I attended the 2pm show
in Philadelphia. Make that the 2:40 show. The show started at least
a half hour late, and then they said they were waiting because it
was raining out. Please! They do this every year, and it was only
drizzling at that time! The advanced order form for next year is
really nice...it has a little picture of each of the skaters listed
in the program. Also, I really liked the program this year. The
background isnít black, and there is a picture of the skater in
the background on the page (hard to explain.) Same price as last
year ($15). There werenít any cast photos like last year, but they
might later on the tour.
Oksana and Michael Weiss
were on a local morning show at 8am today. Michael looked half asleep.
Oksana said that she wanted another Olympic gold medal. They kept
saying that the show was at night! I was worried they wouldnít get
there in time (they were still in Maryland). Oksana said she was
going to drive to Philly herself (the host said something like ďthey
make you drive?Ē LOL) because she was going to stop in Delaware
first. I donít know if this rush hurt them, or they were just tired,
or the ice was bad, or what, but it seemed to be an off night for
all the skaters. I didnít take detailed notes (didnít write all
jumps down), but I think just about everyone had at least one mistake.
I donít think there were many falls though, just little things like
touch downs, falling out of a jump, etc.
My seats this year were
3rd row, directly across from where I sat last year. The only problem
was, if a skater did something in the corner on the side we were
sitting (which happened a lot), you couldnít see it. That corner
happened to be where I sat at Nationals last year. :-) And there
always seemed to be a head in my way when a skater was doing a jump!
One final thing...I wish I had read a review so I would have known
the skating order. Some of the order completely threw me off. Everything
listed is in order of appearance. Now, onto the show!!
- Michael Weiss
don't remember the music. Did a triple lutz
- Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Dancing Cheek to Cheek
- Punsalan & Swallow
Jump, Jive, 'n Wail
- Elizabeth Manley
...Baby One More Time
- Evgeny Plushenko
- Maria Butyrskaya
Still the One
- Viktor Petrenko
When I'm 64. Skated hunched over holding his back, like
an old man. ;-)
- Nicole Bobek
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi. She cut her hair. Not short
like Michelle, but shorter than it was. She wore it down the whole
show. She did a double jump
- Elvis Stojko
I Feel My Temperature Rising. (I'm not sure if that's the
name of the song, but I'm sure you know what I mean.) Audience
- Usova & Platov
Never Gonna Let You Down. (Again, probably isn't the name
of the song. But it's something like "never gonna give you up,
never gonna let you down." Can't think of the name!)
- Surya Bonaly
She's got it. She did a few jumps (I think the sal), but
no backflip. I thought about the Will and Grace episode ("she
wouldn't come all the way from France and not backflip!" LOL)
- Rudy Galindo
The two Will and Grace subjects back to back. :-) Skated to Time
Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show Had a black jacket on,
with something written on the back of it in sequins. I didn't
see exactly what it said, though. Another big ovation.
- Klimova & Ponomarenko
don't remember the song.
- Todd Eldredge
- Oksana Baiul
Ray of Light. She loves Madonna! :-) Wore what almost looked
like the shirt she wore on the morning show, but it wasn't. She
singled her axel.
- Brian Boitano
Route 66. SO happy to see him in person again! And the
crowd agreed with me :-)
- Kazakova & Dmitriev
Kwan Simply Irresistible. Wore a costume like this
one she wore in her Disney Special. HUGE ovation, I think
the loudest of the introductions. She stayed on the ice a little
while Philippe started.
- Philippe Candeloro
I don't know what she skated to. I was excited to see her since
this is the first time I've seen her skate in person. She had on
a black costume with glow in the dark parts. That was the best part
of the program. There wasn't much to it. She fell on a 3x sal.
He skated to his long program with the same costume. Did lots of
jumps, but had at least 2 mistakes (he fell out of a triple at the
other end of the rink, so I didn't see which one).
Punsalan & Swallow-
Sonny and Cher medley. Songs included "And the Beat Goes
On" and "I've Got You Babe." Great number for them. The crowd loved
it. She lifts him at one point.
Blondie medley. The first song was "One Way Or Another."
I liked her program from last year better, but this one suits her,
too. I think she only did doubles.
KC & the Sunshine Band medley. I think he was more awake
now! Wearing a huge afro wig, he did a perfect triple lutz. He took
off the wig in the middle of the program, and it looked funny just
sitting there. ;-) Did a backflip, but he put his hands down. Biggest
ovation so far.
I don't know what she skated to, but I know I've heard that music
before. Wore a black costume with fringe.
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze-
Impossible Dream. I didn't really like this program the first
time I saw it live (though I think it was different at Skaters Tribute
to Broadway), or when I saw it on TV, but I loved it here. Just
beautiful. Did their trademark moves, and I still can't understand
why I never see her smile. They wore their long program costumes.
Their throw 3x sal had a shaky landing.
Again, don't know the music, but it was typical Surya music. Costume
looked familiar. I didn't really like her as an eligible skater,
but am starting to like her as a pro. She seems to have more...I
don't know. I didn't really like this program though. She did her
one footed backflip here. She put her hand down on a jump, though.
Village People medley. OK, I've seen this three times in
person now, and countless times on TV. I should hate it by now,
right? Yet, I still found myself smiling at the end. It's such a
crowd pleasing number, I don't know how you could NOT smile! I'm
sure a lot of people there were at the show last year, and they
still loved it. Loudest ovation so far, maybe of the night.
Usova & Platov-
When You Came Into My Life. If it's possible, she looked
happier than at World Pros! The crowd really cheered for them.
