Stars on Ice Review - St. Paul, MN - Jan. 28, 2006
written by Ali
Our seats: 7th row near where the skaters come out. I really
thought our seats would be crapy, since we had 1st row seats last
year, but I really had a better view of the skaters and the ice from
the 7th row, and what's better is that a lot of my pics actually
turned out this year! WHOO HOO!
Opening: Hysterical! the guys as farmers and the ladies as
flowers. Scott was his usual funny self on the monitors. There were a
few comments made around us from people wishing Scott was live, but i
really liked the way he "popped" in an out.
"I would do anything for love" - great group number and I really
liked the charcole grey colored costumes.
Alexi - Winter peice was magical, I love this routine of his. His
footwork got a huge response from the audience.
Yuka - "Beanfields" I did not like one bit. (Just my opinion) the
music was upbeat and the audience liked it, but i felt she skated too
slow to it. Didn't care for it.
Elena and Anton - "You are so beautiful" Beautiful routine. these
two are so elegant and perfect on the ice.... except for Elena's fall.
Jennifer - "And the beat goes on" cute program, i thought it suited
Steven Cousins - "Bellfast child" - WOW. I'm really becoming a big
fan of Steven's. This was a very good solid program. The jumps and
spins were amazing and everyone seemed to like it.
Kurt Browning - Mr. Bojangles" - he got a *huge* response when he
took the ice from the opposite end of the rink. the program said in
the program he was supposed to do "Peace Frog" but i think
Mr. Bojangles in the first act was better placed. It was a solid
preformance and I really loved it. He's such a great skater.
Jamei & David - Elite Syncopations" - fun piece. This is a very
playful peice and there was quite a bit of laughter from the
audience. Davids lifts never ciese to amaze me. I still hold my breath
when he holds her upside down on one arm - that would freak the heck
out of me.
Todd - "Alexander's Ragtime Band" - I wasn't sure about this song,
but I really like that fact that todd is branching out in his music
choices. Looks like the ankle and shoulder aren't a problem anymore
for him. He landed all of his jumps - All triples i belive and his
spins are still amazing to watch.
'Dance Medley" - is hysterical! "Safety dance" was my
favorite. everyone seemed to really enjoy this number and it was a
great way to end the first half.
Cast - "Overture/Comedy Tonight" - very fun number. I believe this is the routine that Jamie keeps loosing her hat. Very well done.
Elena and Anton - "Chaplin Melody" - I really like this routine
because we're so used to seeinig them do typical pieces that this is
rather refreshing. Elena didn't fall, but she did have to run infront
of the on-ice seats. I think they need to readjust their timing and
how far he throws her, but I really liked it.
Steven - "Supersticion" - WONDERFUL peice. very upbeat, sexy, I
don't know how else to describe it. I loved that he got 2 numbers this
Jennifer - "if it wasn't for your love" - beautiful peice. What i
really like about her is that she's quiet on the ice. I couldn't hear
her blades on the ice while she skated.
Yuka and Jason - "Get here" i guess I thought this would have been
the up-beat version so i was disappointed, but they skated well.
"Too-Me Tango" - I realy liked this number and I payed close
attention to Todd during this number. Looks like whatever he fell on
was either fixed or changed, because it was very solid and
smooth. Jennifer played the Diva quite well and I loved her scraming
at the end.
Kurt - "Peace Frog" - Great number. He did jump into the on-ice
seats after a jump, but that was the only "mistake" he made in both of
Kyoko & JOhn - "Vertigo" - I was VERY disappointed that Kyoko and
John only got 1 routine this year. I think they could have easily fit
in another number in the first act, but oh-well. This was a great
piece for them. the throws and lifts were huge!
Todd - "bolero" - I happen to think this piece should only be done
by Torvil and Dean, but Todd put his own mark on it. His figures at
the beginning were great to see since no one does them anymore. He did
have a mistake on one of his triples making it into a noticeable
double, but he recovered nicely.
Jamie and David - "I want to know waht love is" - Scott appeared on
the screen before they came out saying this was his favorite part of
the show, since this was usualy the spot where he skated. When Jamie
and David came out and did this peice, I was amazed how they really
felt this piece. Their lines stretched all the way up into the
audience and i felt like i was looking into their
relatinship. Beautiful peice.
Cast - "Sing sing sing" - I thought they could have done a better
closing piece. I didn't really like it. A lot of starts and stops, not
a lot of footwork. They could have done something better.
The absolute best moment of the entre show did not happen on the
ice. Scott appeared on the monitors and payed tribute to the skaters
who were on the show that had since passed on. Well, the minute they
showed Sergi and Katia, I lost it. the tears started flowing
people. Then they showed the skaters with their children. Scott's son
is a spitting image of him; Kristi's older daughter is soo cute and
little Jack, he's adorable. It was a very touching moment in the show.
All in all, it was a wonderful show. Can't wait for next year!