"Kings on Ice" tour in April: Plushenko, Lambiel, Weir and S&S

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  1. Ziggy

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    He's awesome! :)

    Would be great for the Majorovs to follow in the Bertnsson and Schultheiss Swedish tradition of decent male skaters.
  2. Thais

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    I don’t know if it’s ok for me to post my report on the show held in Bucharest here, but here it is. If it must be in a separate thread tell me and I’ll delete it from here. Thanks.

    Last night show was wonderful.

    I’ve never seen Evgeni and Stephane skate live, so that was the main reason I went, and I wasn’t disappointed. They were both great, in they’re own way.

    I must say Lambiel really impressed me, he really is an artist. He had great steps, spins, transitions, interpretation and effortless speed. He is very talented and I’m really sad I won’t get to see him competing.
    He did his Traviata program and “Ne me quittes pas”. Both were amazing. Evgeni and him managed to use every corner of the ice.
    I can’t say which programme I liked more, both were very well choreographed and with his interpretation, you’re just left speechless. His skating is so effortless. He had quite a few triples in all programmes, I can’t say exactly what triples, but he had the toe loop and maybe a flip, I really can’t tell. He had some 2A.

    As an Evgeni fan, I was glad to finally see him live. First, I must say that I can’t imagine how him and Lambiel managed so many jumps on that really small rink!!! Usually it’s a hockey rink, so add to that the chairs on the ice and you get a very, very small rink.
    However, we could see Evgeni do two 3A (or maybe 3…) and three 3/3 combinations (one in each program and one in the opening, I think) along with other jumps. At some point I really thought Evgeny was going to land in the crowd, but he opened the jump early and managed to land safely.
    He did his Tango program and a French piece “Je suis malade” (I don’t know if that’s the title, but that’s what the singers yells throughout the song :D – I really hate this song).
    For his Tango he was joined by Edvin Marton, he focused on the jumps, he tried to do his step sequence and made it very simple to feet the ice and probably not to step on Edvin, who was in the middle of the ice. I would’ve preferred to see him skate his sp, but it was ok. He skated right after the opening, so maybe that was difficult for him.
    Surprisingly, I preferred the Je suis malade program. He had a lot of speed and nice movements. I was surprised by his interpretation of the program, very subtle and elegant, and, of course, a very en force step sequence. I hope he can come up with other programs like this one, because he was great and it reveals a more passionate, focused side of his.

    As for the show itself, I liked the opening and the final number. Really nice to see them all do their best moves and see them all together.
    I especially liked the final number. Lambiel was the one to “introduce” Evgeni and when he came they both, hand in hand, did a face to face spreadeagle. Then Evgeni did his steps and went back to Lambiel, they repeated the move and Lambiel did his spins, with Evgeni pointing at him. They did it with conviction, so it looked like they were supporting eachother. It was a really nice moment (that I tried to describe as well as I could).

    The show was packed with interesting performances. Denis Ten did a half swan lake, half rock programme. In the first part, he had a tutu and really acted like a swan. It was a humoristic approach and it was refreshing. He only skated one programme.
    Florent Armadio skated two programmes, a Tango and a Michael Jackson medley. Both skated nicely.

    All acrobats numbers were good, one of the acrobats (the Ukranian guy, can’t remember his name) jumped over a car (and did a gymnastic jump). It was a little bit scary. In any case, the crowd really enjoyed those numbers, and I think that when done well they can really stick with you.

    Aliona/Robin and Tatiana/Stanislas skated their second programme together. It was interesting because at one point I was thinking that the Ukrainians had a better execution of pair elements (both pairs did the exact same movements).
    However, taken apart, the Germans solo programme was better. They really connect with each other and with the audience.

    Shocking as it may sound, Stanislas didn’t look that big in person. I think they almost fit well together. I can’t remember what programme they skated, I just remember looking at Tatiana and thinking how is she going to skate/fit with Trankov?

    The French were forgettable. They pretty much skated around and did some lifts and some connecting steps.