I couldn't believe he was so soon! I only had a few pictures left
on that roll. :-( I don't know what he skated to, but it sounded
like a Broadway song. I know I've heard the singer's voice before.
I love Todd (he's my 2nd favorite skater), but this wasn't his night.
I think he doubled everything. Not his best program (didn't compare
to last year's program!) Got a big ovation though (we all love Todd!)
Klimova & Ponomarenko-
Skated to a Luther Vandross song. She had a pretty white costume
on. On a side note, there is an adorable picture of them with their
son in the program.
What I Like About You. Typical Elvis program. Pointing, hugging
people. A HUGE crowd response throughout the program. Took forever
to go into a triple lutz (which he landed perfectly).
First, let me say that the ovation for Oksana is always huge. Even
last year. But this year, it was just sort of tepid when she was
announced. I was surprised. About her program... umm...I'm an Oksana
fan, but this was...it was strange. It was classical music, but
there were some lyrics like "pain." She started it sitting on the
boards (which I had to watch on the jumbotron since I couldn't see
from my seat.) She landed two clean triples. She singled her axel
twice (that jump must be giving her problems...she singled it 3
times tonight.) Then, half way through the program, when there was
laughing in the music, she stopped and skated to the boards, turned
towards the audience, and took off her shirt and shorts. Now, from
our angle, it looked like she didn't have any clothes on! She had
on a skin-toned color costume, and we knew they wouldn't let her
skate without anything on, but from our angle...It was just a different
program. The reception at the end was equally as tepid. Then, she
didn't bow like they all do. She stood there, and was kind of bent
over. She stood there for a while, and then they finally announced
Viktor. She was still on the ice when his program skated. It took
her a long time to skate off the ice. I started to get worried that
something was wrong, but she was OK at the end. Strange...
Michael Jackson medley. When I first heard about this program,
I didn't think I would like it, but it's grown on me. His jumps
weren't there tonight (touch downs, I think), but he really sold
this program. The crowd loved it.
Kazakova & Dmitriev-
Fly Me to the Moon. The first throw landing was shaky. I've
seen this program so many times that I know it backwards and forwards,
but it's still a good program. They did their trademark Moskvina
spin right in front of me, and I have never been so impressed by
When he came on the ice, before he even skated, he went around the
rink and bowed. Then someone screamed "Take off your shirt!" Guess
they were disappointed...probably his only number where he doesn't!
he then pretended like he was going to. Finally, he started his
D'Artagnan program. I don't think I've seen so many old programs
on COI. Still, great program, and another crowd favorite. He went
to a woman in the crowd (shock!) and gave her his hand to kiss!
Kwan- HUGE ovation. A crowd favorite (yea, and mine too!) Wore
costume that she wore during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
during her second Disney special. I didn't recognize the song, though.
Some of the lyrics were "No one in my life to answer to but me,"
"I've memorized your face," and "To hold you one more time." That
last one was repeated at least twice, so maybe it has something
to do with the title? I didn't even recognize the singer. I like
the program, though. She did a 3x lutz, 3x sal, and 3x toe. She
fell out of her last jump, another 3x toe. It was still a beautiful
number. Different from her other programs (definitely more "commercial".)
I didn't really fall in love with Red Violin, so I liked seeing
a new number (though I was hoping to enjoy it more after seeing
it in person), but my friend wanted to see Red Violin. I don't think
she was disappointed though. Michelle also did several spirals,
including one where she looks up (like in East of Eden) and her
change edge spiral. Did two falling leaf jumps. Ended with a charlotte
(which seems to be more effective in her exhibition programs than
in Araine) into a split on the ice. Again, a different program for
her, and I think people will enjoy it. She got one of the biggest
ovations of the night, and received the only partial standing ovation
of the night.
Frank Sinatra medley. Like I said earlier, I really missed
him last year! Did a beautiful 'Tano lutz (at the other end of the
All of a sudden, after
Brian took his bows, Rudy and P&S were there, and they went right
into the finale. Wow! I heard that the ending this year was an ensemble
number (like SOI), but I was really surprised. For having only 2
days to work on it, and this only being the 3rd show, they seemed
to have the choreography down. It was so hard to watch everyone
(and try to decide what to take pictures of!) at the same time.
I think this alone was worth the price of admission! It was great.
I'll try to explain the best I can. It was skated to swing music.
The skaters would come out announced, but they didn't leave the
ice (like they did in the opening). Instead, they skated around,
and eventually went into a group of other skaters, and danced to
the music. They all had coordinating costumes (like they do in SOI.)
Sometimes, in the group of skaters, all of a sudden, another skater
would just appear. It's hard to explain! The order was:
- Maria (who was the
only one to have an old costume on--her short program one from
- Nicole. The first
song ended here, and she was lifted in the air by the other skaters.
- Philippe. Was in the
middle of a circle made by the other skaters. Did his trademark
spin where he sits on the ice.
- Oksana. Interacted
with Viktor when she came on the ice.
Then, all the skaters
did different things. B&S and K&D did a double death spiral. Michelle,
Nicole, and another lady (couldn't see, it was too dark), did spirals.
A couple of the men did synchronized jumps, etc. It was so cool!
I really hope they continue doing this type of number. If they have
it down this fast, I can't imagine how good it will be later on
tour! Then, they made a formation on the ice, and posed there for
a while. At this point, the audience was on their feet. They then
skated around to "We are the Champions," like always, and bowed
in line. I seriously would have paid just to have seen that ending!
It seemed like there was less this year than last year, but there
were several skaters listed in the program that weren't there. Even
with the mistakes, a great show!
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