Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 09-18-2011 at 11:00 AM.
Boitano as a pro seemed to settle into big Tenor Aria + Spread Eagle programs. I think he was much more diverse when he was an eligible skater. But then so was Caryn Kadavy: Floaty Dress + Celine Dion (or Other Sappy Female Soloist) + Look of Mild Angst. When the audiences are the judges, pros tend to give the audience what it wants, which is usually more of the same of anything they like.
While I understood and appreciated the construction of his 1988 FS -- head over heels better than the "shuffle" approach to many programs before it, including Cousins' 1980 music, -- I especially loved his "Les Patineurs" SP. Someone was paying attention to Ashton.
The piece is seventy-five minutes long...[l]ong enough for an idea to be developed, but not so long that one starts to measure the number of seats to the exits with desperation if the thing doesn’t work" -- Marina Harss
I have to completely disagree here. Boitano experimented with a lot of different music and different styles as a pro. He even tried humor at one point, though I don't remember the music. At another time his 'Hernando's hideway' program was very entertaining. It wasn't always aria/spread eagles. Actually he skated less of those types of music as a pro. He had nothing to lose at that point. As an amateur (i did not watch a lot of his programs then) the types of music he was using was not working for him. Sandra Bezic found the right music for him and the rest was history. However, after winning the OGM he tried other styles too.