    Fleur Maxwell was ok, I guess. She was "lucky" enough to skate right after the break and not everybody was seated, so you could see people running around to get to their seat. She had no speed and, although she is incredibly flexible, she lakes control. She did a gorgeous charlotte, but held it for one second.

    It was nice to see Sebestien. Not much to say about her skate though.

    My apologies if I forgot a skater or two.

    On a side note, after the show Evgeni and Marton were the only ones scheduled to have an autograph session, but Lambiel came and gave some autographs and took some pictures (like one or two :mad:). I don’t know if he is really shy or if he was tired. He was almost scared of us :eek:. After Lambiel left, we wanted to get him back, but one of the organisers send Florent instead. He was like, no, not me, I don’t want too :lol:, eventually he camed.

    No other skater came out of the hiding place (we were all yelling Lambiel, since Evgeni was already given autographs, we didn’t yell Fabien, though he had some tenacious fans ;)).
    The show will be on TV, so there might be some videos posted on youtube after.

    P.S. Lambiel and Evgeny spoke to the public after their performance. Lambiel seemed touched by the warm welcome and said some nice things, same for Evgeni. It was great, we felt appreciated too :).

    I do hope they enjoyed the crowd, because it was packed (and the tickets were quite expensive compared to our incomes), I knew a lot of people will attend, but didn’t expect it to be so full. It was really great, and you could see people of all ages.
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  3. Allye

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    I agree with you completely. It seriously touched my heart. It was wonderful, yet I felt Evgeni didn't do his best, and yes I know he was recently under surgery but I felt he wasn't himself really. I expected him to connect with the crowd more.

    Where were you seated? I'd love to literally know what angle you had on the show :giggle:
    And can you please tell more about the autograph session? I had to leave early and I just saw the crowd there but heard nothing and I don't know a thing about that. pls.

    Thankies :)
  4. Thais

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    I agree with you, regarding Evgeni not being quite himself, but I think it was the case for the first programme. :)

    I was in section I, row 7, place 6. I could see really well (the centre of the ice was right in front of me). I only envy the people standing in the first row of the ice seats. ;)

    The autograph session was a mess. We had no idea who was coming (except Evgeni, of course) and the security guys were AHHHHH!!!! The worst part was that the place where Evgeni gave his autograph was in complete darkness. No light at all. It was absolutely stupid.

    In any case, I decided to leave the queue for Evgeni, since I already have his autograph, and went down on the ice and waited to see if Lambiel will come. When he appeared, the ladies went nuts (not me, of course), screaming Lambiel/Stephane etc. Lambiel autograph session was really short (my friends that were in line to see Evgeni, didn’t had time to get down to get an autograph from Lambiel), and you couldn’t really take pictures with him. And, like I said, he was really shy. I think he didn’t really expected to be that appreciated (I wasn’t expecting to want to stay at the autograph session even less to “beg” for a picture with him).
    The nice thing was that Lambiel came with his own cards and signed them and gave it to us. I was going to ask him to sign on my ticket, so it was good he came prepared :D.
  5. Allye

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    I totally envy you for seeing him so close and getting an autograph, srsly I'm in a slow and painful death in front of the computer...At least I can rejoice that he touched my hand in the finale-along with other skaters, but since he wasn't fully aware it's not totally worth it.
    you know, I thought I'd be so composed when I saw him, but the moment he entered the ice I kept nagging my sister and saying "OMG it's Lambiel and he's in front of us". I feel like such a stupid fan girl.:wall:

    Oh, and one more thing, have you noticed Edvin Marton doing playback? I mean I saw him on the ice clearly doing playback, but I can't for the life of me figure if he was doing playback on his solo.
  6. reut

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    Just found on YouTube, the quality is pretty good.

