TX 8 – Time Tunnel aka Who Will Be a Semi-Finalist?
As we head into next week’s semi-final, this seems a good time to look back at some of the factors discussed in my second post, What Makes a Good Dancing On Ice Contestant or Team?, especially as it relates to those remaining in the competition. The factors I mentioned included prior reality TV experience, prior skating experience, desire/time commitment, skating professional and story.
Of the five remaining teams, AFAIK four of them have prior reality TV experience: Saara, James, Melody & Wes. At least Saara & James have some prior skating experience; I’m not sure about the others. Experience of the Skating Pros is a bit more balanced: 2 of the pros are in their second season on the show, 1 is new this year and 2 of the pros have lots of experience on this and similar shows. I do think the five remaining teams have shown a solid time commitment and desire to succeed on the show, more so than some who have already been eliminated. This is important in all aspects of life, isn’t it!
I’d love to know what teams you think have a great story! Does it drive you to the phone to vote each week? What stories do you dislike? And, who do you think never developed a story? Do you think that is affecting their public support?
I also wrote about celebrities we love to hate, the impact of social media on the show and vice versa, and the demographics of the viewers and WHO, of those viewers, actually VOTES – and PAYS to VOTE - each week. The effect of that on the show was very obvious in prior weeks. Here’s the chart of social media followers that was posted with the second blog. It’s updated to include approximate current numbers of followers on Twitter and Instagram, and the order teams were eliminated. Take a look and comment on what you observe from this. Whose social media followings increased significantly? Whose didn’t? What might be some reasons for that? Are these the results you personally hoped for? How do you think this and voting affects the focus of the show week to week?
Are you seeing how this all melds into an algorithm? Anyone creating their own for shows like this?
Comments on the skating in alphabetical order (as always, Judging Charts will be added later):
Saara Aalto & Hamish Gaman “Killer Queen,” Queen
Saara skated well, with a solid Real jump combination. However, it is true that it wasn’t a particularly creative series of jumps. I think she could have done more. As to performance and character, I felt she captured posture and hand actions well, but completely agreed with Jason: I was looking for more nasty queen than proper queen. More Helena Bonham Carter in Alice Through the looking Glass, instilling fear, than simply proper queen. Still, I think it’s important not to take her skating - like the spin right at the beginning - for granted.
James Jordan & Alexandra Schaumann “The Flintstones Theme”
Watching on TV, it’s not as easy to appreciate what I feel was the biggest positive of this program: the speed! The speed and unison with his partner shows that James has really developed strong skating skills. I also thought the rotational lift was very well done. His jumps for the judges challenge were well done, and kept in the comedy character of Fred Flintstone. I thought James handled the character and performance well, but I didn’t connect with his portrayal of this character as much as prior programs.
Brian McFadden & Alex Murphy “Suspicious Minds,” Elvis Presley
Brian playing Elvis is a good fit. Was he ever in an Elvis cover band? :) This routine really fit the music and time period - great character and performance. He doesn’t have the skating skills that James and Melody have - you can see that he is slower moving across the ice and the jump was much more basic. I am enjoying seeing his improvement. Will it be enough - or will there be enough votes. To keep him in for the semi-final?
Wes Nelson & Vanessa Bauer “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
The jump over Vanessa, with an added stag, was creative and well-executed. I do feel there are still some pause points in the program to set up the bigger moves, and that the speed was not as strong as James and Melody. On character and performance, like most of the others tonight, the skating seemed a bit ahead of the performance. It would just take a bit more time, which is not the nature of this show, for it to all come together.
Melody Thornton & Alex Demetriou “Walk Like an Egyptian,” The Bangles
Melody is such a solid skater, but I - like Ashley - felt that the character and program lacked just a bit. The elements - lifts and neck spins were great! So much, and so well done, along with a stag jump that fit the Egyptian character of the music. Overall, I feel Melody’s great skating is just a bit ahead of the performance ability (something I’ve mentioned in prior posts). I hope this is enough for her to make the semi-final!
The Skate Battle
My order, and it was close: Melody, Wes, James, Brian, Saara.
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