2022 U.S. Stars on Ice Tour

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Absolutely valid point! I don't like it, either. Big difference between that statement, and not liking the concept in general, to writing that Scott is promoting a shady charity.

That is not what I said. I stated that Charity Navigator has some concerning scores on its ratings of Holt (e.g. fundraising expenses 5/10, fundraising efficiency 5/10) and that if people are thinking of donating to them at SOI they should be sure they are comfortable with supporting the organization.
 

tony

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That is not what I said. I stated that Charity Navigator has some concerning scores on its ratings of Holt (e.g. fundraising expenses 5/10, fundraising efficiency 5/10) and that if people are thinking of donating to them at SOI they should be sure they are comfortable with supporting the organization.
You aren't the only person who commented on it.

Glad to hear Alysa is having fun (well, all of them after a long year).
 

victorskid

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By the way, the Canadian Stars on Ice tour has long been allied with World Vision and it is standard to have tables outside on the concourse and a presentation at the end of the first half. It is not international adoption per se but an opportunity to sponsor a child. This is their website, linked from the SOI.ca website: https://www.worldvision.ca/
 

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The SOI family out at the Figure Skating in Harlem event:


More pics from the event:


Nice to see Timothy Goebel there too!
 

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I found good quality fan cam videos of the final four numbers of the Newark, NJ show last Friday (4/22) on this one YT account:
Jason Brown's "Sinnerman" (incredible performance to experience live!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpJys6a7wE
Hubbell/Donohue's Janet Jackson medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd0-3KFcYEw
Nathan's "Rocketman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB-gzj_GfuU
Elton John medley group number + finale (12 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFBNNoVLLLk

Same person also shared 2 shorter videos from the show:
Jason's "I Lived" (clips incl. 3 cartwheels & 3 split jumps): https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ccs-ZbegK_Y/
Nathan's "Space Song" excerpt with back flip: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CcsX_8Wgyoz/

More Newark SOI videos:
Nathan's "Space Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P10KLA79UYs
The Weeknd group number (excerpt): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEdGY85EKXU
Nathan's "Rocketman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgf9TMb_4I0
Elton John medley (final 2 songs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh4wBKrel_s

Hartford, CT show on Saturday night (4/23):
Nathan's "Space Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_VnGL-BmEE
Nathan's "Rocketman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63uoN-rdGZ8
Elton John medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cW0j2KhWe8
Finale for each skater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-2alogT1LA

Providence, RI show on Sunday afternoon (4/24):
The Weeknd group number that closes the first half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AItrPEJUGdg
"What A Wondefrful World" group number that opens the 2nd half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdkgN4HZulM

This YT account has 18 videos (excerpts) from the Greensboro SOI show (4/20): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhGFpzsWzpD9gkpC_OfoRg/videos

This YT account has 15 videos from Orlando SOI show (4/16): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCriQwqEkXHpq-uixTeVSfgQ/videos
 

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A question for those of you who already went to the SOI - were you able to use (or did you see people using) a camera, not cell phone, to take photos?
 

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A question for those of you who already went to the SOI - were you able to use (or did you see people using) a camera, not cell phone, to take photos?

I didn’t see anyone using a camera but I believe you are allowed. You are not allowed to use the flash though.
 

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Are you talking about Karen Chen? She's the only one whose quads are visible. Alysa is wearing a long dress.

I think Karen looks like an elite athlete. As she is. :)
Yes, oops. It was Karen. I just haven't seen her quad looking like that before.
 

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Scott is not endorsing a charity with a shaky reputation. As Wyliefan notes, Holt has a good rating. I am certain he, and IMG management, have vetted the organization.


As another measure there is nothing out of line in terms of executive compensation and spending.

Well, I for one do not feel comfortable giving to this organization.
 

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Yes - The Holt guy stands on the ice to give his speech before the zamboni comes out. I found it very awkward
As did I. There were very few takers, at least in my section. I think there were two. The one closest to me was asked to contribute with a donation envelope. The donor agrees to sponsor a child in another country for $39.00 a month, until they are adopted iirc. The donor received an info packet and a pull on hat.
 
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I agree that it is an odd choice, but pretty on brand for Scott. The concept of adoption is great, but the industry that has built up around it in the U.S. is not without moral and ethical ambiguity, so that is going to be a turnoff for some portion of the audience.

I would also add that adoption can be a very, very emotionally charged topic for a lot of people, which is another reason I don’t love that they’re doing this. I’m personally glad to be forewarned, let’s put it that way.
I went to the first show of the U.S. leg of the tour so I was not forewarned. Imo, it kind of changed the feel-good vibe a bit after the excitement of the first act, given the rather poignant subject matter. I'm sure the organization is ok, but I paid to be entertained, not to be pitched at intermission by an international adoption charity, asking for sponsors for these children. It was frankly awkward to see few takers in the stands. And sad. I was glad when it was over. Thankfully, Act II brought the feel-good vibes back again, at least for me.
 

