Thanks for the links, everyone. shan, the photo you posted is one of my favourites because you can really feel the emotional commitment from both Meryl and Charlie. And the energy almost jumps off the page.
I am really disappointed in PJ's choice of analogy in comparing the FDs. Quite honestly, I found it to be rude. I think objectivity is a myth and that we each only have partial, situated knowledges, so I am cool with her being explicit about her preference, as long as she is not dismissive toward other skaters. In this case, she was. I think she has a valid point about the scoring of the choreography (and transitions) with respect to not only V&M but also P&B, and she could easily have made this point without being insulting. How unfortunate.
Anyways, I am happy that Meryl and Charlie Have good people around them. I do fear, however, that Charlie's mother may stumble across this
She knows who a number of D&W's fans are, and clearly has read both FSU and Golden Skate from time to time. If she had commented, it could have been under a screenname that didn't reveal who she is.
If they go with Tanith, I hope they also bring Terry Gannon back. He did a great job of trying to keep biased members of the panel on task and from turning things into a media circus a la Scott Hamilton. Figure skating today is so difficult to understand for the casual viewer that having a biased commentator will confuse watchers if the results don't turn the way the commentator says they should. Tracy does her best to keep Rod Black in line, although if he were gagged, it would be even better.
It's a perfect example of scare tactics often used in politics. Make something seem scary or bad to drum up support, instead of having a valid arguement. Let's just get back to the awesome skating/dancing and then everyone wins. Do the talking on the ice!
Or if we're looking for another story line with a Colin Firth association, how about "Valmont?" It's the "Dangerous Liasons" story made by the man who created "Amadeus" and way over the top, but Colin was gorgeous in it, and it certainly had drama, story, etc. Colin's hair was waist length in the movie-think Charlie could wear some extensions? haha...I am of course being silly and kidding about all of this, but it's fun to speculate.
Subtle yet masterful...
Anyways I liked reading the DWTS dancer's critique of the various FD this season. I had to keep looking up all the various dance terms he was using to understand which moves he meant. I think whenever he's using "pirouette" it means spin or twizzle. Nice to hear from a pure dance perspective. I also like how he talked about both strengths and weaknesses of each couple's programs.
We're not there yet, but I think when the time comes, we should use PJ's article as inspiration for the next thread title.
Davis And White#16 Their Cheese Doesn't Smell