I don't think this has been linked to yet. Frida340 has uploaded the Eurosport coverage of the FD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnMK...Cse1Gg&index=2
It's a bit of a stretch to say that Tessa and Scott "hardly changed anything about the program" when they changed both of their step sequences, the last lift, the spin, and the transitions coming out of the spin and the first step sequence, is not it? No to mention that they reworked the initial dance completely in August. Yes, Meryl and Charlie reworked their music a bit more, and they reworked the beginning, but most of their elements remained the same throughout the season, except the last lift (the change to the third lift was too minor to really count). So, in my opinion, it's quite partial and not objective at all to say that Tessa Scott reworked their FD less than Meryl and Charlie. I am not saying this just because I am Tessa and Scott fan, but because I care for objectivity and an objective appraisal/assessment.
But the reason why they didn't change even more transitions, choreographic moves, and so on, was not laziness or faulty judgement, but because they had a concept and a vision about their dance, and they didn't want to compromise even more than they did in order to receive better marks. Also, what some people call "losing momentum" in the middle was a part of the story and concept. It's the part where the relationship of Carmen and Jose comes closest to love, that's why it is set to that fragment of Schedrin's suite, and that is why it's slower and more lyrical. Putting a more dramatic part of the music there, and making it faster would mean breaking down and changing the story more than they intended to. One thing that I would agree with is that the slow part looked emptier than it could be, especially with the long entry in the combination lift. But I understand that they needed a moment to rest between the first and final parts that were more intense and demanding.
As for not mastering the required elements part - it's not like Meryl and Charlie managed to get level 4 on their polka sequences and step sequences all the time. And their twizzles were not always perfect. Even at Worlds Meryl also wobbled on their twizzles in the FD a bit. It really was barely noticeable and so minor (also compared to Tessa in the SD) that they didn't lose a level for it, but I still suspect if it was Tessa or Scott in her place the level would have been lost. I must note that it was not me who noticed that minor wobble on Meryl's twizzles - it was the Latvian TV commentator (she's a figure skating professional) who likes Meryl and Charlie a lot (more than Tessa and Scott), and I noticed that it really was so only on rewatch. But that was not the point. The point is that Meryl and Charlie haven't been completely perfect throughout the season either (neither of the two teams have ever achieved that - it's simply impossible for real people), and they weren't completely perfect at Worlds, although they were a bit better than Tessa and Scott overall (not in the FD, though - there they were pretty much equal, imho).
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Still - congratulations to Meryl and Charlie and to all of you for the deserved win!
The only thing I didn't like were the weird leather suspenders on Meryl's costume. I understand the basic Hunchback of ND story, but am not familiar with this musical. Did she ever explain what this part of the costume was about?The music ended up to be the only thing I didn't like about Notre Dame.
I wasn't that thrilled with the music, either, at first, but kind of got used to it.
^^^^ Actually the middle section of Carmen is to Micaela's aria. In the opera, Micaela is the devoted, innocent hometown girl Don Jose should have married instead of ditching everything for that witch Carmen. The music is not about an idyllic period in Carmen and Jose's relationship, they never had one. It was sex, thievery, gambling, abandonment of duty, and trouble from the getgo. I can't help wondering if interpolating this idyllic section into the FD accounts for the loss of momentum that people have noticed. Carmen (the character) does not have a sweet side. It would have made more sense to use Jose's "La fleur que tu m'avais jetee" music because he at least did have a sweet side and initially hoped Carmen would be the girl of his dreams. Poor sod. But I don't know if that is in the Schedrin suite. It would have been interesting to see Carmen (the FD) portray that doomed, sentimental side of Jose.
The last two flights, less Coomes & Buckland are also up.
The commentators say they can't imagine how the judges can chose between the 2 teams in the FD, but both were splendid...and indeed they were.
Sorry. I just wanted to be sure everyone knew all the last 2 flights, more or less, in British Eurosport coverage, have been uploaded by the same youtuber as the D/W link.
No matter what music choices they have in the next season, I'm fully expecting a couple of programs. I remember Tanith saying how many teams will do something contrasting in the pre-Olympic season to what they have in mind for the Olympic season.
Didn't that happen to Meryl last year when Charlie had to go to drug testing? Anyway Ekaterina is adorable and her English is quite good.
Just showed the top ten free dances to my mother in law. She only ever watches skating during the Olympics but she was in heaven watching it all tonight. Meryl and Charlie have a new fan hoping they will win the Olympics...but she also loved, well, everyone. She couldn't stop awwwwing over all the lifts and just kept talking about how much flow and "floating" meryl and Charlie had.
"We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers, Of the world for ever, it seems." Arthur O'Shaughnessy