Chrysler Stars On Ice Review - Vancouver, BC - May 1, 2001
written by Wendy
Let's Get it On: I agree that the more I see this intro the more I
like it. And I do notice things everytime still (maybe this is
because everything is so spread out that it's impossible to see
everything). The imbalance of men and women does make that line
where they pass the women kind of funny, but it seems to have
worked okay. I noticed that after the cast unfreezes one by
one, they form these circles where they are doing side lunges,
but what I didn't notice earlier was that they change from going
forward to backwards to forwards repeatedly. Also, I think it
is funny that even with the shortage of women, Kurt gets two in
the middle when they travel down the ice.
A Song For You: The little boy was the best I have seen. He came out
and did a double toe loop, a spiral, and a sit spin where he
face is right by his knee but then he straightens his other leg
while still pressing his face to his knee.
2000: Maria tried really hard, but i don't think she was as graceful
as Tara in this program. She was out of sync with the other
skaters too. She does have a nice camel spin though. Alexei
was terrific. He did a huge 3-toe and 3-sal.
Higher: Steven went all out tonight. He hit his 3-lutz, 2-axel, some
other triple I missed, and 2 russian splits. He seemed
completely relaxed and was smiling the whole time. (He
really has a smile that can light up the whole arena.)
Josee: I liked this program (it's the first time I have seen it).
It's different than what I have seen from her before. She did
a huge 2-axel, stepped out on the 3-lutz, but did a beautiful
3-toe, and of course a spread eagle.
Scott: DBB: Scott was completely on tonight. He hit his 3-lutz, and a
3-toe or sal...don't remember. All the gadgets worked and
the crowd totally ate it up.
Renee and Gorsha: Everything seemed the same to me. (get the joke? ;)
Brian: I have to admit, I was somewhat influenced by the music--didn't
terribly like it, but otherwise the program was fine. He did
a backflip into a 2-toe, and a couple of 2-axels.
Big Spender: I thought they did a good job with this. It was really
upbeat. I don't have the faintest idea on how to judge dance, so
to me it seemed to have pretty complex footwork and a lot of
twizzles. I don't like how Victor gels his hair though (I know,
Bring Him Home: This was incredible! Kurt does a lot of beautiful
edges and spins at the beginning. I agree with someone (Hoo?)
that the long spiral is very effective as well as the spiral
towards the end. He did a gorgeous 3-toe, and 3 2-axels (though
these got a little wild at the end). I think I would be happy
watching this program even if it didn't have any jumps.
Tunnel Vision: This has been described a lot, so I will just say I
thought Brian's pants were hilarious especially the way he was
showing them off. He did a great bit. The karma goes to
Edmonton. When Alexei comes out, Scott said he was a Leonardo
Dicaprio look alike?? Has he been saying that all during the
tour? they make the joke about the hair and Kurt and Scott,
slowly rub their hand through their hair. When Scott takes the
mike to say how he likes Vancouver the best and will miss it
the most, he actually says that the thing he will miss the most
is Stars on Ice (again, is this normal on CSOI?) and then says
how he has liked Vancouver the most. I never noticed how far
Steven flings out Todd when being chased around the chairs
either.. I liked the bit where Shae-Lynn dances and chases
Scott, but that whole old and boring/dysfunctional joke falls
kind of flat. At the end when all sorts of stuff is happening
and things are wrapping up, Kurt lifts the flaps on Denis' coat
and wrinkles up his nose and holds it like it smelled.
Chairmen: Everything worked right. The only new things I noticed were
Steven bopping his head to the music when he sits in his
chair smiling at the audience. This time, it looked like
he would have fallen if they hadn't pushed a chair under
him just in time.
Dance With Me: It was okay. I think I liked Tara's better too, but I
wasn't actually paying that close attention. She did land a
3-lutz (I think?) and a really nice 3-loop among other jumps.
Alexei: This program was terrific! Alexei really knows how to bring
out the emotion in a program. I think it was also special
because worlds was held here and so many people remember him
skating his heart out then. He did a big triple axel, and
three toe loops--I'm still trying to figure out if any were
quads, but I am thinking, probably not, though I wouldn't be
able to recognize one if I did see one. The part i really
liked about his program is the footwork. It's fast, furious
and actually fits the music! He got a standing ovation..
the first of the night if you don't include the intro where
scott skates onto the ice (before his first program).
Kurt: DFMI: This was pretty cool to see again, however short. He
didn't try the 3-axel, but did a 3-toe (hand down) and the
3-sal, but I recall it wasn't a perfect landing. I was sitting
on the side really close to where he does the handstand and it
was really impressive. I mean, what would happen if his hand
slipped on the ice? At one point he had stopped in my corner
again, and was about to skate off when he saw someone trying to
take a pic of him, so he swung back and posed with this rather
goofy-dorky (in a good way. :) ) looking grin until they took
the picture. When he went to rope someone in, it looked like he
was going to rope in this one woman, but then she put up her
camera to take a picture, and he changed his diection slightly
and got the woman next to her. When Kurt was taking his bows,
he turned to the opposite side first, then to ours. I guess our
side was a little louder, so he turned to the other side again
and pointed to our side, so they cheered louder again.
Let 'Er Rip: I enjoyed this duet a lot. i think more than Kristi's
piece (though that might just be because Kurt is in it). I was
especially impressed by them jumping rope down the ice and with
Josee's spread eagles with the rope around her waist.
Sin Wagon: Essentially the same as before. This time I heard Kurt
yelling while on the ice.
Jenni and Todd: Same as before too. Landed the throw jump.
