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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    There are no non-US or professional skaters.
    Ryan Bradley is a pro skater. If they were going all non pro they could have picked up Max. (But I guess they needed a male skater with a backflip)

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    Quote Originally Posted by centerpt1 View Post
    Ryan Bradley is a pro skater. If they were going all non pro they could have picked up Max. (But I guess they needed a male skater with a backflip)
    Well again, there might have been a leftover contract to be honoured, or maybe they wanted to be sure that there a couple of skaters experienced with the tour, or maybe they just like him. Plus, my bet is most ticket buyers don't know the difference and will just be happy to see a bunch of skaters they've heard of from the Olys and nationals in recent years, and USFS is happy to have him on board promoting their sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centerpt1 View Post
    Instead, he nailed the lid on that coffin.
    Nah, an ice show isn't completely in the toilet until Jumpin' Joe Sabovčík is in the cast.
    Last edited by heckles; 03-02-2014 at 04:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie12 View Post
    Wonder why Evan is not on the list? Johnny weir too is a great show skater and was widely popular with his commentary.
    Johnny was not invited after Vancouver (despite a 6th place finish) and was supposedly told or had it implied to him that it was because he was not "family friendly." Whether that's true or not, he later said he's not interested in SOI. He does more lucrative shows in Asia and Russia (he was supposed to be in Plush's cancelled tour after Sochi). I do believe Johnny once did SOI Japan, though.

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    I wonder how we "know" people weren't invited? Some of them could have just said no.

    The assumption on here is that "any skater" should be so grateful for anything they take it. I recall several years ago some skaters said no to some tours just because the "rate" wasn't worth it to them. Maybe they had better offers, maybe they had other interests. Michelle is a prime example. SOI would have taken her, heck she probably could have had her own tour, but she was ready to move on. Evan may not like the touring lifestyle or may be able to make more elsewhere. Weir is a prime example of a skater I can see making more in Russia then here. (surely there was a reason he was gushing about Plush... payday?)

    Bradley strikes me as the best "entertainer" in this tour. I love some of the other skaters, but Ryan can "SELL" He's cut from the Scott Hamilton cloth when it comes to entertaining a crowd. (I think Jason can get there, but I don't see Abbott ever hitting that type of appeal for example.) You need someone to run the show and keep it fun! Ryan fits that mold perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    There are no non-US or professional skaters because this tour is in partnership with USFS to promote their current skaters - it was announced a year ago - IMG, US Figure Skating partnering on tour for the first time
    I was really thinking that SOI might make a stop somewhere in the Southeast because of Nationals being in NC again. And now seeing that that the cast is non pros, it would have been a nice promotional opportunity.

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    I think there was a lot of gushing by skaters that buttered the bread.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie12 View Post
    Wonder why Evan is not on the list?.
    Evan's hip injury may not be healed enough for him to commit to the entire tour. While in Sochi, he taped a TV segment giving Nastia a skating lesson. At that time, Evan mentioned that he had been off the ice with an injury for 13 weeks. Moreover, in an interview that he did while in Sochi, he mentioned that he had been off the ice and that he would later be evaluated to determine if surgery would be necessary.

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    I had a chance to see Holiday On Ice with the Stars on Ice cast this past December. The cast was primarily Canadian (I saw the Lake Placid show), the only exceptions being Ryan Bradley, Kimmie Meissner, and the Kerrs. Bradley and Meissner were obviously the token Americans in the show, and the difference in quality between Bradley and the Canadian men in particular was huge. This isn't his fault, of course, as the other male cast members were Kurt, Jeff, Shawn Sawyer, and Elvis, all of whom could skate circles around him and it showed. Kimmie is a beautiful skater, but her counterpart was Rochette who is still in her prime. I was a bit surprised by how big the difference between Bradley and the others was...

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    Meh, I too prefer a more international cast -- at this point, I'd prefer to fly up to Canada and see THEIR SOI, other than D/W, of course. I don't know if we will go to the So Cal tour this year -- depends on our adoption travel and who the special guests are, I think. I like D/W and Ryan, but the rest are rather blah for me, as most of my favs are international at the moment.

