With Virtue and Mloir's choice of music, my guess is that they wanted to make a big splash in their home town for Worlds with a powerful piece of music like Carmen. Problem is that it has been so over done and the technical end is so difficult that it looks labored. Maybe in the next few months Tessa and Scott can work out the bugs and make it more fluid. I agree that Meryl and Charlie's Notre Dame de Paris is a masterpiece. They have a good start to the technical end plus the artistry is right on. However, the judges generally favor V/M and seem to give them mid to high 9s no matter how they skate. So we'll see! I hope the Shibs can pull it together. Their Geisha performance seems to have potential but Alex's recent injury obviously affected that. Can they pull it together in 2 weeks for GP Japan?
I, too, agree that Fernandez shows real promise. Presuming he and Chan both make it to the finals that should be an interesting contest. Kozuka is another favorite of mine; so smooth on the ice! Poor Johnny. I must admit I'm a fan but he should give his spot to another skater. After several years of ridiculous torture on joints I think at age 27/28 the hips and knees are just saying enough! I worry the same for Alissa.
Ashley has shown will and determination. Not my favorite from a pure heart and soul artistry but gotta give her kudos for sheer guts.
I thought Chan's skating at Skate Canada was definitely not silver medal material. It reminded me of someone causally "playing" to music, complete with a ho-hum attiutude to mishaps and stumbles. It is sad that his teammate, Elladj Balde, skated an amazing SP and, while he faltered in his long, his jumps are landed softly and squarely (for the most part) and his spins are on. I believe that he was downgraded and overlooked. Could his choices of music and his appearance (most definitely not the norm) have anything to do with this? He has become one of my favorites; his movements are fluid, his jumps appear clean to me, and I like his choice of music and type of programs. They have Yuka's stamp on them --but then, her choreography is, to me, outstanding. Amodio, also, is great. Perhaps I just like both of these young men's attitudes over Chan's pandering. Oh well.