Hey but they are fast and have a certain sharpness and smoothness. It's the SS that got the judges I think this season because that FD choreography was a snoozefest.
Before I congratulate these women for looking more expensive than Madison Hubbell, I would like to know the net worth of their parents and, for first four, what they were pulling in for shows for the last half of their careers.Just to keep to relatively recent (last 5 years) NA top ice dance—Tessa Virtue, Meryl Davis, Maia Shibutani, Kaitlyn Weaver, Madison Chock, Alexandra Paul, and Laurence Fournier Beaudry (as of this season) have all always shown up in dresses that make them look like a million bucks. I love H/D, but the mom-made costumes miss far more than they hit.
But I'm not sure I agree that they would have had better advice from Zoueva, Shpilband, or Camerlengo, who have all sent their top teams out with poorly chosen material at one time or another. To start the last quad with a bang, Zoueva gave the Shibs that bland waltz in their first year as her top team, and Camerlengo gave H/D that messy Great Gatsby FD. Everyone makes a bad choice from time to time. The choices Gadbois made for H/D have mostly worked.I think the coaches share the blame in this. H/D were having trouble picking something, they threw out the idea, and I think it was Romain who signed off on it. I think if they’d been with Zoueva, Shpilband, or Camerlengo, the RJ idea would have been met with a “no” and suggestions of other things to consider instead.
No, no, you don't get it, the DRAMZ! part at the end is a sekret masterpiece! It's a metaphor for the endless ice dance struggle: He's saying "Oh noez, Vika, Dostatni is the tech specialist!" , she says "Damn! We will get a random level two for no reason somewhere now!" and then they both rage at the skating gods! It makes perfect sense.SinKats don't emote all over the place to Bach. I think they a good job with Bach with appropriate movement to the music, it's the second piece where they emote all over the place, and the problem is the crappy choreography in that choreo step sequence
Excerpt from last summer's interview LinkI know in past interviews (don’t remember which one) H/D have mentioned that they are not able to work while training in Canada. So while some skaters are able to coach in their free time to earn additional money, H/D are not.
Where does the difference in budget between them and other top teams lie? Their families' financial situations? Federation support? Commercial sponsorships? For instance, do Chock and Bates have a bigger budget, and, if so, any idea why?
The best definition I heard for a musical is that when the characters break into song, they don’t know they are singing.Is this the ISU's premptive strike to say no predictable Oscar trends or finger gun pointing programs? They must have a special rubber stamp that looks like Grumpy Cat and a big NO.
Music from movie soundtracks which are not movie musicals such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, A Star is Born or soundtrack music from Star Wars, James Bond are “compilations of music/songs/tracks” and not a “musical”.
Not true!The best definition I heard for a musical is that when the characters break into song, they don’t know they are singing.
So much for Bohemian Rhapsody songs for the RD!
Never seen either show. I wonder if the ISU would consider them true musicals.
The Buffy episode and any given episode of Galavant should count as musicals because the songs in them have a narrative function: they serve to advance the story, not just to illustrate or elaborate on something that's already happened in the dialogue, and the music is non-diegetic. A Star is Born wouldn't count because the content of the songs doesn't advance the narrative - story happens around rather than through the performances - and the music is diegetic (happening in-world). Most of Glee wouldn't count either because for a show that was supposed to be a musical it very rarely used its music to actually advance the story - it was more often used to heighten emotional impact. Plus most of the music isn't original and what was original was, frankly, dire.Never seen either show. I wonder if the ISU would consider them true musicals.
Guess there are a couple of exceptions to this “rule” which works for most situations, like A Star is Born where the characters are literally playing and singing on stage versus something like Into the Woods.
There's always We Will Rock You, which has a lot of overlap. Jukebox musicals are allowed! But that would be tricky to get a quickstep rhythm from.So much for Bohemian Rhapsody songs for the RD!
So do I understand correctly that all these skaters posing with Voss water on social media are advertising for the company, with no contract, for free? Because I don't consider bottled water payment when you can just turn on the tap and get it for free? I've always been a bit weary of the whole Voss water based on the concept of shipping water in plastic bottles to places with good and safe tap water BUT way to take advantage of skaters desperate for sponsorships because I am not seeing the benefit here for the athlete?<snip>
MH: It is challenging to find a financial sponsor. A lot of times you’ll get product sponsors, like we have with Voss, which is really helpful. They send us Voss water for free and we post about it. They support us in that way, but there is no contract. We do have one sponsor that helps us, which is Shaklee, and they give us plenty of products, proteins, and vitamins to help us with our training. There are also placement bonuses, for example, for qualifying for the Olympic team. ........
I guess the benefit for the skaters is in the brand. Once you look *in demand* from one brand it might boost your appeal for other sponsors perhaps.So do I understand correctly that all these skaters posing with Voss water on social media are advertising for the company, with no contract, for free? Because I don't consider bottled water payment when you can just turn on the tap and get it for free? I've always been a bit weary of the whole Voss water based on the concept of shipping water in plastic bottles to places with good and safe tap water BUT way to take advantage of skaters desperate for sponsorships because I am not seeing the benefit here for the athlete?
Shaklee is different as they are actually getting something for free so I see how it benefits both parties. I was just surprised by the water and remain a bit cynical (with the company, not the skaters of course).I guess the benefit for the skaters is in the brand. Once you look *in demand* from one brand it might boost your appeal for other sponsors perhaps.
Weaver/Poje have the same arrangement with Voss and Shaklee. W/P actually went and presented at the Shaklee Annual General Meeting last year, so I suppose at least they would have got a paid for trip to Las Vegas at least?
Interview with Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin
When the journalist visited them at their rink, the guys were working on their FD. For now they chose a soundtrack to one of Pedro Almodovar's films, but the final decision has yet to be taken.
Sara says that she designs most of their costumes , but they will be working with Spanish fashion designer Juan Vidal this year - he saw them on TV and contacted Sara
When they first came out I had such high hopes, I wanted to see how being able to relax would elevate their presence on ice. But I find them just as tight and bland as when they first started. Zhulin tries to give them great material but meh. They have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever. Kiril, is either expressionless or overtop. Maybe they might surprise me and skate with a bit more ease this coming season. I find Drozd and Konkina much more interesting and they're just beginning.Great interview with Hurtado/Khaliavin! Lots of good details about them. (I adore this team.)
It was interesting to read that Ksenia Monko, Kirill's former partner and now wife, was the one who first suggested a tryout for Sara and Kirill. It sounds like she has been very, very supportive of them. Kudos to her for this!