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    Well, Katia, Ilia, the Kerrs, Joannie, Shawn, & Kurt were in last season's US tour (in Kurt's case , it was billed as his US farewell tour), so could this USFS agreement mean only US skaters in the US tour for the future? I hope not (don't get me wrong, I love to support the US skaters, and there are so many that I really like, but I still want to see an international mix for this tour).

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckles View Post
    Nah, an ice show isn't completely in the toilet until Jumpin' Joe Sabovčík is in the cast.
    Oh no, Steven Cousins is the ultimate toilet flusher

    He must have one hell of a personality..

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    Are we going to have a situation like Evan's DWTS/SOI conflicts this year with Davis and White? Rumors have Meryl and Charlie doing DWTS. I remember when Evan did not appear in Boston in 2010 because he was on DWTS. There was a young boy with VIP tickets who was clearly there because Evan would be skating. He was so disappointed; I certainly understood how he felt.

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    While we go to see the entire cast of SOI each year, we would be very disappointed if Meryl & Charlie were not @ our stop. They are a big draw for us. I really wish that DWTS would wait until the fall, but I guess it's a case of "striking while the iron is hot."

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    From the tour dates and the run of DWTS, it looks like a complete overlap. If they don't get voted out early - both of them - I don't see how they can do this tour.

    As a fan paying good money to see the country's only Olys Gold Medalists and World Champions who have been billed as headlining the show, I'd be really mad if they didn't show up. Fans are already disappointed in the lack of international skaters or even more well known American pros, so this will surely kill any hope of robust ticket sales.

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    Evan did DWTS and SOI at the same time, and DWTS used to have a more demanding schedule. I'm sure they have figured out a way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    Evan did DWTS and SOI at the same time, and DWTS used to have a more demanding schedule. I'm sure they have figured out a way.
    It should be easier for Meryl and Charlie to do both. In 2010, DWTS aired two nights per week and the SOI tour had 40 cities. Evan had to miss the SOI shows that were on Sunday (camera blocking, costume fitting) & Monday & Tuesday (TV telecast).

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    If "most of" the tour doesn't include the date where a fan has a ticket to the show, then it really doesn't matter. We all know that anything can happen, but it's one thing for a skater to miss a show due to injury - disappointing but understandable - but it's another for those skaters to be promoted as headliners and then to be told after tickets have been bought that the only true stars might have something better to do that night.

    If this was the old days when the tour was packed with stars, unless you were an uber of one skater, seeing all the others would make up for it if one was missing. The cast used to include multiple Olys and World medalists who were also experienced pros who could put on a show, which back in those days was also well produced with full choreography, music, lighting, costumes, group numbers etc. But on this particular tour, I don't think the rest of the US team doing their exhibition numbers and a couple of simple group numbers is going to make up for D&W's credentials and star power.

    I wonder if they tried to get some more US pros to join the tour to help with ticket sales and level of showmanship, as they've done for CSOI with Kurt, Joannie and Shawn. Even if V&M don't show up, much as I'd miss them, as a fan I'd still feel I was getting my money's worth.

    Maybe the US tour is relying on special guests to make up the difference - but if they aren't announced with some notice, they aren't going to help much with ticket sales.

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    If Meryl and Charlie have to miss Sunday shows due to DWTS, the shows in the following cities fall on a Sunday:
    Orlando 4/6, Long Island 4/13, Detroit 4/27, St. Paul 5/4, San Jose 5/11 and Seattle 5/18

    That is actually quite a few dates. So if you want to see them at SOI in one of those cities you have to hope they get voted out early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semogal View Post
    If Meryl and Charlie have to miss Sunday shows due to DWTS, the shows in the following cities fall on a Sunday:
    Orlando 4/6, Long Island 4/13, Detroit 4/27, St. Paul 5/4, San Jose 5/11 and Seattle 5/18

    That is actually quite a few dates. So if you want to see them at SOI in one of those cities you have to hope they get voted out early.

    I had looked at Orlando. I won't be going now.

    I can't blame them for choosing to do DWTS and I hope they make it all the way. It's a lot more publicity etc.. then a tour that hits so few cities and draws such small crowds. Maybe the truth is it's time for our tours to just slide away.

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