TX 7 – The Celebs Go Marching [Out] Two by Two
It’s hard to believe there are only 3 weeks of this season’s Dancing On Ice after today’s show!
It was nice to see some media coverage of more than one contestant this week, but also interesting to see how Gemma’s time on the show has apparently paid off for her business ventures. If you didn’t read my earlier blog post here, about reality shows and the impact of social media, take a look back and let me know what you think now that the season is more than half way over.
Some of you know - especially if you’ve followed my Instagram stories - that I’ve been in China and Japan the past few weeks, so I’m just getting back to my normal routine. That includes working on a program with Line Haddad - got right back into that just a few hours after landing back in New York after a MUCH delayed flight from Tokyo that was diverted to one of my other favorite cities, San Francisco!
Also, post your comments on the blog below. I noticed that, in my jet lagged travel stupor, I forgot to turn on the comment function on last week’s post. Sorry! Feel free to comment on all here!
Trying to be a bit more timely with my comments this week, so here goes (Judging Charts added 18/2/19):
Comments in alphabetical order. I may add some additional comments in after the show, when there is more time to type them in & will add judging charts in the next day or so.:
Sara Aalto & Hamish Gaman “Trouble,” Pink
I love how Saara attacks her skates and skates confidently on her own. This program didn’t grab me the way the last couple of weeks did, but maybe that’s just a matter of personal preference. Though her footwork was good, it wasn’t fully synchronized. I also feel there was a longish lead-in before actual skating this time. Really good, not great - but kudos for trying something new! I hope it’s enough to keep them in. (skated 1st)
Jane Danson & Sylvain Longchambon “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” Ray Charles
My favorite routine from these two! Much better performance and character from Jane - this really suited her. Her skating skills are not as strong as some others, but she is improving and skated a bit more on her own. There was a mistake on the twizzles, but it was a good effort. I don’t know if this will be enough to keep Jane in - are the Corrie voters there tonight? Regardless, I see definite improvement this week. (skated 5th)
James Jordan & Alexandra Schaumann “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
Hm, a miss on the twizzle…still my favorite program of the night so far. So strong and powerful and well-skated to the music. It was a fab start to the program and the lift was superior to anything else we’ve seen tonight. This makes sense given James’ confidence on his skates and prior lifting experience, but it looked great! I also thought, mistake or not, this footwork was the best executed to the music. (skated 6th)
And, in this week’s Who Wore It Better? I’m partial to the bow ties, but do like the Peaky Blinders cap. You?
Brian McFadden & Alex Murphy “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry
I do love watching Brian; he’s got such a great attitude. I agree that this was his best performance, but didn’t feel the strength of character performance in the beginning of the program - almost like it took a bit to get comfortable again, then it got really good. I actually agree with Jason that the uniformity was off - it was good in the first part of the steps, then got off kilter. Awesome to see the lifts work - must have been the chance to channel guitar playing! (skated 7th)
Wes Nelson & Vanessa Bauer “Jealous,” Labrinth
This was definitely my favorite program so far for this team, though I have to chuckle at the gym references. Not like one can build much strength in a couple of visits to the gym in one week, now can they? In any case, I like that Wes started on his own and had a decent stop when he reached Vanessa. I also was impressed by the footwork sequence and the back twizzles, as well as the platter lift. Chris put it well - they took out the clutter, and it made a huge difference in the quality of the program. (skated 2nd)
Ryan Sidebottom & Brandee Malto “Hold My Girl,” George Ezra
This was a sweet program, but it did lack the content/difficulty of the prior programs. There just aren’t many new skating elements. The footwork was also easier, though it was well synchronized. Ryan put in a great effort, but the program just doesn’t pull one in the way some of the other programs have. (skated 3rd)
Melody Thornton & Alex Demetriou “That’s My Girl,” Fifth Harmony
Well, that was not the performance I’m sure they were hoping for. Obviously, there were mistakes, both on the missed lift and the double twizzle, but I also felt the rest of the program really didn’t showcase Melody’s strong skating ability as well as prior weeks. It just felt a bit bland and flat from a performance standpoint too. Melody’s such a great skater - I hope this bump in the road doesn’t take her out of contention because this team has already shown us they can make it to the top. (skated 4th)
Ryan Sidebottom & Brandee Malto
The skate-off pros for the year - they certainly have more practice with this program than others. Nicely performed - would have loved to see some more complex elements added, but I do just think progress has been slowed by injury.
Jane Danson & Sylvain Longchambon
This week was Jane’s best week for sure. She finally looked relaxed and like she was enjoying it. I do think the lifts were a bit long, though well done. There just isn’t enough content to compete with the stronger teams remaining in the competition.
Melody Thornton & Alex Demetriou
The Detroiter was a strong start for this program, but there was a mistake on a later lift. I also think that this program could have had elements added as Melody’s skating improved. I don’t think this was a great program, but I would save this team based on the great skating overall, and I still think this was the best of the three skate-off programs even though it wasn’t Melody’s best.
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