I have always loved competitions. Long ago when COI was still alive, I went to the show annually. I went to SOI almost every year, until about 2006, I think. Then I stopped. I just did not enjoy it anymore. Often I see announcements of many skating shows here, with famous skaters, for various reasons. Although I appreciate the intent behind those for charity, I rarely get satisfaction from watching show skating. It may have to do partly with those shows rarely coming to my city. In the past- besides COI and SOI- the FS shows I had seen live were 1) Valentine's day, 2)Kristi Yamaguchi's family and friends. The first one was quite enjoyable. The second- some cute little children, but as a skating show I did not much care for it. On TV, I have not watched skating shows in at least 5 years now. I got tired of seeing the same skaters skating roughly the same routines. Of course I am only referring to N.American shows (mostly USA, since that's all I can get). In the past I had gotten videos of shows in Russia and they seemed interesting, but probably because they had my most favorite skaters, and because they were a little different. I had always enjoyed watching on TV the Evening with champions hosted by Paul Wylie, but we don't get it anymore. Whenever I read about the announcement of a skating show, my reaction is- Wow! they have such great skaters! However, the shows have almost always been a disappointment to me because the level of skating is just not there. Some skaters are very good artistically (e.g. when Yagudin was skating, or even Johnny Weir in the past), and that is enjoyable to watch, but quite often I am turned off by routines involving comedy, loud music, etc. and with lights that actually interfere than highlight the skating. Still, if an interesting skating show comes to my city, I may go see it, with lowered expectations. Sadly, Kristi's Family & friends is not on my favorites list, and that's the only one that has come here multiple times.