That was the right person and the right music at the right time producing nothing less than magic on the iceMaria. This program alone turned me from being somewhat scared of her (mind you, I was ~10) to absolutely falling in love with her in the few short months between 1997 Worlds and 1997 Skate Canada when we in the USA were able to first see the program. I was immediately obsessed with it.
I like Johnny's, too, but would he have chosen this music without Maria choosing it first? I don't think so.Oh man, I have to speak up for Johnny. He's the one who owns Otonal for me. Bute's technical feat is amazing and wonderful to see, but Johnny is breathtakingly beautiful from start to finish. He's so fleet and inspired as well as delivering near-perfection technically. He can be compared with John Curry in this performance. I've soured a bit on Johnny since he stopped competing (as bright as he is, his self-obsession is unbearable) but I can never tire of this performance. (Is this the best vid there is?)