Now I assume, with this series having been such a huge hit in Canada last year, that the stakes were perceived as being higher and that maybe more practice went on ahead of the opening night, and for much longer. After all, last year Marie-France Dubreuil got dropped on her head and it became obvious that there was more to this fun concept than...well...fun.
And even so, this year starts with Anabelle Langlois narrowly missing Georges Laraque's eye with her blade in practice. That did not stop them from turning in my personal number one performance tonight. This guy has a heart as big as his stature and the two of them have more guts than anyone else out there. They also have a level of performance and an interpersonal connection worthy of a long stint on the show if it keeps up.
If I were to guess who is going home, it would be Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, though it has little to do with Brasseur's fall. Its just that we have all seen this routine before with Brasseur; the tricks and things were common to most of her routines with Eisler, and well, it's time for something new.
Neck and neck for the golden handshake, IMHO, are Shae Lynn Bourne and Patrick Brisebois. Chemistry is not their subject and Bourne's theatrical facial expressions can't make up for that.
What should go home are the gratuitous ads that have popped up in the midst of what last year, was a pretty pure show about bringing the skating worlds in Canada together and raising money for Canadian charity along the way. In much the same way that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has lost my respect for doing this (and I understand if not accept the argument for such tactics) it cheapens...perhaps even negates the purpose somehow. But, life is ugly, sponsors are uglier and the play's the thing! I will remember that, and try to overlook, or even worse for a sponsor, IGNORE their invasion of such a great idea.
Here comes the judge...moreless