This show is just so good for my soul. The stories, the hockey players going so outside their comfort zone, the costumes... very happy it’s back. I even enjoyed the judges!
I'm looking forward to the programs going up on YouTube!I love this show so much. The quality was great tonight, especially for the first show.
Interesting that in Vanessa’s intro piece, Morgan wasn’t shown.
I think seeing last year’s winner include parts of Yankee Polka and the Blues pattern dances and lots of clean turns and twizzles might have set the bar higher for skating skills.I just voted, used the link posted here without any problems. Glad you were able to vote! I’m so happy the show is back. The hockey players have really upped their game - remember the first season when most stayed in hockey skates for most of the season?
Campbell and Hill are working with 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Ben Agosto and choreographer Katherine Hill. Both said they love the experience. “Ben and Katherine are incredible, such a dynamic force,” said Campbell. “It is so fun because they can demonstrate everything they are trying to teach and are great communicators. Ben is really passionate about the sport and teaching and they both have so much passion and energy … we are all just having a blast.”
Hill had previously met Agosto on the set of the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Axel’ when it was rehearsing in Montréal. “I wanted to visit a friend and while he was practicing I got to talk a little bit with Ben who was choreographing my friend’s program, so we had a little bit of rapport,” Hill recalled. “He is such a lovely man, very positive, and a go getter. He has great vibes.”
Aliu had also never before worked with a choreographer. He feels very fortunate to have David Wilson assigned to the team and said working with him has been an inspiring experience. “He has been unbelievable. He is my favorite human on earth I think. Vanessa is a close second, but David is No. 1 for me. He is so personable, I love him.
“The culture of figure skating is a lot different to hockey, which is very macho, and you put up this persona as if you are tough. But figure skating is a little more raw and emotional. To be honest, I think I have learned a lot and I believe David and I are going to be friends for a long time. I am privileged and honoured to have met him and I think he is a beautiful human.
“But, choreography is hard. Everything is so different than what I am used to, which is read and react, so that is obviously how my brain is wired. Remembering little steps here and there … Vanessa is really good — she talks to me while we skate, which helps a lot. I forget little steps here and there — it has not been as hard as I thought it would be, but I would never say it is easy.”
I continue to be impressed by the quality of the skating on this show. This season is already exceptional. I just keep thinking back to the first couple of seasons and it's amazing how much the quality has improved.
I’m neutral about Ron, not that impressed with the new host (couldn’t we find someone who could skate?!?), and even more disappointed in Kurt’s “new role”. I had hoped to hear some interesting insights from him.
To be honest, the only role Kurt is really good at is skating. Just skate Kurt, we don’t need you to talk at all. Let your feet do all the talking. That’s your role!And he has been associated with the show from the beginning.
I didn't like him as a judge, and am just so-so on him as a host.
I think this might have been CBC's way of keeping him associated with the show, while minimizing his role.
THIS! A thousand times this. Unlike @Japanfan I'm a huge fan of his skating, not so much from his competitive days but from his professional career. I've seen him live from an on-ice seat in Stars On Ice several times, and in many skating shows on TV and he's almost always electric. For me two of the most iconic numbers he's ever done are the original made-for-TV Singing in the Rain, and the made-for-shows Rag-Gidon the Clown which I've seen live. Both are absolutely brilliant IMO. I can't stand him as a commentator, judge, interviewer, whatever. Just skate Kurt!To be honest, the only role Kurt is really good at is skating. Just skate Kurt, we don’t need you to talk at all. Let your feet do all the talking. That’s your role!
I was secretly hoping Kaetlyn Osmond would be the new host. She can skate, is gorgeous and also smart. Pretty sure she’s social media savvy tooJust got to watching tonight, id have a hard time choosing a favourite. I love the show - and am so impressed with the level of skating. My only negative is the new host. She doesn’t seem to know much about skating or the skaters. If they want someone to increase the online presence at least pick someone who knows skating!