The Great Skate Debate II review
written by Kirsten Ferguson
Although most of the women skated cleanly, I didn't enjoy most of their
performances - Katarina did that lame Cher program that I can't stand and
Kristi did that even lamer Elvis routine that I absolutely *hate!* Although
I agree that Katia was undermarked (along with her "Smile" program from
World Pros, that was probably the best I've ever seen her skate as a single) I
think her music had a part in that - I'm not a big fan of screechy violin
music and I think a lot of the audience felt the same way. The choreography
was great, though!
I enjoyed the men's programs more - I finally got to see the intro to Brian's
"Story of My Life"; it would have been nice to see the actual photos, though.
I thought Brian was *way* undermarked; he skated better even than at
Jozef was typical Jozef; I thought his scores were pretty fair. I didn't
think Rudy could come up with a sillier program than that Brady Bunch number,
but he never ceases to amaze me. ;-) I find Rudy's "fun" programs are
becoming a bit too much like Viktor Petrenko's - too much posing and standing
around in one place for my taste.
I was glad Paul skated well considering it's his last competition. :-( I
was able to sit through a Michael Bolton song without having the urge to gag;
that's how talented Paul is. Ditto with Brian Orser and Neil Diamond, BTW!
Then *finally* it was Kurt's turn - he was absolutely incredible and I was
all ready to give him a 10 (if I'd been able to vote, that is!) until that
unfortunate fall on that last double axel. Okay, I'd give him a 9.99! ;-)
I can't believe he did a quad at SOI a few days ago...way to go, Kurt!
Scott was last and he was awesome, too! As much as I love Kurt, I have to
admit that Scott deserved to beat him this time. I was shocked to see Dick
Button in the audience - I'd love to see what *his* scores were! ;-)
Although I wasn't able to vote, I still enjoyed watching this competition - it
was great to see some *live* skating on TV for a change! :-)