Brian: This was pretty good though I honestly can't remember that much
about it now. i didn't like it as much as some of his other
Shae and Vic: I liked this song and they did a pretty good job of
interpreting it. Is it just me, or did a lot of the moves seem
to come from their March With Me program? (As I said before, I
don't know too much about ice dance.)
Kurt: Nyah: Terrific as always. He seemed to get a little messed up
between he did those spins that are not spins and those jumps
that are not jumps. The audience maintained the clapping
throughout the footwork. It started off a little bit slow and
it looked like Kurt was really holding back on swinging his leg
so he wouldn't get ahead of the audience. Kurt got a standing
ovation for this.
Scott: My Way: Um...funny as usual, but I am drawing a blank on any
more. I think he doubled his lutz, but hit everything else.
He got a really long standing ovation at the end of
this..literally people refused to sit down. Finally they
started the music while everyone was still standing and Renee
and Shae-Lynn came out.
Finale: I really like how they have incorporated more skaters into
this part of the finale. When Kurt comes out he does some
stuff and then gets a lot of speed for...a triple axel!! But
he was way crooked in the air and couldn't land it (he didn't
fall all way though). After that, he does an inside spread
eagle around scott while swinging his arms in a "gosh darn
it!" (and I really do mean in a goshdarnit way rather than
anything more emphatic) way over and over again. When he
went around the skaters to say goodbye, he went to shake
Kurt's hand first, then Steven, Denis, Jenni, and Todd.
After they went to shake hands with people in the audience, Scott and
others spoke a little bit. i think i might have mixed up who said what
about whom here, but it hopefully is mostly right.
After the bows, Kurt grabbed a couple of mikes and began talking. He
first mentioned how the night was possible thanks to the
sponsors on the billboards you see around the rink like Chrysler
and AOL. Someone in the cast says something, and kurt says "oh
and Telus too, see that's why I am not the king yet" Then he
started saying how everyone in the cast (something about blue
suits) and everyone in the audience who has skated has been
inspired by Scott. How Scott is a great role model because of
the honesty and integrity he has brought to the sport. He also
said that Canadians have a selective memory and if he wants to
retire again here, it's no problem! Then he hands over the mike
to Steven while saying how it was a great night for him, he hit
all his jumps, his mom was there, he's a chick magnet..adn then
when steven starts to speak, Kurt says he has a great voice too!
Steven then talks about how (i forgot) much scott means to him?
He started to tear up. Then gives the mike back to Kurt who
hands it over to Brian. Brain talks about how he is the only
one in the cast who has competed with Scott (Olympics in 84).
And how Scott is lucky that he (Brian) sucked at figures. Then
Brian went on to say that it really goes to show how great of a
person and skater Scott is to have such a good relationship with
his competitors (how they were friends throughout). Then the
mike is given to Scott. He talks about how much he was looking
forward to this night and how much he has dreaded it and now
that it has come, he doesn't know what to feel. He talks about
how he originally just wanted to try to stretch out his pro
career to 6-8 years, who would have thought that it would last
17 years?! Now he has been a pro one year longer than he was an
amateur! He says how great it has been touring with the rest of
the cast and goes on to say something about each one. (order is
not quite right probably)
Brian: "Papa" How he has been a pro for nearly as long as Scott
and yes, he (Scott) was really very lucky that Brian
sucked at figures. (he said this a few times). How
Brian really won 70% of the competition.
Jenni and Todd: How they are together 24-7 and are still so in
love. "How many people could do that? After the big
argument, lift your wife?" They are an inspiration to
the cast with the love they feel for each other.
Alexei: Talks about how amazing Alexei is and how much heart he
puts into his programs.
Renee and Gorsha: Renee-we do know what you are up to. Gorsha-
so entertaining off the ice--oh and on the ice too!
Denis: Talks about how Denis has only dropped him once the whole
tour. About how Denis wasn't sure about returning
without Elena, but that everyone is so glad he did and
how he has carried the whole cast. His heart is as big
as his body (called him a giant somewhere in there too).
Josee: "Isn't she cute?" (repeated multiple times). How she is
a joy to be around and how she has made him smile and
laugh each day.
Shae-Lynn and Victor: Says how she can't go into a room without
being noticed. Said how he hopes they win all three
medals in Salt Lake City.
Maria: Asks "Are you crying?" (As Maria wipes her eyes). He
about how she has performed her heart out that night and
how much she has put into her amateur career. How she
has to promise to retire after the Olympics because
there is a place for her in the pro circuit (he said
pointing to the ice, and implying SOI).
Kurt: Says how he is a genius and has inspired him to keep going
and trying different things. Just look at Nyah, he can
bring an audience to its feet without even lifting his
skates off the ice.
Steven: What can he say? Steven is his best friend. Steven
knows all his problems, including his girl problems,
which he doesn't have right now he thinks (points to
where his gf is standing). how they have been through so
much together. Steven is always there for him when he
has an off night. If he (Scott) actually lands on a foot
instead of a butt cheek, Steven is there to congratulate
him. And he he falls, he knows 17,000 ppl have seen it,
but Steven is always there backstage to say at least he
went for it.
At some point during the thing, Scott talks about how he is keeping us
from rushing from the arena so we can get whatever edge we can in
traffic. He also says he's not _retiring_. Somewhere Scott also
talks about how before the audience was about 1200 ppl and now he
hears how there are about 17000 ppl watching tonight.
They end in another bow and then a group hug. The lights dim and the
cast goes back through the tunnel.
I had a great time and am sad that the skating season is over. Hope
you guys had a good time reading this!