 08:00 AM
Paul Wylie 'Bring him home'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp4z3-egwZ4

paskatefan
01-16-2013, 11:55 AM
Favorites: Todd's "Les Mis" medley - 1998 Nagano (and that year's Goodwill Games), Kurt & Paul's "Bring Him Home," Michelle's "On My Own" (1998 US Nationals)

Todd & Viktor P. skated to "Empty Chairs @ Empty Tables" (Todd's version is on Youtube, but it's on a private setting. If you're on Facebook, you can go to his athlete fan page and check it out - posted 9/28/11 - from a great show called "Skaters' Tribute to Broadway" (10/98 - Phila., PA). I haven't been able to find Viktor's performance of it on Youtube, sorry.

Kirsten Moore Towers & Dylan Moskovitch skated to a "Les Mis" free skate a few seasons back (2? seasons ago or 3?)..

Tiffany Scott & Philip Duhlebohn did a free skate to "Les Mis" @ 2003 Worlds

I *think* Caryn Kadavy skated to "I Dreamed a Dream." Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.

falling_dance
01-16-2013, 01:20 PM
There was a thread (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?86096-Skating-to-Les-Miserable&highlight=miserables) on this topic last month. :shuffle:

I really like Laetitia Hubert's free skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sVv91F7-Jg) at 1995 Worlds.

zaphyre14
01-16-2013, 01:39 PM
Go to any open figure skating competition and you'll hear multiple versions of cuts from "Les Mis" - so much so that I'm pretty sure many of the judges must be heartily sick of them by now.

Cherub721
01-16-2013, 03:54 PM
Who could forget Pechalat & Bourzat at the 2006 Olympics with her headband covering her eyes... :lol:

The skaters who chose it for this season are very smart... the start of the championship season coincides very nicely with the hype for the movie.

all_empty
01-17-2013, 02:28 AM
Sorry to have offended you by posting a repeat topic, falling_dance.

The moderators can feel free to merge them.

Aussie Willy
01-17-2013, 02:40 AM
Go to any open figure skating competition and you'll hear multiple versions of cuts from "Les Mis" - so much so that I'm pretty sure many of the judges must be heartily sick of them by now.

I am not looking forward to the forthcoming year. Although if it means that if it reduces the number of Phantom programs that may not be such a bad thing.

No one has mentioned Hough and Laudret's FS to Les Mis.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmBj05OfBhc

falling_dance
01-17-2013, 02:42 AM
Sorry to have offended you by posting a repeat topic, falling_dance.

The moderators can feel free to merge them.

I'll never get over it. Evar.

:P

Marco
01-17-2013, 03:50 AM
Perhaps it's because I have watched that program a few hundred times, but Michelle's program really stands out amongst all the Les Mis programs, intepretation wise. I love the version of On My Own she used.

The version Caroline Zhang used had such unnatural phrasing.

fenway2
01-17-2013, 04:00 AM
Michelle Kwan is my favorite skater but she skated to my most hated On My Own version. Kaho Shimada's phonetic English drove me batty.

I much prefer the Frances Rufelle's original English version used by Midori Ito http://youtu.be/wE5ojtzx8ko?t=6m8s.

Josee Chouinard also skated to On My Own but I never saw the program.

Basically, if you were a female skater in the 1990s, you skated to On My Own. It was a very unoriginal choice, the exhibition equivalent of Malaguena but unlike Malaguena, I never tired of the music. :)

Who is that singing in Zhang's clip? She's grating.

jenny12
01-17-2013, 04:06 AM
Michelle Kwan's program is my favorite skater but she skated to my most hated On My Own version. Kaho Shimada's phonetic English drove me batty.

I agree. I loved the program, but the singer IMO was horrific. It's a credit to Michelle that she was able to distract me from the embarrassing singing.

falling_dance
01-17-2013, 04:11 AM
The version Caroline Zhang used had such unnatural phrasing.


Who is that singing in Zhang's clip? She's grating.

Jennifer Manasseri (https://itunes.apple.com/album/on-my-own/id4363837?i=4363824&ign-mpt=uo%3D5)

Marco
01-17-2013, 07:02 AM
Michelle Kwan is my favorite skater but she skated to my most hated On My Own version. Kaho Shimada's phonetic English drove me batty.

Really? I liked that the version she used sounded tragic yet natural enough.. Most other versions sounded like the singer was trying too hard to enunciate.