Canadian Stars on Ice Review - London, ON - April 27, 2003
written by Terri
First off, I just want to say how THRILLED I was to have CSOI in MY city!!!
:o) The pleasure of only having 10 minutes to drive instead of 1 hour or
more!!! Also, I am not a good reviewer so I will do the best I can (first
crack at this) I went to CSOI spoiler free this year, yes I looked at
photos online of SOI but didn't watch and it was kinda nice for a change not
knowing exactly what to expect.... so some of the numbers I don't have
anything to compare them to.
The Great and Powerful Oz -
Not much to say about this except I loved the costumes!! And the reception
in London was louder than any I've heard before! London has been good and
ready for CSOI for years.
Born to be Wild - Steven Cousins
I wish I was able to see Alexei skate to it, but Steven was having a good
time with it. It's great to see him back in action.
Bed of Roses - Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman
Ok, it helps that I love this song to begin with but with Kyoko & John
skating to it was wonderful, by the end I had chills... beautiful program.
My Favorite Things - Kurt Browning
I am not going to lie, I don't really care for this program... of course
with it being Kurt he sells it very well, not many people could do what he
does with that package. I rarely get bored with a Kurt program, but this
one bores me. BUT, he skated great as usual. I don't know if this was
mentioned in other reviews because I haven't had a chance to read them yet,
but Kurt was wearing a Canadian Postal Uniform for this number *LOL*
Come Fly with Me - Jamie Sale & David Pelletier
I aboslutely love this number!! They are like Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire
out there, so light on their skates! Jamie fell on her throw triple, very
shocking to see her fall on that... doesn't happen often. Funny... when I
was at Holiday Festival On Ice in Kitchener, ON she fell on it there also.
The fall didn't affect the program at all, they are a joy to watch.
Channel 1 Suite - Todd Eldredge
Music is good, but to me Todd is better suited for the dramatic ballads.
Todd did not skate well during this number, he doubled everything but the
triple sal or loop ?? Pretty slow going... he just didn't look comfortable.
Awesome spins as usual!
Hotter than Blue - Jennifer Robinson, Steven Cousins, John Zimmerman
This was a cute number. Jennifer was one lucky lady out there let me tell
you! There was one part where both Steven & John were spinning Jennifer and
she lost her footing a bit, but it didn't disrupt anything. I liked the
ending pose, Steven & John laid on the ice and Jennifer laid down while they
held her in the air. One thing though, why is the dress lime green when the
song has blue in the title? :o)
The Middle - Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler
WOW!!! These two, even though I have seen most of their tricks before
always get me going and I just can't believe what Isabelle is willing to do!
My Dad went this time and he was just in awe of them, he just couldn't stop
saying "HOLY COW!" One new move I hadn't seen before was where normally
Isabelle's feet are holding on the Lloyd's neck and they spin... well this
time, only one of her feet were behind his neck...she went in the split
How Do you Keep the Music Playing - Kurt Browning
Kurt really shows how smooth of a skater he really is with this program...
so soft on his skates, the audience was so quiet during this performance
(you could have heard a pin drop) anyways, I was spell bound by this program
and fell in love with him all over again. *sigh*
Power Play - Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Elena Berezhnaya & Anton
Sikharulidze, Todd Eldredge
Well... I am not sure about this one... it was interesting. For the most
part I could make out what Todd was saying, but some of the poem I couldn't
make out (if someone could post that poem again, I would appreciate it) It's
great to see 4 people that were part of the biggest judging scandal in
history on ice together... you can tell they all get along and they are both
such talented teams.
Studz - Elena, Isabelle, Kyoko, Jennifer, Jamie
Kurt, Steven, Todd, David, Alexei, John
I was really looking forward to this program!!! Looked at many pictures of
it and couldn't wait. It was very cute how all the girls came out in cowboy
boots and hats to dance along the ice surface... Jamie took her hat off, put
it on the older guys head and man did she shake her stuff in front of him
*LOL* We had Elena in our corner, she is so pretty.
