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    Brooke and Ben did a Santana SP in 09-10. Amanda and Mark did Black Magic Woman for their SP a few years ago. And there were a bunch of 0ye Como Va's in the 06 Latin OD year. I remember singing that song all through St. Louis Nats, lol.
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    What? Brooke and Ben did Santana?? How do I not remember this! Well...off to youtube I go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanithandBenFan View Post
    That song (Mad About You) was part of one of my favorite exhibitions of all time - Silverstein and Pekarek's Sting exhibition. It's not on YouTube but I posted it on my blog awhile back here.
    I had forgotten about this program. Thanks for the link T&BFan. The end of Silverstein & Pekarek is something I think I will never get over. Their potential was unbelievable. It hurts to think of what might have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sap5 View Post
    I had forgotten about this program. Thanks for the link T&BFan. The end of Silverstein & Pekarek is something I think I will never get over. Their potential was unbelievable. It hurts to think of what might have been.
    I remember being totally distraught over their breakup, too. I think I watched "Great Expectations" over and over and kept thinking how really great they could have been. If only...

    Fortunately Meryl and Charlie have far exceeded all my expectations for US ice dance and any disappointment from the past have long since disappeared for me. They were so worth waiting for!
    MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE - 2014 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS!

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    Wonderful tribute from Jean-Christophe Berlot on Icenetwork.com:

    Best single performance [of 2011-2012 season]: Davis and White's free dance in Nice. When some tumble on twizzles, they accelerate. Their feet are the fastest of all; their moves are the most precise of the field. Their free dance was a monument, and the audience's vibrant concentration throughout even dramatized it. They will not be in the gold medal book this year, but they will remain as the emeritus 2012 world champions forever. If the best performance is the one one remembers because one could not even breathe and felt one's heart go "bang bang," then it is theirs.

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    That is just lovely.

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    What a huge compliment by Berlot!

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    I think their performance at Nice is my favorite of this season, because of what Berlot mentioned, the audience's involvement. The audience in Japan was absolutely fantastic as well but the roar of the crowd and D/W's sheer energy in response in the British Eurosport broadcast of D/W's Worlds FD makes it electrifying for me.

    I also loved Team USA's exhibition at WTT, with the scarves. I was at the speed Charlie has when he's leading the rest of them - he's skating in a much wider arc than the others yet he manages to effortlessly catch up to Meryl in one or simple two strokes. It was something I had not realized until I saw D/W live for the first time, that easy power. I loved that they did pair spirals too, just wish the camera had zoomed in on them.

    I have wondered for a while what D/W would look like skating to Turandot. If it had a stronger dance beat, I would not be surprised to see it as their Olympic program.

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    For those who haven't seen it, on the Icenetwork.com video page, there is a link to the Ice Desk interview at 2012 Nats with Meryl & Charlie, and with Ashley Wagner. Johnny and Peter C doing the interviewing/ suggestive by-play Wow, kinda embarrassing, mostly for Peter! As ever, classy Meryl & Charlie, and classy Ashley (all 3 were probably wondering, WTF Peter???). Johnny was cool, funny, and fierce -- he held his own against Peter's not so humorous mock aggressiveness.

    at Johnny asking Meryl & Charlie to bring back their Bollywood program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    For those who haven't seen it, on the Icenetwork.com video page, there is a link to the Ice Desk interview at 2012 Nats with Meryl & Charlie, and with Ashley Wagner. Johnny and Peter C doing the interviewing/ suggestive by-play Wow, kinda embarrassing, mostly for Peter! As ever, classy Meryl & Charlie, and classy Ashley (all 3 were probably wondering, WTF Peter???). Johnny was cool, funny, and fierce -- he held his own against Peter's not so humorous mock aggressiveness.
    I went and watched the interview. If Peter wanted to act that way when the cameras were off, no big deal--but it was somewhat unprofessional to do so in a videotaped interview. That goes for Johnny too, but he's a lot younger so I'd expect less from him. Meryl & Charlie and Ashley both gave good interviews. I'm definitely glad I don't have to be subjected to such interviews.

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    From the IN article, of the 3 correspondents, 2 picked Meryl & Charlie's FD. Berliot above, and:

    Vladislav Luchianov

    Best program: Meryl Davis and Charlie White's "Die Fledermaus" free dance -- A fantastic interpretation of the theme and music.
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    Klaus-Reinhold Kany

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    Best rivalry: Virtue and Moir versus Davis and White

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    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post
    I think their performance at Nice is my favorite of this season, because of what Berlot mentioned, the audience's involvement. The audience in Japan was absolutely fantastic as well but the roar of the crowd and D/W's sheer energy in response in the British Eurosport broadcast of D/W's Worlds FD makes it electrifying for me.
    The only performance of DF for 2012, which wasn't quite up there was the one at 4CC. I thought the Nice one and the one at Japan were almost the same. I liked the Japan one better partly because of the crowd. The venue in Japan seemed charged with some special DF force which made it seem like D/W were channeling it in their performance I'm so curious to see what the ex. version is going to look like if they do indeed go that route.