    Lambiel, "La Traviata"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fwWVUbyFSU

    Lambiel's "speech"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxYf4GT9p_4

    Lambiel, "Ne me quitte pas"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O-q_ziS32A

    Pechalat/Bourzat, "George of the Jungle"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dBerT7mJU0

    Pechalat/Bourzat
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2RtJSt4Oyk

    Plushenko, "Je suis malade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi6aIBpghKU

    Plushenko + Marton
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taKKqyKKg88

    Savchenko/Szolkowy, "Somewhere"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMSFJmbggEw

    Finale
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytFv_q54BQY
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  7. vivika1982

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    :)Thank you for the videos reut.Lets go to the jungle.Love this dance :rofl:.It is soo Nathalie and Fabian.
  8. robinhood

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    I think Zhulin is a fan of Tarzan. Look what he did for N/K not so long ago
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oob6Rdc_mX4:rofl:
    well, in their case more of a Roman of the Andes

    not that I mind seeing Roman and Fabian half naked, though:swoon:
  9. krazykat

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    So nobody here went to see any of the later KOI shows?

    Video from Prague with Plushenko, Lambiel, Michal Brezina, and Florent Amodio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJAKxuOSenw

    Apparently Lambiel couldn't fly back to Switzerland because of the volcano - so he ended up going with the group to the Ukraine.
    http://www.stephanelambiel.ch/

    So - footage from Kiev -

    Plushenko, Lambiel, Amodio - and Viktor Petrenko!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O870vTE0plk

    Petrenko and....friend
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY7y6zJQqZ4


    And Lambiel doing the final step sequence from La Traviata -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OOVfzMBwL0
  10. caseyedwards

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    Thanks for those! Petrenko was great
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    ^^Thanks for sharing. Lambiel was so sweet with his fans.
  13. senorita

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    i found this montage of 4 kings practices, i love johnny stephan pairs :swoon:
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  15. REO

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    Too bad this show can't tour the US. It's so superior.
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  17. REO

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    How do I love him? Let me count the ways. Thanks for posting that senorita!
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    I am so in love with Lambiel's Traviata.
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    I thought the same thing. I wish they could tour in Japan. I'm green with envy.
  20. reut

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    Thanks for posting that... I cannot love that program and his skating enough. And that's probably his best performance of La Traviata yet IMO. Just amazing. Those are two of the best step sequences I've ever seen..the serpentine just sends chills down my spine. I hope he brings the program to shows in Japan and Korea. I so want to see that program skated on full-size ice again.
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  22. dinakt

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    Thank you Reut!

    I agree with Shine, his step sequences are a piece of artistic heaven.
    Hope you see it live again soon!
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    With the quality of jumps here I wouldn't call it the best performance, but I still enjoyed seeing him so free, he is just flying over the ice, amazing.

    Here are videos of all the show "Kings on Ice" in Prague:
    http://www.eibmoz.net/skatingvideos/2010-kings-on-ice-prague/index.php
  25. REO

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    His jumps might never be as they were before. His poor little knees are so bad. He's still the best spinner and footwork artist around.
  26. reut

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    Well, here, just a week or something before Prague his jumps were much better. ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVznAhuQOc0

    I'd call this performance of La Traviata the best at the moment.
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    Thank's Vivika I still love Denstas :)
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    http://isu.sportcentric.net/db//files/serve.php?id=1902

    http://translate.google.com/transla...o_situacii_s_evgeniem_plyushenko/&sl=ru&tl=en

    Apparently, the ISU agreed with me. :shuffle:
  32. Frau Muller

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    So if Johnny skated in Kings of Ice, does that automatically disqualify him from future ISU competitions? Hence, those who equally hate Plushy and Johnny must be doing their Happy Dance about now.
  33. caseyedwards

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    So I guess it is obvious that Weir got permission from the USFSF or maybe he didn't and it was just bitter people in the Russian federation about Plushenko not going to worlds who went to the ISU to get him disqualified forever.
  34. igniculus

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    Weir did NOT submit his withdrawal from Worlds citing an injury. Hence, his situation is different than Plushenko's.
  35. Sylvia

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    Weir would have retained his ISU and USFS eligibility as long as he filed the required ESCA form with USFS ahead of time and had it approved.
  36. Shaba22

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    There will be a show in Budapest (Hungary) in April. :D
    No exact date yet.
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    Budapest, eh? Interesting.
  39. caseyedwards

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    Julia Sebestyn?
  40. deedeelocks

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    hmm I want more info!
    I will be in Prague in April anyway and Budapest is not that far from there. Besides one of my best friends lives there. :D