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Saw the Hershey show tonight. All wonderful skating, no weak numbers in the bunch. Highlights (for me) were C/B, Nathan and Jason (Sinnerman!). Also really enjoyed Vincent and Mirai. Loved all 4 group numbers.

I noticed there were no advance order forms on the seats so I assume that means no show there next year. Maybe it will be a very short tour, maybe combined with the Canadian tour (their plan for 2020) or maybe they'll take a break in non-Oly years.

Thanks for the advice on using the charity pitch for a ladies room trip. We were the first ones in there. ;) And when we came out, it was still going on. From the comments of people coming into the ladies room as we were leaving, I don't think people were too impressed. Scott needs to find another, less intrusive platform for his charity work.
 

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Apparently, Brandon has adopted a "penguin son" (a Beanie Baby) named Waddles and has created its own IG account: https://instagram.com/waddlewithwaddles
:lol:

Going back to the question about Mariah's black tongues on her skates...there is a photo of the skates and it looks like it's some sort of patch, possibly to reinforce the tongue and/or prevent lace bite, which can occur when the tongue starts to break down. Since skaters are in the middle of a tour, breaking in new skates right now isn't an option.
 

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Twitter thread (3 tweets in all) from Sunday afternoon's Long Island, NY show included this comment - "Bummed I didn't get to see Karen Chen though (she was sick, pulled out of the show)": https://twitter.com/abacjourn/status/1520967997363752960

ETA:

Glad to hear the Boston show this past Saturday night was sold out (Karen isn't tagged or in this "waving at the audience" clip tweeted by SOI): https://twitter.com/starsonice/status/1520633350285041664

Some professional photos (10) from the Long Island show taken by Dennis DaSilva: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdGcvHpuPjt/
 
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I came across this video of Jason, Mariah & Vincent doing a Q&A with fans before the 4/23 Hartford, CT show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Wm73rnctY
Same YT account has a few videos from the show:
Nathan's "Space Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myj9cccw1SE
Karen's "Hero": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLoG5cZJbK8
Vincent's "Vincent": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtrfzHWpqz8
Mariah's "Easy on Me": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN9MaKUYuSI
Nathan's "Rocketman" & Elton John group number: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8-RK4fCL8Y

According to FSO's review of last Friday's Hershey, PA show, Karen skated her first solo and was not able to return:

Re-posting here from her "A Divine Sport blog" thread - thanks to @clairecloutier for her detailed review of the Boston show this past Saturday:

ETA links to 2 long Twitter threads by a fan who attended Sunday afternoon's Long Island show:
Includes many clips from the show: https://twitter.com/FanAnonymous38/status/1521217309326643202
Meet & Greet experience afterwards: https://twitter.com/FanAnonymous38/status/1521564743139536896
 
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The SOI website has published the program music/running order online: https://s3.amazonaws.com/busites_ww...n-ice-2022-running-order-38582-1651162084.pdf
I found good quality fan cam videos of the final four numbers of the Newark, NJ show last Friday (4/22) on this one YT account:
Jason Brown's "Sinnerman" (incredible performance to experience live!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpJys6a7wE
Hubbell/Donohue's Janet Jackson medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd0-3KFcYEw
Nathan's "Rocketman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB-gzj_GfuU
Elton John medley group number + finale (12 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFBNNoVLLLk
Same YT account has uploaded 12 videos from the May 1st Long Island show (listed in order of skate):

Opening group number to "Thunderstruck": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcrL1QuIRmU
Chock/Bates' "I Hear A Symphony": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GWlnMY4w-E
Alysa's "Run2U": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbKH9upgitU
Vincent's "Lonely": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN9dtX57fJU
Mariah's "Chromatica": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ytEdCxtuQ
Nathan's "Space Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8eqrmvMySg
Jason's "I Lived": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQO7KtANL74
Knierim/Frazier's "Fix You": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1SyrvEU81A
Group number to a medley by The Weeknd that ends the 1st half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPCzrnwJQ20
Group number to "What a Wonderful World" that opens the 2nd half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4LQvq0DvoA
Alysa's "Loco": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c1rzkqvamY
Mirai's "Grown Woman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LlP79L6_Wg

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4/29 Hershey, PA show (you can click on the time stamp links in the caption of both videos) - Act I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_1AfugQlLU
Act II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAVJbFZcKYY
 
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