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    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    Who is the choreographer for the group programs?
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    Jeff Buttle and Renee Roca, according to starsonice.com
    That's interesting, because when they spoke at the end, I think it was Rochette who said that Buttle choreographed all of the group numbers and pushed him forward and didn't mention Roca, but I don't think she was there. They pointed out and thanked director Jef Billings, who was there. Browning thanked a bunch of people and the fans for coming and handed the microphone to Rochette ("because I like to hear her cute French accent") and told her to say anything, "say the ABCs" in French. She was very gracious, but no greeting in French. She gave the mike to Scott Moir, and he might have been the one to thank the crew. Earlier in the show, Virtue and Moir thanked the fans and gave a shpiel about Lindt chocolates, samples of which were handed out in the lobby after the show

    The group numbers were mostly superb. I didn't think the final number was tight, and it seemed a bit scattered. The opening was both bizarre and exquisite, and I could have watched Joannie Rochette with her umbrella glide/glide/glide step off the ice, glide/glide/glide, etc. all night long.

    Unless I was miraculously comatose just for the exact length of Duhamel and Radford's intro/solo program/transition, we only got them in the opening and closing numbers.

    On the on-ice corner monitors, there was a series of slides that said, "Sochi 2014, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir/Patrick Chan" and then "2014 Stars on Ice/Kurt Browning" so they seem to be optimistic for a show next year. If they can't draw in crowds post-Sochi, there's no hope.

    I didn't see the Victoria show; I can't describe what they did differently, except that I doubt it was part of the standard show when Patrick Chan was doused with a bucket of water (I think by Browning) as he, Browning, Buttle, and Virtue and Moir were waiting to start the first act closer. (When Jeff Buttle gave his World Vision speech, he started by saying that this was the last show of the season, which Patrick knows more than anyone, and then faux-sneeringly called Chan "rookie.") In the group number with umbrellas, did water always squirt out of them? Did rain always pour on Kurt Browning at the end of "Singing in the Rain"?

    I thought the quality of the programs was so uniformly good, the only distinctions I can make were likes. Ashley Wagner's two programs were clearly designed to keep her sharp, with intricate and difficult entrances into jumps, like a spread eagle into a triple on the reverse curve in her first number. I preferred her second program to "Sweet Dreams", which she skated like a fireball of energy. If she can skate with that brutal confidence during the season, she will have nothing to worry about. The Kerrs programs were a contrast, but how do they manage to be 2000x hotter than Virtue and Moir, who started their "Stay" number with Virtue in a pink negligee dress by (carefully) rolling over each other and ended "Carmen" with Virtue's orgasm? Some of the things in "Carmen" that looked contrived to me on TV in the competitive version, like the modern dance segment, were really strong live, and the lifts were (The main part they dropped for CSOI was the "Flower Song" section.) Sawyer is such a pro as a performer. The caterpillar suit at the start of "O Fortuna" had the four-year-old behind me squealing with delight, and the butterfly wings showed off Sawyer's signature moves brilliantly.

    I loved both of Buttle's and Rochette's programs, but I have a soft spot for Rochette's second, "That Man," which was so light, precise, and cheeky without any winks. She is such a delight to watch. I thought the Van Cliburn/Dave Brubeck tribute with the two of them was moving. Both of Browning's programs showed him at his signature best, with intricate footwork and his trademark timing. As Rochette said at the end of the show, it was such a privilege to see him do "Singing in the Rain" live, at the end of which nearly the entire arena was up on its feet. (She also said it great to see him do the program live, since the broadcast was 20 years ago, at which he looked mock hurt, and then she said to him something like "I was alive then" to make him feel better.)

    Chan is starting to get the hang of this, but I didn't much like "Mannish Boy": for me, he's not a very convincing ass-shaker. He doesn't need to: he more than held his own in the group numbers with Buttle, Kerr, Browning, Sawyer, and Moir just by dancing -- if he can transfer some of that to his competitive FS this season, it would be grand -- and he's plenty panties-worthy without it. I loved the high five between Browning and Chan in the finale when four of the them did simultaneous 2A's and nailed the landings. As the skaters spread out to interact with the fans in on-ice seats, Chan was very cute with the two little girls from whom Scott Moir stole some pop corn earlier: I think they eyed him suspiciously, thinking he was going to steal more food from them. Moir was very gracious to the fans in our corner of the rink. Browning thanked the crowd for coming as he skated by.

