Skating Highlights of the Week: Holiday Shows
Various TV channels broadcast holiday shows from December.
For the second week in a row, there weren’t any international competitions. And unlike last week, there were no significant intranational events either, not even ones ending on Monday. Everyone was either on holiday break or just back from it.
Unless, of course, they were skating in shows. Although most of the holiday shows happened before this week. But this was the week where we properly saw a number of them broadcast. Two of them, both of which took place December 29th, were also both broadcast on New Year’s Day. Although the final show of Javier Fernandez’s Revolution on Ice tour in Madrid was televised not only in Europe, but also in Korea. Hit on Ice, the annual show for the Golden Skate Awards in Italy, took place in Courmayeur, and was also broadcast on the first. A French show in Vaujany, Gala International des Stars de la Glace, took place back on the sixteenth, but it too was broadcast early this week.
Skating showed up in other places, too. The New Year saw Evgenia Medvedeva team up with Kristian Kostov to give their fans a special treat. She’s spent the fall skating to his Eurovision entry “Beautiful Mess” in galas, and now they’ve done a new video for the song, one involving her skating through Christmasy ice:
Gala International des Stars de la Glace
Most shows had someone doing a Michael Jackson medley. In Vaujany, Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres did their popular one.
Marie-Jade Lauriault & Romain le Gac’s Charles Aznavour’s number is very French.
Stephane Lambiel isn’t the only coach currently performing alongside his students. Florent Amodio and his student Luc Economides did an exercise in mirror skating and counterpoint together, before Amodio also did a brief number by himself.
Mae Berenice Meite got live accompaniment to further power her routine to “Back to Black.”
James’ former partner Yannick Bonheur is now skating professional with German skater Annette Dytrt, and they got to show off their tricks and Latin dancing.
Tomas Verner shamelessly showed off his muscles-and bare chest, to French electronic group Black Strobe.
Kevin Aymoz also rocked it out hard to the electronic.
When she’s essentially now lost two seasons to her injuries, it’s a relief just to see Anna Pogorilaya on ice.
The gala showcased more than one kind of performance on ice. The Ballet Villard de Lans, who are World Champions in Ballet on ice, did their current competitive short program.
Les Zoulous, France’s elite synchronized skating team, got to open the gala.
The Cirque de Moscou on ice also scored an invite, and showed up with a good deal of cloth.
Hit on Ice
Injuries will keep us from seeing Carolina Kostner for most if not all of this season, and when she still showed up to headline Hit on Ice, she did so without her jumps. But like Yu-Na Kim over in Spain, she doesn’t need them to be stunning in this memorable program.
Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte have a new show program to French DJ duo Ofenbach’s remix hit “Katchi,” which featured him trying to be suave.
Their other memorable routines were not forgotten; they also did the one they do to “Weapon of Choice.”
The show featured the music of Italian pop singer Irama. Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford skated to “Un giorno in più,” one of the songs he performed while winning the Italian talent show Amici.
They already had an Ofenbach number, which they brought to do their tricks to.
Stephane Lambiel and Deniss Vasiljevs came here only two days after performing in Magic Circus on Ice up in Switzerland. His costume for “Take Me to Church” is one of his more questionable ones, but his performance to the music more than makes up for it.
Like his coach, Vasiljevs brought a fierce performance to the ice for his Woodkid number.
Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri got romantic to Ed Sheeran.
Nicole Della Monica & Matteo Guarise were sharp and strong to Imagine Dragons.
Newly crowned Italian champion Alessia Tornaghi supplied this gala’s Michael Jackson.
Elisabetta Leccardi has had her season cut short by a very disappointing ninth at Italian Nationals, but here she showed a bit of the skill that impressed at last year’s Worlds.
Revolution on Ice Madrid
When Revolution on Ice‘s lengthy tribute to the Charlie Chaplin program that won Javier Fernandez his first European title included a section starring Kim, her fans were quick to make that available. But now that the final show in Madrid’s been televised, we’ve got the whole thing.
Javier Fernandez has been skating to Pablo Alboran’s “Prometo” since the summer, but in Madrid, he got to do it to the guy performing live.
Of course the reason Korean TV was showing it was because it featured Yu-Na Kim, who started with her “House of Woodcock” number.
Unfortunately she had a fall during “All of Me,” but came up from it with a grin.
Yet Kim wasn’t the only mostly-retired legend on the tour. Kurt Browning, too, showed up for the Madrid stop, and performed with the energy of a man twenty years younger.
Papadakis & Cizeron also joined the tour for Madrid only, after they’d performed in Vaujany. They did their exquisite tango for both shows.