By request, a new thread, in honor of the return of Hip Hip Chin Chin
ETA from the end of the previous thread:Interesting Tidbits (Probably a lot of this is known already):
-Ashley has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her ribs (because she thought it would be the most painful place)
-Ashley's favorite exercise is cycling (but she hasn't done SoulCycle)
-Ashley did get in trouble for the swear word in the Sochi K&C
-Ashley wasn't allowed to watch cartoons growing up, and instead grew up on Animal Planet/Discovery channels; her mother was a 4th grade teacher
-Ashley and Gracie [in a brief cameo] are fawning over a bunch of baby animals (including pug puppies, piglets, goat kids, and a cat) that are on NBC's winter Olympics promo set for some reason.
Excerpt re. her current FS music idea for next season:Ashley was interviewed before World Team Trophy:
“(‘La La Land’) is the plan as of now, but I learned my lesson from the last Olympic season, whatever I end up competing has to feel right to me,” she said. “I identify with the story and thought it was so true to who I am as a person and in my career. … I think Shae and I are going to go to the drawing board, see if anything else pops up, but for right now ‘La La Land’ feels like the perfect choice for me.”
“I love the song Emma Stone sings during her audition (‘The Fools Who Dream’), and that’s the kind of story I want to tell,” she said. “At this point in my career I only have so many long programs left, and I want to skate to music that really speaks to me and helps tell a story. My long program this year was so off the beaten path of what I’ve done — I have no regrets, skating to it helped me expand my skills — but I’m ready to go back to taking on a character and having people recognize the story I’m telling.”
The skater also has no regrets about announcing her probable choice on Instagram back in February.
“Oh, a million skaters are going to use ‘La La Land,’” she laughed. “I just wanted to at least put it in people’s heads I was going to skate to it. … It feels very hopeful, and that’s what I really like.”
I am at work and can't listen. Is it a dramatic and loud piece or is it more soft and melodramatic? As I said, she of all people need a big ta-da ending.
Thank you for finding this!
Hey Marco.. your absolutely right about Carolina.. now that I think of it she could have done that Muse piece very well.Well this Muse program was actually pretty powerful but she just wasn't able to sell it or make it about her. It just never had the "watch me" magic of Black Swan, Samson & Delilah or Moulin Rouge.
I think Carolina Kostner could have done the Muse program justice with her long sweeping edges.
Agreed. In fact, I'd go further and say one should watch the whole movie (pace those who can magically pronounce judgment on the whole thing after watching a two-minute clip ).
I completely agree. I will admit when she initially said she was going to do a La La Land program I thought it didn't seem like her kind of music. But then I actually really thought about it and realised that she's probably one of the best people to understand the character and bring her to the ice. I'm really looking forward to seeing her skate to La La Land.Agreed. In fact, I'd go further and say one should watch the whole movie (pace those who can magically pronounce judgment on the whole thing after watching a two-minute clip ).
Then you see that this character has spent the last few years getting her hopes up, going to auditions, putting her heart and soul into them, getting dismissed with barely a look or a comment, pulling her hopes back up, launching out with her own project, seeing it fail dismally, giving up altogether and running away, not wanting to go back, finally being pulled back for one last-ditch try -- basically going through a grueling cycle of hope and doubt and almost succumbing to despair.
I can easily see how Ashley could relate. I think she'll sell the daylights out of it.
Thanks for sharing this. The section from 3:46-4:42 (nearly a minute of the song!) is emotional, dramatic and powerful, and would be great for about 2/3 of the way through the program; and then I could certainly see the program ending sweetly and emotionally with the last part of the song.
God, I hope she picks something that works. It's not that hard for her - driving, rhythmic, highs/lows, good edit. I was thinking today how Mirai threw away a season on "Winner". The wrong music and you're swimming upstream all season. Hope she has the humility to drop La La if it really won't help her win.I haven't seen it but people whose opinion I trust didn't like it. So I am prepared to not like the program just like I didn't like Moulin Rouge. It worked for her though.
TWO seasons. Who knows, it might work for her this time around.God, I hope she picks something that works. It's not that hard for her - driving, rhythmic, highs/lows, good edit. I was thinking today how Mirai threw away a season on "Winner". The wrong music and you're swimming upstream all season. Hope she has the humility to drop La La if it really won't help her win.
Link to the new interview is posted in the Mirai cheer thread (also the U.S. Ladies thread in GSD): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/index.php?threads/no-one-knows-mirais-mirai-nagasu-cheer-thread.98454/page-19#post-5075893Source? I only ask b/c I want to be sure it's actually happening before I start celebrating...