    The show this year was fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl22aries View Post
    Meagan and Eric didn't skate their solos?

    Such a fun, memorable evening. Hope everyone who went out to the shows this season had an amazing time too!
    According to Meagan's twitter, Eric injured his hand at the last minute so they couldn't do the performance.

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    My Hamilton Stars on Ice photos: http://kurtfiles.com/pics/event.php?...on+Ice&search=

    I was in the 15th row center ice, and the lighting was darker so there aren't as many and they're not as good as my Toronto shots. But, it's also a wider perspective on the group shots, so there is that... =)

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    Thank you Teenes! The pictures are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by screech View Post
    According to Meagan's twitter, Eric injured his hand at the last minute so they couldn't do the performance.
    Ouch... a picture from the weekend shows that his left thumb is bandaged:
    https://twitter.com/SportsWkndScott/...450944/photo/1

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    ^^ Thanks Clarie. Kurt's sense of humour is also obvious in his writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    ETA 2 photos tweeted today by Seattle local news station KING5:
    "In beautiful Vancouver w/ ashwagner2010 Great interview. Final night for @starsonice Canadian tour" http://pic.twitter.com/jKtbyMgh0n

    "The @starsonice folks hit the streets of Vancouver, @AshWagner2010 & @Pchiddy mugging for the camera." http://pic.twitter.com/GlFodVwVFK
    Here's the Ashley Wagner interview with the local Seattle news station, including appearances by her fellow SOI cast members (Patrick Chan and Sinead Kerr comment on camera): http://www.king5.com/sports/US-figur...207959541.html
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    The video opens with Wagner shopping with Eric Radford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Here's the Ashley Wagner interview with the local Seattle news station, including appearances by her fellow SOI cast members (Patrick Chan and Sinead Kerr comment on camera): http://www.king5.com/sports/US-figur...207959541.html
    Nice to see the story, I was in Vancouver for SOI, when I returned to my hotel I saw Eric Radford being interviewed by King 5. I didn't realize Ashley was a "local" girl, good luck to her next season

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    It's a little late but I finally uploaded my Stars on Ice review on my blog. Please read and enjoy!

    http://princessbeanysmiles.wordpress.com

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    Thank you so much SiriusboutBlack for all your 'hard work' putting everything together nicely. Enjoy your the reveiw very much together with the great pictures.
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    http://www.starsonice.com/?content=b....Patrick&#39;s blog about SOI (sorry if it was posted earlier)
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    Direct link to Browning's SOI blog entry (May 13): http://www.starsonice.com/?content=blog&id=5095

    Direct link to Chan's SOI blog entry (May 16): http://www.starsonice.com/?content=blog&id=5103

    Photos from the Hamilton and Toronto stops, organized by skater: http://www.scratchspin.com/2013/csoi13/csoi13.shtml

    ETA link to David Carmichael's SOI Halifax photos (in case they weren't posted earlier): http://davecskatingphoto.com/photos_...i-halifax.html
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-22-2013 at 10:29 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Also from the Toronto show: http://danielleearl.zenfolio.com/f805099588

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    Since I couldn't go this year I've followed this thread closely - thank you everyone for your reports, videos and photos. Much appreciated
    My travel and adventure blog http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com

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    This morning I got an email with a $5.00 mail-order-only presale offer for 2014 CSOI. The link was to this page, in which you download an order form, which must be postmarked by 30 June.

    http://www.starsonice.ca/stars-on-ic...s-schedule.php

    Please note that at least the Vancouver date is the 2013 date.
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    Stars on Ice
    An encore presentation of the 2012 broadcast of Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt will air this Friday night, June 14, at 8 pm EDT on CBC!
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    Thanks for the heads up - great show - I really enjoyed seeing it again!

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