Last edited by Bournekraatzfan; 10-27-2012 at 12:51 AM.
From what I've seen, V/M's SD is nice and well done but not a masterpiece and D/W's FD is also good and well done but not a masterpiece. I think what both dances (V/M's SD and D/W's FD) are missing is the choreographic clarity and point of view that makes Carmen and Giselle stand out.
Having said that the race is so tight between the two teams that SD and especially FD music and choreographic concept could decide a winner before the competition even takes place. Especially the FD music and program choice is very crucial because it's worth more points. That's why I was so worried about D/W's program selection for the FD. The music doesn't have the cohesiveness of even their SD. Also, the choreography is a little lack luster in some spots- such as the opening step sequence is a little unfocused with Meryl looking uncomfortably draped over Charlie and their bodies angled a bit oddly next to each other. Other spots the choreography is very strong such as the lift where Meryl is leaning back with her leg in arabesque.
Having said that I wouldn't pay attention to the uber fans because they're going to use phrases that don't feel very good. But there is something there in the observation that I think Meryl and Charlie need to think about in terms of strengthening their existing FD to make it have more of a point of view and thereby have it be a stronger competitive program.
Though now having seen V/M's FD concept, I would have loved Meryl and Charlie to pick something truly modern and avant garde (that could still have some romance or intimacy about it) to act as a stronger counter point and statement against V/M's FD. But as the rest say, it will be nice to see more than just practice footage of V/M.
I don't think we have much of a leg to stand on about being "better" or "more respectful" fans if we allow people to drag V&M vs. D&W or V&M fans vs. D&W fans in here. The best way to appear respectful is to leave our opinions on V&M for the general threads (except where it specifically relates to Meryl and Charlie) and use this thread to talk about Meryl and Charlie. It's one thing to compare the two programs but we shouldn't use this thread as a safe space for D&W ubers to say whatever they wan't about Tessa and Scott and pretend that the rest of the world can't see us because it is not and they can.
I think we saw last year that, in the end, who has the more fan-pleasing program isn't going to decide anything. Both teams skated well at worlds, the majority of non-ubers (of either group) preferred DF to Funny Face, and Tessa and Scott still won. So I don't think that most of FSU preferring Carmen will be what ultimately decides this. Although, obviously, I do want Meryl and Charlie to have programs that people love. My biggest concern this season was that I wanted a difficult, intricate program for Meryl and Charlie and I think they absolutely have that. And their program will grow by NHK, by the GPF, by Nationals, and by Worlds. I think it has good bones, so we will see what happens.
I also like that Charlie said out loud that they want to win Worlds this year and gold in Sochi! Yayy!!!
Really good thoughts, everyone! One thing I want to mention in regards to the FD...sometimes it's not exactly right the first time out. I'm thinking of Eleanor Rigby, there was some enthusiasm for the dance from Skate America that year but later on that FD became much more flowing, cohesive, and emotional after they tweaked it some, including switching up the music cuts. I remember how lovely it was for nationals that year (2008) and oddly enough, they showed a really nice emotional connection there. I love Notre Dame already but I certainly can see some places for improvements. I'm not worried about the technical part since I have complete faith in Meryl and Charlie to sharpen that up. I adore the SD and I'm sure that one will be one of their signature pieces.
Definitely agree. Absolutely agree that the opinions of FSU will not decide anything. I had to laugh at a recent post I read in the pbp threads that the "general public" doesn't think Notre Dame is going to be a winner. I hardly think this forum is the general public even within the skating world.Originally Posted by Theatregirl1122
As for Carmen, I'm sure it will be well-received by the fans at Skate Canada. And probably by the judges as well. But as we know from past experience, head to head matchups between V/M and D/W go back and forth and we won't know till the end who comes out on top. And certainly whichever team you prefer depends on your own personal opinion but in the opinion of most of the judges, they are pretty much on equal footing. And have been for a while.
ETA: Loved the Today show clip! They should keep using that as their exhibition this year.
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I have to say, I love DF and I love it as an exhibition but I hope they'll get a new exhibition this year. I always want to see more different programs from them rather than fewer.
At Skate Canada we have technical controllers commenting Ladies and Pairs - it's amazing - pretty scary, though, because they see mistakes everywhere. ))
But where they were a week ago??
That was my response as well. I understand this came from a successful musical, but IMO there's good reason it was never brought to Broadway. I didn't find the music very appealing (especially the section with the guy singing). I did like some of the choreo, though, incl another innovative spin entrance.That's why I was so worried about D/W's program selection for the FD. The music doesn't have the cohesiveness
I disagree. I think V/M have a usual Carmen. I see nothing new or innovative in the Carmen as compared to the plethora of past Carmens. I really liked D/W's Notre Dame and can't wait to see it progress and get polished. I really liked the music. I really wish V/M would skate to something dark, like "Night on Bald Mountain" or something similar. I want them to step away from the romantic "look at us/we want each other" vibe and do something completely different. I thought Tessa looked like a witch in her Carmen costume and would love to see them explore a darker program. I would also love for D/W to revisit an Eleanor Rigby type program. I loved that program's theme and I think they can be extraordinary with it now they are much more mature. These two teams are the leaders. I would love them to really go outside the box and do something incredibly different and avant-garde.
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I sometimes think D&W were a little too young for Eleanor Rigby, but i think they are ready now.
As far as Tessa&Scott go, their interpretation of Carmen is not modern in my opinion. Their elements and style is more contemporary than dancers before them. I do like they are trying to be more sensual and sexy. But I would like to see them go one step further in the future.
Just for fun -
D/W FD SA score - 104.89 SD 71.39
V/M FD SC score - 104.32 SD 65.09 (They almost lost the SD to Capellini/Lanotte 65.08!)
I have not seen the video of Carmen yet. If what the above people say is true and D/W's SD is better but V/M's FD is better, then that's not good for D/W if the FD counts for more points. Of course we will have to see them go head-to-head to make a very detailed analysis of any scores.
I'm dying to know what programs both teams have saved for the Olympic year.
I know, that's why I said "just for fun." I do think it's very interesting that V/M almost did not win the SD. Yes their program could get stronger as the season goes on, but so could C/L's?
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