Having just seen the broadcast - I realize I forgot some skaters. Kaneko Murakami has really grown [gotten a lot taller] - so has Hanyu. She did a really lively number to Be Italian from Nine. Live she has a lot more charisma than comes across on TV - I really liked it.
Akiko is doing a tango again as her new SP. This time to Jealousy [my favorite tango music]. It doesnt look as good right now as Libertango, but I think by the end of the season it will be just as good if not better.
Fumie was there too and did her Arabian Dance number. I remember seeing this before, so I think it's her ex from last season.
Miki must have had 2 numbers, because the one of TV [black jacket, hat and shorts] was not the one I saw. Mine was a love song - slower - and in a beautiful white evening kind of dress - soft, feminine and lovely. All the others had the same number that I saw.
Plushenko had a backstage interview where he said his dream was to compete at Sochi, but he'll be 31 then and he realizes that is old for skating - esp men's skating. So he will see how it goes. Hopefully he will stay healthy and that is his goal - to be able to skate in his 4th Olympics - and of course at home. He seemed to be quite realistic about it - I hope he succeeds.
Unfortunately they cut Hanyu - my favorite program! If they follow past practice, Fuji will show it again uncut in a week or 2 on their BS channel, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to see it again.