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    FYI- for those who had been crying out for D/W to do a number by Florence and the Machine, it looks like W/P have beat them to the bunch with this exhibition number for SOI. It looks great on them-perfect driving music for skating. The choreography also really use the accents in the music really well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsslfmlTQvI

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptune View Post
    I went and watched the interview. If Peter wanted to act that way when the cameras were off, no big deal--but it was somewhat unprofessional to do so in a videotaped interview. That goes for Johnny too, but he's a lot younger so I'd expect less from him. Meryl & Charlie and Ashley both gave good interviews. I'm definitely glad I don't have to be subjected to such interviews.
    Yes, but I think the behavior was mostly generated by Peter. And definitely, as Johnny relates in his book, he's not going to back down from any kind of teasing, especially not from an uncomfortable heterosexual male. (As JWe also once said, he's dealt with a lot worse teasing/ bullying in locker rooms). Maybe Peter is just nervous that Johnny could take his job. JWe's certainly a more talented fs commentator than Peter, IMO. In any case, Johnny is planning a skating comeback for now, so Peter could have acted a lot less threatened, or maybe he just couldn't help himself when sitting that close to the diva-licious and charismatic Johnny Weir!

    I do love that Johnny kept his composure, altho' he seemed to be blushing a few times and staring Peter down (w/ a modified Fusar-Poli death glare). Again, Ashley, Meryl & Charlie were all so sweet and classy, trying to help keep the interviews on track. I suppose that by now, most U.S. figure skaters are used to dealing with Peter's clueless antics. I wonder what the figure skating fans standing around watching (in the hallway at the U.S. Nats event) were thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missysays View Post
    FYI- for those who had been crying out for D/W to do a number by Florence and the Machine, it looks like W/P have beat them to the bunch with this exhibition number for SOI. It looks great on them-perfect driving music for skating. The choreography also really use the accents in the music really well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsslfmlTQvI
    ITA! Thanks for posting. I can see this music working really well for Meryl & Charlie too!

    Boy, W&P are so watchable. I missed seeing them at WTT. I'm not sorry to say I wish V/M would retire and make way for the next great Canadian ice dancing team. Yes, W&P are a hot team! Even so, Meryl & Charlie are still tops in my eyes and in my heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptune View Post
    I went and watched the interview. If Peter wanted to act that way when the cameras were off, no big deal--but it was somewhat unprofessional to do so in a videotaped interview. That goes for Johnny too, but he's a lot younger so I'd expect less from him. Meryl & Charlie and Ashley both gave good interviews. I'm definitely glad I don't have to be subjected to such interviews.
    Of all the interviews I've seen from Peter, my expectations are not very high. Most of them are awkward or tend to go that way at some point. It seemed like the focus was more on the interviewers than the interviewees . I wonder what was going through their minds with the crazy stuff coming out of those two.
    I do like the fact that Johnny loves watching their OD

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    Music suggestion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaWPduHl_j8
    I imagine Meryl and Charlie to skate this song to perfection!

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    D/W could definitely do justice to that song/ music. I love the lyrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Yes, but I think the behavior was mostly generated by Peter.
    I would agree with that. If Peter had "behaved," I believe Johnny would have too.

    And definitely, as Johnny relates in his book, he's not going to back down from any kind of teasing, especially not from an uncomfortable heterosexual male.
    I don't know if "uncomfortable" is the right description there. I just think Peter gets too worked up and intense sometimes (as many of us do)--and kinda lets it all hang out. Well, his stomach certainly was.

    Maybe Peter is just nervous that Johnny could take his job.
    There you go.

    JWe's certainly a more talented fs commentator than Peter, IMO.
    Peter is certainly good at covering pairs nowadays. I haven't really heard any of Johnny's commentating.

    or maybe he just couldn't help himself when sitting that close to the diva-licious and charismatic Johnny Weir!


    I suppose that by now, most U.S. figure skaters are used to dealing with Peter's clueless antics. I wonder what the figure skating fans standing around watching (in the hallway at the U.S. Nats event) were thinking?
    Good question. Peter's boss or whoever needs to take him aside and address this issue, I think. Something like: "Peter, we love your enthusiasm, but when you're on camera, you need to ratchet it down a notch. After all, this ain't your living room--or FSU."

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