Now about the guys, there are a few words I can use to describe
them.... hot, sexy, funny, sexy and did I mention HOT? Not only
that, it was one of the most entertaining programs I have seen all the
guys do, this by far beats out the Can Can from last year!
Amado Mio - Jennifer Robinson
This program is cute, but I don't know the story behind it yet. Does anyone
know? Is she getting ready to go shopping, or is it she can't decide what
to wear? I just love the red dress that Jennifer wears in this program, I
think it's a 2 piece... red is a great color for her. For those who don't
know... Jennifer's program revolves around a coat rack... she skates some
then puts on this little black sweater, skates some more and puts on a jean
jacket.. it ends off with her putting on a hat and grabs her purse then the
song ends... the song is tango like music. It was then my mother realized
that she was the only lady singles skater on the tour, I enjoy her but I
hope they get more ladies for next year.
Disco Science - Steven Cousins
Sexy as ever!! Man can this guy dance and he choreographed this himself. I
love anything this man does and his smile is like a Josee Chouinard smile...
it goes right back the last row.
A Friend To Me - Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler
What a beautiful program for these two! The words are so perfect for them
and all they have been through together. They really amaze me how they can
be so energetic and hyper with all those scary tricks and then go to a soft
loving program. I had tears in my eyes about half way through until the
end, it was just perfect.
Miserere - Todd Eldredge
Now this was more like Todd... his jumps were excellent, I think he doubled
his triple lutz? But wow... so much power and he had much more life in him
with this program than the other. Todd reminds me a lot of Paul Wylie with
the dramatic programs, they suit them very well. Speaking of Paul, I miss h
im and regret that I never got to see him live.
Mme. T After Hours - Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze
This was one of the best programs of the night to me! It started off with
Anton on the ice covered in white satin material, then Kurt brings out Elena
on a fridge cart. Kurt takes Elena off the cart who is also covered in
white material and puts her on the ice, he proceeds to dust her off with a
dusting broom... when Anton starts to move, Kurt gets curious and skates
towards him, he goes to dust him off and out comes Anton!! Kurt lets out a
huge scream and takes off! *LOL* It shocked me to see how much Anton got
into his Elvis role! Anton's dancing at the beginning of the program was
just hilarious but convincing. The music cuts with Marilyn Monroe were a
bit odd but it was all good. Elena was a very cute Marilyn :o)
Racing - Alexei Yagudin
FINALLY!!!!!!!!! I hate the fact that he is hurting! To only see him skate
one solo was dissapointing, but understandable. Alexei didn't look hurt
though, he proceeded to do a 3/3 and also a 3/3/2 !! Sorry, I was so
excited to see him again that I didn't pay attention to what jumps he did.
He looked pretty tired by the end though... I LOVE this program.
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Jamie Sale & David Pelletier
Sizzling hot or what?? This one I have seen on TV twice so I knew it was
going to be good... but live was much better. I tell ya, I wanted to take a
cold shower after this was done *LOL* I guess what I am trying to say is
that they really sell this program. It makes me sad that we don't see them
as much now :o(
Slippery Side Up - Kurt Browning
*LOL* This was too cute! Some people think this program wasn't very good,
but if they really watch they will see that Kurt works very hard during this
program! I think this was also very cleverly choreographed, every time Kurt
went to get the other side of the ice to catch up with the spot light, he
got there doing a separate move each time... like foot work on one foot,
spins etc... he is simply amazing!
Can't Stop - Cast
I really miss the longer cast finales... they seem to get shorter each year.
Always enjoyable though. Mom and I noticed at the end of the finale Alexei
looked very sore in the middle of the ice, he lost his balance. David
Pelletier went over and gave him a hug... so he must have known he was
All in all a great show, always is.... but it was missing
something, something very important..... BRIAN ORSER! :*(
I hope you enjoyed my comments, like I said... this is the first
time doing this so be nice *LOL*